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This review is from: Dishonored (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
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 almost unstoppable plague and subsequent rat infestation. And the leadership itself is involved in a desperate internal power struggle and so willing to sacrifice any last remaining remnant of justice. Resources are short, punishment is quick and severe.
Visually the game takes on an 18th - 19th century feel and look, and the art style emphasizes the above further in an unique and appropriate way to Dishonoreds world. The city areas are predominantly degraded, grubby and dirty. Rats are everywhere, sometimes in large groups and can be a real threat that the player must take into account, either through plain avoidance or perhaps by indirectly using them to an advantage as they attack anyone dead or alive on sight.
Slap bang in the middle of this hell you'll occasional find examples of excess and opulence, often the surrounding locations of your targets, and amazingly sophisticated pieces of technology integrated throughout all the environments (usually for the purpose of oppressing the populace in some fashion) running on whale fat which is the worlds primary fuel source and utterly dependent upon it.
Along with so much in the rest of the game, the machines can also be manipulated to aid the player in various ways. But it's the combination of using everything together in multiple ways that makes these interactions feel so varied - this is when the action truly comes alive. You will end up doing a lot of experimenting just for the fun of it.
This is one of those rare games brimming with choice (real choice this time) atmosphere and depth.
As a lot of people have mentioned the gameplay does have a Bioshock feel to it. But as far as atmosphere goes for me it feels more like a 'Thief' title. Perhaps the perfect combination of Thief and Bioshock. Regardless, just as with the `Thief `universe there's a depth here so rarely felt in other games.
You can be heading to an objective, stealthily negotiating the rooftops and alleyways... and suddenly come across a story.
For example at one point I entered a open window only to discover several fly ridden corpses inside and a women's diary recounting how her family had all, one by one, succumbed to the plague. And that now, despite her best efforts and ultimate failure to save them, she herself was also dying. It's these little unscripted encounters, these little human stories and the direct result of them discovered before your own eyes that make the game world feel SO damn deep and interesting. You want to know what's down that alleyway or round that corner or where that rat hole leads etc.
Sometimes these moments will lead to other optional objectives with very real rewards and hidden secrets. But mostly they're just little snippets of information that further add to the depth of the world. I spent many hours just exploring the environments for these stories. Reading notes, reading books and eavesdropping on conversations. There's so much of it.
There's fun to be had here even if you don't care about any of that stuff. Being a super badass assassin is delightful fun regardless of whether you read a single note.
But if you are the kind of person that really gets an added kick out of a deep convincing world and enjoys that side of things - then this an absolute must buy for you. Very rarely do I enjoy a game to the point where I'm truly dragging my heels because I don't want it to end. I'm sure those games are rare for everyone whatever your taste. But for me at least, it's Dishonored that has that effect.
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Initial post: 22 Oct 2012 07:46:55 BDT
agree 99.9% . simply an amazing experience.
In reply to an earlier post on 5 May 2013 18:22:25 BDT
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jun 2014 21:59:37 BDT
Rusty Bogg says:
Phil you are such an old bore. Yawn.
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