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POSTED 26/11/12


HITMAN: ABSOLUTION

Square Enix

PS3 (also on Xbox 360, PC)

Listen (ooh-wah-oo), do you wanna know a secret? Do you promise not to tell?

Well, remember how Agent 47 supposedly carked it, leaving Maxwell Smart in charge of the Guild of Surviving CONTROL Agentsí union negotiations? Well, he didnít really die. He just shaved his bonce, got a barcode tatt, turned his core temperature way down and went all undercover hitman. After all, there are only so many tree trunks with little sliding panels that you can hide in before cracking the shits.

Yes, 47ís back after quite some absence. The first thing to note is that this is a stealth game. Now, what does Mr Oxford have to say about the word?

    stealth       Pronunciation: /stɛlθ/

    Definition of stealth

    noun

    1 [mass noun] cautious and surreptitious action or movement: the silence and stealth of a hungry cat

So, that means being all quiet and such, yeah? Good, because thatís what you get. If youíre looking for something thatís all guns blazing, why howdy there, darned tootiní, yee-haw, bang-bang-shoot-shoot then this ainít for you. Sure, you can play that way, but youíll last about as long as a Mars Bar thatís inadvertently parachuted into a fatty boombah farm.

The thrill of H:A is in that sneakiness. Creepy-creeping, waiting, hiding... using instincts, biding time for that perfect strike moment, and having contingencies to escape the inevitable heat youíll attract from making your kill Ė be it run like fuck, hide more, nick somebodyís clobber or something possibly MacGyverish.

Levels are plentiful. Things can feel linear, even if there are usually multiple choice solutions, so those unwilling to explore may feel immersionally scuppered. Out-of-the-box constant quicktime event buttons splattering all over the screen are rather buzzkilly, too.

Still, if youíre looking for something thatís dark, engrossing and a bit more grownup thinky-personís, then check out Hitman: Absolution... (Check out, barcode Ė BAM!)

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