Details: This is a review of the main game only, not of any of the downloadable content. Originally released in 2012. The Definitive Edition was released in 2015. I purchased Dishonored: Definitive Edition a long time ago for about $8.50 through bundlestars.com, who is now known as fanatical.com I think. The Definitive Edition comes with all the downloadable content. Beat the game in about eleven hours. Played on the PC through Steam.
Dishonored is a first person perspective stealth game. Think Assassin’s Creed from the first person perspective. While mostly fun, the game is a little bare and lacks the gameplay and narrative depth necessary to make this game more than satisfactory. It is still very fun despite its age.
Dishonored takes place in a steam punk world. You play Corvo, personal bodyguard for the empress. When the empress is assassinated, you take the blame. Then through a series of poorly explained events, you end up fighting for the resistance and getting magical powers from a supernatural being known as the Outsider. It’s really all just an excuse to give the player gameplay mechanics.
The story is okay. A lot of it is kind of random and poorly explained. I’ve already seen the protect-young-child trope in way too many games (Walking Dead, Last of Us, God of War, etc.) so it was a little redundant to see another game done this way.
As with most games, the story is just a vehicle for the gameplay, which is the real star here. Unique to this game is that it does stealth from the first person view. At first I was expecting it to clumsy as most platforming stealth games require some precision. Thankfully, it was not. The game is reminiscent of stealth from The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, except more flushed out.
You explore and traverse levels filled with guards with the ultimate objective being the assassination of a specific person. Each level has obstacles and multiple paths as well as side missions.
What’s essential to the stealth platforming in this game is the blink spell. It allows the player to traverse the city without feeling trapped or slowed down and feels good to use. There are a bunch of other skills from possession to slowing time, but blink was the most essential in my opinion and what differentiates this game from other stealth games. The other spells are also not as useful or fleshed out as blink in that level layouts do not allow that much creativity with the spells.
Visually, the game is dated, but still pretty good. It’s undoubtedly playable.
The game is also fully voiced. I don’t remember much of the music so I guess it was pretty forgettable.
Overall, the game was fun. If you liked playing stealth in The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, you’ll feel right at home in this game. I wouldn’t pay more than five dollars for this game though, and if you were to buy it, I recommend the Definitive Edition as it comes with all the downloadable content.