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Dishonored is a great game with sandbox game-play within separate areas of the city. It's not open-world as such, but you'll still be spoilt for choice in how to approach your objectives. The game is set in the fictional city of Dunwall, which is a cross between the England of the Industrial Revolution, Bioshock's rapture, and a few elements all of its own. The steampunk, industrialised setting is really immersive and jarring details are kept to a minimum (only the walls of light and 'tallboys' stand out as being a bit too sci-fi in my opinion). You can battle your way to your objective quite quickly, but this means that you will have a shorter game experience, and the city you're trying to save will suffer as the plague spreads even faster due to the additional bodies in the streets, which in turn increases the number of plague rats. Alternatively, you can sneak your way in and the whole game can be completed non-lethally by the most skilled players, but this really does take some doing. Most players will tread a 'middle-ground', and take advantage of chance opportunities as they come along. Take time to explore before rushing to your objectives, the game-world is rich and deep, but the best paths and side-quests are off the beaten track. Graphically, Dishonored is very stylised. It isn't competing on pixel-counts, details or shaders with other AAA titles - but has a unique approach of its own. One review site mentioned this game as looking like a 'painting in motion' - this goes a little too far, but the visuals have a soft well-lit quality that is coupled with great art direction to quickly establish the feel of the game. Well worth buying, dive in and enjoy.Report this review
Dishonored is my favourite game of the year because whilst it is not a free-roam game, it offers almost the same amount of freedom as one and each objective has many ways to go about it, be it possessing a fish and swimming into a building or just fighting your way through the front door. Great game!Report this review
This game is great. The freedom you're given to complete the missions is certainly a welcome breath of fresh air. Do you go for stealth and try and not kill anyone or do you go on a rampage destroying everyone in sight, it's up to you but be prepared for the consequences if you pick the latter. Awesome graphics, a Victorian steam punk setting and mystical powers are what makes this game one of 2012's top releases.Report this review
There I was surfing the Internet, when I saw that Bethesda was releasing a new game. As a huge fun of Bethesda games, I had to buy it and I wasn't disappointed. This game can be played anyway you like and it's even better than Deus Ex. You can be stealthy and sneak past enemies or take them all down from afar. You can use gadgets to help you through, or you can just go all guns blazing with all your weapons and powers. If you choose not to kill people, it won't just give you a score on the ending screen, it will change the game. The game is about a rat plague that is killing an entire country, and the more deaths you cause, the more rats you'll encounter. More rats means more Walkers (people who are near death from the plague and will attack on sight) and will give much darker results and endings. The graphics are interesting and the atmosphere is dark and beautiful, matching perfectly to the game's story line. It has huge replay value because of all the different ways you can do each mission. For the gamers who are going for trophies or achievements they might seem difficult, but you can finish all of them in only about two playthroughs. I can't recommend this game highly enough and it's worth every pound.Report this review
One of the strengths of Dishonored is the ability to operate any way that you want. Do you want to sneak or go in with guns blazing? Take the paths less trodden or right through the front gate. Utilising the Unreal Engine, this game produces a supernatural sneak-fest that Thief fans will love.Report this review