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Knives To Meet You: Hitman Absolution

By Adam Smith on September 17th, 2012.

Marketing is a funny old thing, by which I mean it’s the sort of amusingly affable codger who will tell you anything you want to hear if you give him a handful of coin for his troubles. Conversely, sometimes he’ll be hawking something awesome, say an actual magic carpet, but he’ll insist on unpicking some of the ancient weave in order to stitch in a crude simulacrum of a woman, 80% chest, 20% backside. If you ask him why, he’ll tell you such unsaucy sauciness is the only way to sell something as mundane as a mystical object. What I’m trying to say is, after the Contracts mode reveal, I’m happy to soar through the sky on Hitman’s back no matter what Mr Marketing might say. Here’s a new trailer.

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Much Obliged: Hitman’s Freeform Contracts

By Adam Smith on August 14th, 2012.

eenie meenie miney murder

I’ve doubted, I’ve cursed and I’ve hoped. That it’s taken this long for Hitman’s new subtitle to reveal the glory of an older subtitle has given me good reason for the clip full of cynicism I’ve often been tempted to level at its gleaming tessellated cranium. But witnessing today’s announcement of the Contracts feature has filled me with a sort of giddy glee. It’s a creative murder-mode that seems to capture everything I’ve ever loved about the series.

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Streets Ahead: New Hitman Video Is Rather Good

By Adam Smith on July 12th, 2012.

People kept telling me this would happen. I first saw Hitman Absolution doing its thing at the Eurogamer Expo last year and expressed some concerns. It was just one level, I knew that, but it was the level chosen to represent the game to the public and the press. Then, nuns. Still, the man on the street (I think his name is Billy Crumpets) would chuckle as I passed: “I’m sure there are plenty of disguises and stealthy suffocations. Marketing is ever a fool’s game.” Whatever, Crumpets, just move away from my driveway. But perhaps he’s been right all along and here’s the evidence.

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Nuns On The Run: New Hitman Trailer Is Dumb

By John Walker on May 30th, 2012.

So very tasteful.

A very CGI trailer for the new Hitman is, well, odd. It’s Agent 47 murdering a collection of scantily clad women, who were moments earlier dressed as nuns. It’s a trailer that is to feminism what cricket balls are to genitals. You can watch the Tarantino wet dream below.

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Hitman: Sniper Challenge Aiming For August Launch

By Nathan Grayson on May 11th, 2012.

Well, it was nice knowing you. Wait, I just realized we've never actually met. Oh, haha, this is so awkward.

Hm, I’m not sure how to feel about this. I mean, I’m not usually a fan of pre-order bonuses – especially given how inconsequential they ultimately turn out to be relative to how frequently they’re paraded in front of us, bells jingling and doves emerging from places where doves shouldn’t be (sleeves, obviously). Also, there was a time when this would’ve been a free demo or teaser available to all. But, nowadays, those take extra time and money a lot of developers don’t have, so I suppose Hitman‘s upcoming Sniper Challenge is – at least, speculatively – justifiable.

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Violent Night: Hitman Absolution

By Adam Smith on May 1st, 2012.

I doubt and pout a great deal whenever Hitman: Absolution is mentioned. Until I play it I’ll hold out hope that I can be a silent assassin, or at least a low-pitched liquidator, rather than the boisterous chap blasting his way through the majority of the footage I’ve seen. Let me play dress-up and put bodies in cupboards. Let me scope out an area and plan my path to the target rather than being constantly on the run or up against furious armies of gangsters, cops or soldiers. The new video made me smile when 47 placed a man in a closet but I frowned mightily every time an explosion occurred.

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Play Mini Ninjas Online For 50p Per Level

By Craig Pearson on March 28th, 2012.

Is this level worth the 50p?
Remember when Google made a big deal of running Bastion in Chrome? They made the opposite of that fuss with Mini Ninjas, Io Interactives’s cute little NinjSim. I mean, I only noticed when I was poking around the Chrome store for a browser add-on. I clicked it expecting a webbified version of the game, but as far as I can tell it’s not been fiddled with in the slightest. In less than a minute, I was playing the first level of the game, full screen, with no obvious technical issues. Oh, apart from the bizarre payment model.
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Character Assassination: Hitman Absolution’s Cast

By Adam Smith on February 22nd, 2012.

No barcodes, no baldness, no bullets. Wrong game?

Hitman doesn’t just have subtitles, it also has people, and not just the sort that are like pinatas stuffed with money waiting to be popped open by an enterprising exterminator. The first in the “International Contract Agency Files” series gives the background detail on Diana Burnwood, the hairless one’s handler. The word is that Absolution is a more personal story, so maybe the Olyphant man will be finding out who his friends really are, or somesuch. I bet he doesn’t have any friends, because he’s a surly murderer who shows up at the pub in a tie and makes everyone feel comparitively underdressed. Way to go, Hitman.

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Stealth Assured: Hitman Absolution Interview

By Dan Grill on January 11th, 2012.

Just after seeing Agent 47 do his rather John Woo-like thing, our man Dan Gril sat down with Tore Blystad, game director for Hitman: Absolution aka Hitman 5 aka Hitman: Subtitle, and asked the most pressing of questions: whether we’ve lost the silent assassin to open action aimed at impatient console gamers, or if stealth and caution are still very much the order of the day. And also where 47 gets his suits from.
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Hitman: Absolution, When Subtitles Attack

By Adam Smith on December 12th, 2011.

Giant face looms from shadows, leaves bodies in its wake

The VGAs coughed up a new trailer for Hitman: Absolution, which is crammed with sneaking, stealthery and silence. Except for all the parts with windows exploding in slow motion and The Bald One murdering almost every single person in his path, which just happens to take him through a hospital ward. Those parts are quite noisy. There’s also a crying nun. She is crying because of the constant gunfire and images of men being shot through the abdomen at point blank range. Do you want to see such things? They are below.

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Talking And Stalking – Hitman: Absolution

By Adam Smith on November 4th, 2011.

This is some atmospheric stuff. Lightning.

When I witnessed a playthrough of Hitman: Absolution I expressed my concern that there was more murder than assassination and that the level shown looked rather linear. I was fully aware that what was on display may not be representative of the actual hits in the game, showing barcoded-billiard-bonce on the run rather than in his more usual mode of calmly calculated cash-for-cadaver commerce. Here then is another view of the same level, with commentary from game director Tore Blystad and gameplay director Christian Elverdam, as a counterpoint to some of my queries and doubts.

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Noisy Assassin – Hitman: Absolution

By Adam Smith on September 26th, 2011.

It's always rainy in Chicago

Hakan Abrak, lead producer of Hitman: Absolution, held a developer session at the Eurogamer Expo this weekend and I was there to see the game in action. The version we were shown was a pre-alpha build running on PS3 and only covered a single level but, notepad in hand, I managed to scribble down enough impressions to share the bits that made me excited and the other bits that made me raise an eyebrow in a quizzical fashion. Now I’m trying to work out if I’m any closer to understanding the game than I was before the session.

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Agent 47 To Attend Eurogamer Expo

By Lewie Procter on September 5th, 2011.


Perhaps not in person, but in spirit. IO Interactive are sending lead producer Hakan Abrak to give a presentation on Hitman: Absolution to the good people attending E2 this year. We’ve already had a sneaky peak at some early footage of Hitman 5 in action, but hopefully this will be a chance to see it being played properly, and prod at the mind of the bloke producing it.

We’ll be there, front row hopefully. Listen out for me asking Hakan how many guns are in his game.

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