Suit up for slaying

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Entertainment,Greg Prince

The bald hit man, Agent 47, makes his stylish return, along with his famed silver-baller pistols.

"Absolution" picks up where 2006's "Blood Money" left off. Agent 47 is tasked with killing his former handler. During the hit, things go awry, and he ends up having to rescue and protect a girl who is being hunted by his employer and other shady characters.

Agent 47's latest outing comes amid a flurry of assassin games, such as "Assassin's Creed III" and "Dishonored." The huge difference is that "Absolution" is played at a much slower pace -- you could spend hours stalking a target to score the perfect kill and exploring each level to uncover its secrets. Given the amount of detail put into the game, from overheard conversations to discoverable items, lurking around some of the larger levels for that long isn't much of a challenge.

The latest entry in the "Hitman" series takes a game known for its extreme level of difficulty and attempts to make it more accessible to the masses. "Absolution" looks pretty -- sneaking along verandas of tropical beachfront mansions to prowling a desolate town in South Dakota -- and very realistic. It also has a simple story, and there's a fair bit of hand-holding on lower difficulty levels. However, the game offers up quite a challenge on the harder settings, even if you've played the levels before.

'Hitman: Absolution'

» Systems: Xbox 360, PS3
» Price: $59.99
» Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Controlling 47 doesn't always feel fluid. In plenty of cases, it's quite easy to make mistakes. Such as when sneaking up on a bad guy to strangle him, if you aren't perfectly lined up, you'll end up getting into a fistfight that alerts all the guards. The game is clearly designed to be played stealthily, so in most cases it is easier to restart from the last checkpoint rather than get into a huge shootout.

This new "Hitman" is a solid game. All the different weapons, disguises and huge variety of ways to kill targets will make each playthrough unique. It may not be the best "Hitman" game, but it will definitely get more gamers interested in 47.

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Greg Prince

Examiner Staff Writer
The Washington Examiner