Sunday, December 23, 2018

Hitman 2 - Improvisation Run - Part 2 - Santa Fortuna

With a new setup in tow, the Improvisation Run for Hitman 2 continues. Don't forget to check out my Twitch channel if you want to see these as they are recorded live!

For those of you who are curious, I was able to fight the stream hiccups by switching from OBS to Nvidia Shadowplay, since I use one their GTX 980 graphics card. Since the software would've been designed to work with their own graphics card, I figured I'd have more success with it than with the more general use OBS. As you can see, it's a lot more stable.

Some of my favorite moments in Hitman come from the smallest possible details, like P Powers's tattoo sleeves. When 47 takes the tattoo artist disguise from him, the first thing to notice is that despite never having tattoos before, 47's arms are emblazoned with the same tattoos the now knocked out celebrity had. The second thing of note is that the artist's ink is gone, replaced with smooth skin.

As with the GAMA director's toupee in Hokkaido, the conclusion is that despite making a career as a famous purveyor of body art, Paul Powers doesn't have any tattoos of his own, wearing sleeves to keep up his image. With just one little detail, IO unveils so much about a single character, and that's part of what makes Hitman so good.

While playing through these new missions in Hitman 2, I've noticed also that they've given Agent 47 a lot more spoken lines, both to better sell the aspect of being a "master of disguise" and to add just a bit of characterization. As I talked briefly about on Twitter, also every line is some death-themed innuendo regarding the situation at hand. If nothing else, everyone's favorite murder-boy thinks about killing.

They also play up the angle that no one is paying a hint of attention to the fact that this extremely dangerous looking person is somehow just waltzing in and posing as a tattoo artist to the stars, or whatever else he happens to be dressed up as. IO knows how ridiculous this concept is, and they play it up remarkably well.

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