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Post by Eorl @ 12:25pm 20/11/12 | 18 Comments
After nearly seven years since Hitman: Blood Money, IO Interactive is back with their latest Agent 47 title, Hitman: Absolution, complete with more baldness and black suit apparel. The title sees Agent 47 being betrayed by those he once trusted and now hunted by the police, he suddenly finds himself at the center of a dark conspiracy and must embark on a personal journey through a corrupt and twisted world, in his search for the truth.

Our best assassin Dylan Burns was put on the case to find out just how the latest Hitman title has come along, and whether it lives up to the previous stealth titles that many fans have fallen in love with.
Hitman: Absolution has muddied its waters. The story is interesting enough and full of wacky characters and situations, but it has lost that clinical, professional feel that the series perfected in Blood Money.
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arkter
Posted 12:59pm 20/11/12
shame
Grundar
Posted 07:41pm 20/11/12
Sadly unsurprised, given the media releases and that trailer it seemed kind of inevitable that it would fall this way. I could live with a more "compressed" Hitman game but hearing that you "have" to use "instinct" is disappointing, more disappointing is the mention that your clinical approach to a hit is ruined by some cutscene that makes those efforts useless.
Phandaal
Posted 12:47pm 21/11/12
Damn. Should have a read a review before buying.
DeadlyDav0
Posted 01:32pm 21/11/12
lol. Did you preorder for the phat loot?
jay
Posted 02:14pm 21/11/12
Anyone here watch Good Game on ABC?
GG and QGL being my trusted review sources, this week they interestingly had pretty much the opposite to say about Black Ops and Hitman.
ravn0s
Posted 02:20pm 21/11/12
i was suprised GG gave it such good scores. Baj even said it was his most favourite stealth game of all time.

last edited by ravn0s at 14:20:09 21/Nov/12
DeadlyDav0
Posted 02:55pm 21/11/12
Love GG. Gotta watch it, taped it.
Khel
Posted 03:41pm 21/11/12
Baj even said it was his most favourite stealth game of all time


Does he normally like really hardcore stealth games though? It seems to me, from various reviews I've read, that it doesn't appeal to people who like really hardcore stealth-in-and-assassinate type of games, cos it takes liberties and isn't too strict and uses cutscenes and quicktime events and other stuff during assassinations, etc. But for people who aren't huge fans of stealth games, but like cool action games with some stealth thrown in, those types seem to be liking it.
natslovR
Posted 04:09pm 21/11/12
i was expecting GG to pan it and was surprised when they liked it so much, almost made me want to try it, then i remember i have no time for gaming :(
Cheez
Posted 06:03pm 21/11/12
I pre ordered way back thinking the steam price of $45 was a mistake and to get in before they changed it. Downloaded files last nite, go to play after work today and saying files are corrupt, go thru the checking of files etc. still no good so back to downloading again.
Fixah
Posted 07:18pm 21/11/12
Sadly unsurprised, given the media releases and that trailer it seemed kind of inevitable that it would fall this way. I could live with a more "compressed" Hitman game but hearing that you "have" to use "instinct" is disappointing, more disappointing is the mention that your clinical approach to a hit is ruined by some cutscene that makes those efforts useless.
i does have purist mode which takes away all sorts of indicators etc. Youll even have to remember how many bullets you have left in your piece.
Eorl
Posted 09:09pm 21/11/12
Sadly unsurprised, given the media releases and that trailer it seemed kind of inevitable that it would fall this way. I could live with a more "compressed" Hitman game but hearing that you "have" to use "instinct" is disappointing, more disappointing is the mention that your clinical approach to a hit is ruined by some cutscene that makes those efforts useless.

Play instinct mode. Seriously it is beyond hard, it is quite near impossible. You only have a crosshair and that is it.
BladeRunner
Posted 09:24pm 21/11/12
GMG would not cancel my pre-order because I activated the sniper challenge code. I thought what the hell, I might as well use it. I am enjoyig it so far, Playing on hard difficulty. The only thing to annoy me is this instinct crap, you can't just try and blend in with out it.
Grundar
Posted 10:19pm 21/11/12
I've picked it up for dirt cheap and am giving it a bash through on Professional Expert level, Professional Purist level is bloody hard and fun, but I'll give that a full bash on another play through - it's a mode that punishes hard especially when you don't know the levels at all, it's geared towards having played the game already and having prior knowledge of areas etc.. in fact I'm pretty sure it says it there on the description of the difficulty level.

So far the game has that Hitman stalk and plan on the go feel to it that I enjoy though the environments are small and cramped which makes you feel rather unnaturally confined and feels, to me, to go against the grain of the previous Hitman environmental options (as it were). As it is I have used instinct on the tutorial mission and when I was doing the King hit to get an instinct kill in quick so I could vanish away while the opportunity was there. I'm not finding that I need to use it to plot paths as you can still observe patrols and there is a hell of a lot of hiding spaces. Using it though does give you a fairly big leg up on the game, on the "enhanced mode" I imagine it will play almost like amore sneaky cover shooter, albeit with better suits.

I am disappointed with the cut scenes which very much intrude upon my playstyle. 47 is portrayed as becoming more human, being less clinical about his approach to everything so there is an explanation for the "softening" of 47's traditional persona. I actually don't mind the story so far though I think it intrudes into the actual gameplay a little too often and has the habit of attempting to force the one style of gameplay - where as previous Hitman games always generally allowed more open options.

Also GG reviews are very hit and miss for me, there is no way this is the best stealth game ever, not even close to it, but that doesn't mean it can't be someones favourite stealth game (Thief series wins for me in that regard).
D
Posted 03:31pm 01/12/12
Played Hitman over the years and usually got bored pretty quick, even being a fan of "stealthy + assassin" style games. Didn't plan on buying Absolution but got it the other day when picking up cheap copy of Asassins Creed 3 (suckz goatz ballz) - all in all I reckon this is a bloody good game, highly playable, loads of different ways to approach levels, great graphics and cut scenes. Not a fan of "Action" games but it certainly drops you into the drivers seat. I think they've done a good job with it - would have given it a higher rating imo.
Khel
Posted 05:43pm 01/12/12
It looks interesting, but I'm already playing through and enjoying AC3 and I figured I don't need two 3rd person assassin games on the go at once, don't have enough time to play what I've got as it is!

My brother is interested in getting it though, so I might just wait till he gets it then borrow his copy when hes done.
DeadlyDav0
Posted 06:46pm 01/12/12
Finished DLing a 'test' version yesterday. Will see how it plays soon. Looks like they've gone for a more streamlined splinter cell from the gameplay vids i saw which doesnt look too bad.
Joshua
Posted 08:40pm 02/12/12
I played through the whole game and thoroughly enjoyed it
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