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Disambig.png This article is about the Sniper Assassin game mode. For the main game, see HITMAN™ 2.

Sniper Assassin is a game mode featured in HITMAN™ 2. Similar to Hitman: Sniper Challenge and Hitman: Sniper, Sniper Assassin missions place Agent 47 upon sniper nests overlooking large maps, with the objective to eliminate all main targets and as many guards as possible.

As a series' first, the game mode features online co-operative multiplayer, exclusively featuring two new playable characters, Knight and Stone. Each playable agent, including Agent 47, has a unique sniper rifle each mission with differing Mastery progression.

HITMAN™: Sniper Assassin was a standalone game offered as a pre-order bonus for HITMAN™ 2, those who pre-ordered received instant access to a standalone client that featured a single mission, The Last Yardbird. The client was later discontinued and absorbed into the full game upon release; as such, later additions to the Sniper Assassin game mode (such as new maps or weapons) were not apparent in the standalone version.

IO-Interactive announced on August 17, 2020 to shut down the co-op servers. The shutdown will take place at some point before the release of HITMAN™ III and Sniper Assassin returns as a single player only.[1]

Gameplay Overview

As the title suggests, players are restricted to the use of a sniper rifle during the mission. Players must examine the level and make use of objects in the environment to create accident kills and hide bodies.

Each mission has a number of main targets in addition to a large portion of optional guard targets. If an NPC views suspicious activity (for example, witnessing an elimination or finding a corpse), they will attempt to alert all targets within the level. If the NPC is not eliminated in time, the main targets will attempt to leave the mission area. If any succeed in escaping, the mission will fail. If all main targets have been eliminated during an evacuation, one by one the guards will also attempt to escape.

Once alerted to the sniper's presence, guards will return fire against the player, although it is normally inaccurate and usually poses little danger.

After successfully completing a mission, the results screen will display a score based on your performance. Your score is based on the actions you perform when eliminating targets, such as killing moving targets, killing targets in accidents or explosions, hiding bodies and more. It's also possible to earn streaks by earning the same score bonuses consecutively. Each version of HITMAN™ 2 has its own world leaderboard, allowing you to compare your highest scores against the world, as well as your friends.

Ammunition

There are three different forms of ammo in Sniper Assassin:

Body-Piercing-Ammo-Icon-2018.png Body-Piercing Ammo - High pressure, body-piercing rounds. Unlimited ammo.

Wall-Piercing-Ammo-Icon-2018.png Wall-Piercing Ammo - Wall and body-piercing titanium rounds. Limited ammo, dependent on agent and mastery.

x26px Shockwave Ammo - Rounds which produce a shockwave on impact. Limited ammo, dependent on agent and mastery.

Multiplayer

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After choosing a mission, players are able to invite friends to play Sniper Assassin or otherwise play with random players across the world via Quick Match. From there, each player picks one of the two agents before the mission begins. Players are stationed next to one another and co-operate in order to complete the mission as fast and discreetly as possible. To encourage teamwork, Knight and Stone each only have access to a single special ammunition, body-piercing ammo and shockwave ammo respectively.

In addition to the obvious time bonus gained from an extra player working to complete the mission, another way to increase your final score is to perform Synchronized Kills, a score multiplier which is exclusive to multiplayer. Achieving a Synchronized Kill requires both players to each take out a target within a small time-frame.

When playing in multiplayer, each mission briefing is voiced by Knight and Stone, as opposed to Diana Burnwood. Knight and Stone are evidently more talkative than Agent 47; throughout the mission they will comment on their own accomplishments as well as their partner's.

Mastery

As with most HITMAN™ 2 sandbox locations, Sniper Assassin missions have Mastery progression. Progressing through an agent's mastery levels unlocks perks such as additional levels of zoom, additional special ammunition or faster fire rates, among other perks. Each of the three playable agent's mastery must be leveled individually; for example, increasing Stone's mission mastery in co-op will not alter Knight's mission mastery.

Unlike sandbox locations, however, mastery is not advanced by completing challenges. Your progress is based on your score at the end of each round. While completing challenges in each mission doesn't advance your mastery, they do offer score multipliers so it is recommended that you complete most, if not all, before attempting to max out an agent's mastery.

Missions

Image
Location
Mission Agent and Weaponry
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Himmelstein, Austria The Last Yardbird Agent 47 Sieger 300 Ghost
Knight Jaeger 7 Copperhead
Stone Sieger 300 Redeemer
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Hantu Port, Singapore The Pen and the Sword Agent 47 Druzhina 34 ICA
Knight Jaeger 7 Rude Ruby
Stone Sieger 300 Viper
Siberia.jpg
Perm-14, Siberia, Russia Crime and Punishment Agent 47 Druzhina 34 ICA Arctic
Knight Jaeger 7 Snow Fox
Stone Sieger 300 Ice

Competition

An Agent that doesn’t know their way around a sniper rifle doesn’t belong in the ICA. Pre-order HITMAN™ 2 and compete with Agents across the world. The Agent with the highest score on the solo mode will win a contract of a lifetime.
― HITMAN 2's competition website

Early promotional campaigns for HITMAN™ 2 tasked players with achieving the highest position on HITMAN™: Sniper Assassin's single player world leaderboard for the chance to have their likeness recreated in one of the upcoming missions. [2]

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References

  1. "HITMAN 3 - Game Modes" IO Interactive Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  2. "Win and get your face in HITMAN 2". Official HITMAN website. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
Media of the Hitman series
Main Games Hitman: Codename 47 - Hitman 2: Silent Assassin - Hitman: Contracts - Hitman: Blood Money - Hitman: Absolution - HITMAN™ - HITMAN™ 2 - HITMAN™ III
Other Games Hitman 2 Christmas Game - Hitman: Vegas - Hitman: Sniper Challenge - Hitman: Sniper - Hitman GO - HITMAN™ 2: Sniper Assassin - Hitman Sniper: The Shadows]]
Literature Hitman: Enemy Within - Hitman: Damnation - Agent 47: Birth of a Hitman
Films Hitman (2007) - Hitman: Agent 47
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