Geplaatst: 15 april
Contracts was my introduction to the Hitman series, and the creative license we were given to complete the job was the gift that kept on giving. Depending on the weather, one could opt to be professional and keep things quiet or go on a Sterling Archer-esque rampage.
Absolution, however, decides to take that agency away and puts you in the uncomfortably tighter suit of a restrictive narrative, much like your mother did when you were flower boy at your Uncle Gerald's wedding. Unfortunately, the aforementioned narrative is done in disappointingly poor taste, and Absolution's linear nature does not lend itself well to multiple replays.
Filled with ghoulish, hideous caricatures which are supposed to pass some semblance of human beings, Absolution catapults you into the grungy abyss of a metaphorical (and at one point literal) sex dungeon.
It remains a competent stealth-action game and there's certainly some fun to be had if you're truly, desperately bored...but try as you might, you can't wash the smell of grindhouse out long after you've left.