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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Hitman Absolution Review - 9.5/10

I'm going to be completely honest here and say I'm not a Hitman fan. The first Hitman game I ever played was Blood Money and that was just because I was doing one of GameStop's "Buy two get the third free" deals. I'd like to think I'm an optimist when it comes to gaming as shown by my generous review to Assassin's Creed 3 so I took a lot of time to play this game and really think it through. My further impression is that this game is awesome.

The Good:
Killing people never felt so satisfying (I feel weird saying that). The gameplay favors both stealth and insane murder iron man at the same time by the later more so. When the stealth mechanics work they are amazing. All the weapons are awesome and feel completely unique but I mostly stuck with screwdrivers, knives and other bladed weapons. Guns feel great and I never really find one I hate. I don't usually like snipers but the sniping in this is way too satisfying.
The graphics are by far the best I've ever seen. The guys who do the graphics for Hitman are kind of like the creators of South Park to me: they must have sold their souls to the devil so they could get either insight into the future or some technology that most don't have. 47 looks amazing from water splashing down on him from rain, dirt or ash smeared on his face.
The voice acting is incredible. People I'm supposed to hate are definitely lined out either through speech or actions. The writing isn't anything to write home about but it does the job and is backed up by the great voice cast.
The settings really do the job well. From desert to town to crowded subway to big city. Again, nothing to amazing but it gets the job done.

The Bad:
The game doesn't offer much extra play time other than it's extra Contracts mode which I haven't used yet. I'm hoping there might be some DLC in the future, I'd feel really awful if I sold this game.
The missions can sometimes be grating. Annoying enemies are too much of a hassle forcing me to restart for fear of a bad score that's always in my left hand corner. It's really annoying how it looms over me most of the time but it's a joy when I do get an awesome score. A few times I thought about getting off Xbox LIVE just so I didn't have to see how often it would say the average of the US and world for this current level and how low my score was compared to theirs. I just wish I could get rid of it somehow.
The enemies are frustrating at times. Sometimes they just know how to get you in the worst possible position forcing you to break the silent assassin game.
The ending screen is really frustrating making me yell out because I didn't collect every single weapon or every single disguise despite me being a meticulous OCD killer.
There were a lot of missions where I felt no connection. There were actually a few people I didn't want to kill but was forced to. I wish there was a bit more choice.

The Meh:
Suit only? This may sound weird but there's this thing at the end which tells you how good you did and things you could have done. One is "Suit only" which I take to mean you only used your suit and never changed but it never gives me it. I wish the things were outlined a bit better so I could know how to complete them.

All in all this is a great game and you should buy it. I'm glad I bought it and it has definitely made me look at things in a different perspective.

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