Hitman: Absolution "Is A Mess", Gets Torn Apart In PC Gamer Review
Key points:If Hitman: Absolution is on your Holiday list, you may be in for a big disappointment.
The Christmas 2012 issue of PC Gamer contains a review by Tom Francis who did a number on Hitman: Absolution with some very unflattering things to say about it. The fact that the review's sub-header reads "Hitman: Absolution is a mess. The police do not expect Blood Money is involved" should say everything.
IO Interactive and Square Enix may have very little to be proud of as every portion of the game is said to be bad. The review pans the game for its art style and overuse of bloom, poor story, small levels, pointless objectives (e.g. open a door), no saves, bad AI.
Art style is bad and bloom is overused
Story is terrible
Levels are, for the most part, very small
Objectives are usually to open a door, not to kill someone
PC port is bad with controls that tell you to "gently" press LMB. Performance is 15~fps on 2/3 review machines
No saving discourages exploration
Weapons do not carry over across missions
AI is bad
Game encourages you to kill guards, unlike other Hitman games
Most assassinations are cutscenes and in a lot of them 47 fails to kill the target, rendering all of your work pointless
Contracts mode is pretty decent
For all their efforts, the game receives a score of 62 out of 100 with a verdict that reads "A passable stealth game, but one that betrays almost everything that, until now, has made Hitman great."
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