Monday, 30 May 2016

The Vampire Magician

I've really been enjoying the latest Hitman game, and wanted to share this hilarious video about it, but unless I supply a little context, it won't make sense to those unfamiliar with the game.

The game involves piloting your square-jawed, bald hitman, naturally enough, through assassination missions (the game story gives you good justification of what bad people your targets are, to make the setting somewhat less gruesome), but it is not an action shooter. Your targets are in highly guarded locations and simply pulling out a gun in the open is usually enough to fail a mission. Instead, the game boils down to stealth, creativity, and disguises.

You observe, you eavesdrop, and when the opportunity strikes to sneak up on a waiter or security guard without being seen, you can knock them out, and put on their outfit, granting you access to areas you previously couldn't enter without attracting suspicion. The environments are very interactive, and the best assassins will manage to off their target without ever alerting the guards, and in such a way that the death appears accidental. You then disappear into the night, with no one ever the wiser.

At least, that's how it's supposed to go. But for those looking for an extra challenge, the developers have added an unusual twist in the form of a disguise hidden in a hard-to-access attic.

The vampire magician.

Whereas most disguises lower your suspicion in different areas (dress like a cook to blend in the kitchen, where you might poison the food being prepared, or dress like a security guard to access the security monitors and turn off a camera), there is nowhere on earth you can go where being dressed like a "vampire magician" will not arouse suspicion! The video below shows some of the hilarious reactions that you can arouse when wearing this ridiculous outfit. (It also gives you an idea of how elaborate this game is; if there's this much dialogue for a costume most people will never find, you can imagine how vast this game is.)

If you're interested in a more in-depth look at what this game is like Giant Bomb's videos on it are very entertaining (explicit language warning).

Posted by jon at 7:00 PM in Gaming 
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