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- "Get ready to pull the trigger on a completely new chapter in the award-winning Hitman series."
- ―Hitman: Sniper Challenge's Tagline
Hitman: Sniper Challenge is a stand alone preview-type game of Hitman: Absolution, which was exclusive to copies pre-ordered from GameStop or Steam, and it also comes with the standard retail copy of Hitman HD Trilogy and the Hitman Collection on Steam. It was announced on May 10th, 2012, after a teaser image was released on May 3rd. It was released for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on May 15th, with the PC version being released on Steam on August 1st.
The game, which is separate from Hitman: Absolution, follows Agent 47 as he embarks on a mission to assassinate Richard Strong, Jr., the CEO of weapons manufacturer Stallion Armaments, and his entourage of bodyguards.
"Welcome to Chicago, 47. Your main target, Richard Strong Jr., is the CEO of Stallion Armaments, a high-profile weapons manufacturer. Richard Strong is an exceedingly private figure who rarely moves in public, so the best window of oppurtunity is during his brief appearance at the company's annual retreat. However, keep in mind that the place will be packed with witnesses. Our client wants Richard Strong eliminated, along with his entire host of bodyguards. Apparently, he wants to send a message. Richard Strong is highly punctual, and will only mingle with his employees for 15 minutes. At precisely 6 o'clock, he will leave the premises, so be mindful of the time. There should, however, be plenty of oppurtunities for a more silent approach. I know you'll appreciate that. Good luck, 47."
In Sniper Challenge, players take the role of Agent 47, who sets up in a building overlooking one where a rave is taking place, in which Strong and his guards are located. The character is armed with a silenced bolt-action sniper rifle, which is the only available weapon in the game.
The player accumulates points by killing targets. As score is earned, progress is tracked, and upgrades for the sniper rifle are unlocked, including a magazine size extension and a faster bolt cycling (increasing its fire speed). The scenery of the game includes destructible elements which can be shot to indirectly kill characters; for example, shooting a lift with barrels will crush a target with them. All versions include achievements, such as shooting a set number of Gnomes or Pigeons hidden around the level.
At the end of the game, the score of the player is uploaded to a global leaderboard (PC version requires you to be logged in with a Square-Enix logon, otherwise leaderboards are not shown and scores are not uploaded). The two highest ranking players will be granted a trip to Copenhagen, Denmark, to visit the IO Interactive development team.
The game was advertised as featuring some connectivity with Hitman: Absolution. Weapons that are unlocked in Sniper Challenge will require a second code (from pre-ordering at GameStop) in order to be carried over for Absolution. However, no actual weapons can be unlocked in the game except for the Agency Kazo TRG and a few of its customizations, such as the Magazine Well and Extended Clip.
- Oh Mine God - Activate the mines
- Elevated - Free elevator ride
- Bored Chipmunk - Left out from the party
- Rub the Duck - They are always here
- Leap of the Ninja - Put the ninja out of his misery
- Long Live the Patriot - That's a knockout
- It's a Trap! - They don't need more alcohol
- No Pigeons Were Harmed - Damn pigeons are in the way
- Fly By Prevented - Shoot the flying pigeon
- Gnome Invasion - Gnomes are invading the apartment
- Wow! - Remove the stripper evidence
- Crack All Eggs - Kill all targets with headshots
- Mr. X - Who is this mystery man?
- Rapid Execution - Finish the assignment in 2:30 minute
Hitman: Sniper Challenge got an 8.2 from IGN, 83.75% on Xbox 360 and 70% on PS3 from GameRankings and 80 from Metacritic. It also got another 80 from Gamespot.
The user score of the game was 86.
- The reveal trailer for Sniper Challenge concludes with a cutscene where Agent 47 snipes a figure standing on a beam, which falls off seconds after being hit as the sound of an eagle screeching plays. This is a reference to Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed series and its signature mechanic, the "Leap of Faith". The game itself features an achievement ("Leap of the Ninja") for doing the same thing.
- The game can be seen on a monitor in Rocco's apartment (the new kitchen assistant) in HITMAN level World of Tomorrow. The apartment is located on the same building as the ICA Safehouse.
|Media of the Hitman series|
|Main Games||Hitman: Codename 47 - Hitman 2: Silent Assassin - Hitman: Contracts - Hitman: Blood Money - Hitman: Absolution - HITMAN™|
|Other Games||Hitman 2 Christmas Game - Hitman: Vegas - Hitman: Sniper Challenge - Hitman: Sniper - Hitman GO|
|Novels||Hitman: Enemy Within - Hitman: Damnation|
|Films||Hitman (2007) - Hitman: Agent 47|