Any and every video game news rag worth its salt is awash with speculation as to whether Hitman: Absolution would live up to the sheer euphoria of expectations that the trailers have aroused. Before we proceed, we do categorically state that we simply loved Hitman: Blood Money, the previous iteration, and the chronological successor to IO’s coming offering.
What We Know So Far of Hitman: Absolution
It seems that Diana Blackwood, 47’s handler in the previous games, went rogue after the events of Blood Money / Contracts, purging all existing data on her from the ICA systems before doing a vanishing act. The sanction on her life was issued to 47 and that seems to be the premise of Hitman: Absolution.
Gameplay in Hitman: Absolution
The details are fuzzy so far as regards what the gameplay enhancements in Hitman: Absolution may be. However, what’s emerging apparently is that while stealth is still a part of the game, all out carnage may have just been made easier than earlier games. More on that later.
What has been clarified so far is that there is greater environmental interaction, with the ability to use various objects as improvised weapons or decoys. This was introduced in Blood Money with the coin feature and Hitman: Absolution looks all set to explore the possibilities further.
The new throttling mechanism takes a page out of Deus Ex, giving you an option to quickly break a victim’s neck as against the slower and more brutal choking. Also information has been revealed that 47 can utilize a given hiding place for both himself and a dead/ unconscious victim at the same time. This should add a whole new level of realism to Hitman: Absolution.
Better situation awareness has also been reportedly introduced in the form of what’s being called the “Super-Assassin-O-Vision”. This takes the form of an ‘instinct’ resource that helps ‘see’ enemies through walls or predict their paths. The ‘instinct’ resource means different things at differnt points; for instance, another use of it is to make disguise more effective. The resource gets used up and has to recharged, kind of like “bullet time” in Max Payne.
Is Hitman: Absolution a Departure from the Silent Assassin Stealth Gameplay Approach?
New gameplay elements such as cover mechanics have reportedly been introduced, making it possible for 47 to dig in for a firefight if required. Consequently, you may just earn that “mass murderer” rating without using a cheat-code if only you use the gameplay elements right. This action-hero style of gameplay could be an interesting variation and would lend the game more replay value (something for which the Hitman series is famous anyway).
Previous games had a problem that breaking the identity cover eventually led to a heavily outnumbered 47 being gunned down no matter how many he killed. The developers say that that is remedied by introducing another manifestation of the ‘instinct’ resource: Point Shooting, sort of like the quick-draw in some western-themed games. This could not only add a more cinematic experience to Hitman: Absolution but also offer a more viable alternative (as against previous games) to the sneaking around of old. Of course, that’s fun in its own way.
The game is due out this year, and this gaming news blog can’t wait for some more semi-sandbox murdery fun that’s coming our way in the shape of Hitman: Absolution.