gamers (94%) found this review helpful
Bethesda game studios always release AAA games. Hours of gameplay, amazing settings, and in-depth character customization. But, as always the controls leave a bit to be desired.
Dishonored is no different, except it is considerably shorter than Fallout or Skyrim, with 10 levels/ Missions (I beat the story including all side missions in about 20 hours). The story, graphics, non-playable characters and art are amazing. You will enjoy exploring each level, from gritty sewers and a grimy prison to glamorous mansions of the frilly higher class, every area is a joy to plunder and alter- alter as in rewiring security mechanisms to cater to your travels or destroying certain doors rather than finding the key for examples.
Meeting all the different characters in the game is very interesting and you will find yourself really thinking through who's side you will take when characters paths cross. All the voice work and character design is right on point.
The games two biggest downfalls though, are the controls and the leveling up system. Personally for me it was enough to keep this game from being great, still, the game is quite good.
The controls always seem to be a split second slower than the pace of the combat. Especially when the majority of your powers are delivered from your empty left hand. Meaning if you want to do your tornado attack and then slow down time, you have to switch between the two powers which is nothing more than your hand lowering out of view only to resurface from the bottom of the screen causing a whole second of wait. This caused be to die many times due to being a sitting duck until you can attack or use you power again.
Leveling up in the game is not experience point based. You have to collect runes. Runes are used as experience points, but there are only so many per mission. You really level up at the will of the game, instead of getting experience for combat, exploration and mission completion.
Real good tho
posted by gman11 (HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO) Dec 31, 2012
Member since Jun 2012
gamers (91%) found this review helpful
When I first heard about this game I was very excited and hyped up, but when I got it and started to play for the first couple hours, I was a little disappointed. After playing it more and more, I started to like it a little bit better, but some parts of the game still frustrated me and lowered the rating for me.
The graphics of the game, in my opinion, are amazing. I don't see why people don't like the graphics. They aren't really realistic, but it has a sort of artistic look to it. The graphics for this game was the main reason why I liked this game so much. I give the graphics a 9.5/10
The game play was pretty good as well. I liked the combat a lot, and the kill cams and scenes and the controls. But the stealth was off a little bit for me. I played on hard as my first play through, but it seemed to be way too hard to get past some parts without alerting a guard since there were way too many guys, or the guards are alerted after hearing your footsteps 100 feet away, which frustrated me a lot, and left me to leave missions with high chaos. I give gameplay 7/10
The sound was good, some of the characters voicing sounded identical to other characters, but overall everything seemed to immerse you within the sound aspects of the game. Sound 9/10
Even though this game doesn't have a big replay value to it, I still found myself playing it a second time and am currently going to beat it again so I can see what other ending there will be. This game is different than most games out there currently and it is good to play something that changes things up a bit and doesn't follow the same mainstream games out there today. This game is definitely worth a rent, and if you don't mind buying games for your gaming collection than you should buy this game as well.
posted by ReBornSADD (HICKORY HILLS, IL) Oct 28, 2012
Member since Oct 2012
gamers (80%) found this review helpful
Dishonored is a really fantastic game with many ideas heavily influenced by other games to create a unique experience. While playing, I had feelings of Thief, Bioshock, Dark Messiah, Half-Life 2, and Skyrim.
The stealth is very smooth and the first person sword fighting is THE BEST of any game ever. It is not open world, but more like seperate, semi-large areas. Think Dragon Age or Borderlands. However, there is just so many secrets to uncover! The overall plot was decent, despite being a bit generic. What really kept me entranced was how well done the characters were. They are what kept me going!
This game did have its small problems though. For one it was kinda short. Its single player only and it took me only about 9-10 hours for the main story and SOME of the extra stuff. There are three endings however, but I did not feel they were varied enough for me to keep replaying. Another was with multiple opportunities in the story, the end results were mostly the same.
On a side note, do not let the Bethesda logo discern you PS3 users. They were only the publishers. Arkane studios, the developers, did a fine job on the PS3 version.
+Smooth stealth system
+Fun and simple combat system
-Short play length
-Choices make little change