This has been talked about a few times, although I don’t think in any great detail, but does anyone else sometimes use one of the many outfits available in the game to imagine they’re playing as a different assassin than Agent 47?
Back in the summer, after finishing the sniper maps in full and turning my attention to full completion of the game challenges, I decided to do so while simultaneously playing the game as a different character, so to speak. Using the Guru outfit in the Deluxe tab of the suits menu, I decided to play through the main game as the ICA agent known as The Guru; an old hippie who realized his talent at mixing drugs and chemicals could make him lots of money as a hitman, and whose MO is to exclusively poison his targets. I did not include the sniper maps in this playthrough, as they have no poison option (although since I had a challenge to complete in the Vector sniper mission, I count that as being included to keep Patient Zero consistent), nor will I include the 7DS between the Farewell and Untouchable, but the rest of the main campaign I have gone through as the Guru, with only those last two and the Dartmoor Garden Show left.
I started with ICA training facility and there I had to make the exception of just using emetics to drown the practice targets. From there forward, however, as I completed all challenges for each map to aid in 100% completion, I then played the map through as the Guru. It plays differently than when I play as 47, in which I follow the HPP, as has been well discussed. For the Guru, however, he does not use firearms, except for the Sieker, so that is what I equip him with, as well as the Guru’s emetic grenade, the Guru’s pen, and any other emetic, lethal, or tranquilizer poison object that I can bring into a map, although I try to use those already found on the map as much as possible.
The Guru can use disguises like 47, but in an inversion from the HPP, since he does not wear gloves, to maintain consistency, I do not use disguises with him that have gloves; I dunno why I do weird stuff like that, I just do. For that reason, Ajit Krish is the one target who can consume some kind of poison, but whom I could not administer it to in such a way, as it would have required a gloved disguise, so it was a syringe for him. Sierra Knox also got the syringe, but during her medical checkup, because unique poison opportunities will usually take precedence over simple consumption.
Even Patient Zero got the Guru treatment, although obviously not the suit in the final mission. The most interesting one so far has actually been Apex Predator, because there’s simply no way to use a consume poison option on five targets, let alone all ten present. I brought three poison vials with me and used a consumed rat poison on agent Davenport to get him to the portable toilets, then used the lethal poison syringe agent Banner carries to deal with him, and used my three vials on agents Swan, Lowenthal, and Tremaine. I then knocked out the rest of the agents (and various NPCs who were then stuffed into hiding places), and dragged the unconscious agents to the garden room on the second floor of the biker hideout, and used agent Rhode’s lethal pills to use the humidifier and poisoned the air in the room with the agents’ bodies.
I believe I’ll be done with this playthrough as the Guru tonight or tomorrow, just in time to return to playing in usual 47 fashion again as we get the final challenges for Year 2 and draw up on Freelancer. It’s been fun imagining these as just regular, unrelated targets that the Guru is trying to take out, and I’ve enjoyed playing as him. I’m trying to think up another identity for one of the other available outfits to try different gameplay styles for when the novelty of non-stop Freelancer starts to fade. Maybe the Red Dragon triad suit for a sniper, or the Pride outfit for stabbing each target with the silver saber. Decisions, decisions.
Anybody else do something similar with their own headcanon hitman?