Hitman Absolution is a stealth action adventure game developed by IO Interactive, and follows Agent 47 as he tracks down a girl and kills a lot of people along the way. Â I rented the PS3 version fromÂ Game AccessÂ instead of buying it but after playing it, I would definitely buy it for PC at some point in the future during a Steam sale.
I had not played much of the previous 4 games, I played most of the first Hitman but it was really frustrating which is probably because I was trying too hard to be fully stealth. Â I tried the same thing in Hitman 2 and was starting to get frustrated when I just stopped playing it. Â Hitman 2 is still installed on my computer along with Hitman Contracts and Hitman Blood Money, hopefully I get back to playing them now that I know the better way to play.
Hitman Absolution allows you to play fully stealth or in a number of other ways. Â Most importantly though is realizing that if you are discovered the smart thing to do is just gun down whoever saw you and hide their bodies. Â Then you can go back to stealth mode if you like. Â In addition to allowing a number of different means of play the game lists out a bunch of “challenges” for the level. Â These are like achievements except that instead of just “kill 100 guys with theÂ garrotteÂ wire” it lists a bunch of interesting things to try, many of which cannot be performed in a singleÂ play-throughÂ Â This should lead to lots ofÂ replay-abilityÂ because the level could play out quite differently if you perform a public hit by killing someone with a piano and then will be forced into aÂ shoot-out. Â What is great is that the shoot-outs don’t feel like brokenÂ add-onsÂ to a stealth game, it feels as if this was just as viable an approach.
I actually beat the game a few weeks ago but I have kept it since then wanting to replay a few missions where I know I could have played through it very differently. Â For instance there is a part where you choose whether to find aÂ key cardÂ to open a back door or take out everyone in the room and grab a Luchador outfit (I chose the second path). Â With the wrestlers outfit you go into the next stage as the wrestler himself and wrestle in a cage match against a guy you need information from. Â If I hadn’t done that I definitely wouldn’t have ended up in the cage match and probably would have had to question him at some other point during the stage. Â Another great addition to the game for replay-ability is the contracts mode, where anyone can play through a level and choose a target to kill with a specific weapon and escape. Â This then becomes a public mission others can choose to accomplish.
Until I went looking for a screenshot for this post I had forgotten how amazing the game looks. Â The picture above is actually in game and the rest of the game looks that filmic and amazing. Â The cut-scenes are equally well shot and acted, the voice acting in general is spectacular. Â 47 still sounds a bit monotone, but I believe that is the point of the character because he has always sounds like that in every game (probably due to them all being voiced by David Bateson).
To reiterate I still have the game disc in my PS3, I have not returned it and will probably play it again before sending it back. Â Also I can really see myself purchasing it in the future on Steam if there is a decent sale, then I’d have to play it all over again with PC controls, perhaps.
Pros: Great stealth and action, fun over-the-top story which is well told and acted, allows you to disguise yourself as a scarecrow and kill people in a corn field 😉
Cons: Some of the mid-level check points put you in a terrible position if you need to restart since all the characters you kill up to that point will respawn behind you.