Hitman: Absolution

PC, PS3, XB360 / Action / Release: Nov 20, 2012 / ESRB: M

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Hitman: Absolution preview

Hitman: Absolution preview

I see my target, standing in the middle of a crowded Chinese marketplace. The scene is littered with dozens, if not hundreds of people. How do I take care of him? I know there's a sniper rifle on the other side of the square, and if I look out through the window, I should be able to get a perfect shot of him. So, I walk through the crowd and make my way into a dark alley.

A cop spots me. I'm not supposed to be here, apparently. I raise my hands, feigning surrender. As the officer draws near, I snap his neck and go for a quiet kill. I didn't want to, but he left me no choice. Of course, there's not much I can do with a dead body--except take his clothes and hide his body in the nearest dumpster, of course.

Read more: Explosives or deadly fish? »

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New Hitman trailer shows 47 absolving nuns

New Hitman trailer shows 47 absolving nuns

With a title like Hitman: Absolution, you might expect the game to deliver some sort of religious undertones. But you probably weren't expecting the messengers shown in the new pre-E3 trailer released by Square Enix.

Watch: These aren't your Sunday school nuns »

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The Hitman will give you absolution on Nov. 20

The Hitman will give you absolution on Nov. 20

The Hitman codenamed 47 has been promising absolution for almost a year. Now, we finally get a release date and confirmation of report a few days ago of a special bonus mission playable as soon as you finish clicking to pre-order the game.

Read more: Pre-orders start May 15, game hits Nov. 20 »

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Hitman: Sniper Challenge is 'replayable' sniping spin-off

Hitman: Sniper Challenge is 'replayable' sniping spin-off

When Square Enix filed a trademark for Hitman: Sniper Challenge, we doubted the publisher was working on a third big-budget addition to the assassination franchise. Indeed, it appears we were right. A leaked advertisement from an upcoming issue of Game Informer describes Sniper Challenge as a downloadable game for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 that will coincide with the launch of Hitman: Absolution.

Read more: Competition to offer 'awesome prizes' for top scores »

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Hitman: Absolution trailer highlights kill options

Hitman: Absolution trailer highlights kill options

As the title should make abundantly clear, Hitman protagonist Agent 47 is very good at murder. Just in case you needed a reminder of that fact, though, a new gameplay trailer for Hitman: Absolution highlights the many ways in which our anti-hero can reduce the average life expectancy of hapless guards and corrupt politicians.

Watch: An impressive two-minute body count »

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Hitman Absolution: Professional Edition includes art book, documentary, DLC

Hitman Absolution: Professional Edition includes art book, documentary, DLC

Square Enix has finally revealed the requisite special edition for Hitman: Absolution. Sporting a $20 premium over the standard game, the "Professional Edition" includes a number of bonuses, including a hardcover art book and an exclusive "making of" documentary video. In addition, an included voucher will unlock a number of weapons, such as the Agency Jagd P22G pistol, Agency HX UMP submachine gun, and the Agency SPS 12 semi-automatic shotgun. All of this content will be packaged in a clamshell box.

Read more: Retailer-exclusive pre-order bonuses »

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Hitman: Sniper Challenge trademarked

Hitman: Sniper Challenge trademarked

Even with Hitman: Absolution on the way and a mysterious trademark popping up recently for Hitman: Profession, yet another Hitman trademark has been registered. Now "Hitman: Sniper Challenge" is the latest franchise-related something, leading to the inevitable question: what's going on with Hitman?

Read more: Square to 'expand the vision for the Hitman franchise' »

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Hitman: Absolution NPCs have dedicated identities

Hitman: Absolution NPCs have dedicated identities

Enemies in Hitman: Absolution won't be nameless goons like your garden variety stealth (or action, or stealth/action) game. According to game director Tor Blystad, Agent 47's latest gives a dedicated name and identity to each NPC you come across.

IO Interactive is also focusing on giving NPCs a wide range of responses to their changing environments. Blystad said that the studio recently held a "big" audio recording with more sessions planned.

Read more: AI script has over 2,000 pages »

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Hitman: Absolution focusing on smarter AI

Hitman: Absolution focusing on smarter AI

IO Interactive is working on making Agent 47 a more versitile killer in Hitman: Absolution. But giving players better control over the bald murder machine means the enemies need to wise up or be destroyed. That's a big focus for IO, and they detailed a few steps in that direction in an interview.

Read more: Disguises have ratings »

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Hitman: Absolution dev talks simplfying controls

Hitman: Absolution dev talks simplfying controls

Hitman: Absolution marks the triumphant return of Agent 47, but developer IO Interactive is tweaking the classic formula a bit to streamline the assassin's options. Game director Tore Blystad says the wealth of mechanics and options means the controls can't intuitively support it, which necessitates some changes.

Read more: Simplifying controls without removing options »

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Co-op 'never felt right' for Hitman

Co-op 'never felt right' for Hitman

While casually murdering people with your chums is a right old laugh and no mistake, Hitman developer IO Interactive has decided that assassination is best enjoyed alone. IO tossed around the idea of co-op for several games in the sass 'em up series, but found it "never felt right," Hitman: Absolution game director Tore Blystad has said.

Read more: Agent 47 "doesn't need" a partner »

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Most Anticipated of 2012: Jeff's Picks

Most Anticipated of 2012: Jeff's Picks

There's a lot to be excited for in 2012, and the Shacknews staff each have five games on their radar. The editorial team at Shacknews outlines their most anticipated games of 2012 individually, starting with staff writer and indie expert Jeff Mattas.

BioShock Infinite

The next title from developer Irrational Games, Bioshock Infinite, pulls the series out of the ocean setting of the first title and places it above the clouds in the floating city of Columbia in an alternate version of 1912. In Bioshock fashion, the floating city has degenerated into dystopia due to a war of ideals amongst its citizenry. The conflict between the Columbia's two remaining factions--the theocratic Founders and the Vox Populi (Latin for "Voice of the People")--remain, and players will find themselves in the middle of a philosophical conflict that seems to bear more than passing similarities to the ones on display in modern American politics.

Read more: The rest of Jeff's picks for 2012 »

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Hitman: Absolution trailer reminds us of the 'original' assassin

Hitman: Absolution trailer reminds us of the 'original' assassin

Just before the Spike VGAs kicked off this evening, live in Los Angeles, a new trailer for Hitman: Absolution debuted.

Showing off "the original assassin," the trailer features Agent 47 doing what he does best, destroying adversaries with deadly precision.

Watch: Agent 47 unleashes fury »

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New Hitman game coming from Square Enix Montreal

New Hitman game coming from Square Enix Montreal

Square Enix is rapidly expanding its Canadian operations. Eidos Montreal, the studio responsible for Deus Ex: Human Revolution, is expanding. One hundred new positions are being filled at the studio, as it prepares not only the next Thief game, but a new "AAA" project as well.

In addition, the company is also opening Square Enix Montreal, a second studio for the Square Enix Group, which will open in 2012 and staff 150 people. The new studio's first project will be a new Hitman game, meaning gamers can expect a follow-up to Hitman Absolution (pictured above) in the not-too-distant future.

Read more: Hitman series to be annualized? »

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Hitman: Absolution 'Run for Your Life' trailer director's commentary

Hitman: Absolution 'Run for Your Life' trailer director's commentary

IO Interactive has released a lengthy new trailer for Hitman: Absolution, which shows off some of the new features and improvements being made in the series' latest installment. Taking place on a rainy Chicago night, bald and bar-coded badass Agent 47 must evade scores of cops in a derelict library and make his way through a "hippie apartment" filled with drugs, before finally disappearing into a giant crowd of passers-by.

Watch: 'Run for Your Life' director's commentary trailer »

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