Hitman (2016) Episodic Catch-All

Bundles aren't. But Hitman is in the Humble Monthly, which is subscription.

I've not subscribed to monthly before. If I just wanted the hitman bundle I'm assuming I could pay for the one month and then unsubscribe immediately so just a one off?

You definitely can. They also give you the option of pausing the subscription for any months you don't want, which is what I do.

Based on my Steam friends list, it seems like a few other people here picked up Hitman 2. So -- what do other people think? So far I've only played the intro map and Miami and .... it's more Hitman. Which is exactly what I wanted it to be! The first map was pretty small but Miami was surprisingly large with ton of different things to do. I finished it once and hope to get some time to go back tonight and do things differently.

The systems polish with the onscreen bracketing and picture in picture makes things a lot more understandable. It still balances the immersive sim with just the right amount of absurdity. And I chuckled when I realized that a music video for the in-game band The Class is what's playing on the projector in the Prologue as you approach the beach house.

I really want to try out the multiplayer stuff after I'm more familiar with Miami.

I've been through Miami three times now. The first two times, I did the full guided story kills for both targets. What's interesting is that even with the guides set to full, it will get you most of the way to the kill, but doesn't take you all the way. Basically, it shows you how to set up the window for it, but leaves it up to you to figure out or decide exactly how to off the target. Which is pretty cool, because it's not always totally obvious.

I don't know if they did anything with the engine optimization, but I've got a very mid-range PC, and with settings at max, I'm still getting a solid 60 fps while streaming to the steam link, even in the middle of a super crowded area, and there's probably bigger crowds here than there were in any of the Hitman 1 levels.

So basically, yeah, more Hitman, which is great. I was slightly disappointed to find out that there's very few escalations available so far. I think the original game's maps have one each, and that's it. I came to the first game late, so there were tons in that one, and I didn't realize the majority of those were added after launch, so I'm sure they'll get to them for 2. Some funny but maybe spoiler-y moments from Miami:

Spoiler:

- I killed a target by dressing as a filthy hippie food cart vendor, luring him outside by serving him some coconut balls, then killing him by whacking him over the head with a fish, making him fall in the ocean and drown. I then escaped in a speedboat.
- Multiple failed attempts at taking out one particular guard, and getting spotted five different ways while dragging his body before deciding this wasn't working.
- Finding out the flamingo mascot costume has surprisingly free access to places.
- There's a battle axe in the gym. I have no idea why.
- Taking out two researchers in a room with an android arm, and nobody noticing.

I really wish they'd put in a Giant Bomb-style randomizer.

Have done a deeper dive on miami and played all the levels once.
Can't wait for escalations.

I've been focusing on learning Miami first so that I stand a chance at killing Sean Bean successfully, instead of mucking it up like I did all the Hitman 1 elusives that I tried.

I’d only played Miami twice, but I thought I’d try to get Bean in the lab since I’d spent the most time in that building. Butterfingers here messed up a silent takedown of a lab tech, so I had to skedaddle and ended up at the track, never having been there before. Luckily, I had brought the sniper rifle in the briefcase, and patience won out after I knocked out the guys in the control room, and pulled off the sniper kill detailed in the briefing. Loved the dialogue in the conference room while disguised as the engineer. So good!!

Had a hilarious elusive target run last night. The target is a repeat from Hitman 1, a cardinal in Sapienza who hangs out in the church. Lots of guards, but the intro movie showed him moving around the church grounds. The church has a spire, so I figure I'll bring a sniper rifle in a briefcase. I also start with a lockpick (because always start with a lockpick), and stash some lethal pills in the safehouse. I also start in the safehouse. Grab my poison, and pick up the exploding golf ball because why not, and head over to the church.

I head in through the mortuary, and quickly knock out the church staff guy in there and get changed. This actually isn't looking great because there's a lot of white dots wandering around. Apparently the church staff is very well known. I make my way inside, start looking around for the cardinal, and head up the spire. Quickly gank the guard up on top and look around. Amazingly, the cardinal is just standing in a little courtyard at the bottom, in the open, surrounded by guards. I start unpacking the rifle, but by the time I get it out, he's headed inside. I hang out at the top for a bit to see if he comes back out, but he's too busy praying and chatting people up. I decide I should head down to get eyes on and scope out his pattern, so I pack the gun back up and head down.

As I get to the bottom, I see him start heading back toward me with his two bodyguards. Oh crap, I bet he's going to hang out under the bell! I book it back up to the top, and wait. I've never actually done the bell thing before, so I'm guessing on the timing. I wait until I think he's underneath, and let it go. Non-target killed. Target lockdown. Dammit. The search starts, but nobody thinks to come all the way up the spire, so I just wait. When the search ends, I search around for the target, and realize he's back standing in that courtyard. Score! pull out the rifle, aim, and....the goddamn railing is in the way of the shot. I try everywhere up there, but there's no way to get a shot over the railing. Damn it forty-seven, learn to lean!

I basically give up on the idea of the rifle, and head down to see if I can find a more direct window. The target and his four guards are still hanging out, so I start thinking about whether there's a way to toss this golf ball into the middle of them without being seen. I consider it for a while, then decide there's a real good chance that the doofus will step completely out of cover to chuck the ball and get spotted in the process, so I decide not to risk it. The target and his guards start wandering around the graveyard. I follow, looking for a golf ball opportunity, and trying not to think about how I could have totally sniped him if I'd stayed up top. At some point during all this, I made a detour down to the basement to disable the security cameras, and found a much more incognito priest outfit to wear.

Eventually he gives up on the graveyard, and heads back inside. Most of the guards stay outside, and only one comes with him. They head for the basement. OOOOH! I follow. It's just the two of them, no witnesses. I pull out my golf ball. I wait until we're well away from anyone. I line up my throw, hoping to hit them both in the blast. Throw!

Non-target killed. The cardinal is on his back, but I see him get up a few seconds later. Goddamit. I head back up to the tower to let the heat die down. When it does, I see that the guy is still in the basement. I book it down there to see what I can salvage. I've got a few guns, a knife, the briefcase with this stupid rifle, and a crowbar. Fortunately, no white dots between the two guards in the room and the cardinal, so I just hang around and wait. The cardinal wanders for a bit, then heads for the door back upstairs. The guards don't move.

Nobody goes with him, and I realize that while my bell and ball escapades missed him, they did take out his two personal guards, so now he's wandering around alone. THIS IS MY CHANCE! I wait until he's at the stairs, walk up behind him, pull out my knife, and gank him. No witnesses. I book it. By the time they find the body, I'm halfway to the speed boat. No problems on the way, and I escape.

I was still carrying that stupid sniper rifle in the briefcase at the end.