Reception for Hitman Absolution has been mainly mixed to positive, garnering an early meta-score of 83 and 81 on the PS3 and Xbox 360, respectively.
The Telegraph gave the game 2/5 saying "Despite the fact that Absolution is a hugely disappointing entry into the canon, Hitman is still a fabulous series"
The Financialpost gave the game a 7.5/10
Eurogamer.net gave the game a 7/10 saying "Agent 47 doesn't begin Hitman: Absolution with amnesia, but the six years that have passed since we last took control of him in Blood Money do seem to have dulled his creators' recollections of what made him so popular in the first place"
IBTimes gave the game a 5/10 saying "An unremarkable, derivative clone of a game that's barely a shadow of what Hitman used to be".
Venturebeat gave the game a 7.5/10 saying "It's not very Hitman-ish".
Videogamer gave the game a 5/10 saying "The problem with Absolution is that its new custodians from the Kane and Lynch team seem to have fundamentally misunderstood what made Hitman great."
Game Informer gave the game a score of 8.75 out of 10 praising the gameplay, which they stated as being head and shoulders above games of a similar style.
PlayStation Official Magazine awarded the game a 9 out of 10, stating that it captures a level of tension that stealth games haven't achieved in years while still feeling contemporary.
Official Xbox Magazine UK also gave the game a 9.0 out of 10, offering praise for the gameplay options the game provides and dialogue.
PC Gamer only awarded 62%, (intially, this has however been fixed due to some technical issues. The correct score is a 66%), criticizing the checkpoint system and deviation from the format of the previous Hitman games.
IGN gave it 9.0 out of 10;
Giant Bomb gave it a 4 out of 5 possible stars.
Forbes Magazine gave it an 8 out of 10, praising the gameplay but criticizing the "Attack of the Saints" mission as out of place, misogynistic, and juvenile.
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