posted by Ineptbinary (WARMINSTER, PA) Oct 20, 2012
Member since Jul 2012
gamers (94%) found this review helpful
It has been quite some time since i've played a great stealth game. Granted, you don't have to, but i don't see the point. At first the game came across as really weird. I expected a game that was mission based to be very straightforward: go here, do this. However, there is so much you can do outside of just playing straight through.
I'm on my third playthrough, and every one is entirely unique. There's no retracing your steps, because i want to see all the other routes i could possibly take.
The only thing i wish was different at this point, is that all the safe combinations stay the same. I understand from a game design perspective, the ways they hide the combinations, but if you remember the combinations from a previous playthrough, it's pointless to go searching.
Aside from all that, the game is the perfect length, and has multiple endings. I'm very happy with bethesda for marketing a brand new title, because it is fantastic.
tl;dr great game, worth a buy, will get many hours of entertainment.
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
First of all, I am not inherently a fan of stealth games. Try something, fail and reload. Repeat thousands of times. Not fun. However, this is an amazing example of the breed.
However, two things really made me upset with the game, and took the rating down. First of all, sneaking up on people to put them unconscious uses the same button as "block". Probably a hundred times (literally) I had to reload because instead of choking someone, I "blocked" right behind them and they heard me.
The other thing is, on one VERY long mission, apparently I killed one person. ONE. I never killed anyone, and I am NOT going to replay an entire mission because of it. If the game arbitrarily decides someone dies (somehow) it should let me know at the time, so I can reload then. VERY upsetting.
Dishonored is truly a rare find. In this generation of gaming we haven't seen many stealth games. There are a few worth mentioning but Dishonored separates itself from the pack with a beautiful art-style and outstanding gameplay.
In the fictional city of Dunwall havoc nearly to the point of anarchy has gripped the populous. In one section of the city broken dams and flood-gates has left the streets under several feet of water. A religious force known as the Overseers is on a crusade reminiscent of the Spanish Inquisition. All the while a corrupt aristocracy, which runs the city, grows bloated and corrupt. Oh...there's also a gigantic plague ravaging Dunwall's citizens; mutating the infected into mind-less zombies. Everything in the game from the aforementioned problems to Dunwall's architecture and fashion is based on some of the more interesting events in human history.
As the main character, Corvo Atano, you play the "Royal Protectorate"; Basically the life-long bodyguard to the Empress. After her murder, the conspirators accuse you of murder and sentence you to death. A group of rebels, opposed to the change in government, offer you a chance for revenge. You take it. The story doesn't break any new ground but the game's created culture and world add a spark of life to characters who would otherwise be bland.
The only gripe that I can aim at this game would be the "play your way" advertising it has received. To enjoy the character progression you have to play in a "stealthy" manner. You can be non-lethal or murderous but if you aren't stealthy the enemy A.I. will frustrate you. In other-words this is a stealth game, not a stealth/action-adventure game as it has been described.
If your a fan stealth games or just great games, Dishonored will not disappoint. Bethesda has once again had something to do with another generation-defining title. A lot of praise should also be sent the way of Arkane Studios who actually developed this