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Hitman: Absolution

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Released
20 November 2012
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PC, Xbox 360, PS3
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Hitman: Absolution


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Hitman: Absolution  (2012)
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Let’s allay any reservations hardened Agent 47 fans might have before snapping up a copy of IO Interactive’s sequel to its 2006 master class in stalking and slaying – Hitman: Absolution is one of the most incredibly gratifying stealth games of 2012, despite the massively misfired marketing campaign, which has spent the last twelve months desperately trying to make us believe the silent assassin’s return to the limelight is a bombastic third person shooter teeming with latex nuns and guns.

Absolution is a game that does not want you to rush through its meaty campaign. What it wants – no, begs – you to do, is to explore its marvellously realised world and sniff out the packed roster of morbid executions that can be applied to a series of increasingly nefarious marks. Maybe you’ll poison one goon’s drug stash, yank another out through the window of a cliff-side mansion, or clip the King of Chinatown from a safe distance with a high-powered sniper rifle.

It’s a deliciously disturbing serving of gameplay wrapped up in a slightly daft narrative that kicks into gear with an interesting hook – pitting 47 against his entire agency at the behest of his old handler, Diane – before swiftly derailing. Senseless storyline aside, the DNA of the series remains much the same. However, there have been tweaks including a slow motion headshot mechanic similar to the one found in Ubisoft Montreal’s Splinter Cell: Conviction and Instinct, which allows Agent 47 to track the movements of an enemy or highlight objects of interest. Stir in the crack-like addiction of Contracts mode and you’ve got yourself a Hitman to remember. Let’s just hope that IO Interactive don’t make us wait for another six years before dishing up a further serving of the barcoded beast.


Reviewed by Sebastian Williamson

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I Absolutionly love this game

The latest part of the Hitman gaming series that pits the legendary Agent 47 against the agency and the evil Blake Dexter. This game really has to have a good rating from me because I absolutely love this game (see title), this game is short but fun allowing the path of stealth...or complete cock up. i'm doing a short review for this as I have a limited amount of time. This is definatly a 4. ... More

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Posted by silence1 at 11:43, 13 May 2013 | Report This Post


There You Go; Proof That Creative Changes CAN Work

I adore the Hitman series. I love the need to use more than your trigger finger to complete levels. The Hitman games may not demand it, but they require precision and accuracy to attain the good ranks. Hence, mountains of replayability either experimenting, or just running through the story again. When I was told that Absolution was going to be more accesible and easier than previous instalments, I was a little skeptical. With the end result, however, I couldn't be happier. The levels are as met... More

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Posted by blaud at 17:19, 17 January 2013 | Report This Post


Game of the year.

I personally think that Hitman is game of the year. And - as i see it's not only my opinion. I like its climate, storyline and graphics. And i bought it for €14 at http://www.go2arena.com/hitman.html. So also the price is impressive. ... More

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Posted by chocolade at 13:23, 11 January 2013 | Report This Post


RE: As good as it ever was.

I agree- this game is great. It's very realistic. I really like its graphic. ... More

Posted by chocolade at 08:06, 27 December 2012 | Report This Post


As good as it ever was.

Wow! This game is brilliant. Just like any Hitman fan was hoping it would be. A lot more action packed than other Hitman games, not so much a game breaker if you're spotted now. Not really tried out the contracts mode yet but I have heard good things. ... More

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Posted by tallaght24 at 10:12, 26 November 2012 | Report This Post


As good as it ever was.

Wow! This game is brilliant. Just like any Hitman fan was hoping it would be. A lot more action packed than other Hitman games, not so much a game breaker if you're spotted now. Not really tried out the contracts mode yet but I have heard good things. ... More

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Posted by tallaght24 at 06:46, 26 November 2012 | Report This Post


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