It wasn't so much that it was brutal, but that it offended religious people as a religious symbol was being used as a weapon. That was the reason for its removal. I'm just saying that, in my opinion, it's a pretty strange thing to get angry about in a game all about killing, which also goes against religious doctrine and is a much more serious offense than what is used to kill someone. It's like the people who get mad at video games for including depictions of sex, but then completely ignore the fact that innocent people get murdered every five minutes in order to beat the game. What do I know though?
Yeah, it's definitely disappointing to see the lack of darkness in the new game. This one feels a bit more on track with what Hitman should be, compared to Absolution, but there are still a ton of features from the old games that I believe would make this new game so much better. Readying your fiber wire, actually holding the trigger to hack people with a fire ax or katana, and plate/crate carrying in order to smuggle weapons, serve a target a poisoned drink, or just blend into a disguise better. Even the darker, more serious tone of the older games with just a hint of humor here and there felt right, but they will never be added in because people are laughably triggered by a work of fiction.