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3.0 out of 5 stars Cool, but the game is broken!!!, December 11, 2012
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This review is from: Hitman: Absolution (Video Game)
Let's get this out there right now: I did not finish Hitman: Absolution. Or, rather, I was unable to finish Hitman: Absolution. There is a game-breaking bug (and I am sure this will be fixed in a subsequent patch but for now, it exists!) that crashes the game. I was about 75% finished with the main storyline when the game crashed during one of the missions and lost all my save file data. Very not good. I am not a hardcore gamer--these days, it's mostly casual--so, really, this isn't a big deal for me, but still, a small problem. Having said that, I am still super-familiar with the Hitman games and would consider myself to be a fan of the series, though it's definitely been a little while since the last Hitman game; and I've certainly been wondering what's been happening with Agent 47. So when I heard Absolution was finally coming out, I thought: "Oh, nice!" (This review will be written without taking the game-breaking bug into consideration. So, it will be fair).

With Absolution, you can tell the developers were trying to go in a sort of brand new direction with the franchise (which is great) while still trying to stay in the same familiar vein of all the previous Hitman games (which also, is pretty great) in terms of game play and storyline and all that. Right off the bat though, I'm going to say it: the story in Abolution is my least favorite of the series. The graphics have been enhanced (as they should be with any new game in a series) but the developers have sort of f***ed themselves with this one. Let me explain.

The CGI in the cut scenes has finally gotten to a point where certain effects (water, glass, reflections, facial expressions) seem almost too real/life-like and the in-game graphics are now, not that far-off from the look of the actual cut scenes themselves--to the point of entering the uncanny valley. Oooh, scary! But then, a lot of other things are so CGI they look totally fake, and in a super bad way. Like in a scene newar the beginning where Diana has fallen out of the shower because of a bullet wound. What is supposed to be water on her skin looks like semen. Yes, semen! And the entire scene with her on the ground, talking about stuff, and Agent 47 listening to her while she talks about stuff, looks like the aftermath of one giant bukkake scene.

And 47. What the hell happened to your face? You look squashed down! In the earlier games, I always thought of you as a more svelte/angular-type; with an almost rectangular face. This time, you're totally boxed-out and cartoonish-looking. Like a bald superman. This may sound unrelated (but it's not), your transformation reminds me of when they changed the graphics in Madden 2012, to give it a more `arcade' look and feel--which totally ruined the game.

Absolution, as a whole, is probably the best looking game in the series yet, but at the same time, already, there are tons of little things I can see that will make it look dated come next year. (Max Payne 3 has far better (but similar) graphics).

This is the sort of game you can finish in 1-2 days so don't expect your $60 or whatever to go too far. Though there is the `Contracts Mode' but really, it's nothing to write home about. The replayability comes in the form of various challenges and achievements, and then, yeah, the `Contracts Mode'. This is not the Hitman game I was waiting for...
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