Hitman: Absolution - Professional Edition (NA)
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"Above everything, Absolution is a game that wants you to experiment with it. It refuses to be rushed through, rewarding brains over brawn." - IGN.com
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The Professional Edition includes:
- a 72-page Digital Artbook
A Behind The Scenes "Making of video"
"Agency Gun Pack" DLC, which includes an upgraded silencer and laser sights and the following exclusive weapons:
- Agency Jagd P22G: A modern top-tier pistol
- Agency HX UMP: Powerful high-caliber SMG
- Agency SPS 12: Brutal semi-automatic shotgun
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.
See the world through the eyes of Agent 47. Predict an enemy’s likely patrol path. Observe the environment looking for ways to escape, weapons to use or shortcuts to take. Use your Instinct to blend in among enemies’ ranks or impersonate people to hide in plain sight. Or be more aggressive and engage in Point-Shooting - a new feature, giving the player a last-stand chance to taking down multiple opponents.
Showcasing Glacier 2™ technology: HITMAN: ABSOLUTION has been built from the ground up, boasting a cinematic story, distinctive art direction and highly original game and sound design.
Freedom of Choice: Stalk your prey, fight them head on or adapt as you go along. As Agent 47 the choice is yours thanks to highly evolved gameplay mechanics and a ground-breaking AI system.
Experience a Living, Breathing World: In the world of Hitman: Absolution every moment can become a story as unique characters, rich dialogue and Hollywood standard performances combine to create a gameplay experience like no other.
Disguises: As Agent 47, the identity of almost anyone you meet is yours for the taking. Immobilise your prey, steal their outfit and use your instinct to blend in and deceive your enemies.
Instinct Mode: See the world through the eyes of Agent 47 and become the world’s deadliest assassin. Using Hitman: Absolution’s Instinct Mode you’ll predict enemy movement, discover new ways to kill and use high powered weaponry with deadly accuracy.
Regret preorderingcomicnabster | Feb. 4, 2014 | See all comicnabster's reviews »
It was only $33.74 USD, so I figured, I loved the previous games, why not!
Turned out to be a mistake. It's not a terrible game in its own right, but it feels more like a dumbed down Splinter Cell than a Hitman game. It's as if IO Interactive totally misunderstood what made Blood Money a great game.
There's a genuine effort to preserve the core elements somewhat. You can hide bodies, wear disguises, and trigger "accidents" for your targets. However, the hateful Instinct system and the disappointing level design means that all these parts fail to come together in the way that defined the previous games.
The Instinct system honestly needs to go. I know that disguises should not be foolproof, but the suspicion meters are excessively sensitive, to the point that it tends to be easier to just hide around a corner and KO/kill enemies silently one-by-one. I like doing that in Splinter Cell. Not in Hitman, where silent assassin means hiding in plain sight, harming no one but key targets. It's technically possible to do that in Absolution, but not with the broken disguise system.
The level designer for this game needs to be fired. The sandbox nature that defined Hitman levels is completely gone here. The lack of save-anywhere areas (those "checkpoints" DO NOT COUNT because they DO NOT SAVE THE COMPLETE STATE) discourages experimentation. The limited selection of routes often means the developers make the accident choices way too obvious. Tip for you, IO - go back to Blood Money and play the Curtains Down and Flatline missions. Those missions were highly replayable for two very important reasons.
No Hitman plot has ever been memorable. That's fine - I play the game for the kill, not the story. But in Absolution, the story is given high priority to drive the ways the levels play out, and it starts becoming rather annoying. Simply put, the characters are terrible and so is the dialogue.
If there's one place IO has succeeded with this game, it's with the "PC ness". The game is superbly optimized, as are all recent Square Enix titles. The graphics look great without being particularly demanding. The controls are fluid and tight, much improved over previous games. It's a well made game engine that went to waste on a bad game.
If IO were to remake one of the older games using the Absolution engine, I'd easily pay $30 or more for that. But Absolution itself is hard to recommend for Hitman fans. Fans of Splinter Cell Conviction (my least favourite game in that series) may enjoy it, though!
Worth Itdmcdermott524 | Sept. 1, 2013 | See all dmcdermott524's reviews »
By no means a perfect game but they did a lot of things right. I enjoyed every bit of this game. Pretty decent amount of reply value since you can play the game in different ways (stealthy, aggressive, etc.). I would definitely recommend.
Underrated and overlookedogmonicker | June 19, 2013 | See all ogmonicker's reviews »
Despite its departure from other Hitman games, this title stands on its own as a tricky stealth game. It has its flaws, and fans of the series may be disappointed with the different mechanics introduced, but I would still recommend this game to anyone. It's a surprise so many people disregarded the game, it should've definitely garnered more praise.
Great Buymrbroskislape | June 17, 2013 | See all mrbroskislape's reviews »
I really enjoyed this game. It was well built, everything reacts appropriately according to the difficulty level and overall it was very fun to play. Re-play value is there as well because of the different play styles available.