posted by DonnaMatrix (PORT ORCHARD, WA) Apr 21, 2013
Member since Sep 2012
I wanted so badly to love this game and at the beginning I did. I thought the graphics were nice for the era they were representing but the missions got to be a bit tedious. When I rescued the princess and that wasn't the end of the game, I was actually depressed at the prospect of playing this game anymore and I sent it back. That's never happened before since I'm a bit OCD when it comes to completing RPGs but I couldn't face one more minute of this game. All that being said, it wasn't really any particular flaw with the game, just didn't appeal enough to ME to keep me coming back.
I found the most enjoyable aspects of Dishonored to be the player's freedom to explore multiple paths in eliminating targets and occasionally deciding their fates, which in turn influence future outcomes. The environments are beautiful and rich with ambiance, but the cartoonish character designs make it difficult to buy into the reality of such a delightfully grim story.
I preferred using stealth attacks and magic over straightforward combat, only because the combat system is so frustratingly limited. Corvo will be swinging his sword around like an oaf while your enemy is dodging blows and counter-attacking you like he was Oscar De La Hoya. I also found myself wasting precious resources on upgrading abilities that never seemed to serve any useful purpose.
Dishonored is an ABOVE AVERAGE game with a decent story but light on replay value. There is an alternate ending and achievements for players willing to play nicely, but such incentives aren't enough to keep me interested for an additional 15 hours.