Hitman 2’s Ghost Multiplayer Mode Is a 1v1 Parallel Universe Competition

Are you the best Agent on your Friends list? Now you can find out.

Earlier this week I told you about an hour-long hands-on with the newly revealed Columbian jungle mission in Hitman 2, the not-at-all-episodic, totally-a-fully-fledged-game sequel to 2016’s back-to-its-sandbox-roots Hitman reboot. Following that, I also got to try out Hitman 2’s brand-new Ghost mode, a 1v1 multiplayer showdown that puts two Agent 47’s in the same scenario at the same time, albeit in parallel universes.

What that means is that you’ll each be given a random target somewhere on the map – I played on the Miami level I saw at E3 – with the goal of getting to the target and eliminating them before your opponent can. It’s not simply who gets there first, but once the Other 47 takes his target out, you’ll be on a countdown timer to match the hit, lest your opponent get the point. First to five points wins.

And yes, you can see your opponent in your reality, even if you can’t interact with them.

Exit Theatre Mode

ou’ll need to run everywhere…except when you can’t, which makes the tension of waiting all the more anxiety-inducing. As you can see in the gameplay video above (the footage is of my first and only time playing Ghost so far…be nice in the comments, please!), it plays a bit faster than the regular Hitman 2 gameplay because speed is of the essence. You’ll need to run everywhere…except when you can’t, which makes the tension of waiting all the more anxiety-inducing, knowing that your opponent may be getting closer.

Each of you gets random weapon drops, but I found them to be mostly useless, at least in this initial play session. You can’t just pull out a gun and shoot your target in plain view of others because you won’t get the point for the hit; you have to take them out quietly. I found it quicker, easier, and more efficient to simply sneak up to the target, get them alone, and then snap their neck.

Ghost does have some tricks up its sleeve, though. Namely, the Ghost Coin. I found but sadly didn’t get to use it.

As an Io Interactive development team member explained it to me, you can throw the Ghost Coin into your opponent’s reality. That means if you’re both close to a target, you can chuck the coin near some guards or any people in view, which will throw a wrench into your enemy’s plans to silently dispatch of the current target, give you a leg up on doing so and scoring the point before they can recover.

Exit Theatre Mode

I’ll need to play a lot more, but my first impression is that Ghost has potential. Making a good multiplayer stealth game is not easy; outside of Splinter Cell’s legendary Spies vs.

Mercs mode, I struggle to find another good example. But Ghost is a fresh idea, at least. We’ll see where its premise leads.

Ryan McCaffrey is IGN’s Executive Editor of Previews. Follow him on Twitter at @DMC_Ryan, catch him on Unlocked, and drop-ship him Taylor Ham sandwiches from New Jersey whenever possible.

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