30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 2013
Great game style. I like the kinds of games that tastefully mix weapons and "supernatural" powers. So the game play is on par with Bioshock, Mass Effect, and Singularity. The GOTY version is worth the extra money, too. The DLC content is the equivalent of another game and it's very good. The powers in the game are interesting and you can exploit combinations to make for more interesting game play. Stopping time, teleporting behind someone, and killing them never got old! However, the power consumption was very expensive and I felt like this actually deincentivized their use. I know that the game makers probably wanted some means of bottlenecking power use so that the game wasn't too easy, but I felt like I did a lot of waiting in the game to let my mana recharge. I hope that, if they franchise this game, they make power use much less costly in the future.
The story is interesting but not the most mind-blowing or intricate one date. It's no Mass Effect 2 or Bioshock. Take the game for what it is. It's a Victorian-era sneak-and-kill game with steam punk and supernatural elements thrown in. That it makes it pretty exciting. The game and the DLC are also definitely worth multiple playthroughs.
22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 2013
Dishonored was hands down my favorite game of 2012, so it was a no-brainer to purchase the Game of the Year Edition with all of the downloadable add-ons that were released individually on Xbox Live. I originally posted a review for Dishonored last year but I felt the need to give a review on this release since there aren't many up on Amazon. Needless to say, if you're a Dishonored fan already or interested in this game for the first time, this is the version you want. For people who still own Dishonored, this version isn't compatible with your old save, however that's par for the course for Game of the Year Editions.
As for the game itself, this is the same game many people have come to know and love, but now it's just more of it. The stealth gameplay is still best in class, offering old school Thief style gameplay with tremendous art direction from the art director of Half-Life 2's City 17. Both stealth and combat feel fluid, allowing you to play without feeling like the controls are fighting against you, which is important in a game that relies so heavily on the controls during tense stealth segments. This game is totally doable and enjoyable as a stealth and action game, so I'd honestly recommend playing through at least twice.
Since I hinted at the art direction earlier, this game is simply stunning to look at. Not only is it beautiful, it's also very atmospheric. While it has an atmosphere all its own, I haven't been this immersed in a game world since Bioshock's Rapture, Half-Life 2's City 17, and the most recent, Bioshock Infinite's Columbia. It's not only a beautifully constructed game environment, but one that immerses you in it and makes you want to stay in it for as long as possible.
As for the add ons, they come on a separate disc, so no lousy download codes here. Kudos to developers/publishers that do this! The best reason to get this version of the game is for the add-on content, but you'll want it the most for The Knife of Dunwall and The Brigmore Witches, which are the two premiere pieces of content for the game. Both are story-driven and give you more of what any Dishonored fan wants out of Dishonored. The other content is what it is, but the two I just mentioned are the showstoppers.
I bought this again simply because I like to own all of the content on discs, because I never know what'll happen with digital content years down the road. This game is so good that it deserves to be on disc for preservation.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 24, 2013
I mainly play shooters; so bought Dishonored based on Amazon reviews. Was surprised to find out it was the best game I've played in the last couple years. Dishonored is on the par with the original Bioshock and Death Space. I've played it first as a shooter and latter in stealth mode. Finishing whole game or DLCs not being discovered and without kills is very challenging. The story is solid, action rewarding, and the whole game's decor is like a museum painting.
The GOTY edition includes 3 additional DLC missions. First DLC is "Dunwall City Trial" with ten achievements bringing 806 Gamers Points (GPs). The other two are played as Daud, the assassin that kills the empress in the original game. Those are "The Knife of Dunwall" which brings in 10 achievements worth 543 GP and "The Brigmore Witches" worth another 10 with 670 points. If you like shooters, give Dishonored a chance, you won't be disappointed.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on November 22, 2013
I bought this game not knowing much about it and I am glad I did! This is a game worth the money and its not too expensive while giving a hefty amount of gameplay. I recommend buying this product.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 2014
The game is fantastic. It has everything that makes an engaging and fun game that will keep you coming back time after time once the credits roll. For such a small amount of money, you get the original game, as well as all the other interesting downloadable content.
I could go on and on about praising this game, but I'll save you the trouble and just keep it short.
- The game has an interesting setting, and features a fantastic art style that is unique and makes locations as boring as city streets interesting and vividly stylish.
- The game encourages exploration, and rewards for it. The semi-linear levels have several ways to reach your main objective, encouraging personal thought, but it also has optional areas off the main path that are both thrilling and rewarding to explore. Just exploring each level adds hours of playtime, as you're rewarded with secret items, lore in the fictional city of Dunwall, or 'runes/bonecharms,' which are what allow you to improve your arsenal.
- The powers! You are a supernatural power blessed (or cursed, depending how you see it) by the 'Outsider' with powers that allow you to see through walls, teleport from place to place, summon a wind blast that throws your enemy away, and several other interesting ones that encourage fresh gameplay and experimentation as to what fits you best. My favorite was stopping time right as an enemy shot at me, possessing their body, positioning them in front of the bullet, then unfreeze time and watch their own bullet hit them.
- You can play slashing through everyone, or take the stealth route. The entire game can be completed without killing or being spotted by anyone, which I did do and it never felt tedious, minus a few frustrating clunky moments.
Fantastic games. Fans of games like Bioshock will definitely feel at home here. I've replayed the game twice and am on my third time, and have replayed both of the story-based DLC twice each as well.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2014
The main game in Dishonored is fun by itself, but if you include the DLC and the poster, you have the perfect Dunwall experience. Corvo is the perfect type of protagonist for this type of game, as he has no dialogue aside from the written patches during choice making sequences or entering the shop. Daud has the perfect blend of assassin mixed with redemption-seeking cult leader.
In the main game if you read every note you pick up, you learn the politics, economics, and the general society of Dunwall. The audiographs give you such a realistic interpretation of the events that transpired inside whatever room you're in at the time.
The powers can be lackluster at times, especially the Bend Time whenever you need to really get somewhere and that's the only option you can think of. The power only lasts at most around 15 seconds, maybe even less. As a challenge mechanic it's wonderful, but for practicality, it could use some work.
The combat mechanics are superb with the proper upgrades and reaction times. The sword fighting could be improved for a little more realism as could the actual fighting mechanics of the AI, but kudos to Arkane Studios for giving it their best bet.
All in all, the game is excellent for those who like stealth/RPG-lite games. Steampunk people will love it. The lore is very diverse and offers many paths to learning about the world. I highly recommend buying this game.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2014
Not only is dishonored a great game but buying the game of the year addition which includes all of the downloaded content makes it worth the price. I loved the main game because you can choose to either kill everyone or spare their lives, and it changes how the whole game turns out especially toward the end of the game. This also includes the story of Daud which is also interesting too not as good as the main story of course but good for extra content and gives you a fairly long amount of play time.
the flaws can be fairly minor like the main campaign was enjoyable just wish it was a little longer so i could enjoy the game a bit more. The graphics could have been a bit better because if they were it would make the executions in the game much more intense and cool but the game still does look nice just could have looked a little better.
As i said really good game for anyone that likes stealth or for someone that likes going in weapons blazing hell there's even achievements for doing an all stealth game in which case the feature of being able to save anytime during the game and anywhere in the game is most useful.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2014
I've played Dishonored when it first came out and then I've waited until this edition would come out to play again.
I've played two add-ons so far and they are really good. Not as long as the main story but still a well told story.
Think you can beat any shooting game going Rambo mode? Try doing this in Dishonored!
As your enemies see you, they may trigger an alarm and then it will rain enemies from everywhere.
- more than one way/path to accomplish one mission
- difficult mode can make the game really challenging
- playing the "same" story from two different perspectives is really fun
- AI does a pretty good job making most enemies smart
- graphics are not the very best you will find in other games
- add-ons could have more new powers/items/weapons
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 2, 2014
I picked this game up just the other day for a around $5 on Xbox Live (it's free next week with GwG August 16th, but I figured there's no reason not to support the devs). The bottom line: It's an excellent game, voice work is great, atmosphere is excellent (steam punk design is beautiful), game play is fluid and engrossing. Apparently some of the developers who worked on both Half Life 2 and Bioshock helped to make this, and it's very apparent in the world design and atmosphere. I'm enjoying quite a lot, more so than I expected, and I really can't imagine why I skipped out on this game the first time around. I would very highly recommend to anyone who likes steam punk or stealth games, there's a surprising amount of variety in how you deal with/maneuver each level which could lead to some replayability. Once in a while there's a small game glitch, the rare game freeze, and other small issues but so far nothing game-breaking. Oddly though, the game can only keep up with up to 5 unconscious bodies in a level; additional bodies simply disappear, but this hardly an issue. Over all, very fun!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2014
I was looking at a couple different games to possibly purchase and after watching IGN's (I believe) game review on YouTube I decided to purchase Dishonored over Far Cry 3 and Bio Shock.
When the game arrived I didn't think it'd be as much fun as…Far Cry 3 might of been, but I was completely wrong.
In the beginning of the game if you aren't careful and reading/seeing everything that is put out for you to read or to use, it can be a bit difficult to get use to. That aside, Bethesda definately provided on this game.
Fallout is great, I love Fallout, it's my favourite game, but the graphics in Dishonoured, are by far, superior in comparison, along with how much you're expected to do in the game. You start off as the guard for the, "royal," family, but are soon stripped of that title and thrown into prison, only to be broken out in the hopes of gaining your title back.
With the DLC's in the Game of the Year edition of Dishonored, you get two campaigns you can play through versus only one.
The first campaign you play as Corvo, the guard for the royal family whil the 2nd campaign has you playing as the antagonist of the main story line.
I would definitely recommend and have recommended this game to others; if you're having doubts about this being a fun play, don't. Buy it and try it.