Like a masked apparition, a shadowy figure silently glides along the sewer paths on a quest for vengeance.
What? No, of course it’s not Phantom of the Opera. It’s Dishonored, Arkane Studio’s smash hit from 2012 which, like DOOM, has enjoyed a big sequel announcement during E3 this week.
I’ll admit that I never actually finished Dishonored when it came out; like so many gaming gems that fall victim to my backlog, I got about halfway through it before The Next Big Thing™ came around.
But with Dishonored 2 officially on its way, I thought now would be a perfect time to go back and play through Arno’s epic journey to do… something?
Storytelling may not have been Dishonored‘s strongest point, but Arkane made sure that their take on the stealth-em-up genre is just brilliant to play. The world is breathtaking and can suck you in like a tornado – which is impressive, considering that the HUD and menus are rather intrusive. The controls are responsive and intuitive too, which is just as well when you consider that each area can be approached in a multitude of different ways. Sneak around the back or through a side passage, or adopt a take-no-prisoners approach: Dishonored is one of the few games since Thief 2 to really nail the feeling that the world is your own personal playground.
I did attempt to play stealthily, but… well, let’s just say that things didn’t exactly go according to plan. Honestly, I’ve never accidentally murdered anyone before this game. I claim self-defense.
“Wasn’t my fault, guv, I swears on me mam’s loife.”
I loved my reunion with Doshonored. I had a blast with all those super murder powers (or super assassination powers… lets go with whichever wording you think will keep me out of jail longer, ok?); Arkane’s steampunk world is brought to life in exacting detail, full of disgusting characters, even more disgusting locales, and teeming with lore to reward the observant player.
Seriously, I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel.
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