Developer: Eidos Interactive
Publisher: Square Enix
Agent 47 is back and ready to quiet assassinate those who stand in his way. Or is he? It’s been over 6 years since the last Hitman game – Has Eidos lost their touch or is it just as good as it predecessors?
Hitman Absolution is the first story to add the human element to Agent 47. He’s been ordered to take out Diana Barrows, his old handler from the previous games. Diana had taken the Agency, a clandestine assassination organization, from the inside and the Agency wants her dead. Knowing this, Agent 47 takes the job. He finds Diana and just before she dies, She asks Agent 47 to watch after a very special girl.
With Diana’s death at his hands, Agent 47 decides to cast aside The Agency for good and take the job protecting this special girl from anyone who want to get their hands on her.
The story, again, is a very humanizing experience for both player and Agent 47 alike. It’s a straight forward story about betrayal and trying to keep this special girl from the bad guys. While the story itself feels more in line with one of the recent Transporter movies – It’s definitely a welcomed change of pace from the typical cold story of Agent 47.
There’s more intrigue added to the over-all plot as well. While still simple, Hitman Absolution gets the job done.
The gameplay has been updated tremendously to include enhanced and more difficult AI and gameplay mechanics have also seen their share of updates as you can use “Instinct Mode” which can help you keep disguise while walking past an enemy or predict where a target is going. Hitman Absolution also utilizes a “Dead-Eye” mechanic that allows you to select your targets and rain fire at them without having to aim every time. The catch? Your instinct gauge must before partially filled or filled completely as it drains when you are selecting your targets. Them game scores you based on your performance. Rewarding you when you hide a body or penalizing you when you get caught.
The gameplay is another welcomed change of pace as it requires variety and patience to get it right. A welcomed addition to all the fast paced stealth games such as Assassin’s Creed. On the downside, you can’t just pick up the game and play. The distraction mechanic can be very glitchy when trying to distract a target but works majority of the time and hitting walls or even other objects can easily dislodge any object or tool you may need to get the job done.
Players have to endure a level-integrated tutorial which would irritated repeat players keeping them from possibly replaying. Hitman Absolution also integrated “Contracts” to go against your friends to see how high you can score on specific hits. These hits have varying characters which is fun but you might not find yourself going towards.
In a nutshell: Absolution may be a one-off for some players due to the complicated disguise and Instinct mechanics. S0metimes players might find themselves pulling their hair out as players are usually punished for treating the game like a third-person shooter. Being stealthy is almost always the way to go in this installment.
The graphics are what you’d expect from current next-gen titles. However, there are some texture errors and glitches to be seen occasionally. The physics engine isn’t perfect and it shows when you are dragging bodies or fighting enemies.
Some users have experienced bodies or disguises disappearing or worse, a vital tool being stock in a place where you can’t get to it. A lot of objects are accessible and allow from brilliant distractions which tend to be all over the levels you play in. Collision detection can be overbearing when holding objects or trying to grab them. Frame rate issues aren’t bad in this title however and load times are decent. Hitman Absolution also suffers from game ending glitches from time to time. Overall – the textures on a lot of main characters are good. Agent 47’s is the best in the game. However, the rest of it definitely will not win any rewards.
Hitman Absolution is a welcomed change of pace for current fans but may have a hard time winning over a newer audience. The game doesn’t do too much to catch your attention aside from the main storyline and the gameplay mechanics can be very frustrating especially to newcomers to the series. This game will be a one-off to most of the fans as it offers very little replay value. Absolution punishes and rewards you for every step you take making getting into the game irritating. This game is better bought on discount or used rather than brand new.