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Dishonored


Dishonored is an immersive first-person action game that casts you as a supernatural assassin driven by revenge. Creatively eliminate your targets with the flexible combat system as you combine the numerous supernatural abilities, weapons and unusual gadgets at your disposal. Pursue your enemies under the cover of darkness or ruthlessly attack them head on with weapons drawn. The outcome of each mission plays out based on the choices you make. Dishonored is set in Dunwall, an industrial whaling city where strange technology and otherworldly mysticism coexist in the shadows. You are the once-trusted bodyguard of the beloved Empress. Framed for her murder, you become an infamous assassin, known only by the disturbing mask that has become your calling card. In a time of uncertainty, when the city is being besieged by plague and ruled by an oppressive government armed with neo-industrial technologies, dark forces conspire to bestow upon you abilities beyond those of any common man – but at what cost? The truth behind your betrayal is as murky as the waters surrounding the city, and the life you once had is gone forever.

$ 39.99

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  1. 25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Very Enjoyable Dynamic Stealth Assassination Game, October 15, 2012
    By 
    P. Taegel (Los Angeles) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Dishonored (Video Game)

    Gamers will recognize structural elements from Bioshock, which, to my mind, is a very good thing. Here, however, the stealth mechanics work flawlessly, and your magical abilities aren’t simply various weapons. Rather, the mechanics allow you to teleport short distances, see through walls (a la Batman, Deus Ex, Assassin’s Creed, etc) and inhabit animals and other humans. Not only are these mechanics just cool, they allow you to attack objectives in a multiplicity of ways. DISHONORED is thus a game that can sustain at least a few play throughs.

    TIPS:
    Get Dark Vision Immediately.
    Then Upgrade Blink to level 2.
    Then upgrade Agility to 1, as your ability to jump higher will enable higher blinks. Agility 2 is useless.
    Then get Bend time. Then STOP time. Stop time costs 8 runes, and it’s worth it–especially when you want to kill Tall Boys.

    My only gripe would be that the game seems to punish you for being what you are–an assassin– as killing just a moderate amount of people (in video game reality, obviously) leads to the “dark” ending. To that I ask, who hired the Church Lady as a designer on this thing? I did my best to spare non-combatants, yet the game still seems to take a dim view of killing. And I won’t give anything away, but the “dark” ending is not satisfying. I was hoping for at least something bittersweet, like the end of The Searchers.

    There’s also no barometer to give you real-time data on how much “chaos” you’re creating. However, you do get your stats at the end of a mission. So if you’re going for the no-kill play through, you ca re-do that mission if you accidentally killed someone. (Unlike Deus Ex, which kept you guessing until the end–Lame.)

    It would be good to have some “chaos” gradations in this game. Therefore, you could have a play through with

    1. a normal ending (you killed a lot of guys because you’re a badasss and they got in your way) but spared civilians, knocked out people when you could and weren’t a complete psycho),
    2. an ending where you were one of the Super Friends (you killed very few people).
    3. a REALLY twisted ending where you played through as a complete homicidal maniac–killing everyone and their pets without compunction and without mercy and often without reason except because there’s something wrong with you.

    However, I simply played how I wanted–with a fairly strict scorched Earth policy–and watched the “happy” ending on YouTube. Maybe I’ll do a no-kill play through at some later point.

    But this is pretty nit-picky. Playing the game is really fun. I’m just a little irritated by the end (if you didn’t get that).

    In conclusion, if you dig first person stealth action games with broad (though not strictly open) worlds, buy this game. It’s great.

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  2. 43 of 50 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Interesting, but has its flaws, October 13, 2012
    By 
    H. Blair
    (REAL NAME)
      

    = Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Dishonored (Video Game)

    I just finished a stealth playthrough of the game. To me, it was a somewhat frustrating experience, but still fun. I wanted the good ending, so I killed as few people as possible, but I did resort to direct combat at times.

    Attacking people directly is not only quicker, but there is also a more satisfying array of options. The game gives you many lethal weapons, such as guns, traps and the ability to reprogram any enemy technology to target bad guys instead. There are also powers that allow you to summon rats that devour your enemies and whirlwinds that slam them into walls.

    In stealth mode, there aren’t very many ways to incapacitate the guards. There are crossbow bolts that put people to sleep, and you can sneak up behind people and knock them out, but that’s about it. The option to knock people out does not always work as planned, either, and, even if the prompt comes up on screen, Corvo will sometimes raise his knife to block instead, usually right before the guard turns and sees you creepily standing behind him, which understandably freaks him out.

    In a nutshell, if you’re still deciding which way to play, stealth offers the good ending, and violence offers gameplay fluidity.

    One decision I thought was strange was that the game always had Corvo carry a knife in his right hand, even if you are doing a nonviolent playthrough and even when you are only attempting to use a stealth skill such as blink. I never used the knife, but it was always there, in a space that could have been occupied by more useful abilities or equipment.

    The area levels are relatively open, compared to some of the more linear games that are out nowadays, but it’s difficult to fully appreciate your surroundings in a stealth playthrough. At some points, I just wanted to walk around and look at the city, which had a watercolor aesthetic I really liked, but guards are everywhere, and you have to get rid of all of them before you can explore openly.

    I did not let that keep me from doing sidequests, though. I am very much a completionist, so I tried to explore all the areas fully before I left. There are many sidequests that don’t even show up in your journal until you find a specific area, like saving a woman who’s surrounded by rats or protecting an accused witch from overzealous guards, which helps with replayability. It was also fun to find the runes that upgrade your abilities and listen to the Outsider’s (the guy who gives you your powers) take on in-game events.

    Though I tried to be as thorough as possible, and though I played stealth mode, which is inherently time-consuming, I finished the game in about eight hours. The story was a little formulaic, and the only characters who were really interesting were Granny Rags and the Outsider. I did like the audiographs, though, which important characters used to record their private thoughts (Sometimes too private, actually. If I was feeling guilty about murdering someone, I probably wouldn’t record myself saying so.)

    Another thing that offers insight into the world is the heart the Outsider gives you, which can tell you more about characters and places in the game. The heart has a really cool voice and sometimes says interesting things about important NPC’s. I was especially shocked at what it said about Piero, the scientist who upgrades your equipment at the Hound Pits Pub. Unfortunately, minor NPCs with similar backgrounds all have the same descriptions, like ‘she hides her hands, which are red and raw from work,’ will be a description for all women who aren’t nobles or major NPCs.

    The tall boys, which were featured heavily in advertisements, show up very late in the game, and, as far as I could tell, there’s no way to incapacitate them without killing them, which was annoying. There was an interesting tidbit in one of the books at Lady Boyle’s party, though, which made them way more interesting and sympathetic.

    Despite my negativity in this review, I did like the game enough to give it three stars. I enjoyed playing a new IP, and I actually do like stealth games most of the time. Dishonored offers a lot of unique ways to get around without being seen, like possessing animals and stopping time, and it was fun to play with all the different options. The more destructive powers look promising too. Usually I can’t stand to play the darker path, but for this game I’ll try to give it a go so I can try out all the abilities.

    I pre-ordered this game months ago, and I think it was worth it. It was exciting to play something so new and different, even if there were a few flaws. Dishonored is hard to fit in one category, so I’m not sure how to recommend it to others, but hopefully this review will help anyone on the fence about buying the game.

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  3. HeavyMetalSushi says
    15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Pretty Cool Overall, 4.5 out of 5!, October 11, 2012
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    = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Dishonored (Video Game)

    This game was pretty cool and kind of a refreshing play, mainly do to the fact that the player has options about how he or she wants to go about undertaking the game! You can go full bore and just kill everyone, or there is ways to sneak around, and you can also render guards unconsious if you would rather instead of killing them. On my first time through, I experimented with several different ways of doing things and I tried out all the various different weapons & abilities, just to get a taste of everything and find out how I most preferred going about things.

    I only had one main gripe about the game, and it was an ever so small annoyance too: Occasionally trying to chose a weapon or skill from the wheel, (especially as you earn more abilities & such) was sometimes a bit glitchy. For example, there were times later in the game that I was trying to chose my pistol with the regular shots over this one with explosive rounds and it would give me the pistol with the explosive rounds, and so on. It was a slight bit frustrating, but fortunately that only happened every once in a while.

    The game was a little shorter than I was expecting, but then again it would seem short, especially after playing on a game like Skyrim off & on throughout many months. So don’t let that deter you, because the game is actually a decent length…I’d say roughly around 15 hours. And just because I had no life for 2 days and sat on my arse & played it throughout much of release day and the following Wednesday, lulz.

    I’d say definitely play it though! If you like stealth & action mixed in one game with all sorts of player options throughout the game, then I highly recommend checking this game out! I for one plan to play through it at least a couple more times eventually and try out different means of getting through the game…first time through was just a trial play to get a feel for everything. Next time I’m going to get down to business! Check this one out fellow gamers! I love a good stealth/assassin game! Looking forward also to Assassin’s Creed III and Hitman: Absolution!

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