First Hitman: Absolution screens appear, are debatably pre-rendered, undeniably brilliant

Given the number of screenshots floating around these days that are actually pre-rendered fakes or else heavily-touched-up from their original in-game sources, I think there's now scope for a whole game show based around identifying the genuine ones. We can call it "Real or No Real", and get Noel Edmonds to present it. Actually we can't, because it would be crap, being as it is nothing more than a tenuous, barely fleshed-out idea based on a crap pun relating to a successful if completely random bit of late-afternoon televisual frippery.

So instead of going to all of that contrivance and trouble, just have a look at these rather gorgeous first two Hitman: Absolution screens, which have just appeared on the official Hitman forums, and tell me how real you think they are.

So, in-game? Pre-rendered? Somewhere in-between? Personally I'm going for "originally in-game but now heavily touched up to look even prettier". That acknowledged, I reckon we're still looking at some very nice lighting and a lot of heavy atmosphere in the game itself. And regardless of everything else, new Hitman art just keeps reminding me that new Hitman is indeed coming, and coming soon. And after waiting this long, that makes me very happy.

June 06, 2011



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  • The4X - June 7, 2011 9:29 a.m.

    I want to belive!
  • therealmaggo - June 7, 2011 12:50 a.m.

    Tough call. The detail in the shadows is pretty intense, as are the wrinkles on his clothes in picture 2. But in this day and age, do developers/publishers still think they can get away with dogging customers when the final product is revealed? Pretty dangerous to pre-render some promo BS, only for the final product to look like last night's kebab in comparison when the game's released.
  • ChickenFillet5140 - June 6, 2011 9:54 p.m.

    I don't care if they're real or pre-rendered I just can't wait for more 47.
  • TotalDoomsayer - June 6, 2011 9:37 p.m.

    After seeing the awesomeness of things like Killzone, GoW 3, and Heavy Rain, Its quite possible this is not prerendered. Or, it could be some of the old technique like they used to use on the Resident Evil games were they backgrounds were just to be really pretty. Who knows? Hitman Games are amazing!!!!
  • insertdisk - June 6, 2011 1:05 p.m.

    Im agreeing with RicePuddingUk here. The top image does not appear to be purely ingame but then the second one does appear to.
  • RicePuddingUK - June 6, 2011 12:02 p.m.

    I think they're in game, just with a bit of a touch up for promotional purposes, just look at Halo:Reach, trailer made it look detailed and it looks meh in gameplay save for cutscenes. As long as Jesper Kyd is still composing the score, I'm happy with it!
  • JasonStatham - June 6, 2011 11:59 a.m.

    The lighting on the first screen makes me suspicious, but even so I hope the finished product will be along these lines in terms of visuals - Blood money was a very nice looking game for its time, so I'm optimistic. Also, Real or No Real FTW
  • sft10 - June 6, 2011 11:45 a.m.

    I love the hitman series, so this is great news
  • 8bitBaby - June 6, 2011 11:40 a.m.

    hm... i have to believe they are prerendered. i just don't understand what it's going to take to get a game to look like this? how much time? how much money? is it a matter of time or is it a matter of money? both? or processing power? can something like this not be rendered in real time while playing on current gen consoles? are we sure, or have they just not taken a chance?
  • Rhymenocerous - June 6, 2011 11:17 a.m.

    I dunno, I think this is in-game. Although when you play it, it'll probably be ruined by the HUD. You're about right saying they're in-game but improved.
  • steventylerbray - June 6, 2011 11:11 a.m.

    psh, it could look exactly like blood money for all I care. I just want to play it!
  • vogler1604 - June 6, 2011 11:04 a.m.

    It looks pre-rendered, yet either way I can't wait for some more Hitman.

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