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Corny stealth update fails to Hit the spot.

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HITMAN ABSOLUTION PCPS3, Xbox 360. PS34.99 PS39.99 HITMAN ABSOLUTION PCPS3, Xbox 360. PS34.99 PS39.99 After the brilliant Dishonored and Assassin's Creed III, Hitman Absolution is the latest wildly inventive stealth series looking to reclaim its genre crown. But while it's more accessible than previous Hitman games, Absolution loses a lot of the freedom that fans of the franchise love.

After the brilliant Dishonored and Assassin's Creed III, Hitman Absolution is the latest wildly inventive stealth series looking to reclaim its genre crown. But while it's more accessible than previous Hitman games, Absolution loses a lot of the freedom that fans of the franchise love.

As ever with Hitman games, you'll be assigned targets to take out, with the game rewarding you for making your mark's death look like an accident. You'll explore levels, find your targets, and look for the best way to strike without attracting unwanted attention.

As ever with Hitman games, you'll be assigned targets to take out, with the game rewarding you for making your mark's death look like an accident. You'll explore levels, find your targets, and look for the best way to strike without attracting unwanted attention.

However, Absolution trades experimentation for a corny plot. Also, reaching a mark successfully and going in for the kill sometimes ends with the target's unavoidable escape for the sake of the plot. This is rather belittling after 45 minutes of painstaking planning.

Absolution looks slick, but perhaps doesn't necessarily fit the Hitman name any longer.

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IN FOR THE KILL: Absolution is slick but unsatisfying
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 23, 2012
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