So I played through maybe 1/4 of the game, so guess I am really out on a limb on this, I mean, how much can you really judge a game from if you haven't played a substantial part of it? However, from what I have already experienced, I do feel somewhat disappointed. It seems that IOI has strayed a little too far away from the masterpiece they achieved when they got around to the fourth chapter in the series, Blood Money. I thought they finally made the complete Hitman game, in the sense that they included all the gameplay elements that would make the perfect assassination game: The customisation of weapons, the often huge levels with an extraordinary level of detail and possibility of different approaches, the refined system for disguise etc.
Blood Money was a really good game, and it did a lot of things right. However Absolution seems to have left some of those things behind and kinda taken a whole new approach to the Hitman franchise, and as I see it, transformed into a sneaking game, where yes, you do kill people. As I sat playing Hitman 5 I got around to making comparisons to games like Splinter Cell and alike, the game indeed seems to have more in common with games like those, than those that make up its previous history. I also caught on to the fact that IOI for some reason has chosen to split the same levels up into smaller sub-levels, breaking the whole experience up and in a way also destroying the very thing that made Hitman so good, large levels where you have multiple ways of engaging your targets, whether that would be mass murder or perfect assassination.
The inclusion of gameplay mechanics that seems like the developers played Arkham Asylum, perhaps took a little too good a look on some of the mechanics in that game - annoys me, and even though they made the disguise system a little more realistic, got to give them that, it is still extremely criticisable to seem them mess it up, I mean, getting spotted by a cop after having spent 20 minutes trying to sneak through a level just because you ran out of instinct is just... Well it kinda ruins the game in a way. I guess I could be a little too nostalgic, but I do not see this as a HItman 5, but rather just, Hitman Absolution, like Metal Gear Revengeance is not Metal Gear Solid 5.
This is just my short opinion on the game, and it might be subject to change as I go through the game, but man... I do not feel too optimistic.
What's your opinion folks?