Friday, 7 June 2013

Review No. 26 Hitman Absolution - PS3 (18+)

Strong Points:
Huge maps
So many ways to kill people (i.e. pistols, chainsaws, your fists, etc)
Very realistic
Great story line

Weak Points:
VERY Confusing.

In-depth Review:

Release Dates:
World Wide: 20 November, 2012
Japan: 24 January, 2013

Controls: Source:

Game Controls:
Hold Left Bumper: run
Hold Left Trigger: aim
Back Button; notebook
Start Button: pause
Right Bumper: reload
Hold Right Bumper: instinct/blend in/fake surrender
Right Trigger: shoot/throw improvised weapon/drop improvised weapon
Left Thumbstick: move
Left Thumbstick Button: camera should switch
D-Pad Up: fiber wire/remote explosives/detonator/improvised and melee weapons
D-Pad Left: silverballers/one handed guns & revolvers
D-Pad Down: holster weapon
Hold D-Pad Down: silencers on/off
D-Pad Right: automatic guns & shotguns/sniper rifles
Right Thumbstick: camera
Right Thumbstick Button: sneak
X Button: melee/improvised weapon attack/eliminate
Hold X Button: activate tactical improvised weapon
A Button: human shield/push over railing/jump to ledge/enter window or vent/fake surrender
Hold A Button: take disguise
B Button: take cover/drop from ledge
Hold B Button: drag body
Y Button: interact/open door/enter closet or dumpster
Hold Y Button: pick up

Agility Controls:
X Button: pull from window/pull from ledge/sneak past window
A Button: jump to ledge/enter window
B Button: drop down

Body Dragging Controls:
Y Button: dump body
Hold Y Button: pick up
B Button: drop body
Hold A Button: take disguise

Instinct Controls:
Hold Y Button:  pick up
X Button:  point shooting
A Button: cover to cover/scale cover/enter window
B Button: cover

Cover Controls:
Y Button: enter dumpster
Hold Y Button: pick up
X Button: cover takedown
A Button: cover to cover/scale cover/enter window
B Button: exit cover

I bought this game in November last year after reading the the prequel book, 'Hitman: Damnation'. In the book, Agent 47 (the Hitman) is recovering from an injury which he got in the line of fire. He obtained the injury when communications with his handler Diana disappeared - she was hiding a project that the agency had been testing for a few years. The rest of the book is basically him rejoining the agency, leaving the agency, rejoining the agency again and leaving the agency again. (Make your mind up Agent 47!) other than that it is a very interesting and amazing game.
Many people say the first level is not needed. but I think that it is the most important level in the whole game. When you begin, you are an ice cream man, no, he is not going to be kidnapping children, but instead he tells a guard at Diana's gate to get in his van and then beats him to death. How lovely! During the next part, you have to fight through the gardens and the bottom half of the house. During the final part you kill Diana and find the thing you are going to guard. A 15-year-old girl, right now you are going "WTF?!" but bear with me! She is part of the ICA pet protection program. she has a necklace with a radioactive isotope in it which makes her stronger.

47 hides Victoria at a Catholic orphanage and contacts an informant named Birdie who tells him that Blake Dexter, head of Dexter Industries, may have more information on Victoria. As payment, 47 is forced to give his Silverballers to Birdie. Eavesdropping on Dexter, 47 learns that he plans to kidnap and auction Victoria to the highest bidder. Sanchez, Dexter's enormous associate, then proceeds to knock him unconscious. Framed by Dexter for the murder of an innocent bystander, 47 evades the police, only to learn Birdie is being hunted by Dexter's ally, Wade; despite 47's intervention, Birdie is caught by Wade and sells Victoria's location to protect himself.

Wade and his men attack the orphanage and kill most of the staff. 47 mortally wounds Wade, but Victoria is kidnapped and taken hostage by Lenny, Dexter's son. 47 then follows him to Hope, South Dakota. Meanwhile, Birdie approaches Dexter, offering to broker the ransom of Victoria back to the agency, but he is rejected. In anger, Birdie secretly provides information about 47's location to the Agency, and information about Dexter to 47, hoping to profit off the situation.

In 'Hope', 47 retrieves his Silverballers when Birdie gives him the location at a gun store. Here you have two choices of what you want to do... You can either shoot the hell out of everyone and break into the the gun store, or beat some hot cowgirl in a shooting match. Later, 47 kills Lenny's gang, at his club house. The best ways to do this I think is to blow the place up with a gas leak and then grab Lenny. He puts him into his car and interrogates him in the desert, kills him, and subsequently disposes of him.

Learning from Lenny that Victoria is at Dexter Industries HQ, 47 infiltrates the facility and destroys their research data on the girl while assassinating its head scientists, with their own inventions or shooting them up the butt with your silver ballers. And he discovers that Victoria is in fact a genetically engineered clonebred to be a top-class assassin like him, however her fighting skills are only possible when she wears her necklace. 47 kills Sanchez in an underground cage fight after learning from him Victoria was taken back to Hope. Recuperating at a hotel, 47 survives an ICA attack lead by the elite all female hit team "The Saints" and kills them.

Infiltrating Hope Courthouse Jail, 47 reaches Victoria but is subdued by the corrupt local sheriff Clive Skurky, who is working with Dexter. The ICA, led by Travis, takes over the town in an attempt to get Victoria back and kill 47, but she is nowhere to be found, while 47 escapes the prison and evades the ICA. He then confronts a wounded Skurky in a church, demanding Victoria's location, to which Skurky ends up telling 47 she is at Blackwater Park, then dies from his wounds. Travis pays a ransom of Ten million dollars for Victoria, but Dexter doesn't keep his side of the bargain and keeps both Victoria and the money. 47 arrives at Dexter's penthouse and kills Dexter's assistant, Layla. Dexter, unbeknownst that Layla has been killed, plans to destroy the hotel's roof if she didn't meet him there within five minutes. As Dexter is about to leave the hotel with Victoria and the money by helicopter, 47 mortally wounds him. 47 saves Victoria, while Dexter, with his dying words, apologizes to his son, Lenny and asks for his money. Victoria, who is disgusted by Dexter's words, opens the briefcase containing the ransom and throws the money onto his dying body. 47 and Victoria then leave the hotel.

47 learns from the letter Diana gave to him, that Travis created Victoria without the Agency's knowledge; in the letter, she also requests that 47 kill Travis to protect Victoria. Pursuing him to England, 47 finds the ICA exhuming the Burnwood family graves, believing Diana's death to have been faked. After killing Travis' assistant Jade and then his personal guards, 47 corners Travis, who asks him if Diana is dead, but he refuses to answer him and kills Travis. During a closing cutscene, 47 watches Diana and Victoria from afar, before a message from Diana welcomes him back to the Agency, revealing that the shot 47 fired at her was non-lethal. Victoria also considers disposing of her necklace to prevent her from hurting anyone, with Diana telling her to do what she has to. Another cutscene then shows Birdie offering information on 47 to Cosmo Faulkner, a detective investigating his case.

Best Weapon
I would say that the best weapon for me was the silverballers, long range, suppressed and very good looking.

Conclusion: great game can't wait for a sequel.

Rating: 90%

Ben :)
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