Hitman Absolution – review | Games | The Guardian
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Hints of it remain in the design of a couple of levels and the eye-watering challenge that's presented by the highest difficulty setting.
But IO have made a number of design choices aimed at broadening Absolution's appeal beyond the core Hitman fanbase, and while there's still plenty to admire here, unfortunately not all of the changes work in the game's favour. Absolution starts off with Agent 47 being sent to kill his former handler Diane Burnwood, who has betrayed the pair's shadowy employers, The Agency.
After a mission that serves as the game's tutorial, Diane lies in a pool of blood and shower-door glass, begging 47 to protect a child named Victoria she has in her charge. He agrees, stashes Victoria in an orphanage in Chicago, and then sets out to find out why The Agency has put such a premium on acquiring her. Naturally, this investigation presents 47 with a ton of targets upon which to apply his death-dealing talents. This rather decent plot setup unfortunately descends into a farcical mess rather quickly.
Hitman Absolution – review
Granted, the stories running through all the Hitman games are uniformly rubbish, but Absolution is silly by even their low standards. The main problem is that the game's outlandish plot developments jar horribly with the way it's presented as a darkly atmospheric thriller.
It can't decide whether it wants to be Grindhouse or Noir and its attempts at straddling both camps fail miserably. This is a story about a contract killer caring for a defenceless girl at the behest of the only person he ever formed a human connection with. It's also a story in which the protagonist fights a man the size of a brick outhouse while wearing spandex and a Lucha Libre mask in a barn that just happens to be a short walk from a top-secret subterranean science lab.
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As Agent 47 marches towards his final quarry, the player encounters a stream of increasingly outlandish characters, each one more depraved than the next. Hitman A 4 In the past, the main belief players needed to suspend was that no one could see the barcode tattoo on 47's head when he wandered into their midst in disguise. Now, one of their lesser hurdles is to accept that 47 would rely on information given to him by an ornithological fetishist covered in feathers and bird poo.
After killing Sanchez in an underground cage fight47 recuperates at a hotel, but the hotel is attacked by an ICA strike team led by "The Saints", Travis's personal hit squad. In Chicago, Dexter and Travis attempt to exchange the money for Victoria, but the deal turns sour when Travis tries to renege on the deal and Dexter takes the money anyway. After reaching the top of Blackwater Park, 47 kills Layla and finally Dexter himself, after the latter had tried to escape with Victoria on a helicopter while ordering his men to blow up the building.
A few months later, Travis and his assistant Jade Nguyen arrive at a cemetery in England with an ICA crew to find Diana's grave as he suspects that Diana faked her death. In the letter, Diana reveals Victoria was created by Travis's funding without the knowledge and approval of his superiors and tasks 47 with killing him. After eliminating Jade and Travis's elite bodyguards, 47 confronts Travis himself after injuring him in an explosion. As Travis rants at 47 for wasting Victoria's potential for the ICA, he asks 47 if he really did kill Diana to which 47 responds "You will never know" before shooting him.
It is later revealed that Diana did in fact fake her death and Victoria is with her at her mansion where 47 watches them from his scope thus revealing that he intentionally shot Diana in such a manner that she would survive.
The game ends with a message from Diana to 47 welcoming him back to the ICA and thanking him for his help. It is also revealed that every mission undertaken by 47 from the end of Blood Money to Absolution was part of an elaborate plan by Diana to purge the ICA of internal corruption and eliminate Travis's efforts to create cloned assassins. In the epilogue, Detective Cosmo Faulkner Jonathan Adams of the Chicago Police Departmentwho has been tracking 47 since the Terminus Hotel fire, is having trouble discovering 47's identity until Birdie offers to help him for a price.
Change disguises like in old games—but not be allowed to move around freely. The targets might as well be dead once the levels start, they get in the way of the story.
In older games, you wanted to find every kill for a target, because that was the draw, the intrigue, of the games. Maybe the developers thought too much of the same might bore fans so they gave it a new setting, different take on characters, and took away your tools.
They marketed this game as a true Hitman game, not just as a continuation.
No more globetrotting…who wants to feel like James Bond, amirite? In Absolution, the game made you rely on 47, new hand to hand combat, the ability to make weapons out of everyday objects, his ability to improvise is what was emphasized.
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You actually had various weapon types, not reskins. Another thing I love about Absolution was the fan service levels.Hitman: Absolution - Ending / Final Mission - Absolution
Levels like visiting Tommy the Tailor for an upgraded suit, or regaining your weapons in the gun range, Two good moments in a game that could have had many more moments that felt like classic Hitman, and not another game.
The game mostly served to alienate fans, rather than create the game they, more than any casual gamer, waited for. Fans wanted something built off of what the classic games did right, not a full on redo. Like he cared for Father Vittorio. After 47 was informed that there was a strong likelihood Vittorio was dead, he gave up on him, canceling any payments toward tracking his priest friend down. Instead, he had the ICA give him that money plus extra for his to remain in their employ.
The only reason he saves Vittorio at the end is because he finds out Sergei, the person he was sent to end, happens to have Vittorio. Their relationship was established to be professional, all that 47 is, and in no way personal, all that 47 is not.