Hitman: Absolution Difficulty Levels Detailed

By Chewie, 4 years ago
A detailed list describing the differences in the difficulty levels for IO Interactive's upcoming Hitman: Absolution has been revealed. Special thanks to Kotaku for transcribing the list from a preview build of the game.

Newcomers, fans of the series, fans of a challenge and fans of masochism can rest easy, as there are plenty of different modes available, including a 'Purist' mode that is specially for the die-hard fans.

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 reaction

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
In case you're wondering, 'Instinct Mode' is sort of like 'Eagle Vision' in the Assassin's Creed series or Batman's 'Detective Mode' in the Arkham games. It enhances Agent 47's senses and ability to track enemies. Check out a video detailing it here.

We've also caught wind of some dangerous looking new screens for the title, showing our favourite brutal, baldy, butcher doing what he does best:

09/10/2012 - Screen 1

09/10/2012 - Screen 2

09/10/2012 - Screen 3

09/10/2012 - Screen 4

09/10/2012 - Screen 5

09/10/2012 - Screen 6

Hitman: Absolution will be released worldwide on November 20th.
Written by Chewie
Chewie is a Wookiee from Kashyyyk. Since helping the Rebel Alliance defeat the Emperor, he has taken up Achievement-Hunting and Newshoundery on TA. Also, ice-skating.