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I've always been a big fan of the Hitman franchise. I very much enjoyed playing through Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, Hitman: Contracts and Hitman: Blood Money over the years, so I anticipated Hitman: Absolution with great enthusiasm and was expecting another fantastic entry into the series. Unfortunately, I was disappointed.
Hitman: Absolution does NOT seem to follow in the footsteps of its predecessors because it does not contain the elements that made Hitman 2-4 enjoyable games. Instead of sticking with the formula that made earlier Hitman games fun to play, the developers of Absolution have tried to completely reinvent the franchise by modeling it after Metal Gear or Splinter Cell.
Here are some of my biggest gripes:
- In earlier Hitman games, each level was designed like a sandbox: you were put into an expansive environment with information on what target(s) to assassinate and could attempt to fulfill your objectives any way you desired. In Absolution, the levels are largely linear and much of your time is spent running from point A to point B while evading guards.
- All you get is a small mini-map as part of your HUD in the lower left-hand corner, whereas in earlier Hitman games you got access to an extensive map which you could use to plan each assassination.
- Earlier Hitman games had a fantastic musical score composed by legendary composer Jesper Kyd and performed by a world-class orchestra. Absolution doesn't seem to have any music at all (or if it does, I've completely missed it because it was unremarkable).
- The save system has been stripped and the checkpoint system makes no sense whatsoever. You can no longer save during missions, and when you activate a checkpoint, nothing you have done up to that point in the level will be preserved if you reload the game from the checkpoint.
- You got to visit some exotic locales and environments in Hitman 2-4 (St. Petersburg, an ancient Japanese castle, swanky European hotels, Amsterdam, Indian villages) and assassinate interesting figures with fascinating back stories. Hitman: Absolution simply takes place in the US and in some very boring locations for that matter - all you really get to experience are Chicago and North Dakota (and some pretty lousy places within them), and all your targets are seedy men who are connected in some way or another to some cockamamie plot involving the kidnapping of a super human girl.
In short, if you are a true fan of the Hitman series like me, you will not like Hitman Absolution. You may still want to play through it because it's still another official entry in the series, but definitely don't pay full price for it - wait for a year or so when the price hits rock bottom until you pick up a copy.
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