Speedrunners Are Beating Hitman 3’s Dubai Level In Under 10 Seconds

Speedrunners Are Beating Hitman 3’s Dubai Level In Under 10 Seconds
Screenshot: IO Interactive

Hitman 3’s opening level, set in a large tower in Dubai, is made up of various floors, rooms, and security measures. It’s a tricky stage for many players. But if your quick, have a steady hand, and some luck, you can beat the whole thing in about nine seconds.

As spotted by PCGamesN, some Hitman speedrunners have already figured out a super fast way to take out both targets in the opening level.

How do you do it? Well, quickly run up the stairs after spawning into the level, shoot one target on the balcony above then turn to shoot the other target, who is perched above that target on an even higher balcony. Then turn around and book it to the exit which is only a few feet away from the stairs. If you pull this off fast enough, you can beat the whole level in nine seconds.

According to Speedrun.com, speedrunners Wreak and Der_Lauch_Linus are tied, both completing the level in just nine seconds. Below is Wreak’s run.

And if you are wondering, the speedrun time for completing this level while obtaining the silent assassin rank is a bit longer. A whole eight seconds longer.

Currently, GuLe holds the world record in that category, using a technique that is similar to the above runs, but with a sniper. By shooting around the level using a silenced rifle, they can distract guards and NPCs, giving them a window to take out the targets before the bodies are spotted.

Meanwhile, I finally beat my first Hitman 3 level using only a suit and sniper rifle. It took me like 20 minutes. And I save scummed a bit. No world record for me.

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  • That’s the fun part about the Hitman Rube-Goldberg machine, once you learn how it all fits together you can absolutely shatter it with a few well thrown coins or a quick draw. When you start out the suit only/no evidence/all accidents type stuff seems impossible, but as you map it out you start refining what works, moving beyond simply eliminating the targets, and eventually you hit this point where you’re sprinting. You’re setting things up with such confidence that by the time the target hits the floor you’re already exiting the location.

    Reminds me very much of the way Resident Evil tricks you into speed running it just by forcing you to go a bit slow on your first playthrough. You do your second run without using half as much ammo in a fraction of the time and it teaches you that it’s both possible and fun to beat the game in under an hour. They bait you into setting a PB by offering unlocks for good times so you get that runner PB high without even realising you were trying to PB.

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