Hitman Absolution review
After six years of waiting Hitman finally returns with Hitman Absolution. Absolution sees the series protagonist, Agent 47 return to the spot light as he goes up against what could be his toughest opponent yet, the Agency, the very company he worked for.
Hitman Absolution’s story is a mixed bag when it comes to telling a good story. On the one hand the story involves Agent 47 protecting a genetically modified girl called Victoria and his quest for revenge on the Agency. The story only seems to focus on the one which involves Victoria and how Agent 47 must find her after she is kidnapped by people wishing to make a quick buck by selling her off to the highest bidder. As the story progress the second story of revenge is partially introduced, but only it really hits centre stage in games final few missions.
While the story is average, the gameplay is far above average. In Absolution you will find yourself trying to stay to the shadows, get in kill your target and leave without getting noticed. To help with this Agent 47 has multiple ways of keeping hidden, these include: distracting enemies by throwing items, using a disguise to walk around unnoticed and more.
If pure stealth isn’t your thing than there is no need to worry as you are able to shoot your way out of tricky situations, but doing will quickly deplete your mission score and will mean you won’t collect techniques which are used to help improve skills such as dual wielding etc. So while you can shoot your way through a level there is no reward for it apart from a lot of negative scores.
As I mentioned above you can wear disguises to help keep yourself hidden, disguises are a great way to get into areas that you can’t enter without alarming those around you, for example wearing an officer disguise will help you get into security room etc. But there is a trade off for using disguises and that is if you run into an NPC wearing the same clothes as you they become suspicious of you break your disguise. There is a way around this by using instinct which helps you blend in, but instinct does drain quickly so you have to be careful how often you use it. Instinct also allows you to see enemies, which way they are walking etc. If you use instinct while not under suspicion your instinct bar will not drain.
Hitman Absolution is not just a single player game as it has an online mode called, Contracts. This online mode allows you to create your own assassination contract and share it online for your friends to try. Setting up a contract is easy, you mark the targets and set which weapons and disguises 47 must have when killing the targets. “Contracts” is nice multiplayer addition and it can be fun to see people try and complete contracts you created.
Overall Hitman Absolution is good game and a good buy for fans of the Hitman series and stealth based games. Gameplay wise Hitman Absolution is brilliant, but unfortunately the story does feel lacking, with many points not getting wrapped up.
Hitman Absolution Information
Developer: IO Interactive
Publisher: Square Enix
Genre: Stealth/action adventure
Platform: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC
Release date: out now
Author: Aaron Meehan
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