I’m sitting at the keyboard pretty late tonight. About 10:30pm now as I start to write this. I’ve been seated since 10pm though staring at, or at least thinking about, this blank page here. There is no title. There is no plan. And unfortunately for me, I’ve already used the ‘I Don’t Know‘ theme for such a post just the other night. Miiight be a little bit soon to do it again.

It IS Topic Brainstorming week for Blapril though and I did find a few posts on the art of finding something to write about. I also discovered that something might be in the air. Or the water. Something anyway — as I’m not alone in struggling to find a topic tonight. Although that isn’t an entirely accurate description. I’ve thought of plenty of ideas. Just none of them really appealed right now.

So as you might’ve gathered — I’ve gone with a stream-of-consciousness style approach to beat back the tyranny of the blank page tonight. I actually really quite enjoy reading this style of post from others, yet it’s something I only ever really dabble in myself when I’m up against a time pressure with no clear idea how to beat it. I had started a post on Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord — heck, I even created a new category for it, because I know, know that eventually it will be a game I post a fair amount about.

I’d uploaded my initial batch of screenshots for this post a few days ago even. I was ready! Except… Not. Ori and the Will of the Wisps is in a similar position. Might be an unconscious reaction to having done the Animal Crossing impressions post not all that long ago — and right or wrong; I have an expectation for these impressions style posts to be a little higher in quality than the average throw-away post. When up against a time pressure, I suppose that might be a little daunting! (It’s 10:47pm now — I’m also watching YouTube on the side. I probably shouldn’t if I want to focus… but I’m most certainly not going to stop. ;))

What has sort of been dancing in the back of my mind to perhaps write a little about instead is my first time loading up and playing a wee bit of Hitman 2 the other day.

Hitman 2 — This screenshot was taken with HDR on; but it’s far less washed out or tonally shifted than usual! Main difference I recall between this shot and real game in motion with HDR is the lighting from the house.

You know what I didn’t realise until waaay later than I really should have? That screenshot above — it’s of the first mission in Hitman 2 — it takes place in New Zealand. Hawke’s Bay more specifically. That’s only about a 5 hour drive from where I sit right now!

I didn’t actually notice until I’d died a few times on the actual assassination attempt portion of the mission. Hoo boy did I blow that. Several times. I managed to work my way into a disguise easily enough, but there is an officer.. or.. boss… man… guy… who somewhat recognises his team and calls you out as as a silly-head if you venture too close to where your target is.

I realised the error of my ways on my approach and started to put into action my back-up plan: about-face and walk away like nothing happened.

But it was too late. He demanded I turn around and show him my face.

I saw no advantage to that course of action, so I carried out my walk-away plan. Onto the deck, where he followed me. Here I learnt that Agent 47 had another trick up his sleeve. The false surrender.

Now here was a plan I could get behind.

I put my hands up — still facing away from this guy, who by now had every right to be highly suspicious. I thought he might just shoot me where I stood, but no. He made a mistake. He walked close enough for me to lay hands on his gun with a bit of an acrobatic twist and then knock him out.

Except… I didn’t. You see; there was a bit of a quicktime sequence for the unarmed combat. That’s no problem. But then you were supposed to use the opening it provides to get a proper choke hold for a nighty-night move. I… did not know this. So when this guy shook off the effects of the initial knockin’ around I’d given him, he started to yell.

Skilled assassin Agent 47 may be — but unfortunately, bullet proof he is not. The reactions of the rest of the guard were swift and sure.

Plenty of other attempts ended with plenty of new ways to fail being discovered; but you know what? I actually had a lot of fun. One thing Hitman 2 (and Hitman 1 before it) does incredibly well is offer so many paths to success that something happens that almost never happens for me: I have quite a strong desire to replay levels and meet all the challenges.

I am not a completionist. Not even a little. Not normally. But these games? Somehow? They draw this out of me like crazy. Hitman 2 is still going to have to slot into gaming time that doesn’t clash with multiplayer-with-friends time; but I certainly hope to get in there again and revisit Hawke’s Bay a few more times to meet a few more challenges and achievements. :) (If you’re curious, it’s now 11:15pm — and over the course of writing this post I’ve also put some fresh cans of drink into the fridge, and one into the freezer because I’d like to drink it tonight! Ooh- Oooh; also! Final Fantasy VII remake unlocks in 45 minutes!!)


This was a post for Blapril 2020, the annual blogging event (albeit usually as Blaugust), brought forward to help bring a sense of community during the challenging time of COVID-19. Blaugust is an event aiming to welcome new blogger blood into the fold and revitalise those who’ve been at it a little longer.

The Blaugust Discord is still available to join in, year round!



Naithin

Gamer, reader, writer, husband and father of two boys. Former WoW and Gaming blogger, making a return to the fold to share my love of all things looty.

9 Comments

Rakuno · April 10, 2020 at 3:23 am

I am the same with Hitman games. The best way I could describe them is like a giant puzzle of murdering. It is just fun to try to figure out all the ways you can murder someone and get away with it. And the challenges give even more ideas. :)

Also, I like the kind of dark humor the game has, so it isn’t some super gritty murder simulator. :)

    Naithin · April 10, 2020 at 7:44 am

    You know… Hitman 1 and 2 (as in, the most recent episodic outings) have been my ONLY Hitman games. I bought one of the earlier games (but still relatively recent in the grand scheme of things… It might’ve been the most recent one before Hitman 1 in fact) but I never actually ended up trying it.

    Absolutely nooo idea why. But it turned into this whole thing where I just delayed playing any Hitman game I came into possession of. A trend that carries on through to today (hi!).

    Amusingly, whenever I do bust down that barrier though; I nearly always enjoy them. Even if I’m terrible. Haha.

      Rakuno · April 10, 2020 at 11:30 am

      If by one of the older ones you mean Hitman Absolution you are not missing much. I’ve watch a Let’s Play of it and it is definitely the weakest entry in the series.

      If you want to give a try to an older one, there is Blood Money which aged pretty well.

      Myself, I tried the original Hitman game way back in the days. I think it may have come with a graphics card or something. At the time I wasn’t able to really get into it and completely forgot about the game for years. Unfortunately it didn’t age well at all.

      Then I saw some videos of a guy playing Blood Money and my interest in the series grew so when they released Hitman (2016) was released and it received a lot of praise I knew I wanted to play it and never regreted it one bit. Definitely one of my favorite games. Still got a couple missions to finish, I think, and a bunch of challenges. And one day I need to buy Hitman 2 as well! :)

        Naithin · April 10, 2020 at 11:51 am

        I looked through my Library, and yep — it was Absolution.

        For now at least, I think Hitman 1/2 has enough content for me. After that? We’ll have to see! If I need more Blood Money might be just the thing. :)

        Hitman 2 is in this month’s Humble Choice bundle; 100% recommend picking it up even if just via the lowest bundle possible (depending on what else you might want). :)

          Rakuno · April 10, 2020 at 1:57 pm

          I saw in your post about the Humble Choice Bundle that it is one of the game picks for this month. But honestly none of the other games on it really interests me and I am still not too keen on subscribing for a service that may or may not give me a bunch of interesting games each month.

          I know I could pause it anytime too but as it is the pause might end up lasting for months. If I feel an itch for more Hitman, I might just buy Hitman 2 by itself. For now it will continue on my Wishlist. :)

          Naithin · April 10, 2020 at 5:04 pm

          If you’re not already on the Classic plan, there is nothing to stop you subbing once and hard cancelling. There is no penalty or disadvantage to you for that.

          Hitman 2 does enter the odd decent sale now though, so keep an eye out that way if you prefer, but I’d still be surprised if you saw it go as low as the entry humble choice cost!

Jeromai · April 10, 2020 at 5:01 am

I need to learn to be more receptive of failure while playing Hitman. For some reason, I’m fine with multiple learning/death runs on roguelikes, but I have this incredible need to pretend to be an invincible, errorless, immortal superhero when playing Agent 47.

This leads to spending 45-60+ minutes for a single Hitman attempt at a level because I feel compelled to walk around in circles, observe everything, make plans, maybe sneak around but actually do nothing that might cause a failure. Naturally, I don’t quite get my target either if I risk absolutely nothing. Apparently, I am playing this “wrong.” :)

    Naithin · April 10, 2020 at 7:49 am

    Hah. I understand the inclination though.

    For this mission I’d quite explicitly given myself permission to fail. There wasn’t an explicit training mission this time around (or at least, it didn’t make me do it and rather shoe-horned me into doing this mission after a bit of a story catch-up; now that I’ve seen the menu I think there IS a training mission, so I’ll check that out).

    In any case, because of that, I was just awl, ‘Alright. For SCIENCE then!’ and tried various things out. Knocking people out. Accidental murder. Yep; apparently if you do a ‘takedown’ while holding a silenced pistol…. Well look; it’s really obvious in hindsight, OK? But at the time I was VERY surprised that I just popped three rounds into a guy I had meant to knock down and drag into some nearby bushes or maybe a closet of some kind.

    I think my hang-up is going to be getting the challenges for a mission before moving on. xD

Rakuno · April 10, 2020 at 10:43 pm

Since it seems we got to the maximum number of replies to a comment I will answer here. You do make a good point about the price of one month of Humble Choice vs. the price of regular Hitman 2.

I will think about it a bit more. :)

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