Hitman 3 speedrunners have managed to finish the game’s first level in less than 10 seconds, and they’re only getting faster, with the current leader beating it in just eight.
The Dubai assassination mission ‘On Top Of The World’ can be beaten incredibly quickly due to the position of the two main targets at the start of the level, and Speedrun.com currently shows a number of users vying to claim the Any% world record, with 5 people currently cracking the sub-10 second mark.
User Goron managed to finish it in eight seconds on January 25 and, as can be seen in the accompanying video, they don’t need to even walk up the stairs to dispatch of the two marks. Using the Atrium elevator entrance to the level, Goron first shoots the wall to alert the targets – stopping them from moving – before quickly picking them off with a silenced pistol. Then, all they need to do is head back to the elevator to complete the mission. Could it be done in even faster? Only time will tell, but our money’s on yes.
But what about getting the Silent Assassin accolade too? Goron has to compromise 47 to complete the mission (brilliantly, an 8-second finish only awards a 2-star rating for the level), but other users have found ways to complete Dubai in less than 20 seconds while staying completely hidden. User GuLe manages it in just 17 seconds by using a silenced sniper, pinging walls to draw the targets into their crosshairs. Going forward from here, the sky’s the limit really. Never tell speedrunners the odds.
In other Hitman 3 news, check out our review of the game, which we scored a 9, calling it “one of the barcoded butcher’s best appearances.” If you’re just kicking off your journey into the World of Assassination, check out our 17 Hitman 3 tips to help you become a master assassin.
Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.