Latest E3 previews - not so linear after all?

#1 Posted by HarlequinRiot (1098 posts) -

A few sites have started posting previews of the latest Hitman: Absolution level. It seems like the game may actually be sandbox-y and not as linear as the initial gameplay trailers showed. The previews cover a new Chinatown level that's a big open space full of NPCs. Like in other Hitman games, you have a few options of how to take out the target. I guess we don't know how the game will turn out for sure, but it's certainly a good sign.

Links:

Digital Spy

Computer and Vidoegames

#2 Edited by squirrelnacho (331 posts) -

It still seems fairly small, and it only showed him go in one building. As of right now, it's just an open walkway with a lot of NPC's to make it feel big. Compare that map to the biggest blood money maps like the hotel level with dozens of rooms you can go in.

We really need to see the full map, and see if there's anything close to being as big and multi-level as blood money and the other hitman games.

Also, where's the cool music from the other games? It just has generic suspense music now.

#3 Posted by HarlequinRiot (1098 posts) -

@squirrelnacho: True, but I'm hoping it's just an early, straightforward level and all that stuff is still in there. At very least, this seems to be the first evidence that the game at least somewhat resembles the previous ones and isn't just Hitman: Conviction.

#4 Posted by RedRoach (1191 posts) -

@squirrelnacho said:

It still seems fairly small, and it only showed him go in one building. As of right now, it's just an open walkway with a lot of NPC's to make it feel big. Compare that map to the biggest blood money maps like the hotel level with dozens of rooms you can go in.

We really need to see the full map, and see if there's anything close to being as big and multi-level as blood money and the other hitman games.

Also, where's the cool music from the other games? It just has generic suspense music now.

I read a preview of this level on Gamespot. They spent about 2 hours on the level, and figured about 6 or so ways to assassinate their target.

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#5 Posted by Oldirtybearon (4816 posts) -

Man, I remember when Contracts came out and people bitched about it being a retread (which to be fair, it mostly was). I remember when news about Blood Money started coming out, and people bitched that they were dumbing it down when the devs said "We want to make sure that if shit hits the fan, the player has options. It's not an instant fail-state." Oh, right, Blood Money was only the best Hitman game, precisely because it was so malleable.

So when the devs say, for Absolution, that they want the player to feel tempted to go guns blazing, to lose control and give into violence, that it's somehow going to make the game shite. That the levels won't be open, that they won't have many different paths to the same target. I'm calling bullshit on that. Absolution will be the best Hitman game.

TL;DR - have some fucking faith. These are the Hitman people.

#6 Posted by hoossy (934 posts) -

After reading those links, I am now doing pelvic thrusts of joy! I CAN NOT WAIT

#7 Edited by ProfessorEss (7378 posts) -
@Oldirtybearon said:

...they want the player to feel tempted to go guns blazing, to lose control and give into violence

That's one of the (many) things I loved so much about Blood Money. 
 
You want to be slick, you want to be clever, you want it to look like an accident, but in the back of your mind you always know that if need be, you have the skills to bury everyone in town. 
#8 Posted by Cybexx (1174 posts) -

The latest Gametrailers interview makes this sound like Hitman-ass Hitman game.

#9 Edited by squirrelnacho (331 posts) -

@Cybexx said:

The latest Gametrailers interview makes this sound like Hitman-ass Hitman game.

Some of the comments of that interview are exactly why some games are getting dumbed down. "Wow the trailer has guns and hawt chix, dis is my first Hitman game!". Call it what is it. There were comments like that on Giantbomb.

#10 Posted by Cybexx (1174 posts) -

I think that commentor is being sarcastic. Though with the internet being what it is its really hard to tell some times.

#11 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18955 posts) -
@hoossy said:

After reading those links, I am now doing pelvic thrusts of joy! I CAN NOT WAIT

You seem happy, unless I'm reading the wrong signals
#12 Posted by JackOhara (227 posts) -

I'm skeptical, but I guess we'll just have til November to see for ourselves.

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