Hitman: Absolution PC Game
Hitman: Absolution follows the Original Assassin undertaking his most personal contract to date. Betrayed by the Agency and hunted by the police, Agent 47 finds himself pursuing redemption in a corrupt and twisted world.
Hitman: Absolution is an intense mix of serenity and obscenity, its foul-mouthed criminals and grubby henchmen adding a layer of thick grime to otherwise quaint small-town streets and warm desert sands. Returning antihero Agent 47 is a ruthless contrast to both the beauty of his surroundings and the foul crooks he butts heads with; he’s a steadfast and well-dressed killer who finds pleasure in careful planning and clean kills. Once again, he dons his brightly buffed shoes and exercises a combination of stealthy maneuvering and brute force to end the lives of those most deserving of their demises. Not every method of murder is as satisfying as you’d want, but Absolution plays well and looks sumptuous.
The Hitman series has always been aimed at the resolutely hardcore. And it’s not just that the game’s starring Agent 47, the most stylishly dressed killer in gaming, boasted finicky controls and punishing difficulty levels.
These titles demanded players give themselves over to its open-ended gaming structure where a combination of stoical patience and creative puzzle-solving were rewarded. Sure, you could blast your way through levels with twin-ballers if you played the games on the easiest difficulty settings. But unless you surrendered to the series’ signature stealth gameplay, the Hitman games would prove an ultimately hollow experience.
This rule of thumb has been almost completely done away with in Absolution, IO’s first Hitman game since 2006. Hints of it remain in the design of a couple of levels and the eye-watering challenge that’s presented by the highest difficulty setting. But IO have made a number of design choices aimed at broadening Absolution’s appeal beyond the core Hitman fanbase, and while there’s still plenty to admire here, unfortunately not all of the changes work in the game’s favour.