Hitman Absolution reviews begin, get all the scores here

Sunday, 18th November 2012 13:03 GMT By Dave Cook

Hitman: Absolution reviews have begun ahead of the game’s worldwide release on November 20th. Can Agent 47 still hang with the best of them? Find out below.

Can’t wait to play IO Interactive’s latest? Then check out the stylish Hitman: Absolution launch trailer to keep your appetite under wraps. Not long to wait now folks. Also, it has minimal dubstep, which we can all enjoy.

Here are the review scores. We’ll add them as they appear so check back:

OPM – 9/10
Eurogamer – 7/10
Videogamer – 5/10
Joystiq – 4/5
Gamespot – 7.5/10
NowGamer – 8/10
CVG – 9/10
God Is A Geek – 8/10
Kotaku – ‘Yes’
Game Informer 8.8/10
Gametrailers – 6.9/10
OXM – 9/10
Xbox 360 Achievements – 83/100
IGN – 9/10
Shacknews – No score
Duimschroef – 9/10 – 8/10
PureSophistry – 9/10
VicioJuegos (Spanish) – 91/100
Playfront (German) – 9/10
PC Gamer – 66/100
Games Radar – 4.5/5
Digital Spy – 4/5
Edge – 7/10
Gamesurf (Italy) – 8.5/10 (German) – 88/100 (German) – 85/100 (German) – 9/10
Gamingbolt – 9/10

Got a score we’ve missed? Post it in our comment box below and we’ll add it to our list.



  1. JungleJack

    Website: Duimschroef

    #1 2 years ago
  2. jaydee21 8/10

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Radaway

    Radio station: PureSophistry


    #3 2 years ago
  4. Rodrister

    VicioJuegos (Spanish):


    #4 2 years ago
  5. Sneak-Out

    Playfront [German] 9/10

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Crussong (German)


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    #6 2 years ago
  7. stretch215

    Man, those reviews are all over the place!

    #7 2 years ago
  8. rbevanx

    So going by the reviews, you are either gonna really like it or really hate it which makes it a rental or Steam sale deal for me.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. lordaxl

    Gamesurf (Italy): 8,5

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Edo

    PC Gamer 66/100
    GamesRadar 4.5/5
    Digital Spy 4/5
    Edge 7/10

    #10 2 years ago
  11. CrimsonThunder

    >he shows off his face to a huge crowd of people as he assassinates someone
    >give the game 9/10
    The fuck is this? How much did they get paid to give that score?

    #11 2 years ago
  12. RighteousMan

    Hardcore Gamer 4.5/5

    #12 2 years ago
  13. PenTaFH

    Dutch game magazine Power Unlimited gave the game a 96/100. Review’s not on the site yet, will probably be posted in the next few days.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Surv

    Gamingbolt gave it a 9/10

    #14 2 years ago
  15. varrelo — 91 from

    #15 2 years ago
  16. mathare92

    A 6.9 from GameTrailers? Well, isn’t that something.

    Seems to me that the less hype-friendly British publications are more cautious about showering praise on it. Having read a few of the reviews, I’d say RockPaperShotgun’s got the best write-up. Mainly because of this sentence: “Absolution had killed Blood Money and now it was trying to get away with wearing its clothes.”

    #16 2 years ago
  17. viral


    #17 2 years ago
  18. Moonwalker1982

    Talk about a big variety of different ratings, holy crap. So far the Dutch reviews are very positive.

    I played it at Gamescom and loved it, i’m a hardcore Hitman fan and i’m really looking forward to it. I will judge it until i play it myself next week.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Surv

    Revision3 – Buy it

    #19 2 years ago
  20. mradmirals


    #20 2 years ago
  21. Ireland Michael

    We live in a very strange market if tonnes of 8′s and 9′s and a tiny handful of 7′s is seen as some sort of major polarisation of opinions.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Prof.Dr.Moertel

    @21 Exactly. The PC Gamer review is the only one that really sticks out.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Dralen

    I already got it :P. sent it early and I recieved it yesterday :). If you guys want a challenge, this is the game for you. It’s hard, and I mean really hard.

    I’m enjoying the hell out of it at the moment because its more like a puzzle game than a stealth game. Scouting out the levels is a must to get that perfect kill. Getting that perfect assassination is really really hard to do, but it’s a real treat when you do actually pull it off. You get a real sense of achievement when playing this game that alot of games don’t have anymore.

    But be warned, it’s definitely the hardest Hitman game I’ve ever played.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Surv

    That’s really good news! I love difficult games.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. jon_

    Here is ours in Spanish as usual

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Moonwalker1982


    Sounds really good indeed…i LOVE a challenge. But only if it’s fair. I spoke to someone who’s playing on expert and says he wants to play and using as little Instinct as possible. But some parts really clearly are designed for Instinct and basically you are almost forced to use it. The problem is, on Expert on Purist you barely get Instinct points and say that you want to access a location where you really need Instinct but you don’t want to use it, you need other ways to get past.

    So say you find a cop uniform and put it on, cops apparently spot you from crazy distances and at those times the A.I. is crazy intelligent and he says alittle bit over the top intelligent. All else is awesome he says.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. povu

    The problem seems to be that it’s a good game, but it’s not a good Hitman game. So you get mixed reviews, because the reviewers that actually played Blood Money and compare it to that (RPS, PCGamer) are rating it lower.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Phoenixblight


    My friend has it and says that the game is much closer to Hitman 2 than to Blood Money and says that it makes it better. I always enjoyed Hitman 2 more than Blood Money so I can’t wait.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Valky3it (Italy) – 8,8

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Dralen

    @26 I’m playing it on Hard. And that’s hard enough for me at the moment. You’re abilities become stronger as you complete challenges (e.g you become better at blending in when you complete the chameleon challenges etc) , so that might help make the game easier when you attempt harder difficulties. Don’t hold me to that though, because I don’t know for sure.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. PEYJ


    Can you complete the missions without killing anyone but the target?

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Dralen

    @31 Yes. It encourages you to do that.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. 3rikko

    One of the best games this year. definitely a step up from Blood Money.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. runtold (German): 87/100.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. Romar – 9,5/10

    #35 2 years ago
  36. YoungZer0

    Okay. So after actually playing the game i’ve to agree with most reviewers complaining about the checkpoint system. It’s broken, from start to finish, absolutely stupid and broken.

    One has to ask why? JUST WHY THE FUCK DID THEY DO THAT?!

    It’s counter-productive. Just had an amazing run, did everything perfect, killed 2 targets without anyone knowing anything, had to kidnap the third target, guess what? I got caught dragging his body. Had to start from scratch because there were no checkpoints during the whole play.

    Fan-fucking-tastic IoI. Absolutely stupid. And don’t even get me started on the enemy spawnpoints. Finished the upper floor in one level, activated the checkpoint, ran back up because i forgot something: The floor was full of enemies again.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. Phoenixblight


    THe series has always done that when you failed and went back to the checkpoint you start over. Thats why I enjoy this series. Its trial by fire. I have no issues with starting over its what Hitman series was always about like Bathesda and bugs

    #37 2 years ago
  38. YoungZer0


    The series had always allowed you to save your game on normal difficulty whenever you wanted.

    Now, you activate a checkpoint, fuck up, reload the checkpoint and for some retarded reason everything is at point one again. Every conversation, every script is back to 0. You have to watch every event unfold again. Yesterday, i was so mad because i used up a checkpoint even though i haven’t killed anyone yet, so naturally i decided to restart the level, but it restarted the WHOLE level, not the last part of the level.

    Absolutely mind-boggling how this got past testing. It’s the biggest fuck-up in a videogame series i’ve ever seen. IoI must have been mental when they thought that was a good idea.

    There’s simply no encouragement for experimentation anymore, you fuck up, reload watch everything happen again.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. bitsnark


    Oh shit really?

    That’s pretty fucking severe. My interest in the game just took a massive nosedive.

    Shit :(

    #39 2 years ago
  40. YoungZer0

    @39: Rent it, but for me it nearly broke the entire game. It’s simply not fun. Previous Hitman were all about trial and error, instead of trying to back down, the multiplied it with a simple element: checkpoints. It’s a horrible design decision. In the mission i mentioned earlier i was looking for a checkpoint to activate, but there was none.

    The checkpoints sometimes even determine where you should kill your target, as they are closer to it.

    When you fuck up, shooting your way through is possible but not really fun. For some reason you can’t activate Instinct when you’re aiming down your sight, which is even more horrible than it sounds. Even if you do, the mark and execute mechanic doesn’t really respond well in a firefight. It’s not like Splinter Cell Conviction where you can go in and out of a situation real quick. You fucked up? Reload. It’s going to hurt your ranking and your health and definitely your time, as hiding takes a huge amount of time.

    Sometimes the game even spawns more enemies “Reinforcements arrive.” Oh great.

    Hell, i even remember losing all my instinct after reloading a checkpoint. Is that a bug or a gameplay element i can’t tell.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. Phoenixblight


    I play on Purist mode so I don’t use any of the check points because I can’t along with no UI or instinct. So I find no issue with the check point system because again I prefer it that way and the Hitman series when you “saved” that save only worked within that level but once you leave the mission or the game. It deleted the save. You can skip cutscenes and dialogues, this isn’t Max Payne 3 where its impossible to skip that stuff.

    I bought the game expecting exactly that so to thinking it was going to be anything else is rather silly. Play Assassins Creed 3 or Dishonored if you want a stealth game that holds your hand. This game isn’t that.

    #41 2 years ago

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