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