Since its announcement, Hitman: Absolution has been criticised by fans for appearing 'dumbed down', and for featuring additional gameplay mechanics to help broaden the game's accessibility.

But while there appears to be a certain element of truth to such claims, IO Interactive has integrated multiple difficulty options to help suit different play styles.

Whichever difficulty level you choose will affect the number of enemies in each mission, their reaction times, the number of checkpoints, and the use of 'Instinct', a new feature used to help players track enemy paths.

Here's a full breakdown of each difficulty level found in Hitman: Absolution.

EASY

  • - Players can activate additional checkpoints.
  • - Instinct regenerates
  • - Instinct will provide hints
  • - Enemies react more slowly than normal

MEDIUM

  • - Players can activate additional checkpoints
  • - Instinct does not regenerate
  • - Instinct will provide hints
  • - Normal enemy presence with normal reaction times

HARD

  • - Players can activate additional checkpoints
  • - Instinct depletes when used and does not regenerate
  • - No Instinct hints
  • - Additional enemies with improved reaction times

EXPERT

  • - No player activated checkpoints
  • - Instinct depletes when used and does not regenerate
  • - No Instinct hints
  • - Maximum number of enemies with fastest reaction

PURIST

  • - No help
  • - No guides
  • - No interface
  • - Only a crosshair

Which difficulty level are you going to opt for come November 20? Let us know in the comments below.

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