|System: Xbox 360, PS3, PC|
|Dev: IO Interactive|
|Pub: Square Enix|
|Release: November 20, 2012|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Blood, Intense Violence, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Use of Drugs|
That's just the single-player campaign, though. There's also a multiplayer challenge mode, called "Contracts," which provides that much-desired malleability. In a contracts map, though it's a campaign level, there isn't a specific goal to speak of other than to pick "marks." Marks are chosen as one walks through a level with the press of a button, which seems fairly intuitive. A player can choose up to three marks, then upload the contract mission online (either privately to friends, challenging them to successfully complete it, or to the overall database where anyone can access it; the latter is also combed for the best of the best, which are featured for the sake of exposure), at which point others may try to complete it. The true challenge, though, isn't in simply killing the people in a given level chosen by the player who made the contract. That would be far too simple.
Instead, the individual who makes a contract, once they pick a mark, must then kill the mark themselves. Those accepting the contract are then tasked with duplicating the means by which the contract creator killed a mark, in addition to performing the kill itself. This can entail avoiding detection, killing no one else, or using a specific weapon (among other idiosyncrasies players are bound to discover). It's an extremely unique means of allowing players to create emergent content, as anything a player challenges others to do (assuming no glitches are involved) is, by definition, fair. It can be done, the sticky part is managing to actually do it.
Hitman: Absolution is a game with two halves: a cinematic and linear campaign tied to an innovative and freeform multiplayer mode. Will these two come together into a cohesive whole? Who can say?
Date: August 27, 2012