Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Hitman Is Back

hitman.jpg

There are few more recognisable video game protagonists than Hitman’s Agent 47. OK, so there are the obvious ones such as Mario and Sonic. And Link and Lara Croft. And, of course, there are the likes of Crash Bandicoot and Earthworm Jim. And a few more (Pac-Man, Donkey Kong). But, pedantry aside, the point remains: Agent 47 is an iconic character who has been absent for too long.

Finally, his return is imminent. The just-revealed plot of Hitman: Absolution begins when Agent 47 is given a new target — his handler and closest thing to a friend Diana Burnwood. After killing her (hey, they weren’t that close and a job’s a job), he investigates why she was marked for death. After taking her life, it’s the least he could do.

The first we saw of the game was last June — a short section packed with exciting action, thrilling gunplay and a fight with a helicopter. Fans were aghast. Was the silent assassin they loved a thing of the past? Only now can we answer that question. And it turns out their fears were unfounded.

ShortList was shown a new section of the game — a mission in a hospital swarming with enemies. And we saw it twice. Once with Agent 47 (disguised as a priest) loudly emptying clip after clip as he blasted his way through; the other with him stalking his prey, causing diversions to slip by unnoticed, and killing quietly but only when absolutely necessary.

He’s also got new ‘Instinct’ abilities — including one that allows him to take out entire rooms at once. But to use this ability, you have to fill up a meter (via skill moves like headshots).

It’s being touted as the most ambitious Hitman game to date. Given its dual-play styles (action and stealth), it’s technically two games in one, that looks like a fair assessment.

Hitman: Absolution is released on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 in June

Related

hitman.jpg

New Hitman finally unveiled

Arbiter.jpg

Best wingmen in gaming

Comments

More

Leaked poster appears to confirm Destiny 2 release date

And it sounds like they're doing a beta in June

by Matt Tate
23 Mar 2017

Android users can finally play Super Mario Run - and definitely should

Extended toilet breaks for everyone

by Matt Tate
23 Mar 2017

Zelda megafan controls his smart home with an ocarina

Pointless? Possibly. Are we envious? Definitely

by Matt Tate
20 Mar 2017

Why I pray every day for an 'SSX Tricky' remake

It's all about that Big Air Bonus

by Matt Tate
17 Mar 2017

How to cheat your way to victory in 'Mario Kart 64'

Anyone fancy digging the old N64 out again?

by Matt Tate
17 Mar 2017

5 new(ish) mobile games guaranteed to make any commute bearable

It doesn't have to be this painful

by Matt Tate
16 Mar 2017

Donkey Kong definitely dabs in new 'Mario Kart 8 Deluxe' trailer

Stop, stop, it's already dead

by Matt Tate
10 Mar 2017

The latest Zelda game will take over your life

Link is better than ever in Nintendo's open-world masterpiece

by Matt Tate
09 Mar 2017

There's a secret hidden message in your Nintendo Switch Pro controller

Have you found it?

by Gary Ogden
06 Mar 2017

5 video games you need to play in March

Those thumbs are going to be busy

by Matt Tate
03 Mar 2017