Were all aware of Agent 47 a bald, urbane super-assassin, genetically engineered to be a ruthless killing machine. This, combined with his natty sideline in leather gloves and sharp suits make him out as some cold, calculating monster, and the way he goes about his business compliments this myth. He prowls around with the worlds most silent shoes and a garrotte wire, taking down those stupid enough to focus at a wall for too long. Hes in and out of the targets manor like smoke, never noticed and completely silent. Yet theres another side to 47 that of the complete basket case.
Now, the Hitman games have always been pretty up front with how open they are, so youre always able to blast through a mission if you want. 47 himself is completely aware of this, because hes always carrying his heroically overpowered Silverballers. So far, so videogame, you might think. But its when you look at the other items in his inventory that you see just how crazy our favourite assassin is. 47 can be made to always carry some adrenaline and painkillers to alleviate the nasty effects of bullet wounds.
Ill state that again to counteract pretty serious wounds, hes got tablets and adrenaline. Now, thats already insane, but when you find out that the painkillers were made for horses, its really time to call the men in white coats. Here you have the worlds foremost assassin, and hes occasionally rocking into some swank Eastern European hotel high on Ketamine and carrying enough adrenaline to counter-act an overdose just in case he walks into some bullets. Breaks the illusion somewhat, doesnt it? No wonder he wears some outlandish disguises he's off his nut on drugs.
But the most astounding thing is that 47s plans work better than you could ever imagine. The guy can shut out the pain and just keep on trucking, simply because hes nuts. He can sustain more holes than your average game of Kerplunk, but still aim without a hint of discomfort. Better still, if he notches five headshots while on deaths door, he gets a health boost, finally breaking the door down between first aid and violence. He runs on drugs, rock-and-roll and headshots to the extent that hes actually cured by it. Simply astonishing.
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