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Hitman: Absolution difficulty levels revealed

During a Kotaku preview of Hitman: Absolution they discovered the game's 5 difficulty levels and don't worry Hitman fans, there should be a level of difficulty that should appeal to you. It should be noted that Absolution goes beyond Blood Money with one fiendishly difficulty level.

Look out for our interview with Hitman: Absolution's gameplay designer Christian Elverdam tomorrow


Enhanced: Easy
Supreme training and a physique enhanced beyond ordinary human capacity mean that your enemies are no match for you. By cunning or by brute force, you are unstoppable.

  • Players can activate additional checkpoints
  • Instinct regenerates
  • Instinct will provide hints
  • Enemies react more slowly than normal

Enhanced: Medium
You can rely on Agent 47's superior training and instinct. Remaining completely unnoticed can be a challenge, but you can always rely on your guns to get you out of trouble.

  • Players can activate additional checkpoints
  • Instinct does not regenerate
  • Instinct will provide hints
  • Normal enemy presence with normal reaction times

Professional: Hard
You like a challenge and your enemies will provide you with just that. They will be more numerous and with faster reactions. Evading your enemies will be difficult and you must strike with flawless timing.

  • Players can activate additional checkpoints
  • Instinct depletes when used and does not regenerate
  • No instinct hints
  • Additional enemies with improved reaction time

Professional: Expert
You fight for every inch of progress, often without firing a single bullet. You don't rely on any help and accept trying many times before reaching your target...and perfection.

  • No player-activated checkpoints
  • Instinct depletes when used and does not regenerate
  • No instinct hints
  • Maximum number of enemies with fastest reacton

Professional: Purist
This is a challenge for a true perfectionist. You know every rule, every detail, and all environments by heart. Even then you will die trying.

  • No Help
  • No guides
  • No Interface
  • Only a crosshair
Hitman: Absolution is stealthily covering up assassinations on November 20th and the Professional Edition is available to preorder today at ShopTo.

Edited On 05 Oct, 2012

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HappyNoodleBoy 4 years ago
Professional: Purist from the get go for me.
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hallben 4 years ago
Now thats a lot of options.
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yellowned 4 years ago
Talk about catering to different skill levels. Nice variety.
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Shnoorum 4 years ago
I'll probably start somewhere in the middle. Never been amazing at the games but I can get by.
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Datastatic 4 years ago
This makes it a lot more tempting for me as I like the games but always find them too difficult to really enjoy. I like a game I can learn on easy and then come back and tackle at a higher level later.
Shnoorum's avatar
I just played them as a shooter when I was no good at them. Eventually I started playing it like a Hitman and it was much more satisfying. Still do a mass murderer run every now and then just for fun
Shnoorum 4 years ago
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hairyfingernail 4 years ago
Nice array of options there, probably start on enhanced - medium. See how that goes!
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Bindiana 4 years ago
Looks like they are trying to cater for everyone. This game seems to of gone under the radar after all the controversy with the trailer glad were getting more info now.
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Joeasis 4 years ago
Purist for me. Played the demo at Eurogamer. IO nail the atmosphere in this game, and the music is strong enough to evoke tension etc, but not overpowering. Can't wait for this.
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a.koyes 4 years ago
Professional: Purist from the start for me. No online guides or tips etc too :D
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JoeToots 4 years ago
i will start from the middle on this i feel and see how i go from there..
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puggo 4 years ago
Good to see a company have a set out number of difficulty ratings unlike EA sports games which tend to make the AI totally unrealistic and pathetic.
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creed95 4 years ago
i cant wait to play this game, hitman blood money was one of my favourite game. i hope they haven changed a lot since the last game
Shnoorum's avatar
I've heard they're quite similar. I hope thats right
Shnoorum 4 years ago
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Gary 4 years ago
Wow, the latter difficulties sound brutal. ME likey!

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