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Hitman: Absolution

3 years ago

Feature: Getting Away With Botched Murder

Hitman: The Joy Of Cocking Up

Any time a new Hitman [official site] game rolls around, I need to know the answer to one question: can I royally screw basically everything up and get away with it? Not for me the Silent Assassin, but more a series of pratfalls, murders performed inadvertently in plain sight, panicked costume changes and awkward scuffles, inevitably culminating in a desperate sprint to the exit with…

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Feature: Seine old story

Hitman Aims For Freedom But Misses The Mark

After Hitman: Absolution, Agent 47 is in need of another subtitle. Redemption, perhaps, or Contrition. His upcoming adventure has already made headlines thanks to its now-confirmed episodic release schedule but it also seemed to be a game made with the awareness that the previous hadn't given fans of the series quite what they wanted. I was eager to get my hands on it after seeing…

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Feature: Follow The Blood Money

Improvisation, Experimentation And Dark Comedy: Hitman Is Coming Home

Absolution might be a fitting tag for what looks like a return to form and a casting off of the sins of the past, but since that subtitle's already taken, I'm hoping I'll be able to justify referring to this one as Hitman: Redemption [official site]. So far, the signs are good. I spent some time in the company of IO Interactive's studio head, Hannes…

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Agent $4.99: Mobile Spin-Off Hitman GO Now On PC, Kinda

We have Opinions about Absolution, the most recent Hitman game, 'round these parts. Opinions which not everybody shares, but everybody should because famously we're always 100% Objectively Correct in all things. Despite some grasping at greatness, it seemed a disservice to Hitman as we knew it. Meanwhile, in Mobileland, whispers spread that there was, in fact, a pretty great latter-day Hitman. Its name was Hitman…

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4 years ago

Grand Designs: Big Level Blueprints For Next Hitman

After the disappointment of Hitman: Absolution, developers IO Interactive came to the Internet with their collective hat in their collective hands. Without quite admitting that Absolution's small levels, linear missions, wonky AI, more personal story, and bottomless pockets didn't pan out, they did write an open letter mentioning that they plan to do away with all those things for the next Hitman game. Reminding people…

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5 years ago

Agent 40 Winks: Hitman Cancelled, Uncancelled

Hello there. Things have sounded a little unhappy at Hitman and Kane & Lynch devs IO Interactive for a while now, in the wake of 2012's Hitman: Subtitle achieving neither the acclaim or the spondoolies it was hoped to. Last year, the Square Enix-owned Danish studio saw half its workforce removed from their jobs, along with claims that the remainder would get to do nothing…

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Kane And Lynched: Hitman Dev Hit With Huge Layoffs

After the gaming industry went on a dubstep-and-Dew-fueled vacation to E3 last week, it's now back to business as usual. By "business," I of course mean layoffs, and goodness gracious, figurative business is booming. However, literal business - the part where people make money - isn't faring so well because, well, layoffs. This time, the sobering specter took its scythe to Hitman developer IO Interactive,…

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6 years ago

Wada Way To Go: Square Enix Loses Money & Its Boss

It's a bad day for Square Enix, latter-day publisher of Tomb Raider, Hitman, Deus Ex and Thief, as well as those dreary Final Fantasy things. Citing "slow sales of major console games" as well as uninspiring business from its arcade machine arm, it's admitted that its recent monies "substantially fall below its plan" and its president Yoichi Wada has fallen on his sword as a…

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Hijinks! Square Enix Say: Threaten ‘Hits’ On Your Friends!

Update: Gosh, that was quick. Before any other sites had even picked up on this one, Square have removed the app. Links from it now reroute to the main Hitman page, and previously sent death threats no longer work. Update 2: Square have issued a statement apologising for the app. The full statement is at the bottom of the post. Original: Square Enix aren't having…

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Agent 47 Didn’t Ask For This

Why distort one beloved franchise when you can do two at once? The latest DLC for Hitman: Ablutions once again fails to add new missions, ideally in a Streets of Hope vein, but instead a new costume and gun which can only be used in the Contracts mode. This new costume is the kevlar'n'metal duds of one Adam Jensen, he of Deus Ex: Human Revolution…

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Feature: "Wait, aren't you on TV or something?"

Hitman: Conversation

In which Adam, who has played it all, and Alec, who has played around a third of it, gather to discuss IO Interactive's divisive Hitman: Absolution. Devout Blood Money disciple Adam felt let down by this latest reinvention of Agent 47 - does Alec feel differently? ("No.") They do find some positive things to say about it though, promise. Alec: I've been playing some Absolution.…

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IO-Nara: Squenix Montreal To Make Next Hitman

With Hitman's latest subtitle so recently creeping into public view, IO are already talking about 47's future. Speaking to OPM, Absolution's director Tore Blystad confirmed that the next title in the franchise will be developed at Square Enix Montreal rather than remaining in-house. Blystad reckons development will follow a similar pattern to work on the Call of Duty games, so presumably we can expect development…

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Feature: More Filler Than Killer

Hitman – Absolution review

Absolution is the occasional freedom to be a silent killer but is also thimble-sized levels, gun-toting fetish nuns, and a prolonged and startling absence of silenced weapons. Absolution is a clever free-form Contracts mode with less hits than the New Radicals. Absolution has its priorities confused. Here’s wot I think.

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Hitman: Subtitle Boasts A “Living World”

In what must surely be the last-but-three trailer before Hitman: Absolution gets a launch trailer (the game appears on November 20th), Square are trying to show off the "living world" in which their game of death and baldness take place. As Adam noted as we watched this in the RPS virtual office, "That Chinatown sequence about 40 secs in is awesome." It really, genuinely is…

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Not Entirely Silent Assassin: The Sound Of Hitman

Amidst the eardrum-bursting din of day-to-day existence, it's easy to lose track of the little things. The important things. For instance, when was the last time you tossed your schedule in the wastebasket, picked up the phone, and called Agent 47 voice actor David Bateson to tell him how much you appreciate the tremendous role he's played in your life? His vocal stylings are the perfect mixture…

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Hitman: Subtitle Disguises Agent 47 As A Murderer

God, I love disguises. I can't go the shop without putting on a beard and some elf ears. It looks like Agent 47 shares the same enthusiasms, too, because in the latest Hitman: Absolution trailer (it's around here somewhere, I know it) we get to see him dressed as a policeman, a worrying janitor, a hotel porter you would not trust with your luggage, a…

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Feature: Designated hitter

Hands-On: Hitman – Absolution

So many bodies stuffed into closets, so many innocents caught in the crossfire, so much blood on my hands. Out, out damn spot. Oh no, wait I was wearing gloves the whole time. Everything's fine. Hitman: Absolution is best played without a conscience for its pleasures are of flesh punctured and perforated. I’ve killed in many ways as I played through the game’s opening missions…

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Disco Demolition – Killing With Style In Hitman: Absolution

We've seen quite a lot of Hitman: Absolution in the run up to its November launch. Some of it has been downright brilliant. As for other bits, well, the less said the better. But ultimately, the core of Agent 47's exceedingly snazzy murdertimes (or exceedingly murdery snazzytimes, depending on your point of view) remains: you kill people, but in clever, conspicuously inconspicuous ways. That's what…

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Wish You Were There? EG Expo Session Vids

Hello. Hello you. Did you go to the Eurogamer Expo this weekend? Did you have fun? Because I couldn't go, so I couldn't have fun. My bitterness could destroy worlds. Fortunately, I can catch up with at least some of what I missed, as Eurogamer have posted videos of a great many of their developer sessions. Valve! Hitman! Molyneux! Tomb Raider! Assassin's Creed! DayZ! Remember…

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