Review by lord_sora1221

"Dishonored - Have it your way"

Dishonored! One of the most anticipated games this year, has finally been released! Like many, I have been impatiently waiting to get my hands on a copy of this game since it was first announced. The game has been hyped an extraordinary amount since that time, and like all video games that experience that level of hype, there is always one question that is floating around in my mind, will it live up to it? This review has that answer.

Gameplay:

The gameplay of Dishonored is what really sets it apart from most games this generation. It is a combination of the clever stealth aspects of games like Metal Gear Solid or Splinter Cell, along with the strategy and decision making of Deus Ex, and the magical combat and environment of Bioshock. This combination, as it turns out, works flawlessly. Players have a ton of powers and weapons with which to navigate each of the game's levels. Corvo dual-wields a switchblade with either a crossbow, pistol, or magical power, and as the game progresses, players are given an increasing list of ammo – ranging from high-calibre bullets, to sleeping darts to incendiary bolts. Corvo also can upgrade his handy array of magical powers, that allow players to slow time, see through walls, teleport over short distances, possess other living creatures – even call in a swarm of rats to eat targets alive. This is done by gathering the runes that can be found scattered throughout each mission. On top of all that, each level in Dishonored is open-ended and can be tackled any way the player desires. Every mission requires Corvo to get rid of at least one human target, but players are given absolute freedom in how this is accomplished. You can go in guns blazing, shooting first and asking questions later, or you could tiptoe through a level, avoiding all detection. Also, the game can even be completed without you even having to kill someone.

Graphics:

While Dishonored's gameplay does a lot to make it a very unique and rewarding experience, nothing else quite sets it apart from the rest of the pack like its graphics do. The game takes place in the stunning city of Dunwall, a twisted, steam punk, Victorian city, based on late 19th and early 20th century London. The city is completely riddled with secret pathways that allow you to sneak through Dunwall's infrastructure. But what is even more amazing about this fantastic environment is that it is a living, breathing city, that changes based on the decisions you make. If you decide to go the route of murdering everything in your path, the city will become darker, scarier, and more violent, with more rats and the zombie-esque Weepers. The beautiful, steam punk style graphics truly add to the experience and feel of the game, making it a unique and intriguing experience.

Story:

The story of Dishonored, while not exactly a weak point in the game, it definitely isn't the games strongest. It is a basic tale of revenge and a man clearing his name. You play as Corvo Attano, the bodyguard to the Empress. After returning from a mission from a distant land, Corvo is framed for the murder of the Empress and the kidnap of her daughter Emily. He is sentenced to death and placed in jail. Aided by a mysterious group of people who believe his innocence, Corvo escapes and joins with them. Then, you as the player, will guide Corvo through the assassinations of the corrupt city officials who framed Corvo, so you can restore the rightful heir to the throne, and clear Corvo's name. The story is just intriguing enough to get you to complete the game, but it isn't anything special. The other story flaws that appear throughout the game include unlikable characters and some of the worst voice acting performances you will hear this generation.

The Verdict:

Pros:
+ Open-Ended Missions
+ Immerisve Universe
+ Choice Driven
+ Beautiful Style

Cons:
- Average story
- Annoying voice acting
- Unlikable characters

Aside from some minor flaws, Dishonored is a solid experience for anyone who is sick of the annual incarnation of Halo or Call of Duty.


Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 10/15/12

Game Release: Dishonored (US, 10/09/12)


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