MP3 was a departure from the previous 2 games in the series in a lot of ways, but it touched on a "Man on Fire" kind of vibe that I think resonated equally as well as the original noir styling. The gameplay was also fun.
Hitman Absolution didn't depart much from the previous games, it just wasn't terribly good. I also can't get into the protagonist in the Hitman series. He's just so... bleh. Timothy Olyphant was truly the perfect man to play Agent 47 lol.