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Hitman: Absolution Hits Store Shelves

/ Nov 20th, 2012 No Comments

Hitman: Absolution

Hitman: Absolution

Agent 47 is back in business today as Hitman: Absolution has been officially released by IO Interactive and Square Enix for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC.

Hitman: Absolution has players slip on the black gloves of the hired gunman once again as he embarks on his most dangerous job yet. Agent 47 has been betrayed by those he once trusted at the Agency and is now at the center of a dark conspiracy. Hunted by police, he must set out in search of answers.

The game runs on Glacier 2 technology also developed by IO Interactive. Despite a new and improved game engine, Hitman: Absolution still provides the rich storyline and stunning art direction fans of the series have become accustomed to. New game mechanics and a developed AI system that responds to the player’s tactics make hardcore Hitman fans happy while also satisfying newcomers to the series.

Sam Fisher has sonar vision in Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction, Batman has Detective Mode in Arkham Asylum and the assassins in the Assassin’s Creed series have Eagle Sense. Agent 47 now has Instinct Mode. Players can now predict enemy patrols, identify weapons, see escape routes and, if the worst case scenario happens, engage enemies in gunplay in a way that only highly trained operatives are able to achieve.

Of course, combat should be avoided. Hitman: Absolution allows players to be unrecognized as they complete tasks. A vast array of disguises is available throughout the game, allowing gamers to impersonate victims and blend in while also providing new actions and options. As with other games in the series, Hitman: Absolution is a sandbox environment that lets players take out enemies any way they see fit.

A new Contracts mode has been added. Gamers must fulfill contracts to earn money for weapons, upgrades and disguises. Custom hits can be creating with customization options such as level, target, weapons and rules. Those changes can then be saved and shared with friends and the Hitman community.

The game features a well-rounded cast of characters voiced by Hollywood acting talents including Vivica Fox (Independence Day, Kill Bill), Keith Carradine (Deadwood, Dexter) and Marsha Thomason (Las Vegas, Lost).

Hitman: Absolution is the fifth entry in the Hitman series and the first since Hitman: Blood Money released in 2006.

Ryan Bloom

Ryan Bloom

Chief Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Ryan Bloom is a writer and avid gamer from Orange County. He received a B.A. in Communications with a minor in American Studies from California State University, Fullerton in 2010. Follow him on Twitter @BloomsTweets.
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