Dishonored (2012)

Info

Genre Period Developer Publisher Theme
Action, Stealth, First person, Sandbox Next gen (Post 2010) Arkane Studios Bethesda Steampunk, Victorian, Assassin, Dark, Plague, Vengeance

Dishonored is a critically acclaimed, bestselling, first-person stealth action adventure game developed by Arkane studios and published by Bethesda. It is a very well made game with robust gameplay, smooth interface, and gorgeous graphics depicting an exquisitely crafted steam punk atmosphere emulating Victorian London. You play the role of Corvo Attano, the royal bodyguard of Empress Jessamine Kaldwin, wrongly accused of the murdering the sovereign whom you are duty-bound to protect. While awaiting execution in jail, loyalists help you escape prison and eventually you defeat each of the rebel conspirators responsible for the Empresses demise, by lethal or non-lethal means. At your disposal are gadgets and magical powers, both of which you can upgrade and increase based on your choice of gameplay. Enemies comprise different type of city guards, the overseers (elite guards wielding magic suppression technology), and the zombie-like weepers who are terminal stage victims of the plague. Must buy this for a solid, satisfactory, stealth-action experience.

Game Assessment

Complexity Matrix 

Complexity Parameters Values (0, 0.5, 1)
Control Scheme 0: Easy
Complexity 0: Simple
Story 1: There is a story
Lore 1: World of Dishonored
Immersion 0.5: Identity and immersion via environment and GUI
Difficulty 0: Low
Learning Curve 0: Easy
Total Score 2.5/7: Lightweight game 

Satisfaction Matrix

Needs Satisfaction Score (0-3)
Analytical 0: Not met
Creative 0: Not met
Mastery 3: Well met
Destructive 3: Well met
Entertainment 3: Well met
Pace 3: Well met
Horror 1: Slightly met
Total Score 13/21: Good Game

Game Review

TL;DR Sold as a first person stealth action adventure, it is basically a very enjoyable murder simulator with ingenious and gory methods of killing to experiment with. Also can be played as a challenging stealth game. Cliched story, but still good entertainment, and has very good replay value.

Pros

  • Smooth interface
  • Robust gameplay
  • High replay value
  • High violence and gore
  • Freedom play with different ways to attain objectives
  • Choices and consequences

Cons

  • Not very immersive

Game completed. (DLCs in progress)

Game-time 32 hrs for main campaign excluding DLCs.

Purpose – Excitement, Entertainment and Challenge

Gameplay – Solid and flawless. Different ways to achieve objectives. Plenty of choices.

Graphics – Excellent and at par.

Performance – Excellent.

Entertainment – Gorgeous setting, and the bleak atmosphere make the whole experience very entertaining. Plenty of dark humor, poignant music, colorful characters. Most importantly, awesome kill animations.

Plot (if applicable) – Story is a bit cliched (even the surprise elements), but considering everything else, this point can be forgiven easily.

Replay value – Very high. Several gaming styles, like stealth, action, lethal, non-lethal, etc. Also different endings, different outcomes based on actions, the high and low chaos system where more you kill, chaotic the world becomes with more weepers, rats, and overall violence.

Immersion – Not very immersive.

Overall- Very solid and satisfying experience.

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Author: Rex Aurelius

Cogito ergo sum.

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