Stealth your way Through Hitman Absolution
The newest instalment of Hitman has finally arrived, and it is named Absolution. Your contact Diana has betrayed The Agency for reasons which are not yet clear to you and your first mission is to assassinate Diana for her treason. You are then left with a young girl who is saved from the ‘doctors’ by Diana and the story find yourself working out who this girl is, and why The Agency want her captured.
The graphics in this game are incredible, and this title is not for the quick and easy gamer. It’s not a game you can simply pick up and play. It does need some skill and there is a lot of difficulty involved. What I found in this game is that there are so many ways to complete a level. In the previous titles there was usually a clear route to how things should be done, but with Hitman Absolution there are so many methods you can use, both related to aggression and stealth. There are challenges for how you complete each level and you are given an overall score for how you handled the mission. This overall score is them compared with your friends and you can compete to be the best.
To really do well in this game you need to use your instinct. Of course I mean your common sense, but the game actually has an ‘instinct’ mode in which you can spot important items on the map, the targets nearby and even see a fire trail of where they are going to walk next so you can evade the situation. The best part though is ‘Point Shooting’ which allows you to select up to four enemies nearby with a crosshair, and then take them all out in quick succession. This clever addition shows your true powers as an assassin of the Agency and will help you progress quickly through the game without being detected.
All the usual methods of play are also involved. Disguises play a big part in Absolution. You can take disguise from a lot of people on the map, and on some levels you will be awarded a 5% bonus on your overall score if you are able to disguise yourself in a number of different ways. In one level you must be disguised as a Police Officer, Drug Dealer, Food Merchant and an Armed SWAT unit.
Overall this game is brilliant fun, but it does require focus. Even on the lower difficulty modes you will find yourself being challenged mentally, which is always a rewarding experience in a game as you feel so much better when you finally get through those tough levels.
This article was originally written for The District Post Newspaper.