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Hitman: Absolution

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Genre: Action
Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: IO Interactive
Release Date: Nov. 20, 2012

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11. 'Hitman Absolution' (PS3/X360/PC)

by Judy on Jan. 25, 2012 @ 12:30 a.m. PST

Hitman: Absolution follows Agent 47, a cold-blooded assassin, who takes on his most dangerous contract to date. Betrayed by those he once trusted — and now hunted by the police — he suddenly finds himself at the center of a dark conspiracy and must embark on a personal journey through a corrupt and twisted world.

Mark Buckingham: Baldy (AKA Agent 47) has been on hiatus for some time now. The previous games in the Hitman series were all quite enjoyable and let you do some thrilling sneaking and killing. There's no better time for him to don the black suit and red tie, lock and load the ballers, and stretch out some piano wire to put a few of society's less desirable citizens six feet under.


Brian Dumlao: The Hitman series was always a mix of stealth and creative brutality that seemed to hit a peak with the second game and then coasted on that success with later sequels. Beyond the 360 version of Blood Money, we haven't seen Agent 47 for some time. Even though it was only a teaser with no gameplay, what Square Enix showed off last year got people excited. With the job they're doing of turning out great projects based on some Eidos classics (see Deus Ex: Human Revolution), expectations are high that this one will also deliver.


Tony "OUberLord" Mitera: A new Hitman game comes out, and some of my money goes with it. I've loved the franchise since the very first outing, and it is one of the few puzzle games where you can get frustrated and literally shoot everyone in the face before hitting the quickload button. On the outside, it's a violent game with a strange bald man who assassinates people, but underneath it all, each mission is almost a puzzle, complete with a cadence of adept timing and solid planning in order to properly subvert the enemy's defenses and silently take down the target. With the new game, I'm just hoping for more of the same; a few new bells and whistles are fine, but don't fix what isn't broken.


Thomas Wilde: Blood Money hit the sweet spot for Hitman, blending large, open levels with multiple paths to your goals and guards that were not bizarre disguise-penetrating cyborg bats. Absolution is a prettier, upscaled version thereof. While Io Interactive has displayed a disturbing tendency lately to disappear up its own ass (witness Kane & Lynch: Dead Men), Agent 47 usually manages to keep their worse tendencies in check.


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