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Hitman Absolution: Guns, plungers and fibre wire

With Hitman: Absolution, IO Interactive is adding a whole new arsenal of weapons to the usual gun shy assassin’s spread. These will include, but not limited to, a gas can, baseball bat, a crow bar and of all things a plunger.

No matter Agent 47’s weapon of choice, the result will always be lethal.

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The latest gameplay trailer shows of some of the most inventive ways to kill a mark. Yes, 47 will even be able to cause death by plunger.

I have personally always preferred to play the Hitman games as the ultimate assassin, meaning:

  • Stealth over direct assault.
  • Plotting out the route to my objective that involves no confrontation with potential threats.
  • When I have to take out a mark, I will use inventive improvisation above pulling my gun.
  • If I have to get my hands dirty, I will only ever use my fibre wire.

Yeah, think again before you make me mad, I shall come for you ;)

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“In Hitman Absolution we very rarely require of you to use any type of weapon, but should you feel the need, we’ve prepared an extensive pallet for you to choose from.” Agent 47's handler

I’ve played all the Hitman games, and the only reason I’ve been such a fan of the series is because the game took a unique approach to violence. Unlike in other first-person shooters (FPS), with Hitman players are encouraged not to use violence. Agent 47 has always been somewhat a cut above the rest of the shoot’em ups available to FPS fans.

With Hitman: Absolution it seems that IO Interactive took the road more traveled and succumbed to the usual methods of murder. I will be extremely disappointed if this turns out to be the case. The FPS genre is overcrowded and saturated with the trademarks of more guns, more violence and weak storylines. I adored the Hitman series for its intriguing narrative and challenging approach to carry out missions. It seems that developers of all genres are taking the viewpoint that games must be easier to play, less focused on a specific fan base and aimed towards attracting mainstream gamers.

I think it is a foolish approach and that it will take away the very aspects that make a game unique, causing it to lose the fans that have been supporting specific games for decades. The Hitman appeal stems from the unique character of Agent 47. If 47 has turned into just another typical assassin, I will have to hang up my fibre wire and call it a day.

Hitman: Absolution will hit the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC on November 20. You can purchase the game from the Steam Store here, and receive a free copy of Hitman: Sniper Challenge, playable immediately. What are your expectations, do you think IO is steering Agent 47 in the right direction?

Check out The tools of Trade gameplay trailer. The choice is yours; the perfect assassin, the brutal maniac or a bit of both.

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