Square Enix Montreal has an excellent track record of adapting its console and PC titles to mobile, and Hitman Sniper: The Shadows is no exception.
This sequel to the hugely popular Hitman Sniper is no ordinary shooter. Instead, it’s part action, part puzzle, part RPG, with gameplay that tests your gray matter as much as your trigger finger.
Set after the mysterious departure of Agent 47, Hitman Sniper: The Shadows is an all-new adventure featuring a team of ICA operatives called Initiative 426 – or, to use their much cooler moniker, The Shadows. .
Your objective is to travel the world shooting criminals, defeating other players and building your reputation.
And here’s how it works.
The story campaign in Hitman Sniper: The Shadows lets you fight your way through a series of single-screen stages, organized into chapters. They take place from eight different vantage points around a Canadian hill station or an abandoned Atacama facility inhabited by bad guys.
At the start of each stage, you get the full view. There’s a Scope-In button, which shows your scope, and a vertical slider to zoom in further – or you can just pinch to zoom in if you prefer.
The Instinct icon, on the other hand, gives you a kind of thermographic view of the level in which your targets are marked in glowing orange, and objects you can interact with appear in white.
To complete a mission, you must meet three contract conditions: kill the main target, kill all the guards, and score a certain number of points. On top of that, there are bonus conditions you can complete for extra points. These include things like putting a body in a wood chipper, killing someone with a heat lamp, etc.
That’s right: Hitman Sniper: The Shadows lets you kill people in a variety of creative ways.
Hitman Sniper is a stealth franchise, so it’s no surprise that shooting people in plain sight is generally discouraged. Choose people in front of witnesses or leave bodies lying around and you risk attracting attention.
Luckily, you can cover your tracks by making your kills look like accidents and disappearing bodies.
For example, you can shoot the cord holding a chandelier so it falls on an unsuspecting enemy, and if you take out a target while they’re standing next to a window, they’ll fall through and disappear. Either way, it’s like you’ve never been there.
Basically, you can create these opportunities using the environment. For example, shooting the light at the plinth under a statue will draw curious enemies towards it. A well-placed second shot at the base of the statue sees it topple over and crush your unfortunate victim.
Each stage is full of opportunities like this, so it’s always a good idea to spend some time scouting before you start shooting. The caveat is that PvP missions are timed, so you can’t afford to spend too much time weighing your options.
The goal in Hitman Sniper: The Shadows is to score as many points as possible. The higher your score, the better your prizes.
You can maximize your score in several ways, by killing enemies as they move or by luring targets to a particular location. Headshots, multiple kills, accidental kills, body kills, and special ability kills all result in bonus points.
But the best way to earn mega points is to take advantage of your agent’s expertise. There are six different agents to unlock, all with their own unique abilities, rifle stats, and types of expertise.
For example, Knight, your starting agent, is an expert in headshots, which means you get a lot of points – and therefore rewards – every time Knight shoots someone in the head.
Rewards are available not only for completing Campaign Contracts, but also through PvP events, opening Free Chests, gaining reputation on the ICA Reputation Road, completing Taste, winning PvP matches, and opening Star Chests.
These rewards allow you to upgrade your gear and character, unlock new agents, equip and upgrade gun parts, and fuse gun parts to increase their max level. This in turn allows you to earn more points to spend on more upgrades and unlocks.
Each stage of Hitman Sniper: The Shadows is different, and it’s worth varying your approach depending on the challenge you face. Even so, if you spend some time scouting and take advantage of each agent’s expertise, you’ll be fine.
You can download Hitman Sniper: The Shadows from Google Play and the App Store by clicking here.