2012 marks the return of the bald headed assassin known as Agent 47. Hitman Absolution is the fifth entry in the popular game series. With Absolution, the developers, IO Interactive, are making some changes to the series; it’s much more cinematic and has a very distinctive art style.
The technology powering the game is impressive as the game looks and plays brilliantly. Unlike previous games, there are no contracts in Absolution; this time around Agent 47 is on the run. He gets to make the calls and it’s up to him to decide what he is going to do next.
One of the new features implemented in Hitman Absolution called instinct mode is similar to Splinter Cell Conviction and Batman series of games by Rocksteady, e.g. it allows 47 to see through walls and enables him to sense the route enemies will take. The game also has firing mechanics which slows down time and allows 47 to tag his opponents and dispose of them quickly.
Apart from killing his targets stealthily from shadows, 47 can also take a NPC hostage once his cover is blown and things start to get out of hand.
Whereas the older Hitman games had mostly sandbox environments, the videos shown so far seems to indicate that Absolution would be somewhat scripted and linear. However, lead producer Hakan Abrak has stated, “there will be open environments akin to previous games.”
At first glance, it looks like the developers have made the experience easier to broaden the audience of the game as has been the recent trend with the developers and publishers but such is not the case. IO Interactive has announced that the game will have a hardcore mode for series veterans. In an interview with Eurogamer, Hakan Abrak explained the decision of including hardcore mode. He said, “we have a lot of difficulty levels in the game as well. Rest assured, the hardcore fans that like to have replayablity value in the game or want to have this stealth assassin, you know, I’m the ultimate stealth assassin, that playing style, those Achievements, are very much in the game”.
After Ubisoft decided to take a more action oriented route with Splinter Cell Conviction, fans of the stealth genre have been looking for a game which will make them feel like a true assassin, and so far Hitman Absolution looks like a game that fits the bill.