All this negativity?
The Point Shoot is optional. Look at it this way:
For Action fans: Hitman has always had a direct bullrush gameplay loop...it's time they actually made it a viable tactic. The point shoot would make the game a tad more enjoyable and badass for those who seek cinematic thrills and the feeling of being a powerful assassin mowing badguys down
For Stealth fans: Consider it an "Emergency Exit" switch...if you get detected..pop it to avoid a serious faux pas. So it prevents you from being detected by a couple of tangos after a loooong time of carefully ghosting around
For the Tactical/Aggro Stealth fans (Me included): an option to orchestrate a domino of death effect with careful planning, observation and stealth
For all the critics and the "Dumbed down!" clan members:
1. It is actually well balanced with the instinct feature. Consider Deus Ex HR....now one would think that the Cloaking aug would've made the stealth piss easy...but we all know the truth..right? It didn't. It was well balanced. You were encouraged to use it..while prevented from spamming it.
2. "Dumbed down!"....sigh same argument for SCC....well...I challenge ANYONE to prove that the previous instalments of BOTH SCC AND HITMAN were MORE tactical or made the player "think" more. I challenge you.
3. Consider the WEALTH of gameplay possibilites now in Hitman. Better CQC, shooting, Agility, Disguises, smarter AI, crowd dynamics, next gen tech powering it all. Murder sandboxes returning better than ever before....NOW tell me you still feel that Absolution might be anything LESS than absolute gold, especially considering IOs history of delivering solid game after game with evolutionary updates.
I rest my case.
Long live 47
Also for people moaning that the abilities in Absolution are not "in character" for 47 should consider the fact that the previous game's version of 47 was seriously ill-equipped/trained for killing people. If a character wasn't able to shoot accurately in the first 3 games inspite of being an elite highly trained operator...then it is the duty of the next instalment to fix it.
Chaos theory added a lethal and agile side to Sam Fisher which was really appreciated (the Knife and the new moves)
Absolution is adding gameplay mechanics to 47's repertoire to have a fully realised assassin and open up several gameplay styles for the player
Am I the only one excited about Hitman: Absolution being the STEALTH FAN'S DEUS EX?