Hitman: Absolution marks the painfully-long overdue return of Agent 47, but has the bar-coded assassin’s hiatus slowed him down or reinvigorated his sharp skill-set?
The game currently sits on a Metascore of 79 and 87 for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 version respectively, with the PC release holding-down a score of 78.
Over on GameRankings, Absolution has 78.97% (Xbox 360), 85.44% (PS3) and 74% (PC) on the various platforms.
So it’s looking positive for Square Enix and IO Interactive, but is Hitman: Absolution a love-letter to fans or something new? See what the critics had to say:
“Everything about the world revolves around entertaining you, whether it’s the wide scope of murder-options or the amazing dialogue in between. Whatever kind of killer you decide you want to be, Absolution is an unmissable hit.” Read the full review.
“Like Dishonored before it, it’s actually a true pleasure to play a game that lets you tackle it from multiple angles.” Read the full review.
“One thing’s for sure: it’s good to have Agent 47 back, and he was clearly needed. The greasy world he inhabits was in sore need of cleansing, and it’s a pleasure to have so many ways of scraping the human grime off its surface and discarding it like the trash it is.” Read the full review.
“Reloading some of its best levels, turning off the hints and watching and waiting, it’s much easier to remember what it is that makes Agent 47 so special.” Read the full review.
“Feels like ‘proper’ Hitman, mixed with new ideas of varying quality. Crucially, it’s great fun, and you’ll want to play Absolution through more than once.” Read the full review.
“It’s often churlish to criticise a game for daring to do something different, but Absolution is its own indictment – it’s still at its peak when it gives its antihero an unwitting victim and a sandbox, and lets him get to work.” Read the full review.
Games Radar: 4.5/5
“Hitman’s temporary hiatus did worlds of good for the franchise, and Absolution is one of the strongest entries in the series to date.” Read the full review.
PC Gamer: 66
“A passable stealth game, but one that betrays almost everything that, until now, has made Hitman great.” Read the full review.
“The only reason Absolution doesn’t score higher is because it’s familiar gameplay. That’s not a criticism, I loved it from start to finish but it doesn’t break any molds or raise any bars that would warrant a higher score. What it does do though is deliver about as good a story and rewarding experience as you’re likely to get this year.” Read the full review.
“Occasionally you’ll witness flashes of brilliance, glimpses that suggest Io could yet salvage something from this wreckage for its next Hitman game. And then you finish a stage with a tedious quick-time event, snapping the neck of a morbidly obese Danny Trejo-alike in a wrestling match watched by hundreds – astonishingly earning yourself a Silent Assassin rating in the process – and you shake your head sadly and wonder how it all went so badly wrong.” Read the full review.
“Hitman: Absolution may have abandoned some of the ideals of the original games in the series, but it delivers with its own formula.” Read the full review.
So, will you be picking up Hitman: Absolution this week?