From what we’ve seen, there are going to be two new sniper locations included with the expansions that come with Hitman 2.
My first question: is anyone actually looking forward to that? If yes, why?
I’m asking this because “The Last Yardbird” mission sits untouched at the end of my mission selection screen, and I see it very rarely (if never) in Hitman youtube uploads. It’s almost never discussed here, either.
I’m alright with a map like that as an “appetizer”, something to appease me during draughts of Hitman content, much like Hitman GO. The competition that it included in the run-up to Hitman releases is nice, but goes over the heads of most people.
It offers completely different gameplay, and not gameplay I’m exactly looking for in Hitman games. While I like sniping in missions (at least in earlier Hitman games), the sniper maps feel too arcadey for me.
Second question: How do you think these kinds of missions could be made better? What do you expect from a good sniper map?
One of them would be randomization for me. A bit like “The Vector”, where you get different targets every time. Also different routing for fixed targets would be welcome.
Another suggestion would be to use an existing location, also like The Vector map, and allow us a different view of the premises we know so well. Maybe have different “starting locations” as well, each offering new perspectives and new kill opportunities.
Honestly, my most frank suggestion would be to cancel the two sniper maps, and make new normal mission instead. Maybe just one normal mission if the work involved is much heavier than creating a sniper map. These are just not my cup of tea. But maybe I’m playing them wrong?