I don’t care how many Hitman games IO Interactive cranks out, I’ll play every single one of them, even though all of them involve doing the exact same thing: poring over sprawling levels to find the perfect spots from which to execute covert assassinations. And, in my case, scrambling to finish your objectives without looking like a total doof when your plans go wrong. If this sounds like a good time to you, you’re in luck: This weekend you can get a copy of 2012’s Hitman: Absolution for free.
To do so, fire up your Good ol’ Games account right now — or create one, if you don’t have one — and claim your free copy. It’s as easy as that. While the ageing game won’t be as graphically stimulating as, say, 2018’s Hitman 2, I believe you’ll still have plenty of fun figuring out all the weird ways it allows you to kill target NPCs. For example:
GOG’s giveaway is a part of its Summer Sale Grand Finale, during which you can also score plenty of other classic games for reasonable prices (including my favourite, the Diablo + Hellfire bundle, which will cost you around the price of a fancy Starbucks coffee). It’s also ok if you don’t want to buy anything, however; that won’t affect your ability to download or play Hitman: Absolution all you want.
However, there is one tiny catch — like an assassin navigating a great Hitman level, you’ll only have so many opportunities to make a killing. The time-limited freebie goes away on June 16. Even if you aren’t sure if you’ll ever play the game, there’s no reason not to grab it, associate it with your account forevermore, and add it to your list-of-games-to-get-through-eventually.
These days Hitman: Absolution retails for $30, so this deal is actually decent; GOG isn’t just slapping a “big” digital discount sticker on a $10 title. And while you’re picking up this killer game, you might as well make a day of it and check your Epic Games store account, too, where both Ark: Survival Evolved and the Samurai Showdown Neogeo Collection are free through June 18. That should give you plenty to do this weekend.