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Hitman: Absolution is free on GOG

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Hitman: Absolution can be yours for the low cost of nothing at all. GOG (opens in new tab) is giving away Agent 47's least popular outing, not counting the films, for the next three days. 

Hitman 3 (opens in new tab)'s announcement might have you searching for another murder fix to keep you going until January, and I suppose there are worse stealth games you could pick. Absolution's problem is that, somehow, Io Interactive temporarily forgot why people loved Blood Money. 

Instead of building on its best game, the developer focused on cinematics and a rubbish story, and worst of all it got rid of the open, sandboxy missions, cutting them up into separate areas, often with scripted events. On the rare occasions it actually gives you a proper open-ended mission, it does start to approach the quality of its predecessor, but those moments are far too few.  

Tom Francis gave it 66 in his Hitman: Absolution review (opens in new tab), but Andy Kelly argues that it's not as bad as you remember (opens in new tab). It's a bad Hitman game but a decent action-stealth affair, he reckons. It's definitely better if you're getting it for free.

Fraser Brown
Fraser Brown

Fraser is the UK online editor and has actually met The Internet in person. With over a decade of experience, he's been around the block a few times, serving as a freelancer, news editor and prolific reviewer. Strategy games have been a 30-year-long obsession, from tiny RTSs to sprawling political sims, and he never turns down the chance to rave about Total War or Crusader Kings. He's also been known to set up shop in the latest MMO and likes to wind down with an endlessly deep, systemic RPG. These days, when he's not editing, he can usually be found writing features that are 1,000 words too long or talking about his dog.