Posted: April 12
Though erring on the short side (15 hours for the main story, this only shows as 26% completion in the main menu), Hitman: Absolution feels complete. The gameplay is rock-solid and challenges the way you think about stealth games. I played the entire game on "hard" mode, which was very challenging at times but felt appropriate for the style and format of the game.
The game is absolutely stunning even on medium settings and is fairly well optimized overall. All of the environments are engrossing and interesting and there's an infinite amount of ways that you can take advantage of the environments to beat a level. I'd probably say I didn't even see 30% of the game's environments solely due to how hard it is to get into certain areas.
The story and voice acting were generally on-point and I definitely felt like I was invested in the characters enough to care about advancing the plot. At times, I felt like some things weren't explained fully (though again, I wasn't going for completionism so maybe I missed things) but overall the story felt pretty bulletproof as you'd expect from Enix and IO. I'm definitely interested in returning to the Hitman universe in future installments of the franchise.
After not playing stealth-action titles for a few years, Hitman is refreshing and highly entertaining.
I'll show myself out.