Everyone has that certain style or type of game. For me, I love the stealth type games. Let me put it this way, if you were to ask me as a kid what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would have said a Ninja. I love the idea of getting in and out of an area unseen and unheard. Even when I play other type of games like first person shooters, if there is a set up for a silent sniper, you bet I’m getting it and tricking it out.
Well, I finally got a chance to play the much acclaimed game Dishonored, better late than never I say, and Dishonored scratched that stealth itch that I have. Even better, they award me for doing it! Double win!
So a little background of Dishonored.
You are the once-trusted bodyguard of the Empress. Framed for her murder and driven by revenge, you must become an infamous assassin, known only by the disturbing mask that has become your calling card.
As you navigate a world torn apart by plague and oppressed by a government armed with strange new technologies, the truth behind your betrayal is as murky as the waters surrounding the city.
The choices you make will determine the fate of the world, but no matter what happens your old life is gone forever.
And that is Dishonored.
Now whenever you read about Dishonored, there are a few words that’s used quite often. Words like refreshing, and innovative, stylized, and exciting. Truth be told, all these, in my opinion, are spot on. The first thing you will notice is definitely Dishonored style. The best way for me to describe it is a mix of Fable 3 and Bioshock. Forgive me if you are one of those folks that for what ever reason have not gotten a chance to play those titles. You will just have to trust me. In other words, the game looks great.
Another way that Dishonored is trying to separate itself from other games of this style is offering a player a choice of how to play. You can either go heads up and all guns and knives blazing, killing pretty much everything in your sight, or be a gentle breeze, only a glance of a shadow, easily forgotten. Now just remember, the way you play does affect the outcome of the game. There is a good and a bad ending. Just know that much. Both ways of play are each very rewarding and Dishonored offers so many paths to get to your objective. If there was any bit of advice to share, I would say, don’t just head to your objective. If you hang around certain characters or even talk to them, sometimes your get clues to paths, or tendencies of your target. I couldn’t tell you how often I died during a mission and decided to go left rather than right and found a whole new path or clue to getting to my target. This is awesome!
In order to get all the achievements or trophies for Dishonored a minimum of two play throughs is required. But you know what, the game is that much fun, that the second maybe third play through is not a chore at all. Right now I’m doing my second run. My first run was attacking two of the game’s high valued achievements. One is killing not a single person in the entire game and the other is not being detected or rising any alarms, and even yet another where I couldn’t purchase any upgrades for the entire game. Crazy!
The story and characters of Dishonored also holds your attention. There are 9 missions which, depending on your style of play and the difficulty setting, might run you about 20 – 30 minutes. Also, exploration and side missions affect that time. But I’ll tell you this, doing the side missions and exploring, will really give you more information about the world of Dishonored.
The tools of your trade revolves around mystical powers and actual weapons. These mystical powers, given to you by a shadowy character called the Outsider, includes Blink, which is a sort of short range teleportation. This is great for sneaking by enemies or covering short distances, in a blink…(smile). You also have the ability to alter time, possess animals and humans, wind, command hordes of rats, etc. Your other weapons are your standard pistols, blades, genades, rewiring tools, etc. All of these can be upgraded and tweaked and unlocked with the help of Runes, Bone Charms, and Blueprints which are scattered throughout the missions.
All in all, Dishonored is a very nice change to the games on the market. The only minus I would give to this game, is the way it was rounded up. I feel the ending could have been more fleshed out and a little more satisfying. It was a very good game, just didn’t like the quick nature of the end. It was very abrupt. I blame Dishonored for that. For putting together a nice story and characters I actually cared about.
If you are looking for a game out there with good story line, that offers you choices, that rewards your exploration and side missions, and you missed this at its launch, then be sure to pick up Dishonored. You won’t be sorry. Besides that, I know now you’ll be able to either snag a pre-owned copy or a discounted new copy. Either way, it’s a win win situation.
We give Dishonored, might be a little late,