Hitman Absolution Professional Edition PS3 User Review
Super Gamer Dude
It's taken 6 very long years, and a new developer, Square Enix, to bring us the next iteration in the Hitman franchise. That comes in the form of Hitman Absolution. Was it worth the wait? That depends on how much you were looking forward to the latest Hitman game, because in my opinion, this isn't it. It's a decent, if only slightly above average stealth game, but as the latest addition to the Hitman series it's very mediocre.
The differences in Hitman Absolution and the past games in the series are striking and it all begins with the games linear story. For example, in past games you could choose your weapons before each mission allowing you to eliminate targets any way you saw fit. Now, if you want to slit someone's throat, but the game dictates you shoot them with a silenced pistol, then you're just out of luck.
Square Enix has also replaced the map system in Hitman Absolution. It's substitution is a feature called Instinct, which makes important objects glow, shows you enemies behind walls and covers your face when in the close confines of enemy territory. Oh, did I forget to mention that it lets you slow down time to more easily and precisely shoot multiple targets. While this doesn't sound like and isn't really a bad feature, it just doesn't seem suited for a Hitman game.
The Hitman franchise has always been about choices. You were given a target and it was up to you to choose how to dispose of them. There are 3 or 4 levels in the game that fit the old mold, but most of the others are just check point style levels requiring you to reach Point B from Point A undetected. While the game does offer a variety of ways to get from one point to the other, the bigger problem lies in the ratio of sneaking to assassination missions. What good is a Hitman game with so few assassinations?
The one saving grace in all this would have to be the Contracts mode. Here you can create your own missions allowing you to choose your own targets and method of assassination. You can even share these missions online with other players which also means you can play their created missions too. This really adds some variety and longevity to an otherwise linear experience.
If you're the type of fan that collects games in a series regardless of quality, then I would have to recommend the Hitman Absolution Deluxe Professional Edition. This special limited edition comes with a high quality 10" figurine of Agent 47, an exclusive Making of The Game video, and a very nice hardcover art book. You'll also receive exclusive early access to a host of in-game weapons.
Overall, I wouldn't say Hitman Absolution is a bad game. However, the linear story and lack of freedom in how to finish the game makes Hitman Absolution seem more like an awkward cousin than a full- fledged member of the family. Despite that I would still give the game my recommendation for at least a weekend rental due to the decent story, top notch graphics, sound effects, soundtrack and voice acting.
Final Score 7/10
Super Gamer Dude
The Hitman franchise allows players to release their inner Assassin with Hitman Absolution Professional Edition for the PS3. Hitman Absolution is the first Hitman game to be released on the PS3.
To accurately review this game, any comparisons with any of the other games in the franchise, such as Blood Money, should be avoided. This is because avid players of previous games are bound to have expectations that new players of Hitman Absolution are not aware of. In its own right, Hitman Absolution is a beautiful game that offers an experience unlike any other game on the market right now.
The thing that is most noticeable is the graphics. The scenery is visually stunning and beautiful enough so that you will want to be immersed in Agent 47ÂÂÂ’s world, hoping to see more of it. Each of the many new setting that the players find themselves in has been carefully planned down to the smallest details. Even the NPCs (non-playable characters) have a personality of their own and as Agent 47, you can even eavesdrop on their conversations. But, of course, there are more important and interesting things to do in Hitman than eavesdropping.
The game begins with a mission that sets up the storyline of the game. This mission also doubles as a tutorial so that you can get a feel for the game and not waste time later. Each mission after this tells only a part of the story, which could be considered a bad point, but the game itself is great at telling the whole story, even though it may be a little too linear for those who want to wander off the path chosen for them. While Hitman Absolution was never intended to be a completely open world game, some freedom is to be expected. After all, one of the most appealing features of the game is the fact that there is more than one way to complete a mission. While that fact is still true for some levels, other times there is only one way to do something and the usual freedom of the game is missed. Still, there are dozens of features, costumes and kill methods that will keep players interested. Even replaying levels can be fun because there is more than one way to assassinate a target.
Hitman Absolution Professional Edition for the PS3 also has an online feature that is unique. That is the Contracts feature. Contracts allows you to create your own mission within a level that has already been played. You can choose costumes and characters and assassinate a target anyway that you want. Once it is complete, you can share it with the online community and challenge them to carry out your Contract.
This is not a game for impatient players. Rushing to complete a mission will more than likely cause you to fail, whereas the patient players with a well-thought out strategy will succeed. That is how Hitman Absolution is intended to be played and it is worth the extra effort.