Updated 23 May, 2013, 8:16 pm IST
Hitman: Absolution Preview
| by Nachiket Mhatre
Long before today's ADHD-addled kids indulged in a bit of shooting interspersed with pretty cutscenes, IO Interactive's Hitman series let determined gamers step into the shoes of a bald master assassin. Focusing on stealth, it followed the footsteps of the Thief and Metal Gear Solid franchises—they focussed on a slow, deliberate brand of gameplay that requires a great deal of patience as you transform into a ghost and take down foes unnoticed. Not one for those lacking discipline and discretion, the Hitman franchise has always embraced a style of gaming that rewards meticulous planning over twitch and gung-ho attitude. However, the real draw was the high of knowing that you're right at the top of the food chain—a silent assassin killing with surgical precision as he clears out a room full of baddies, one by one until there's nobody left.
Unlike your regular FPS fare though, games of Hitman's calibre aren't meant for everyone. They call for a greater degree of determination and commitment, and are a class apart from the simplified tripe that's being churned out to appease the larger casual audience. That's why I was rather apprehensive when I heard that Hitman: Absolution will be nerfed to accommodate everyone. The very idea of having countless tutorial prompts and obvious hints babying you around in a game as hardcore as Hitman is a travesty. And so, I fired up the preview copy with a heavy heart and braced myself for what I imagined would be Hitman on training wheels.
Someone's about to get a splitting headache
A good hitman keeps himself organised
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