There is a reason for the incredibly similar screen shots shown in this post, and here it is: since Dishonored is still on sale for a little while longer and an absolutely amazing game, I thought that the next Steam sale post should be it. Dishonored manages to fuse stealth and action in a great way, and as you explore the game’s world you care more and more about it and its inhabitants. Despite loving the game, after loading it up I remembered why I had not finished it. My intense OCD has meant that the current mission needs to be done in stealth completely and this is proving an immense challenge on the particular level shown. Does this make it a bad game? No not at all. Trial and error is a term known very well by gamers, and Dishonored makes you utilize it massively.
So for the unknowing, what is it about? Dishonored is the first-person tale of one man, his magic and his many gadgets. Corvo is the man in question here, and he is out to clear his name since some nasty so and so framed him for murder of the Empress he was supposed to be protecting. Along his journey Corvo will meet various characters many of whom support The Resistance in the oppressed city of Dunwall. Besides a faulty government, the residents of Dunwall also have to deal with a plague growing exponentially which is killing and changing many. It is so easy to get heavily pulled into the story of Dishonored because of how damn interesting everything around you is. Not just in a narrative sense, but also a physical one too. The world of Dishonored is very much Steampunk, and so its weapons, people, buildings and everything else all have very distinct aesthetics which just call out to be explored.
Speaking of calling out to be explored, Dishonored greatly encourages exploration, with a huge arsenal of abilities and upgrades available to you as the story progresses. When Blink is learned early on in the game, Corvo gains the ability to teleport, initially to a relatively short distance but then this can be improved by collecting Runes. These are, in layman’s terms, pieces of Whale Bones. These become something of great importance and so they do not feel like a worthless collectible, but genuinely worth it considering their ability to change your powers.
Dishonored is very heavily focused on the player defining their own character, which is a factor most RPG fans will adore. This does not mean you can customize Corvo with fancy attire (not that you would see it), but the way in which the game evolves in terms of gameplay is all down to your decisions. Corvo is completely silent and so players will easily be able to project themselves onto him, meaning their playstyle, will be Corvos play style. It’s a nice system, and one I have come to love in many games, but Dishonored gets it right. Where some games may give you the option to do it your way, Dishonored says it and means it. For example; do you walk through the door guns blazing? Sneak through the alley up to the roof? Through a window? Or perhaps become a rat and enter that way? Dishonored has options that are as open as you want them to be, it just needs you to tell it how you want to play.
So in all, is Dishonored worth the incredibly low (current) asking price? Hell yes. Even if you are unsure, at the current price it’s an incredible deal, and one far too good to pass up. Just remember to think things through before you fail time and time again. Like me.
Dishonored will be available for $4.99 until 1pm EST on the 28th
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