Hitman: Absolution (2012)

Video Game  -  Action | Crime | Mystery  -  20 November 2012 (USA)
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After assassinating his former handler, Diana, Agent 47 goes on a mission on her request to track down a young girl named Victoria. Meanwhile, his own employers hunt him and an arms manufacturer, Blake Dexter, pursues Victoria as well.


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Cosmo Faulkner
Hotel Manager's Wife
Birdie (voice)
Greg Berg ...
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Landon / Additional Characters
Lilly Dukes (voice)
Benjamin Travis (voice)
Blake Dexter (voice)
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Wade (voice)
Lasandra Dixon (voice)
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After assassinating his former handler, Diana, Agent 47 goes on a mission on her request to track down a young girl named Victoria. Meanwhile, his own employers hunt him and an arms manufacturer, Blake Dexter, pursues Victoria as well.

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In the mission "One of a Kind", going to the basement of the tailor shows a wall with various newspaper clippings of Targets from previous Hitman Games. See more »


Diana is shown to have red hair and green eyes in "A Personal Contract" while the file ICA has on her show her hair is dark and her eyes are listed as brown. See more »


Benjamin Travis: Alright... just tell me... did you kill her... Diana? Is she really dead?
Agent 47: [Before pulling the trigger] You will never know.
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Follows Hitman: Blood Money (2006) See more »

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27 January 2013 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

Not at all following up on the one actual bit of setup that they've been dangling in front of us since 2004, Diana, your former handler, commits the cardinal sin of the profession... she starts the story with an unwieldy exposition dump(why couldn't some of that have happened prior entries?)... oh, and she betrays the agency's trust and destroys it. Benjamin Travis(Boothe, intimidating as ever) rebuilds it, and sends 47 out to take her out, because he hadn't gotten to that chapter of "what not to do in a piece of fiction". I won't tell you if she dies or not, but we do finally learn a little about her... like... well... she gets a face! She... she has some junk in the trunk... ah, and, she was hiding Victoria, a young woman who the ICA(who are no longer living up to the International in that... Blood Money at least had one bit outside of the US, and other than that went different places in that country, now, I guess in response to the TSA, you're always in either gloomy, slummy Chicago or the humid, hick-y Midwest; you stay in the same area for so long that you get sick to death of your surroundings) were grooming to become like, well, our anti-hero. He sympathizes, and hides her, taking out people to protect her, and going against his former employers... and they're not the only ones hunting him: he's framed for murder, and the police are looking for him with a vague description of him, meaning that you have to hide from everyone. You hide(some behind smoke(and, once or twice, in plants... yeah, if they didn't have more places to use it, why'd they bother?)) more than, or as much as you, blend in(you more or less choose which to use, at least at times), and to aid in that, we get a cover mechanic(it's common these days), one fairly similar to Deus Ex: Human Revolution. You can move all the way around that piece of furniture, etc., you're hugging, with ease, you can roll from one to the other if they face one another, and this can be used for the gunplay, as well, complete with blindfire. You can use Point Shooting(if you haven't been seen yet), as well, where you tag where and who to take out, and see it done in a cinematic fashion. This does cost Instinct, one of the best features of this. There is a meter of it, and it's refilled by progression. Other uses? Predict patrol paths, see enemy positions through walls(yes, you do also have a person-only radar(replacing the map and intel... because, hey, why not get rid of trademarks that give this its unique identity?), it can still be useful), get hints, and finally, trick someone in the same clothes as you're wearing as a disguise(keeping the tension intact, whilst still making that a benefit... it's the greatest balance of that so far), if you're close to them(and only for several seconds!). You can now dual-wield any pistol or SMG, as soon as you've picked up at least two of the same type(and can choose whether or not to, as well as take silencer on/off), and can carry pistols, SMGs/assault rifle/shotgun(only one), your Silverballers, a sniper(no case, though, instead, it and every other two-handed one, hides comfortably in your clothes... I guess that Italian suit was created by Guybrush Threepwood's tailor; because, hey, why not get two birds with one stone? Beloved aspect? Nah! At least someone finally taught him to hold his friggin' breath, and that can be done regardless of what you're armed with), your fibrewire(which must be laced with cyanide, it's got a "touch of death"... at least it goes directly into dragging the corpse, and hiding it is easier, combining hiding places for that with, well, the ones for you, room for two people now, and you can be one of them) and one item. What's that last one? Anything from a brick to a vase. They can be used for one up-close(except for the ones that are knives) assassination or thrown(with a good system) to create distractions(and some of them break from that!). While levels are tiny(one mission often made up of several of them; repetitively sneaking to and from where you waste the target... and you're too often stumbling onto even Silent Assassin kills, there is no patience required, no forming and carefully executing a plan), they are full of atmosphere, and the graphics are beautiful - particle FX, weather, lighting, everything. Controls expect you to remember way too many keys(yup, coddling console users, what else is new), I haven't seen this many that you, well, forget the ones you use less, for over half a decade. I thought we were streamlining? At least do a "switch" button that activates a secondary set of abilities, like the Assassin's Creed series. Heck, they're already taking so many notes from those... disappear in a crowd(...how's someone that distinctive, not to mention, wanted by the cops, supposed to...?), use a "hiding place"(that are all different, and thus, impossible to spot until you're right in front of them, which is a theme in this one), and both are all static, even though the latter could easily be mobile. With the 5 difficulty settings, the top one removing the HUD(other than the crosshairs) and offering no aid, this provides a challenge for newcomers and veterans alike. Hand-to-hand combat is QTE's, and though learning them is a tad awkward(prompts shown before, during, *and* after you have to press the button...), it's a lot of fun once you get into it(and yes, tougher foes are better at it, and miss a few hits, they'll knock your ass out! Using play-to-create to allow you to craft and share your own, well, Contracts(the one truly worthwhile thing in this). There is a lot of strong language, bloody, violent and/or disturbing content and sexuality in this. I recommend this to fans of stealth(not of Hit-man). 7/10

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