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

A new director commentary trailer for Hitman: Absolution has arrived, showing off more than fifteen minutes of gameplay footage, and describing new features and improvements.

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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.

The Glacier 2 engine looks like it'll deliver the most visually-pleasing Hitman game to date, and the developers claim that the new "Intelligence Spectrum" the game uses allows for much more nuanced AI behavior. According to the trailer, gunplay has seen significant improvements, as has the series' disguise mechanics. A brand new "Instinct" meter can be used to survey enemies through walls (much like Batman: Arkham City's Detective Mode), but also allows disguised players to avoid detection for brief periods when being closely scrutinized by enemies.

Hitman: Absolution is planned for PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, though the developers have yet to announce a release date.

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    November 3, 2011 2:15 PM

    Jeff Mattas posted a new article, Hitman: Absolution 'Run for Your Life' trailer director's commentary.

    A new director commentary trailer for Hitman: Absolution has arrived, showing off more than fifteen minutes of gameplay footage, and describing new features and improvements.

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      November 3, 2011 2:31 PM

      You had me at "Hitman." Just take my money.

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      November 3, 2011 2:49 PM

      I'm psyched.

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      November 3, 2011 2:52 PM

      Oy. A cover system and a shoulder cam. Imagine my surprise.

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        November 3, 2011 9:27 PM

        See through walls too.

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          November 3, 2011 9:35 PM

          Also combat using guns, wtf.

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      November 3, 2011 3:25 PM

      that looks really fucking good.

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      November 3, 2011 7:32 PM

      This was an amazing trailer. If anyone glossed over this, do yourself a favor, STOP, and view it now.

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        November 3, 2011 8:36 PM

        Agree, this shit is freaking AMAZING!

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        November 3, 2011 8:57 PM

        Yeah, wow, some very cool stuff going on there.

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        November 3, 2011 11:24 PM

        It's impressive if you don't know or don't care about what makes the Hitman series fun. It seemed incredibly linear.

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          November 4, 2011 12:41 AM

          It seemed like the tutorial levels, which are linear by design. Hitman has always been a favorite series of mine, I have high hopes for this game.

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      November 3, 2011 9:14 PM

      Very very impressive, especially the destruction of the pigeon coup if that was all dynamic. This game has been long overdue. What a waste of time Kane and Lynch was.

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      November 3, 2011 9:36 PM

      I want to know if there is a furry suit and will get an achievement for choking someone out with the tail.

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      November 3, 2011 10:10 PM

      I've always appreciated the dark horror that this game incorporates while maintaining the out-smart-them gameplay mechanics. I will be buying yet another Hitman game it seems!

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      November 3, 2011 10:39 PM

      Woo hoo! The hitman series is my favorite puzzel-stealth-fps :D

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      November 3, 2011 11:08 PM

      Looks good. That level seemed pretty linear, I hope future levels really open up like previous Hitman games were there were 100s of ways you could complete each level.

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        November 4, 2011 2:10 AM

        During the video the mention this several times that they are just showing one way how to get out so they can show off the different building blocks.

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      November 4, 2011 1:15 AM

      I must say the action and animations looked sweet. He downed a policeman and picks up 20 "ammogun" bullets. Apparently they are for some sort of gun that shoots "ammo". Very interesting.

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        November 4, 2011 2:34 AM

        It's a pneumatic cartridge thrower. It propels the whole cartridge toward enemies and then a spring-loaded firing pin strikes the primer at point blank range, giving the bullet maximum terminal ballistics performance.

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      November 4, 2011 1:50 AM

      Great video and one of the best developer commentaries over the top as well

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      November 4, 2011 2:11 AM

      I really like that they also put some humour into the level, I loved being the murdering giant Mardi Gras chicken in Hitman:Blood Money.

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      November 4, 2011 4:04 AM

      It looks ok but think about it. You have to go through those rooms, in that order, no planning or exploring or figuring things out. This is not what makes Hitman great, it's just a DXHR level (but those are still less linear). This better just be the tutorial level like in Blood Money or I won't be happy.

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        November 4, 2011 5:31 PM

        To quote Lukiopimp a few comments above: "During the video the mention this several times that they are just showing one way how to get out so they can show off the different building blocks."

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      November 4, 2011 10:15 PM

      The visuals look fantastic.