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5.0 out of 5 stars A Lovely Game - Give It A Try!, October 10, 2012
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This review is from: Dishonored Greatest Hits - Playstation 3 (Video Game)
Avenge your Empress!

You take on the role of Corvo, the Empress' bodyguard. Shortly after returning to the capitol city of Dunwall, the Empress is assassinated and Corvo is framed for the crime.

I've played the first three (instruction) levels. Set in an alternate reality, Dishonored features an environment seemingly plucked out of the industrial revolution; Dunwall is populated with technology, magic, and the Plague.

Dishonored is a first person perspective stealth game with minor elements of role playing games (RPGs). One of the best aspects of this game is that you are not required to take lethal actions!

First Person Elements:

1. Lethal
a. Swordplay and Crossbow/Pistol:
You may carve or shoot your opponents as fast as you can swing the sword or shoot your crossbow/pistol. There is a counter-fighting system in place: if you time your sword block correctly, you put your opponent into a stun status. A stunned opponent can be finished with a single, lethal strike!

2. Non-Lethal
a. Take downs:
from behind, you may use a rear naked choke hold to knock someone out.

b. Pickpocketing:
from behind, you may pick items (coin pouches, keys, etc.) from non-player characters (NPCs).

3. Non-combat:
a. Magic:
these are support abilities that give you advantages over the environment (e.g. Blink - a short range, line of sight teleport) or an opponent (e.g. Darkvision - allows you to see opponents through walls and where opponents are looking).

RPG Elements:

a. Upgrading your equipment (mask, crossbow, pistol, etc.)

b. Upgrading your magical abilities (blink, dark vision, vitality, etc.)

Items you can pick up or interact with are generally highlit in some fashion, either in white or yellow. You can save at almost any time, and the game autosaves at certain key points. Dishonored gives metrics on your activities: how often you're seen or leave evidence of your actions, how many people you've killed, how many coins you've collected, etc.

The gameplay mechanics are smooth and easy to grasp. When new abilities are introduced, the game pauses and the player is presented with illustrations and written instructions on how to utilize a new ability. The instructions are available for review from the pause menu. There are some scenarios where you can do many things at once. For example, you can sneak up behind 2 guards, pick the 1st guard's pocket, choke him out, catch his body, then stow the unconscious guard in a dark corner, all while the 2nd guard is warming his hands over a barrel fire! From there, you can choke the 2nd guard out or sneak past him.

Sight and sound are important in the game: as long as your body is completely behind an object, you can lean your head out and the enemy will not see you. Moving while in stealth mode renders you completely silent, but you move slowly. You can throw certain objects to distract enemies or you can wait for the right moment to ambush an enemy. The "Death from Above" move allows you to fall down onto an opponent; if you press your sword attack button right before impact, you will instantly kill your target and take no damage from your fall. Once you gain magical abilities, powers like Blink will open up more opportunities to handle a situation.

Dishonored is a game with interesting mechanics and beautiful art assets. There are multiple ways to achieve your goals, but you must be patient. This is definitely NOT a game you want to rush through and try to take on multiple opponents at once: you can easily be overcome by multiple opponents attacking simultaneously.

New players will be able to learn to play this game easily. The pace is slower, as this is a game of patience and planning. This is a straight up revenge story, but how you execute that revenge is up to you. I recommend this game!
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Initial post: Oct 10, 2012 11:56:09 PM PDT
birdman1041 says:
No offense intended, as I am dying to play this game...but how can you give it 5 stars or review it at all when you've only played three levels?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 11, 2012 1:36:26 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 11, 2012 1:38:08 AM PDT
P. Taegel says:
I would say pretty easily.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 11, 2012 7:24:10 AM PDT
Gilgamesh010 says:
Hello Birdman1041! No offense taken. ^_^

I expect a game to be a solid experience from start to finish. I should be able to play a scenario at any point in the game and that scenario should be representative of the entire game experience. Rather than rely on a single scenario in Dishonored, I played 3 scenarios and I found them all to be consistent. The game delivered on what they advertised and may surprise the audience when they discover the other things that were not advertised.

Since the initial review, I have completed the first major plot point and the accompanying side quests. Of the magical abilities, I've found Dark Vision and Blink (maximum upgrade) to be the most useful to my needs. Dishonored is definitely a 5 star!
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