Agent 47 is back with a vengeance.
Hitman fans have enjoyed several new additions to the franchise over the years, thanks to the machinations of Square Enix and their positive treatment of the franchise. Hitman: Absolution was fantastic, and Hitman: GO was an interesting experiment as well. The latest mobile Hitman title to join the fold, Hitman: Sniper, is quite possibly the best mobile treatment the series has ever had, with tons of exciting missions, thrilling targets, and gorgeous graphics. This is the mobile Hitman you've been waiting for.
Minutes Are All You Need
Hitman: Sniper places you in the shoes of Agent 47 and puts several minutes on the clock for you to take out the main target of your mission and as many of their cronies as humanly possible. You're scored on several different techniques of your kills, including how subtle you are when it comes to going about the killing business. It's a fresh and exciting prospect that keeps you engaged for the eight minutes you're given, and the best reason to keep coming back for more.
Each contract you take on requires you to take out some different "big boss" type per level, and other objectives to complete if you think you're up to it. You might have to hit a moving target, reach a certain multiplier, or a specific score to finish off objectives, much like tons of other mobile games out there. If you don't finish off your primary objective, however, you'll have to start over from the beginning.
Be Crafty and Cunning
With all the tapping to kill and racking up points and objectives, Hitman: Sniper may sound a lot like a shooting gallery. It's similar, but you have to be skillful when it comes to both what you do with the bodies you leave scattered around the compound and the manner in which you dispose of them. Leave bodies just laying around willy-nilly and you'll get a nice alarm in your face, going off and alerting everyone to your presence. You can possibly take out guards who get in your way, but it's a long-shot. Best not to raise any suspicion in the first place.
When you're finished with each mission, you get a reward and a special one as well by way of a roulette wheel that grants you different bonuses depending on what you land on. You'll get gun parts and other useful items sometimes, which is a boon, but some gun parts require you to pay for them with microtransactions. They're not a requirement, but if you want to collect everything you'll have to purchase additional pieces. The game already has a price tag, so if you want to spend money on more pieces that's optional, but the game never makes you feel as though you're required to drop more cash.
Feel Like Agent 47 Again
If, like me, you enjoy the Hitman franchise for the way it truly makes you feel like an assassin, you'll enjoy Hitman: Sniper. It's an excellent collection of contracts, upgradeable parts, and exciting prospects that you'll keep coming back to -- at the very least, until you've got a new console release to check out. There's always a job out there for 47 to tackle, you know.