I can’t speak for every other Hitman fan out there but for me this video removes the bulk of my concerns that I have had about this title. Hitman is going to be Hitman. You will have the freedom and variety of choice to accomplish goals the way you want to.
The biggest negative coming out of that for me is the music. It’s dreadful. I knew the drop off from Jesper Kyd was going to be significant but I sincerely hope between now and this game’s release on November 20th that the music gets more attention and if they need to hire other talent then so be it.
What they should do is get on their hands and knees and beg Jesper to bail them out.
This PC Gamer hands-on dovetails nicely with the video.
I’m saving the best news for last, though:
Watch the video in here, too.
This is the best news of all:
“Where Absolution deviates from the franchise’s path is with the Instinct system. This feature was my first victim — I killed it the second I sat down to play the game. “
Perfect. Being able to kill that nonsense is stupendously good news. Since the first teaser videos hit that’s been far and away the item that people have complained or expressed concerns about the most.
Like I said before: The ONLY complaint I have out of all of this is what a drop off the music is from Jesper Kyd. I’ll never know why they didn’t go with Jesper again and frankly I won’t forgive IO for such a terrible decision. Despite that, this game will be a confident preorder and day one purchase by me.
My point is simply that Jesper Kyd’s music is another integral character to the series and it will be sorely missed. On a larger scale, try having Star Wars without John Williams’s music. Same concept.
It’s IO’s loss. It’s our loss, too, as far as this game goes.
Jesper has put up four sound samples on the forthcoming Darksiders 2 game and some of that music sounds almost “Hitman-like”: http://www.youtube.com/user/jesperkyd Enjoy the bliss and imagine what could have and should have been.
Jesper is too classy of a professional to say “Eat this, IO” but that music says it for him.
That music is incredible and I absolutely can’t wait to hear what he’s going to do on Assassin’s Creed 3 as well. Pardon the serious digression here but frankly, Jesper Kyd deserves it. The pedigree of this entire series that Jesper Kyd was an integral part of demands better than what I’m hearing in that video.
Incidentally, another integral person was voice actor David Bateson who voiced Agent 47 through the previous four games. He, too, was unceremoniously dumped but I’m way off on a tangent now. A search engine run will verify everything I’m saying here.
The game is going to be great despite my above digression. Of that I have no doubt thanks to all of this new material.