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5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing
Dishonored is magnificent.

Dunwall is a world of plague, corruption, decay, superstition, distrust, magic, intolerance, survival and most of all it's oppressive. Yet conversely it's also a world of technological breakthrough and industry (think Thief 2 the Metal Age) that is well and truly now on the down slope. Society is gradually collapsing on the back of an...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhere in the middle
Dishonored is a first person shooting game created by Arkane Studios and published by Bethesda Game Studios.

Things I like about this game.

Graphically this game is beautiful, lighting and textures on the pc version make for pleasurable viewing.
The faces of the people in the game are also graphically very well done with a lot of detail and a...
Published 12 months ago by John Smith


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good game, 16 Oct 2013
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If you don`t mind steam then this is a good stealth game with lots of options to get to your goal and there are a few extra missions
which you can purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Theif revisited, 25 Sep 2013
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C. R. Gardner "Clives Cats" (England) - See all my reviews
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A great game with many options for progress. Has a 'Thief' feel about it but is much better. Very challenging to play by stealth only but great to blast everyone as well.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good if you liked hitman, 25 July 2013
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I expected this to be a bit like deus ex but the game play forces you into playing a lot sneekyer than that. there is not really an option to go guns blazing with helps with the boredom factor in games like this.
If you got on well with hitman then you should enjoy this game.

The graphics are outstanding assuming you have a high end system.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric and compelling with a strong sense of freedom., 28 Oct 2012
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A. Whitehead "Werthead" (Colchester, Essex United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Dishonored (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
The city of Dunwall and its surrounding territories are ruled by the Empress Kaldwin, a fair and strong ruler. When she is assassinated and her daughter Emily kidnapped, her bodyguard Corvo Attano is held responsible and imprisoned. After six months, a brutal new regime under the Lord Regent has been established and the city placed in a state of fear. When Corvo is rescued by loyalists to the old regime, he is given the tools to carry out a series of missions aimed at removing the Lord Regent, rescuing Princess Emily and restoring justice to Dunwall. But a virulent plague and uncertain loyalties amongst the various factions make Corvo's job a lot harder as he must decide to take the path of blood-soaked vengeance or striking surgically from the shadows.

Dishonored is a first-person action game developed by Arkane Studios, with several of the developers of the Thief, Deus Ex and Half-Life franchises working on it. It is a richly atmospheric game which, refreshingly, rewards you for avoiding violence, chaos and killing (though still allowing you to pursue that course if you really want to).

The game places you in the role of Corvo, a bodyguard-turned-secret agent. You have a variety of tools at your disposal to carry out missions, including magical powers (the ability to blink - teleport short distances - is essential) and equipment including crossbows with sleep darts to knock out foes. You can also knock out unsuspecting enemies with sneak attacks and, if really necessary, use firearms and swords for direct combat. You can also use your magical powers to possess other creatures (including human characters) for brief periods. Each mission is set in a substantial area of the city of Dunwall, with you able to scale buildings using your powers and hide in the shadows from unsuspecting guards, or try a frontal assault option and wade through rivers of blood on your way to your objective. However, using violence and killing people increases the amount of chaos present in the city, which affects the number of guards (and rats) on later levels, and their alertness.

Dishonored's biggest success is its setting, with Dunwall being a grimy industrial city with a tech level more like Victorian England than a traditional high fantasy location. There are echoes of steampunk and China Mieville's world of Bas-Lag in the setting, which is a fascinating place to explore. There are also numerous books, posters, notes and audio logs dotted around the city which unveil its history in some depth and add to a feeling of immersion in the game. The depiction of grimy tenement blocks, rich manor houses and immense official structures (such as prisons, fortresses and fortified lighthouses) is remarkable, giving the game a tremendous sense of place. These settings also reward exploration, with Corvo often able to find bonus items and cash by thoroughly exploring every area rather than blitzing straight through.

The game's freedom has been its main talking point, with players having multiple paths to victory. This is true to a large degree, although there are still only a finite number of ways to proceed. The game is open enough to allow for two or three playthroughs using different styles (to unlock the several different endings), although arguably the game's freedom is not sufficient to justify more than that. With no multiplayer, the game's long-term replayability may be in doubt, though the (often difficult-to-achieve) achievements do help with that issue.

The writing and the characterisation in the game is fairly solid, and there's much amusement to be gained by eavesdropping on conversations from the shadows or spying through keyholes (sometimes learning something valuable that opens up new ideas and objectives). The game gives out an achievement for 'ghosting', which is not only getting through the game without killing anyone but getting through the game without anyone being aware you were even present. Achieving this is highly satisfying. The game also allows you to complete it without ever having to kill anyone, even assassination targets, which is an improvement over the recent Deus Ex: Human Revolution, which was impossible to complete without killing at least three mid-game bosses.

The game is well-paced, with missions taking anything up to three hours apiece to carry out if you are thoughtful and methodical. There have been complaints by some players about the game being too short, although to complete the game in much less than eight hours or so is only possible if you take the frontal assault option, which seems to be missing some of the point of the game. For my first playthrough I took a non-lethal course, methodically exploring each mission to start with and then picking up the pace in the later missions (where there is a much greater sense of urgency to events). This led me to completing the game in just under twelve hours, a very satisfactory amount of game for my money (and also leaving several other endings and playstyles available to be explored).

Dishonored (****) is an intelligent and atmospheric game which gives the player a lot of freedom in how they choose to approach it and what they want to get out of the game. Surveying a target from a rooftop, coming up with a plan to get in without being seen and executing that plan successfully is great fun; when the plan goes awry and having to come up with a new idea on the fly even moreso. The game does falter a little towards the end, with a sequence set in a flooded part of the city going on a bit too long and the player being railroaded into the nearest thing the game has to a boss fight, but overall this is a rich and compelling game experience.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy going game that holds no surprises, 1 Feb 2013
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F. M. Havicon (Brighton, East Sussex United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Dishonored (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
After the fashion of Half Life, this game has you creeping around looking for things, shooting things, collecting things, climbing things, ducking under things, etc, though the range of weapons are somewhat different and the setting is some kind of "alternate past" universe. Pretty much everything you have to do is displayed on-screen, every objective has a distance pointer, and and special action lights up when you get close to an object. So very much one of those games you can work through in your sleep. The storyline is extremely linear and broken into short episodes at the end of which you get a score-sheet to tell you how well you did. Not much like real life, but a format that suits console users better than pc users, who by tradition prefer slightly more cerebral games to play.

A game based on one the popular action/role/shooter game engines so pretty much stamped out from a mould, with its own graphic set to differentiate it from others. At times it seems like just another generic game as you play it, with very very few of those little quirks that make certain games classics. The graphics are pleasing and the control of movement and fighting is nicely smooth, except when you have several foes all at once and it just becomes a slash-a-thon.

I'm unsure why it picked up such rave reviews in the gaming press and became one of those games everyone was talking about for a short time. Pretty ordinary from where I'm sitting, but pleasant enough to while away a few hours when you've nothing else to do.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 22 Oct 2012
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"Revenge solves everything",so goes the tagline for what is surely a contender for Game of the year.Yet had this been a Call of duty game or one of its many clones,"Revenge" would probably have consisted of a series of scripted events where you are "guided" down a linear path before blowing your target to bits with a rocket launcher during yet another ridiculous set-piece.But not in Dishonored.

This is the great strength of Dishonored and one of the many reasons it stands out like a sore thumb next to 90% of First-person action games.While the story is almost entirely linear,each level is a virtual sandbox that has obviously been crafted with alot of care and attention by the developers,and one in which the player is let loose to decide for themselves how best to complete their objective.Sure it can simply be played as a straight FPS,but then you definitely wouldn't be playing to the game's many strengths.The level design and the powers you gain as you progress through the game demand experimentation and the ability to think outside the box.

This is where most of the enjoyment is derived as you patiently scan the level from a suitable vantage-point, marking out enemy patrols and places of particular interest,(that while not important to the main quest look like they may be worth a visit),and all the while deciding how best to approach your target from the multiple-routes afforded to you by the superb level design and the special abilities granted to you by the mysterious "outsider".Granted with the repeated success of the aforementioned COD games,the ability to think for yourself and to use your imagination while playing might not be a particular strong suit amongst many gamers today.(I say this not as a dig but from experience,there were times when playing Dishonored that I couldn't believe some of the areas and structures in the game were reachable having been "trained" by so many games before ,with their linear and heavily restricted level-design, that such in-game feats were unthinkable).

From a visual standpoint Dishonored is a gorgeous looking game.The developers have used a water-colour design in-game and have given many NPCs particularly exaggerated features and unproportioned limbs, and this gives Dishonored a distinctly unique look and a slightly sinister feel which is yet another reason the game stands out from the crowd.

No game is without its faults and Dishonored is no exception.The A.I is inconsistent and sometimes frustrating for the wrong reasons.The story is pretty unremarkable and parts of it feel somewhat under-developed,and while it uses some highly-respected voice talent I never thought the voice acting was particularly brilliant.
Also the graphics aren't particularly impressive from a technical stand-point and this may disappoint some of those with powerful PCs who are looking for a graphical benchmark,but this is a minor fault and one I don't particularly care about personally.

Yet despite these faults,make no mistake,Dishonored is one of the most important games to come out this year.If it achieves commercial success it will show the industry that a First-person shooter/action game can be made and become successful without the baggage and restrictions that usually come with the genre as standard.There is no pointlessly tacked-on multiplayer mode to divert attention and resources away from the main story,neither is their an open-world design to artificially lengthen the game,and thankfully almost zero instances of the game holding the player by the hand from one set-piece to the next.(A practice beloved by so many modern games sadly).No Dishonored feels entirely focused and almost single-minded in its pursuit of giving the player a single-player experience with choices and freedoms which are sadly absent from so many bloated big-budget blockbusters nowadays,and for that the developers of this extraordinary game should be commended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Swords and Sorcery, 18 Oct 2012
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Dunwall is an island nation that relies heavily on whale oil, a volatile liquid harvested from the giants of the sea. But a plague has struck the people, rats roam the streets in packs and weepers spread their disease.

In a time when sequels seem to dominate the gaming world, and yearly releases are the rule rather than the exception, an original IP game is something of a breath of fresh air.

Dishonored takes the concept of an open world game and takes it to the next level. For the first time I feel like I truly have control over how I play. Don't want to kill guards, they're just doing their job? Fine. Angry at the events that unfold in the opening cutscene and want to kill everyone you see? Fine.

There is choice on every level of this game. Have to pass a wall of light (a barrier than incinerates anyone apart from a guard who passes through)? You can go over it, power it down, rewire it so it kills guards, possess a rat and bypass it through a tunnel, find an alternate route to where you want to go or even just freeze time and walk right through.

This continues into the missions, every mission has a non-lethal option, and many ways to complete each objective. In an early mission you have the choice of swapping a poisoned glass around so that it kills the would-be poisoner rather than his target, or you can spill the glasses so none are poisoned or combine them so both are. Each option results in a very different outcome and which one you make can affect the rest of the game.

This is true for the rest of the game, how you play affects what happens. Kill lots of people and the guard presence is increased, and you see more and more "weepers" (plague infected people) walking the streets.

I am highly impressed with the game, and I think it could sneak Game of the Year out from under the noses of games like Halo 4, Assassin's Creed 3 and Black Ops 2.

5/5
-DannySpud
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5.0 out of 5 stars Theif + Bioshock Infinite = Dishonoured, 3 July 2014
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One of the tricks the game plays is encouraging you to use stealth, there's a reason for this, if you just blast through killing everything it's very short. Which is a pity because there are many, many inventive ways of killing people. The graphics are nice, kind of being in a detailed watercolour painting, the characters engaging and the plot isn't bed either. Gameplay is challenging, especially the in the first playthrough and the game mechanics work well and are easily picked up. Highly recommended, especially for fps stealth fans.
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1.0 out of 5 stars registration, 29 Jun 2014
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Advertised as previously used but I am unable to use it as the registration key had been used, how dare you allow things like this to be sold i have paid for nothing I have complained and still I have heard nothing about recompense or even a sorry...disgraceful
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 21 May 2014
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Once you get familiar with what keys you need to press the game had me hooked from the start. Brilliant graphics couple with a story line that can be affected by the choices you make along the way.
I was apprehensive about signing up with Steam to play this game after reading several negative reviews but I have encountered no problems.
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