I have played Killer 3 for 20 hours, and I have not left its first level. Not because I didn’t beat it. Oh no, that’s because I can’t stop beating it. I assassinated these two targets dozens of times in Dubai. I have secretly killed people with poison, parachutes and chandeliers. I have put on all possible disguises. I have played an upgrade mission. A lot of people told me how awesome the other missions of Killer 3 are: the murder mystery of Dartmoor, the club in Berlin or the city streets of Chongqing. I believe them! But when I haven’t figured out how to solve this imminent and important task, how should I continue to throw five choppers at five different targets hanging in the air around Dubai?
I have a hunch that this will happen. I already own the first two games of Io Interactive’s killer trilogy, but haven’t touched them yet. The invisible puzzler is accustomed to putting my free time in the same dangerous constraints as Agent 47.As PC Gamer’s Best Game of the Year selection approaches, I think of all our compliments Killer 3 comments And decided it was time to grit your teeth. After spending 20 hours combing through the entire Burj Al-Ghazali Tower in Dubai in a weekend, it became clear that I was afraid that Killer 3 was right.
The thrill of killing
It started to be naive. Because this is my first killer journey, I decided to follow a mission in Dubai. These guided story paths will guide you to assassinate targets in a mission-like manner to help introduce each invisible sandbox level and how it works. The Raptor mission is hard to miss, starting with an overheard conversation in a public space between the two guards and another assassin. I was ordered to incapacitate this opponent and use his clothes to disguise myself for the first meeting with Carl Ingram, one of my true assassination targets. After doing some dirty work of Ingram (some free assassinations) and more dressing up (as an attic guard), I ended up killing him on the top floor of the tower.
After finishing, I think I should also take on the (In)Security story mission and guide me to kill the second target in Dubai, Marcus Stuyvesant. Well, after completing the two story missions, shouldn’t I just do the third mission “How strong autumn” and then kill the two goals together? By then, I had already begun to adapt to life in Dubai, and unconsciously wandering around in various areas of the tower. At that time, I overheard a strange exchange between the two guards about the security exercise scheduled for the next day.
“It’s easy,” one person explained to the other, “the two of us are stationed here and underneath the card reader. We received an alert—we all swipe and bingo—locked.”
“What if another guard is in the toilet?”
“Well, the time is up, if that happens, I should be able to run down and activate another swipe at the same time. But I think it needs a little practice…”
I overheard a lot of real-life conversations about the importance of eavesdropping on killer NPC conversations, and my ears stood up. If they are fast enough, can one person sound two alarms at the same time? This is not the chatter of world construction. This is a challenge.
I observed the walls of the tower with Agent 47’s intuition and found two alarm points: one was just outside the office on the top floor, and the other was in the hallway upstairs. Wearing my penthouse guard uniform, I can walk safely through the cleaning staff and back stairs at the appropriate time to avoid being spotted by the guard who recognizes me. After planning the route, I triggered the alarm system the first time I tried.
After determining the time, my accomplice warned me by radio that both targets would go to the helipad to evacuate, and I only had zero seconds to celebrate. I forgot how to get to the helipad, pacing back and forth in panic, wondering if I shot Agent 47 in the foot. Fortunately, I heard over the radio that both targets actually left the helipad. “Their last chance is a parachute,” my contact warned me. “Make sure this doesn’t happen!”
parachute? I saw the parachute. Where Did I see the parachute? With a more alarmed stomping, I remembered that I had seen them on the wall, conveniently hung beside the siren outside the office on the top floor. I put it there, opened each parachute box, and was happy to find the prompt “destroy the parachute”.
I stabbed a fatal hole in two escape slides and hid in a corner in time, just in time for the two targets to jog up the back stairs to the penthouse. Next to them was a team of guards. They were too late to take them. Saved from fate. I happily climbed behind this doomed team and watched both Ingram and Stuwenson jumped from the top of the cloud tower by their own well-meaning protectors. I saw two “target elimination” notifications on the radio, followed by “we got 47 targets”.
That was the moment Hitman 3 grabbed my neck.
Since curiosity brought the first big reward, I have been chasing the same adrenaline. After successfully completing that combined killing, I was determined to climb back to Dubai level by level in various disguise to listen to new skills and special killing settings.
I pretended to be the attic chef who poisoned Carl Ingram’s dinner. I figured out the exact angle at which I could hide behind the main atrium stage and throw a gold brick at the chief. I can’t complete the challenge that comes naturally. No, no, then it’s time to dive into the full list of challenges in Dubai and tick each one: kill two targets with a sniper rifle, escape the level by helicopter, and take pictures of Sheikh sleeping.
Now I am too deep. I have been in Dubai for 20 hours and my pride requires me to check every challenge before leaving. I have come this far. Sunk cost fallacy? Never saw her.
I still need to complete the third level of Sinbad’s rigorous upgrade mission, which requires me to find five kitchen knives and use them to hit five different targets, usually in restricted areas, all over the tower. After that, it was time for a silent assassin run that only applies to suits. I definitely haven’t considered this route.
Maybe I will go to Dartmoor before 30 hours, but I didn’t make any promises.