8 Tips for Playing ‘Hitman’

Fans have been waiting for a while, but the new Hitman game is finally here. Well, part of it is, anyway. With the Intro Pack episode, players get a prologue with two mini-missions, plus a sprawling Paris environment. The idea of the game is to kill your target(s) and escape unnoticed. The cool thing about Hitman is that you have a nearly endless number of options for how you go about doing that.

That’s where the fun comes in, but it’s also where newcomers to the series can feel overwhelmed. Don’t worry, we have you covered. Here are some helpful tips for playing Hitman.

1. Take it slow

In love and Hitman, only fools rush in. These levels are dense, with lots people, guards, and items you’ll want to check out. As you make your way to your target, you’re going to hit lots of roadblocks and guarded doors. Being a stealth assassin requires observation and planning, two things you’ll have to do until you familiarize yourself with the layout of the levels. So take it slow and keep your eyes open. Nearly anything you can pick up can be used to disable or distract your enemies.

2. Tinker around

Hitman is a virtual playground that’s filled with fun, interesting, and challenging things to do. It’s up to you to find these things and play with them. Always keep your eyes open for items you can pick up. Try to anticipate the movements of the guards to find openings to get where you want to go. Mess with the other characters to see how they react. Knock someone out and put on their clothes. See what rooms that uniform gives you access to. Walk around near that poor guy’s coworkers and see how they react to you.

Once you get a feel for how the game reacts to your actions, you’ll be able to concoct much better assassination plans.

3. Pay attention to the onscreen suggestions

One of this game’s strong suits is welcoming in people who have never played the series before. It can seem overwhelming at first, as suggestions and controller inputs pop up onscreen, but pay attention. The game’s suggestions will give you a good idea of your options, including what items you can pick up, how you can distract guards, and where you can hide.

4. Look at the challenges

Since the game is being released piecemeal over the course of the year, you’ll have plenty of time to re-play levels. And thanks to the wealth of options for how to kill your target, re-playing levels in Hitman is a lot of fun.

If you ever find yourself at a loss for what to do, pause the game and look at the list of challenges. These will clue you in on creative new ways you can complete the mission. Some are tough to pull off, and others are ridiculous, but most of them are worth trying.

5. Hide bodies

Whether you knock a dude out with a brick or you put a bullet in his skull, you’ll want to hide the body, even if you’re in an out-of-the-way area and you doubt anyone will find him. You never know where a random person or guard might go, and if they find a body, that’s a dead giveaway that there’s a killer on the scene.

6. Be prepared to improvise

To risk understatement, things don’t always go according to plan in this game. If a key piece of your multi-part assassination plan goes awry, try to roll with it. Look for more items and opportunities and adapt your plan to incorporate them.

7. Sometimes you have to shoot your way out

Sometimes you have to do what you have to do. Mistakes happen in Hitman, so sooner or later you’re going to be discovered. In these scenarios, if you see your shot to take out your target, don’t be shy. While this game is tougher than most once the bullets start to fly, fighting your way out can be the only option left to complete the mission.

8. Turn off the UI elements

Once you get a feel for the game, or if you’ve been playing Hitman games since you were a baby, go into the menu and disable the user interface elements on the screen. The game is fantastically flexible, so you can play it with as much or as little help as you want. For a challenging Hitman experience, turn off as many of the UI elements as you feel comfortable with and see how you do.

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