• Hitman: Absolution

    Hitman: Absolution
    Developer: IO Interactive
    Publisher: Square Enix
    PC Port: Nixxes
    Release Date: November 20, 2012
    Reviewed on: PC


    The original Assassin finally returns after a 6 long years of break with Hitman: Absolution. This is my review of this latest installment in Hitman franchise. Note that if you think this review is way too positive and the score is a little overrated, then its mostly because as a long time Hitman fan, I'm too happy to see Agent 47 back.



    Story

    We all know that Hitman: Absolution kicks off with Agent 47 killing his former handler Diana Burnwood. The story gets very interesting later with multiple turning point and the outcome of this incident. But its more interesting with multiple contracts done throughout the whole game has a different vision discovered at the end of the game. Overall the story of this game is quite good and interesting, yet it could have been much better with its current main plot.

    One day, I will think of this as just another job. After all, this is what I do. - Agent47


    Graphics

    Graphics of Absolution is amazing with plenty of beautiful vistas and tons of lovely locations and all of them are very highly detailed. In my opinion, the new Glacier 2 engine is probably the best new game engine in very recent time. The optimization is so perfect, even with all those NPC's gathering, enemies walking around and special effects inside the world of Absolution, I received 50-60 FPS all the time throughout the whole game. Nixxes definitely deserves a big thanks for this amazing PC port.


    Absolution offers plenty of beautiful vistas of Americana.



    Music/Sound

    Music is quite good in Absolution but it should have been much better. Felt the absence of Jesper Kyd in this title very much. Square Enix should let him continue his amazing work as the composer of Hitman franchise. Even though Ave Maria was featured in this game, the soundtrack could have been much better. But the sound effects in game is very well done and voice acting is top class. Expressions of the NPC's, their voices and tone is very realistic.


    Wonder what Agent 47 is looking for? He just sent a guy through that hole and he's making sure whether that guy reached hell or not.


    Gameplay

    Gameplay of Hitman: Absolution provides a lot of varities. You can play either as Silent Assassin style or you can go guns blazing anytime you want. The best thing is that you can finish the game without killing anyone or even getting noticed by the enemies. But if you want to play it as a shooter you still can do it and the game offer plenty of variations in that style too.

    There are some quite interesting disguise throughout the game, for example: a scarecrow.

    Its great to see the signature weapons like Fibre Wire and Dual Silverballers back. Disguise system also makes a return and its great to take disguise of anyone you want. The enemy AI is not good, sometimes in some case, they act like dumb. Even they can't remember if their partner is missing even while you take their partner away from there side. But sometimes they can be challenging thanks to the dumb awareness meter which is the weakest point of this game. Enemies can remember every face similar to their class, even they can notice Agent 47 from a 20 feet distant.

    Sniper Rifle is barely featured in game, but when it makes an appearance, its great to use the most of it.

    Different difficulties in the game is also a positive aspect and the toughest difficulty mode called 'Purist' is insane where you will get no hint or help from in game, not even the HUD which makes it toughest to choose for first time play-through. But the Purist mode also have a big problem. But there also lies a pretty bad thing of Purist mode and that's because of the enemy awareness meter. Purist mode actually too tempting to make you play Absolution in third person shooter style.

    Nobody will ever aware of your presence when there will be no one to notice.



    Presentation

    Presentation of the game is amazing in Absolution. The return of David Bateson is definitely one of the thing that I loved most. And this time he even talks more than previous games. The cut-scenes are very well done and voice acting and motion capture performance is one of the best in recent years. Every VA did a great job to show a top class performance. NPC's walking around, doing certain things and even their conversation with each other is done amazingly well. Enemies also give away some important hints about the current level with their conversations.


    Quick time events are quite unnecessary and feels like out of place.


    Lasting Appeal

    Hitman: Absolution has a big replay value thanks to the 5 difficulty levels with plenty of challenges on each level for which you might have to play a level 12 times to do all of them. And the replay value is unlimited if you enjoy the Contract mode. The new rating syatem is surely one of the strongest side of the game. It gives the player a wide varieties to test different play-style and to get the best possible ranks with most points.


    The rating system is heavily rewarding with many bonuses for various taks and challenges.


    The Good

    • The story is very good, with different turning point in the game and interesting outcome at the end.
    • Graphics is amazing with lots of beautiful vistas and tons of lovely locations and everything is very much detailed.
    • New game engine which lets thousands of NPC gathering in a single screen.
    • Game optimization is very good with 50-60 FPS all the time.
    • Level designing is amazing with plenty of ways to kill a target.
    • Huge game world with tons of things to try out and choose different path during re-play a level.
    • Wide varieties in gameplay with return of some old mechanics with adding some good new gameplay mechanics.
    • Cover system is pretty good.
    • Great replay value with tons of things to do.
    • Amazing presentation with fantastic voice acting and motion capture.
    • Rating system is heavily rewarding which makes me try a checkpoint or level when I do something unnecessary or made any mistake.
    • Great shooting mechanics and made this game a flawless third person shooter, depending on player's choice.



    The Bad

    • Absolution is too much inspired by Splinter Cell series. The moves of 47 is more like Sam Fisher.
    • Enemy awareness meter isn't very well tweaked.
    • Music isn't the top class and should have been much better.
    • Quick time events are quite unnecessary.
    • Enemies respawn after restarting a checkpoint.



    Few things that would make this game a whole lot better and few things I think should have been included

    • A much better and comfortable enemy awareness meter.
    • Well placed checkpoints and ability to save the session.
    • Add a binocular and a sniper case.
    • Not excluding Jesper Kyd from the composer.
    • Exclude instincts, point shooting and quick time events from the game.
    • Give Agent 47 the ability to whistle to attract enemies.




    An example of enemy AI [Direct YouTube Link]

    The Verdict

    In overall, Hitman: Absolution is neither the best game in the franchise nor a successful sequel to Blood Money. But as a die hard Hitman fan I love the game because its still offer plenty of new and old mechanics with an amazing and huge game world. In a few words, Hitman: Absolution is a success.

    Order! Order!! Order!!! I approve this review.


    My Review Scores:

    Gameplay: 9.1/10
    Graphics: 9.6/10
    Plot/Story: 8.7/10
    Audio/Music: 9.2/10
    Presentation: 9.6/10
    Lasting Appeal: 9.6/10
    Overall: 9.3/10
    Comments 18 Comments
    1. ZF3K's Avatar
      ZF3K -
      thanks for the review, nice read, but as always ...... HIGH SCORE I think. :/
      btw, eitar thread link koi jekhane rep. deya jabe ??
    1. anik_lc's Avatar
      anik_lc -
      Quote Originally Posted by RionB View Post
      thanks for the review, nice read, but as always ...... HIGH SCORE I think. :/
      btw, eitar thread link koi jekhane rep. deya jabe ??
      http://banglagamer.com/showthread.ph...man-Absolution

    1. Ahnaf_i7X's Avatar
      Ahnaf_i7X -
      Nice!
    1. Reventon's Avatar
      Reventon -
      Great review...
    1. anik_lc's Avatar
      anik_lc -
      Quote Originally Posted by Reventon View Post
      Great review...
      Thanks.
    1. aayman's Avatar
      aayman -
      Good write up!

      But you need to work on your score scaling in relation to what you say. For instance, for music you wrote "it should have been much better" but then you gave it 9.2.

      If something needs "much work" then there's no way it should score anything above 8.9. 9+ scores should be reserved for those that got very close to perfection, but missed it by very little.
    1. GalibZ's Avatar
      GalibZ -
      Game tar music and story onek beshi weak ... 8.5 diya uchit chilo overall .. and i agree with aayman ... it should have been much better hole .. 9.0+ kemne dilen
    1. anik_lc's Avatar
      anik_lc -
      I completely forgot to add a video that I uploaded on YouTube. Now added near the bottom. Don't forget to check it.

      Quote Originally Posted by aayman View Post
      Good write up!

      But you need to work on your score scaling in relation to what you say. For instance, for music you wrote "it should have been much better" but then you gave it 9.2.

      If something needs "much work" then there's no way it should score anything above 8.9. 9+ scores should be reserved for those that got very close to perfection, but missed it by very little.
      Because its not only music or soundtrack of the game that is included there. Its also included voice acting, sound effects like fireworks in Chinatown, weapon sounds etc. While for Music I would rate 8/10, others are completely flawless and should get 9.5+ for each. That's why overall 9.2 in Audio/Music.

      And thanks for reading it thoroughly.
    1. MDK's Avatar
      MDK -
      good review. but you are right, the game plays too much like splinter cell and I didn't like the story of the game. I guess for me its a 8.2 overall.
    1. muscle's Avatar
      muscle -
      Give Agent 47 the ability to whistle to attract enemies. <<TOTALLY
    1. NGT's Avatar
      NGT -
      love graphics!!
    1. Asif_R's Avatar
      Asif_R -
      Nice review bro!
    1. anik_lc's Avatar
      anik_lc -
      Quote Originally Posted by Asif_R View Post
      Nice review bro!
      Thanks.
    1. Mr. Orange's Avatar
      Mr. Orange -
      Nice review Anik Vai, but Hitman 1 and 2 er moto moja kono Hitman ei pai nai!!
    1. CodeName47's Avatar
      CodeName47 -
      Hitman: Absolution er graphics ta khup sondor hoise..

    1. Prarthik's Avatar
      Prarthik -
      Its not only awesome. Not all graphics card can give good frame rates in 1080p
    1. Asif's Avatar
      Asif -
      nice soundtrack.
    1. BlacKMOON's Avatar
      BlacKMOON -
      Quote Originally Posted by GalibZ View Post
      Game tar music and story onek beshi weak ... 8.5 diya uchit chilo overall .. and i agree with aayman ... it should have been much better hole .. 9.0+ kemne dilen
      Hitman er story sobsomoy best lage, oee matal max payne er theke valo

      Hitman er swapno dekhi rate ato bar khelsi.
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