The Hidden Life Of A Random Hitman NPC

The Hidden Life Of A Random Hitman NPC

If you want immediately murder someone in the newest Hitman episode, you can do that. You can also just stand around listening to this one dude talk on his phone.

The new episode sends Agent 47 to the Italian villa of Sapienza, where he gets two new targets and a ton of options for dispatching them. We’ll have more to say about how it all holds together shortly, assuming I can stop getting distracted by this mobile phone dude.

Shortly after the new mission starts, you’ll see a guy in a grey shirt and shorts come wandering down the plaza stairs after finishing his cigarette. He gets a call on his phone. As it turns out, that call can be from a bunch of different possible people, and the game randomly selects one each time you restart the level.

They’re unusually well-written, too. I became fascinated by these fleeting glimpses into this guy’s life, so I cut together a video.

Among other things, you’ll hear him grow frustrated with customer service (been there), get angry at the local video rental place for accusing him of having an overdue movie (been there), bend over backwards to avoid a fight about scones (been there more or less) and simply marvel at the weather (am there right now).

The scones conversation in particular is just outstanding. I don’t know who comes up with the overheard dialogue in this game, but they’re doing great work.


  • This, more than anything else, makes me want to buy this game! Oh this and uncle fuzzy.

  • People are so focused on causing a fuss about the episodic format, the “online” save game and PC optimisation issues that they forget that this game is simply good fun, and there is an attention to detail that is often overlooked. Alot of gears moving in these locations that makes it great fun to experiment with.

  • This was actually pretty funny. Although I won’t be interested in getting this game until the full package has been released. I can’t even do Telltale’s episodic stuff until it’s all been released, let alone a 3rd person action/stealth game. TV shows I can endure in dribs and drabs, but for a game I need to be able to sit down and play it from start to finish. Call me old fashioned.

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