Excerpt: Square Enix and IO Interactive have brought back Agent 47 in all his glory in Hitman Absolution, the fifth instalment in the Hitman series. Once again we are given many choices in eliminating set targets – whether we go in all guns blazing or silently and stealthily or even take them out and slip away as if we were never even there making things look like an accident.
Excerpt: It’s been over six years since Agent 47, the bald Hitman with a barcode on his head, last went on a killing spree and, in the intervening years since, the game’s industry has changed enormously. So it hardly comes as a surprise that Hitman: Absolution marks somewhat of a fresh direction for IO Interactive’s stealthy series.
Excerpt: Agent 47 is back! I, for one, couldn’t be more excited to be back in his bald head…I mean shoes! The Hitman series has always been the pinnacle of the stealth/action genre, rewarding patience and skill rather than a propensity to rush in, guns blazing. The newest installment, Hitman: Absolution, follows this trend. However, at the same time, 47 has more toys at his disposal, and therefore more ways to assassinate his targets than ever before.
Conclusion: When playing to its strengths, Hitman: Absolution is a genuinely great game. Overall, though, it feels slightly disappointing, simply because it doesn’t spend enough time playing to those strengths. Too much time is spent trawling through levels which feel like filler. If anything, it just feels like the developers didn’t really know what was working well and what wasn’t.
Excerpt: It's been over six years since the release of Hitman: Blood Money back in May 2006, and the gaming industry has changed a lot during that time. Heavy action shooters like Halo 4 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 are the most played games around, but with the new release, Hitman: Absolution is trying to buck the trend and put fun and excitement back into each and every kill in the game.
Summary: " Hitman Absolution " is a roaring success. It looks and plays great. Whilst today’s Call of Duty crowd won’t necessarily like it, fans of the series will love the fact that the core gameplay remains intact, and the overall storyline is far more coherent than previous titles. The game is properly hard though, and the checkpointing system woeful. If you want an old-school murder simulator, Absolution is great.