4.5 Hits the Mark deanlowdon | 24/12/2012 | See all deanlowdon's reviews (468) Having only played one previous Hitman game I'm not really in a position to make many comparisons with earlier entries in the series but, judged on its own merits, I found Absolution to be thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish.The plot basically revolves around Agent 47's attempts to try to keep a young girl out of the hands of the agency and other nefarious characters. As video games go it's fairly well told but it only really serves to provide some sort of link between each of the twenty or so missions. Reading reviews and forums I've been lead to believe that Absolution is more action orientated than its predecessors but, having played through on a couple of difficulty settings, I can categorically confirm that it is far from just being 'another third person shooter' as some want you to believe. Admittedly it is possible to shoot your way through many of the levels on the easier settings (the AI of the enemies when they come under fire isn't great and they'll often stand out in the open) but it is far more satisfying, and you are awarded a better score, if you can complete your objective without being spotted and Absolution provides plenty of alternative ways to eliminate your target. For those after a so called 'pure' Hitman experience the hardest settings make it all but impossible to just run and gun allowing anyone to tailor the game to their specific requirements.Perhaps the most controversial new features is 'instinct mode' which allows you to see through walls and predict enemy paths for example. For me this is a great addition as it prevents the long periods of waiting behind cover watching enemy patterns found in many stealth orientated games. The amount of uses is limited depending on the difficulty setting so again anyone after a more traditional stealth game only need play on one of the higher settings.One area in which Absolution did disappoint is that, in trying to be more cinematic; a few of the assassination and other important events take place in cut scenes. This is particularly frustrating when you've made your way through a level undetected only to have control taken away from you just in time to see Agent 47 be ambushed and knocked unconscious.All in all this is a largely successful reboot and I can only hope we don't have to wait another six years before we see Agent 47 again as Hitman Absolution proves there is plenty of life left in him yet.