I understand your POV, but mine is that the wording is poorly chosen, if what you say is true.
“Optional” has a very precise definition. If what you describe is true, it should have been named “bonus”, not “optional”.
What Collins says about “optional” is this: “adjective possible but not compulsory; left to personal choice.”
Now about “bonus”: “A bonus is an extra amount of money that is added to someone’s pay, usually because they have worked very hard.”
These “optional” objectives should be renamed as “bonus” objectives. I know I am being very strict about word usage, but words have meanings, and they should be used appropriately.
Therefore, as long as the “normal” rules for “silent assassin” rating are respected (no bodies found, blah blah), you should get the silent assassin rating. And if you desire to accomplish the additional bonus complications, then your score gets increased by a certain amount of points. But it should be a bonus, not the other way around. Otherwise don’t call these complications “optional”.
I know you don’t make the rules @Hatch, and I thank you kindly for explaining this issue to me, but I humbly ask @Travis_IOI to revise this. Either the scoring system, or the wording.
Thank you all for your participation! (even though this issue is only the tip of the iceberg, please first fix serious bugs likes grenades flying through walls, ennemies spotting you through concrete, things like that)
Hitman is my favorite franchise ever, please please do not make it another L4D2… A great game but riddled with so many unfixed bugs…