Good work, 47. The money has been wired to your account.
After thoroughly enjoying 2006’s Hitman: Blood Money, I was excited to see what IO Interactive could do with a truly next gen version of Agent 47’s world. Better tech and graphics should equal a better game, right? Well, yes, but the kind of game that Hitman: Absolution actually is turned out to be a completely different experience than I was hoping for, and it took me a while to reconcile my hopes against the reality of what’s on the disc.
Remember, information is the weapon!
It’s hard to believe that it’s been six years since Hitman: Blood Money hit the scene. It was released in that heady time around the launch of the “seventh generation” of consoles, when it was still common to see games come out for the Xbox and PlayStation 2 alongside the Xbox 360. As such, Blood Money wasn’t technically a seventh generation game; it was designed with the PCs and consoles of 2005 and upscaled to run on the 360. That was my introduction to the series, and even though the game came across as dated by the time I got to it in 2009 I was impressed with the sheer amount of options for completing objectives in every level.
His head went back and to the left. Back, and to the left. Back, and to the left.
The hype train for Hitman: Absolution has officially left the station, and to get fans amped up for the return of Agent 47 IO Interactive and Square Enix have put together a rather unique pre-order bonus for the game in Hitman: Sniper Challenge. It’s an interesting bit of fun to tide players over with until the release of the full game, but I can’t help wishing that this was a more robust offering. Given a few tweaks, this could be one of the most addicting games on XBLA and PSN.
The highest scorer will win a trip to Denmark.
If you’re heading into a Gamestop on May 15 to purchase Diablo III or Max Payne 3 (or Game of Thrones-we won’t judge), you may want to slap a pre order down on Hitman: Absolution. Why, you may ask? Besides the fact that it’s the first entry in the popular stealth action series since 2006, Square Enix has put together a rather unprecedented pre order bonus that’s—you guessed it—exclusive to Gamestop.