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4.0 out of 5 stars Hitman Absolution - To Buy or Not to Buy?, 20 Nov 2012
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This review is from: Hitman Absolution (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
Apologies for the later than usual review. I've had the game since last Friday but found myself greeted by an unable to install error via Steam. This was due to the fact that even if you purchase a physical copy you cannot install it until the games release date and are only given an option to pre-load it.

The wait is over, its been nearly 7 years but now Hitman: Absolution is here. Codename 47 is back and he's never felt so deadly. I found myself quite surprised as this is definitely the first Hitman game that I've played with such a strong narrative, I won't spoil the story but I'll just say that much as we see in Halo 4, we see a much more human side to the bald headed death dealer. I really enjoyed the story and found myself somewhat surprised by the insane tutorial mission and genuinely gripped but the following levels. The single player campaign took me 13hours to complete.

The gameplay in Hitman Absolution is every bit brutal, refined and deadly just like the doctor ordered. It offers the experienced Hitman player numerous ways to dispose of their target with novices also finding the games mechanics easy to access. This time around the IO have given us multiple opportunities to use a variety of accident kills, whether its a disco ball falling on a target or a giant skeleton you find literally thousands of ways to dispose of your targets littered round levels. And just in case all hell breaks loose there is a full cover system so you don't have to run around shooting people you can pick enemies off from cover. The new additions the addition of instinct meter which allows you too mark and execute targets using a similar system to what we saw in splinter cell conviction, I found that although the premise of this was exciting, I preferred the suitably named Precision Shot addition. If I'm honest I miss the traditional Hitman map and didn't really take to the X-ray vision but this wasn't a deal breaker. The controls are well implemented and the games engine feels cutting edge, you won't find yourself blocked by immovable boxes and I can honestly say that the developers have succeeded in creating a living breathing world filled with believable NPC's and deserving targets.

The Glacier 2 system is awesome, the graphics are brilliant and remind me more of a glossy comic book. You will find yourself viewing the games world as somewhat twisted caricatured alternate reality with the remorseless 47 serving as your vehicle of exploration. Textures are smooth, animations are beautifully organic and lighting is just right. The game is truly an achievement and the solid frame rate will put other stealth em-ups to shame.

So you've finished Hitman what's next? Welcome, Contracts mode. This is the games multiplayer offering and when I say multiplayer I mean you challenge your friend to finish levels with a higher score. In this mode, you can create contracts for your gamer account friend list and challenge them to assassinate targets that you have specified in the way you specify. Contracts is great and I am sure will be a real hit with the modding community and I hope we will some free dlc's over the next months / years. If IO take an approach like Dice with Battlefield 3 then it is unlikely that we will see lots of mods but if modders are given some freedom this could prove to be the games best mode.

Hitman is a stealth game which rewards experimentation over following a strict route the open ended levels and immense scale of the game make this a must play for all gamers. Is Hitman Absolution better than Hitman Blood Money, the answer is yes and no. If you play on normal if definitely much more forgiving but ramp it up to Purist and you'll find yourself playing levels at a cautious pace. I loved every minute of Hitman and intend to replay it once more using much more aggressive tactics. The campaign is massive but it isn't without its faults, the disguise system took a bit of getting used to and the sharp A.I. took me by surprise but I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Hitman as worthwhile purchase.

Score: 8/10

Summary
+ Playing as Codename 47 will make you feel like the Jackal.
+ The open ended approach to sandbox levels and missions.
+ Contracts mode adds almost unlimited replay value.

- Strange Disguise system overhaul.
- You can't skip cutscenes.
- There are some small object interaction bugs.
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Initial post: 22 Nov 2012 10:04:24 GMT
Kev Love says:
Although I play it currently on Xbox, I have found that you can skip cutscenes. How I would have no idea on the PC, but on there just press B...

Not much help, I know, but I'm sure you can work it out :)

Posted on 22 Nov 2012 13:07:54 GMT
Mr. J. Boyd says:
While I agree with the vast majority of your review, you can skip cut-scenes once the next level has loaded. Press ESC once to access the menu, then just leave the menu with ESC again.

I always try the holy trifecta of buttons (ESC, space, enter) at any cutscene.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2012 15:31:32 GMT
Cheers. Will adjust. Thanks again.
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