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Featured Game Spotlight: Contract Killer 2

October 25, 2012 - Written By Justin Diaz

Nothing gets me quite like staring down the scope of sniper, ready to take aim and squeeze the trigger. Contract killer 2 will let you do just that. I was a fairly big fan of the original Contract Killer. And who can complain about a free game that’s this good. Don’t let my positive description fool you; it’s not nearly as good as Shadowgun, Dead Trigger, N.O.V.A. 3 or the like. However, it is pretty damn good for paying nothing and it sure is a hell of a lot of fun. In Contract Killer 2 you will be playing as Jack Griffin, a contract killer who has gone international to take down the worst enemies yet. With a varied arsenal of weapons at your disposal and a trained eye for long-range kill shots, you will have to sneak into places more dangerous than you ever imagined and wipe out the enemy for good. Use your mix of long-range sniper skills and close range hand to hand combat to annihilate your foes.

Right off the bat, I could tell that this game had some graphical goodness to it, like a digital chocolate chip cookie all wrapped up in a nice neat little package. The problem that I have noticed with this is, that on lower end devices or even on really high-end ones like my Galaxy nexus, the game is quite laggy. I’m interested to see how this plays on a tegra 3 device. The game is an improvement over the last contract killer game I played. As it lets you move from spot to spot kinda like Frontline Commando (but less linear), another Glu mobile shooter in the third person genre. Moving between locations is a nice touch to the game too, because it keeps things fresh during combat. Controls are also easy to get used to. If you’ve ever played any of the Glu mobile titles of this nature, i.e. gesture combat, or their third person shooters you know what I’m talking about. Whenever you need to perform a certain action or move to a new area of cover there will be a designated location by a flashing point on the screen. Most of the moves are directed (accompanied by a helpful tip) at least for the first part of the game, much like a tutorial. A mandatory tutorial that you have no choice but to play with unfortunately. Although this is a small annoyance, it’s something that I think should be given to the player as a choice. At the very least, I think Glu should make the instructions quick and very, very short.

Contract killer 2 also has a leveling up system. Similar to that of Death Dome which I wrote about last week. As you progress through certain contract missions, you will gain experience points and when you have obtained enough of them you will level up. Leveling up will give you the ability to disperse your points to certain attributes and you also gain in-game cash for fulfilling your contracts, which, of course will allow you to buy new guns and other new weapons. So far, I have to say that I enjoy using the throwing knives which they start you out with immediately upon beginning the game. I just have a soft spot for usable items like this. I suppose it’s because it was my favorite thing to kill the enemy team with in Call of Duty. There’s no better feeling. In addition to the payments you receive from finishing contracts, certain items will cost gold. Which you will accrue at a low rate. You can save up or you can buy more through in app purchases. It seems items and cash can be bought as well. This is a Glu mobile game after all and we’ve all known for a while now that they have chosen the freemium model for their games.

The game is varied enough to definitely keep one interested. Switching between first-person sniper contracts that require silencers, scopes and precision, and third-person assault contracts that will have you using your stealth and cunning to sneak up on your enemies to take them out with melee attacks and close range weaponry. The game even has a system for achievements set up for all you achievement whores out there. (You know who you are. OK… I admit it I just need to get them all!) Completing dozens of unique challenges to earn titles, and badges a.k.a. achievements will put you in the frequent killer club. ( You get a card just like a frequent diner! How exciting…) Lots of objectives will keep you entertained for a while. Missions seem to be short as well so it has the ever popular pick up and play feel to it which makes it great for short little stints at work or on breaks. Or play into the wee hours of the morning.

Contract Killer 2 will have you somewhat addicted. It was actually kinda hard for me to put it down at first. If you were a fan of the first, or just love free games, Contract Killer 2 will not disappoint. The link to the play store is below. Cheers!