Hitman Absolution Worth Playing

Posted on February 12, 2013 by

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After a 6 year hiatus, Agent 47, one of gaming’s most prolific assassins finally returns with Hitman: Absolution in full force.

The series always followed 47 and his exploits as the most deadly assassin for the International Contract Agency; however, Absolution ventures from this formula.

Agent 47 is sent to kill his old handler (the person who gave him his assassination contracts) Diana Burnwood, who has gone rogue.  But as she dies in his arms, 47 promises to become the new caretaker of a mysterious child Diana kidnapped from the Agency.

The rest of the game follows 47 killing anyone who endangers the child and discovering why she is so valuable.

Despite the fun action story this game sets up, it turns out to be surprisingly bland, archetypical, with key plot points either under-explained or not explained at all.

The main villain besides the Agency is a rich, fat, obscene, evil Texan named Dexter who wants to kidnap the girl and sell her to the agency for an exorbitant sum…and rule the world or something.

Besides Dexter, almost every character is archetypical and poorly written, and the dialog isn’t much better.

Villains and their henchmen are flamboyantly obscene, sophomoric, and raunchy.

One of the most immaturely stupid scenes is a tradeoff between Dexter and the leader of the Agency throwing insults that you would expect to come out the mouths of sixth graders and not middle-aged men.

Fortunately, the Hitman series’ play-how-you-want style eclipses the drab story and abundance of awful characters.
This game literally gives the player almost infinite choices in how to kill targets and progress to the next objective. It also accommodates almost every possible play style.

Throughout the game, weapons, items, and, environmental hazards can be used to accomplish your mission.  Agent 47 has plenty of tricks to help him accomplish them as well. This includes disguising to “point shooting,” feature in the game that allows 47 to stop time to lock on to assailants and then quickly execute them. This feature harks back to a similar system found in Splinter Cell Conviction.

Besides that, controls are very reasonably smooth and responsive with actions reasonably well-animated.

The game also has a neat multiplayer feature called Contracts, which allows players to create assassination objectives for other players to complete online.

Overall, Hitman: Absolution is a fun little game that is worth playing despite the awful story and characters.

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