IO Interactive released the complete 16 minute gameplay walkthrough trailer for Hitman: Absolution. The new gameplay footage showcases a lot of Agent 47’s new abilities as well as a few striking changes made to the character.

The one thing that you may notice first and foremost in the trailer is that the scenario is completely different from most other Hitman games. Players are now in an action-oriented progressive scenario where it’s required to battle through to get out alive. It’s hard to tell if the entire game will be like this or if it’s just this one level, but it’s definitely a different take on the Hitman franchise and reminds me a lot of what the original Splinter Cell games used to be like.

Kind of cool, eh? I’m a little torn because it sounds like the original Hitman voice actor is no longer doing Agent 47’s voice. This new guy sounds younger and far less threatening or menacing.

The music scheme seems pretty fitting, though, and it really helped drive home the intensity and desperation of the situation. Also, I do like the additional melee and stealth attacks. The platforming looks seamless enough and could greatly add to the overall scaling of stages and ways to take out targets. I just hope the entire game isn’t a linear shooter, though; it would vastly take away from what made the original games so much fun to begin with.

On the bright side, the footage is very old in regards to development cycles and the video was obviously put together for promotional purposes. We won't really be able to tell what the overall gameplay will be like until IO releases a more up-to-date trailer.

Hitman: Absolution is set for release in 2012 for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. Need more info? Feel free to visit the Official Website.

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