Hitman: Absolution PC Technical Review

Product: Hitman: Absolution
Company: Square Enix
Author: Sean Ridgeley
Editor: Eric Amidon
Date: November 26th, 2012

Introduction, setup, requirements

Hitman: Absolution represents the fifth game in the accclaimed stealth series, and as ever, is developed by IO Interactive, with Nixxes Software helping out on the PC version. Given the last Hitman game was released six years ago, there's been quite a bit of hype behind this one.

As mentioned in my technical preview, the game has a decent base to start with. If you're curious to see what IO has done with the last four months about and how the game fares on PC today and on the new Glacier 2 engine, read on for a light technical analysis.

Test Setup

  • Processor: AMD Phenom II X6 1055T 2.8GHz (Stock)
  • Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB DDR3-1600 (1333 mhZ)
  • Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 3.5" 7200RPM
  • Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6950 2GB (Stock)
  • Driver: 12.11 beta 8, no CAP
  • Resolution: 1680x1050
  • Input: Logitech G400 mouse @ 1900dpi, Leopold Tenkeyless Linear Touch Mechanical Keyboard

System Requirements

  • Minimum
    • OS: Windows Vista, 7
    • Processor: True dual core CPU (Intel, AMD)
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Video Card: NV8600 512 Mb RAM, or AMD equivalent
    • DirectX: 10

  • Recommended
    • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel Core i7 or AMD Athlon II X4
    • Memory: 4GB RAM
    • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 or ATI Radeon HD 5770
    • DirectX: 11