Several opinion pieces take aim at the latest trailer for Hitman: Absolution. The trailer, dubbed "Saints," borders on being offensive, according to some because it depicts the sexualization of violence against women. In a nutshell the trailers play out a fight between Agent 47 and several fem fatales disguised as nuns. Under those Catholic uniforms are the buxom forms of women who are clearly not dedicated to the service of the church. As the group of nuns approach the hotel room where Agent 47 is staying they strip off their disguises to reveals skimpy leather outfits.
The next scene shows Agent 47 emerge from a freshly blown up hotel room to violently beat and kill his attackers who are still wearing the trademark headgear of holy sisters.
The arguments in these articles at The New Statesman, IGN, The Mirror, GamesIndustry International, Kill Screen, Computer & Videogames is that this trailer sexualizes violence against women. Here's a choice quote from IGN:
"This is difficult imagery. This would be difficult imagery even if it was tasteful. But it is not tasteful, it’s grotesque and tacky and actually quite dangerous. Let’s be clear here: the problem is not that Agent 47 is graphically murdering a group of women, though that’s pretty nasty. It’s that it fetishizes the violence and sexualises the women, drawing a clear line between sex and graphic violence that makes the trailer really distressing to watch, and leaves you questioning who the hell it’s designed to appeal to."
We'll leave the arguments to the editorial pages, but you can decide for yourselves by watching the trailer below. WARNING: The video is not intended for anyone under the age of 17 (the game is rated "M" for "Mature" by the ESRB). It may also be considered NSFW, though there's no sexual content in the trailer (just wanton violence and death).