This Week In... Hitman: Absolution!

You though it was safe to hunker up, and start the Christmas wallet recovery process. You were wrong. There's many more games still to come. Much more. This week? It's Hitman: Absolution, Assassin's Creed III on PC, Epic Mickey, Planetside 2... so much. So much still left to go. [Weeps].

Assassin's Creed III (PC)

What is it? The game everyone's talking about — for better or worse. Should you care? I think it's worth trying.

Epic Mickey Power of Illusion (3DS)

What is it? Clever little 2D platformer. Should you care? I enjoyed what little I played of it.

Epic Mickey: The Power Of Two (360/PS3/Wii)

What is it? Sequel to Epic Mickey. Should you care? Yeah. But it's for a specific type of fan I think.

Family Guy: Back To The Multiverse (360/PS3)

What is it? A Family Guy game. Should you care? I honestly don't know.

Hitman: Absolution (360/PS3/PC)

What is it? The first proper Hitman since Blood Money. Should you care? Yes. Verily.

Planetside 2 (PC)

What is it? It's the sequel to Planetside! Should you care? I'm not a fan of MMOs, but this seems to be getting a fair amount of hype.

PlayStation All-Stars (PS3)

What is it? The PlayStation attempt at Smash Bros that is actually quite fun. Should you care? Sure, it's shameless, but I had fun with it.


    I'm stilll contemplating about getting Playstation All-Stars the redeeming factor may be its crossplay with the PS3 version it would be sweet to get a vita and ps3 game for one.

    I'll definately be getting Hitman: Absolution but I ordered it online so I probably won't get it until Wednesday :(

    Hitman and The Walking Dead are the last games I've got to play this year. Then the calm before the storm begins again. :P

    Whether Absolution is going to be a "proper" Hitman game as you say remains to be seen, reviews are kind of all over the place. I'm sure it'll be an alright game though whether it'll be an alright Hitman game is another question altogether.

    Played a decent chunk of Planetside 2 in the beta and thought it was rad, so will definitely be checking it out now.

    Heard they turned hitman into a linear corridor shooter with minor stealth mechanics, sounds good... Not

      Where have you heard that? It seems odd having seen videos like this one:
      They do a bit more shooting than I would've, but it pretty clearly seems like the choice to get creative and setup accidents is still there.

      Of course that could be only a small amount of the game for all I know, here's hoping that's not the case.

    AC3 (PC) - Should You Care? I think it's worth trying.

    Cool, but I don't think it's worth buying based on that recommendation. Not for $60ish anyway :(

    I guess I'll pick it up in the 2013 Christmas Steam sale for $20 or something.

    When's hitman release? I realise I could just get on the EB website but I'd rather ask you guys and girls.

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    "You though it was safe to hunker up, and start the Christmas wallet recovery process. "
    Get out of my head, Serrels! I am really torn here =/

      What'll cause even more of a dilemma is that Steam will most likely have either a Thanksgiving or Black Friday sale this week too.

    Hitman for me only this week, despite the mixed previews stating that it doesn't know what type of game it wants to be.

    Probably pick up PSAS sometime in the future though.

    Considering Activision has been incredibly quiet on the Family Guy game, I know it will be horrible, but there is apart of me that is still interested in it. Perhaps it is because I loved playing EA version of The Simpsons and secretly wishing this is the Family Guy version.

      From the gameplay videos I've seen so far, it's actually looking pretty good. And I'm also hoping its like the Simpsons game on 360. I'll probably end up importing it.

    Pre-ordered my Hitman: Absolution :) $36.20AUD from GMG. :)

    That little Sniper mini-game that you get is pretty cool as well.. It's only a single level.. but I must have played it for a good 4 to 6 hours on the weekend.. very satisfying experience all by itself. :)

    EDIT: With any luck, Timber and Stone will release the first beta this week as well, check it out at:

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    I've gone cold on hitman all of a sudden after anticipating it all fricken year, even standing by them during their S&M nuns marketing campaign.

    Now, the game is nearly out, and I've completely lost interest.

    Hitman and maybe Epic Mickey this week... Never really been a fan of the Hitman series, but from what I've heard it's more accessible and more story-driven than Blood Money. Normally increasing accessibility puts me off, but Hitman is just one of those franchises that I really want to like, because the premise is awesome, but it's just too damn frustrating.

      Yeh.. I am the same with this franchise.. I snagged a copy of Blood Money for $3 in anticipation and I find it to be "too" open ended from the get go.. there needs to be a little bit of linear story to push things along during the first play.. not limiting play.. no.. you can still do whatever you want.. but for those of us who are simply not used to it, it would be nice.. hopefully this happens in Absolution.

      I was playing the "Curtain Call" mission most recently and I found it to be quite frustrating.. I explored the entire level and did a few things that seemed right and then I just got stuck. I then watched a walk-through video and found the solution was something that just didn't make a lot of sense... at least not to me. So maybe there could be some kind of hint system built in for the Easy difficulty, so if you're in the map for 10 minutes and still haven't completed an objective, it could push you in a particular direction without completely solving it for you.

      Anyway.. I am looking forward to the game regardless.

        Yea, the whole "there is a way to do this, that sorta (kinda) makes sense (if you squint)" thing was annoying. From what I've heard, the first few missions in Absolution are pretty linear, and give a decent intro to the mechanics, but a "you're obviously struggling, here's what you should be looking at" type of mechanic, or even a hint system, would be nice on the lower difficulties.
        What I'd like to see is a little more freedom in the assassinations - maybe two or three different ways to finish the same mission; that's one of the things I loved about Dishonored. Well, that, and a way to turn the score-display on the HUD off (when I do something wrong, I know that I did it wrong, am already kicking myself for doing it wrong, and don't wish to be reminded of the fact, let alone have it quantified on-screen).
        EDIT: Well, this is encouraging:

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    Well I have read reviews from 2 of my regular review sites RPS and PC gamer and they have basically slammed the game, mostly for moving mostly away from what Hitman suppose to be, and focusing way too much on its shitty story and not enough open ended areas and exploration assassinating and more quick time event cutscene murders.

    While you should give the benefit of the doubt the fact that there is only a few areas that have the open ended levels with the target and you are let loose is bad, worst you can buy weapons/get weapons can the start of each level anyways and start each mission with a non-silenced pistol has lead me to feel sad.

    Many will probably say dont trust a reviewer to make your judgement, I was linked a small video (which I will try and find to link) where a guy beat a level as silent assassin (which is suppose to be un detected etc) in which involved a cutscene where you fight your target with qte and reveal yourself to him by removing your mask.

      I'd suggest given that there seems to be so many divergent opinions in whether Hitman is good or not is proof that it's one of those games that is an acquired taste.

      The only thing any of the reviewers seem to agree in is that it's better than Kane and Lynch!

    Family Guy game cause I'm a huge Family Guy nut.
    The game may suck but since I love the series so much, it may not.

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