Release Date: October 9th, 2012
Developer: Arkane Studios
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Platform: [Reviewed: Xbox 360], PlayStation 3, & PC
Genre: Action Adventure – stealth
Rated: M for Mature
Dishonored, both highly acclaimed and highly anticipated, finally hit shelves on October 9th. Published under Bethesda Softworks, fans have a lot to look forward to.
With out giving too much of the story line away, Dishonored is the tale of the bodyguard framed for the murder of the Empress he was entrusted to protect. You play as the bodyguard and are forced, by revenge, to become an assassin. Only identified by your creepy mask, you must navigate through an equally creepy environment that can only be classified as oppressed and plague-like.
Gameplay in Dishonored is extremely straightforward and simple. You learn all moves and skills as you acquire them, while playing through the campaign. What I like best about this title, is the simple fact that you can choose to play however you prefer. If you like playing strategically, or stealthy, you can sneak around in the shadows and catch your enemies off guard. However, if you love the “run and gun” style you can do that too. Be warned though, in some instances you may encounter more than a few enemies, making “run and gun” a little bit more challenging. Not to mention with every kill comes the increase in RATS, guards and leads to an overall darker ending. My preferred method, although not always feasible, is to be stealthy like a ninja.
Another upside to Dishonored’s game play, is the simple fact that the outcome of certain missions are totally dependent on the choices you make as you navigate your way through this creepy title. This adds to the replay ability factor greatly, as you may find yourself curious as to what would happen had you chosen another option.
Not only do you get the choice when it comes to certain quests, but you also get the ability to unlock and upgrade powers and equipment. This can be purchased with RUNES. Runes are the in game currency that allow you to unlock items as well as upgrade them. So, keep your eyes peeled. Once you have unlocked “Blink”; the ability to teleport at a short range, you can unlock any of the other powers in any order. Just to name a few, you also have “Dark Vision”; allowing you to see through objects to locate enemies and determine their line of site, and “Devouring Swarm”; summons a swarm of ravenous rats.
As unique as Dishonored is, as a stand alone title, each of its 9 missions could very well stand on their own. Missions range from escaping areas, to dueling enemies, and even using a disguise to get closer to targets. Besides the main quests and missions, you will also come across side quests, since the game is sandbox like, there are plenty of places to explore.
Dishonored probably has the best and smoothest controls out of every game I’ve ever played. There is absolutely no delay from when you push the button to when your character completes an action; the execution is amazing. As mentioned earlier, you are taught the controls as you play through the campaign, which makes it super easy. It is as simple as right trigger (RT) to attack with your right hand and left trigger (LT) to attack with your left hand. This is not my favorite control layout, but with a little practice you will be destroying enemies in no time.
The graphics and audio are also top notch. You will not be disappointed at all. Have I mentioned how creepy it is yet? Well, let me tell you again, it is CREEPY! This game is so creepy, that it is actually beyond creepy. The graphics will creep you out with its “plague” looking surroundings, like the super dark, gross-looking – and yes- creepy sewer. I haven’t been this creeped out since I played Left 4 Dead for the first time.
Overall, Dishonored has all the qualities to make an excellent and unique game that is a must have. Although not my cup of tea, it does have all the qualities that any title needs, to be considered for “Game of the Year”. My one and only complaint with this title was the difficulty I acquired when trying to switch quests. Quests normally come with an arrow marker on your screen to aid you in your travels, however every time I switched quests for some reason I had no marker. Besides this one small issue, this title has great graphics and audio as well as an amazing story line. It comes with options for all of you people who love having choices, and lets not forget it keeps you on the edge of your seat creepy.
Overall Rating: 4.5/5