Excerpt: You may have heard Dishonored being compared with Assassin’s Creed and Bioshock ,and we must now ask you to put those out of your mind because those comparisons just won’t do. You might as well compare ice cream to chocolate, or an orgasm to having a really good dump. It’s a little tricky to compare Dishonored to anything in particular; even the Thief series, which is probably the closest point of reference for its first-person sneaking attributes, doesn’t quite...
Excerpt: Arkane Studios really knows how to handle DLC. After the stellar Knife of Dunwall campaign, I was immediately sold on the follow-up Brigmore Witches , not only to find out how Daud’s tale ends, but to experience even more scenarios that were superior to the original game.
Excerpt: I thoroughly enjoyed Dishonored in the time I spent with it, and I found myself hoping for a sequel to provide some more of the game’s unique stealth-action gameplay and clear up some of the haze surrounding much of the backstory, especially the mysterious Outsider who shows up occasionally, says something cryptic and leaves again. Knife of Dunwall does the first, but not really the second.
Summary: Whether we were pulling the old smash-and-grab or skulking around and snapping necks, it was a blast, and the variety of the gameplay was a welcome addition to our gaming stable. We’ve gotten so used to games where the sole objective is to kill everyone in sight that having our objective be to not kill was refreshing. And of course, if we snapped, we liked to be able to go on a bloody rampage mid-mission, as well. Variety truly is the spice of life.
Pros: Open-world gameplay; wide array of awesome abilities; two different endings.
Cons: Main campaign is a little short; low-res textures.
Excerpt: Imagine if the game Thief had a protagonist more suited for Bioshock and you get Dishonored . Dishonored is a game by Bethsheda in which players take the role of Corvo Attano, the bodyguard of the late Empress of Dunwall. Imprisoned and accused of murdering her and kidnapping her daughter, Corvo busts out to search for the princess as well as eliminate those responsible for the assassination.
Excerpt: No matter your interest in games of this style, Dishonored is a must-play title. Although it’s not the longest game in the world, you will feel compelled to play through missions or the entire game multiple times to discover the diverse number of ways to take on different sections. Thanks to the incredible toolset at your disposal and its ingenious mechanics, you will quickly fall in love with this expertly-crafted and finely-tuned experience.
Conclusion: This game isn't only about creeping through the shadows, biding your time and assassinating your way to justice. Although that is what basically drives you to play on, the main appeal here is being immersed in the deliciously dark surroundings of Dunwall and getting to know all the colorful characters that dwell in its dangerous streets. These are qualities rarely seen in games nowadays.
Pros: First-class art direction, a unique and compelling atmosphere, extremely fun gameplay, great soundtrack and voiceovers, strong replay value;
Cons: AI issues, may not be as challenging as you'd expect, especially when you upgrade Corvo's abilities, a lot shorter than we'd like.