I wanted to do a quick review/take of Dishonored. Initially this game wasn’t on my radar but as the release date got closer, I became more interested in the gameplay and concept. I’m a huge Assassin’s Creed fan and this game appeared to have elements of that as well as some from Thief and Bioshock.
I’ll try to avoid spoilers as best I can but there may be some going forward to reader beware. The game starts out with you as Corvo, the empress’s bodyguard. You’re in a boat heading towards the city to meet with her as the game begins. The game itself has a very steampunk feel to it and the environments have a cel-shaded type painting look to it. Once you arrive, the empress reads a letter which conveys some bad news. Two assassin’s appear out the ether and kill the empress and take her daughter. The guards arrive to see you standing over her dead body and you’re blamed for her death. The next scene starts with you in Coldridge Prison getting help from some unknown friends trying to break you out. The rest of the game is you trying to find out who is helping you and then who ultimately killed the empress and clearing your name. All the while the city is under the grip of a plague which appears to be spread by rats/mice.
Later in the game you meet with a inventor name Pietro who crafts all these gadgets for you to use in your adventures. Your weapons range from crossbows to spring traps to pistols. You always carry a sword in your right hand. Your left hand is either powers you unlock or the weapons you choose. In terms of powers there are several but the most useful is blink. It teleports you from one location to another instantly which allows you to appear behind/beside enemies and kill them instantly with your sword. Other powers include Windblast, a gust of wind that forces enemies back or throws them against walls and opens doors as it’s ranked up; Devouring Swarm, a group of mice rise up out of the ground to eat away at enemies or corpses; Dark Vision, which allows you to see enemies through walls; Possession, which allows you to inhabit the body or animals (at the first level) or humans (at the second level) and Time Bend, which allows you to slow time temporarily allowing you to move about quickly while others are moving in slow motion. There are a few others which I didn’t mention as well.
The game is fun and allows you to take the stealth route or the guns-blazing route. I did a combination of the two and it kept my attention. I finished the game in around 15 hours. There’s 9 chapters in the game. I’d say it’s definitely worth a rent and a buy if you want to do multiple playthroughs either as all stealth or all killing.