Dishonored is stealth action game released in 2012 by Arkane Studios and published by Bethesda.
You play as Royal Bodyguard Corvo Attano. After he is framed for the killing of the empress, he must find out the true perpetrators of the crime, both to clear his name and avenge her death.
Why It Rocks
- Bloody kill cams.
- Dark story.
- Various ways to approach your mission and objectives.
- Interesting NPCs.
- Solid voice acting.
- The ability to use void magic to help you with your missions. The use of these abilities, however, is totally optional and not necessary to beat the game (point 3).
- Open ended gameplay that's akin to Thief and the Deus Ex series.
- Multiple collectibles, many of which give you upgrades or small boosts to your powers.
- Cool, unique gadgets that can be used to help you in your missions.
- You can kill everyone, or find more clever, non-lethal ways of dealing with them.
- Choosing to dispose of targets lethally or non-lethally changes your chaos rating. The chaos system not only affects the story and its ending, but also the gameplay itself. The environment, the way people interact with you, the number of enemies, and more are all affected by your choices.
- The DLC is fun and offers some great new powers and abilities. It also effectively sets up the sequel while still standing on its own and not feeling like sequel bait.
- Corvo, despite being put through several traumatic events and losing people close to him, never expresses himself in any way, creating some bad Ludonarrative Dissonance.
- While better than it is in some stealth games, the AI is heavily flawed.
- While the game is a decent length if the player is non-lethal/stealthy, choosing to engage in open combat can shorten the game to only be around 6-8 hours, maybe even shorter if you already know what you're doing.
The game was critically acclaimed by reviewers. On Metacritic, the game has a critic score of 91/100 for PC, 89/100 for the PlayStation 3, and an 88/100 for the Xbox 360. The game was not as well received on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions, as the Metacritic scores for both versions were 80/100 and 76/100 respectively.