Hitman: Absolution Includes Purist Mode From The Start

Written by Taher M Siamwala on Mon, Sep 3, 2012 4:34 PM
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IO Interactive has revealed through their official forums that their upcoming title, Hitman Absolution, will have it's "Purist" Mode available to players from the start. This mode offers the player limited assistance in the way of hints and on screen prompts.

But will it be able to bring back the fans who alienated themselves after hearing of the "Instinct" Mode...

In May 2011, Square Enix confirmed the existence of Hitman: Absolution. The fans were ecstatic and were eager to hear anything related to the game. One of the better announcements of that year.

After continuously teasing the fans with screenshots and development tidbits, a crucial interview rose online that caught fans off guard. Apparently, Square Enix wanted Hitman: Absolution to appeal to an even wider market, opening it's doors to new gamers other than their core fan-base. But that wasn't the problem. Far from it.

They introduced a new mode called the Instinct Mode that will help the player in tense and tight situations by showing paths of enemies, objects that could be tampered with etc. Something on the lines of Batman: Arkham City's Detective Vision.

This added ability caused an uproar in the community as it seemed like a significant step away from the previous Hitman titles. A Hitman player is tasked with completing very complex missions, using their own ingenuity while navigating around a detailed environment of enemies. This concept has kept the franchise unique and ahead of any competition. Removing it would push the franchise ever closer to a stock run and gun action game.

But that problem now has a remedy - Purist Mode. For those curious, this particular mode will remove Agent 47's infamous Instinct features. Even the HUD (Heads-up Display) will be turned off. There you go naysayers! Seems like IO Interactive didn't plan on abandoning their loyal fans after all. So, now you'll be at the mercy of the game's AI with no help whatsoever. And, that's how GD likes it!

That's how you become a real assassin!

Just so you know, here's the official: "It seems voicing your concern helps from time to tome. I've just heard from the team that purist mode is now designed to be unlocked from the get go. now, unless something critical happens, I feel confident that you can get your butts handed to you from the first play-through."

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Are all you hardcore gamers excited after reading this? Will you start off Absolution in Purist Mode or Instinct Mode?

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09:47 Sep-05-2012

If this guy didnt hav a face and was really tall and had really long arms and legs he wud look like Slenderman!!! :D

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15:52 Sep-05-2012

That's true for every guy who wears a dark suit :D :D

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16:20 Sep-05-2012

Like Batman?

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21:47 Sep-05-2012

As Bruce, yeah ;)

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03:16 Sep-06-2012

Well played :p So Mr Wayne is both Batman and Slenderman that's a revelation ;D

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16:29 Sep-06-2012

Guys,you watched this ? :D

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14:53 Sep-07-2012

HAHAHA Sheldon cud b batman!! :O xD

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22:10 Sep-04-2012

Yeey,considering that the game's moments will be tight,good thing we know the paths of the enemies,and that we can move objects.It will be more realistic,can't wait. :D

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22:54 Sep-04-2012

So you will play with instinct on? :p

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04:06 Sep-05-2012

Sounds like it. Varied choices here on GD ;)

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12:04 Sep-05-2012

Yup :D
And congrats TaheRookie on your promotion. :D

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12:09 Sep-05-2012

Thank you! :)

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12:19 Sep-05-2012

No problem. :D

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15:51 Sep-05-2012

Damn, must have missed it :D
Congrats Tahe, and welcome to the 'Inner Circle' ;)

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16:11 Sep-05-2012

Thanks, man ;)

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21:49 Sep-05-2012

Has Felix already shown you the 'True Face of GD' and his plans for world domination?

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21:50 Sep-05-2012

Nope! :)

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05:31 Sep-06-2012

Congrats buddy

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14:30 Sep-24-2012

Thanks man, appreciate it :)

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18:48 Sep-04-2012

Its always good to have a choice...

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18:50 Sep-04-2012

You said it!

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15:34 Sep-04-2012

So you say this will have built in wallhack just like Ghost Recon and Splinter Cell?
Oh great...

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16:07 Sep-04-2012

Purist mode disables that at your will :)

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16:14 Sep-04-2012

Good, cause it really spoils the game for me if I can see everything just by pressing 1 button.

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16:16 Sep-04-2012

Indeed!

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17:22 Sep-04-2012

well the new Splinter Cell it's gonna be awesome!
I bought Ghost Recon:Future soldier for xbox and along with Kinect the gunsmith it AMAZING!!!
anyone that doesn't have this game and likes both stealth and run n gun games should get that!

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17:47 Sep-04-2012

Yep I love Ghost Recon and Splinter Cell, I enjoy stealth shooters 3rd person :p

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18:14 Sep-04-2012

I like all Tom Clancy's games except Hawx, its just too arcadey for me.
Imo the best flight sim ever created is Il-2 Sturmovik 1946.

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15:50 Sep-05-2012

'Stealth' and 'shooter' don't really belong in the same sentence :D

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14:53 Sep-04-2012

thats a very good news for hardcore stealthy players. But for a noob like me i rather finish the game once on instinct then i be the purist assassin

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16:05 Sep-04-2012

That's exactly what there're doing. Serving both ends of gamers :)

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16:17 Sep-04-2012

That's good, some franchises try to appeal the "wider market" and end up alienating, just like Dead Space 3 >:(

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16:21 Sep-04-2012

Hmmm... I'd wait to see more of it to give my word.. All the info revealed till date wasn't disappointing IMO anyway, so yea. :)

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16:24 Sep-04-2012

I mean it's nice it has co-op and such for people to enjoy with friends but I liked it back then :p Also some melee wielding necros :/

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16:25 Sep-04-2012

Certainly, but there're just adding to the game, taking nothing from it ;)

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14:21 Sep-04-2012

many games copy things from batman ac and aa !

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14:25 Sep-04-2012

In any case Assassin's Creed made it first :p That I've played at least. Splinter Cell has those sonar googles thing, magnetic vision on Future soldier, heat and infected vision on Prototype and later Sonar tracking on Prototype 2

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14:59 Sep-04-2012

yeah :)

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15:49 Sep-05-2012

I'm sure there are even older games that have special vision modes ;)
For example Aliens Vs. Predator was released in 1999 and it had multiple vision modes :D

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13:38 Sep-04-2012

That's good. In Arkham Asylum I abused of the detective vision, it was so that I had it on even when just gliding or running around. Fortunately devs realized it and in Arkham City they made detective vision all blurry and dark excepting only the thugs, that fixed the "easy does it" feeling of just playing a whole game in detective vision. I've never played any Hitman game but this one is looking great, nice sharing :p

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16:04 Sep-04-2012

There're a masterpiece, I tell you. If your a stealth-game(s) fan, you absolutely can't call yourself one without playing the Hitman franchise.
Try them :)

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13:38 Sep-04-2012

I'm fine as long as the gameplay is similar to previous titles in the series :D
I didn't like the idea of the "Instinct Mode",I think it'll make the game very easy...something the Hitman series isn't known for! Let's see how it all turns out to be.

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15:59 Sep-04-2012

Brilliant, in all probablility :)

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10:06 Sep-04-2012

Yeah you are right ShkGD01. I think every assassin should have some special out-of-the world abilities. Even though Hitman games are of a completely different nature I think I like the new linear-way mission and the new abilities. But it really kinda makes it like Batman.

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12:57 Sep-04-2012

That's why they brought us - Purist mode ;)

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09:56 Sep-04-2012

If Ezio have his Eagle Vision. Agent 47 must have too. Every Assassin need special vision! Don't forget the guy in Dishonored too XD

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12:56 Sep-04-2012

Hitman: Absolution is closer to "Reality" so it makes more sense to it than AC ;)

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14:57 Sep-04-2012

ac rules, hitman is set in a more recent world so its more realistic

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09:53 Sep-04-2012

what is that mode?
is it free roam?

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12:55 Sep-04-2012

Purist or Instinct?.. Its mentioned in the article above... :)

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14:51 Sep-04-2012

ok thanks!

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09:36 Sep-04-2012

The only way to play Hitman ;)

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12:54 Sep-04-2012

Yeah ;)

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