I like video games. I don’t know why I don’t talk about them more considering I really like video games and like talking about them and this my blog and I can do what I want. As long as Harvey is okay with it.
Anyway, I guess a problem is I don’t often play the latest games when they come out because I don’t have time (I have a full time job, I write in my blog daily, I write columns and work on novels, and am a husband and father — all stuff that gets in the way of video game playing) and because they’re so expensive these days. Ever since I was a kid and got an NES, a new video game cost $50. Now they’re $60. That’s too much. I won’t pay that. I’ll wait until the price goes down.
But the PC Version of Hitman: Absolution was $45 on Steam to preorder it (plus you got this sniper challenge mini game to play right away on preorder — which was a neat promotion idea), so I got that and played it over the week I took off for Thanksgiving.
Now, I’ve played all the Hitman games. The first one sucked. It was a neat concept, but didn’t pull it off well. The second was really good where it got the concept of you aiming to be a silent assassin — to only kill your target and get away undetected. And the others — Contracts and Blood Money — were really good after that. It’s sort of an action puzzler where you have to figure out in each level how to sneak in, kill, and get out without being caught. And this newest one, Absolution… has some of that. It does have some levels which are big open areas and can walk around in and plot, but it also has what seems like a bunch of filler levels in between where you’re just trying to sneak from one end to the other past a bunch of guards. The best levels are where you can walk around in the open and plot and plan your murders and don’t have to worry about sneaking until you go for the kill. Constantly sneaking, getting caught, killing everybody as a stress relief, and then reloading to do the level better gets tiring. Also, the disguises system this time is weird. If you’re wearing a disguise, everyone who has the same outfit will automatically see through it pretty quickly. So if you knocked out a cop and took his outfit, you’re now more suspicious to other cops rather than less and need to avoid them.
Still, I’m still playing the game as it has neat challenges to go back to and achieve on each level. And it has this Contracts mode where other people online go into each level and make up their owns hits to challenge others with. And while it was six years between the last Hitman game and this one, it looks like they’re getting ready to put these games out more often so hopefully they can fix the problems with this one in the next. Because ultimately, secretly murdering people is fun.