The art is excellent. The game is immersive. The mechanics are well thought out and work. The story is complex even if it is short.

BUT… *sigh*

I feel like I am talking about Bethesda’s other game that struck me exactly like this Rage. Rage wanted to be a First Person Shooter with an elaborate Fallout style look and feel and it was all that but it failed to be enticing on a game play level. Dishonored wants to be a new updated Thief but it some how misses the stealthy smart ass magic of the original by a mile despite doing so many things right.

I don’t know… Maybe it’s all the wonderful glorious toys and powers they give you to buy and upgrade. Two thirds of which are created for the sole purpose of killing people in creative ways and then they turn around and point their finger and make it exceedingly clear if you use any of those wonderful things they built into the game they will give you one of the “BAD” endings. It’s a simplistic morality system tacked onto a complex stealth game that is taking itself far too seriously.

So if you liked Deus Ex: Human Revolution or Assassins Creed II and are desperately looking for a new stealth game then yeah go for it. The manufactured adverse motivations slapped into this game to give it the old multiple endings replay value despite how frustrating and needless they felt to me… is meh. If a game is not a sandbox, so I can create my own story set at my own pace completed in my own way, then I want to have one great directed intense walk through. Not spend hours watching a game developer hedge their bets by throwing in everything but the kitchen sink just in case.

I myself am giving this one a Grade C and say straight out you might want to rent it first. It’s a grab bag that does a lot of things right but several major things wrong in my opinion. Sorry! Maybe some people will like it for it’s flaws and all you never know. I felt the same way about Kingdoms Of Amalur. Not terrible, just not great.

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"Dishonored" by TeddyPig was published on November 6th, 2012 and is listed in Grade C, Video Games.

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Comments on "Dishonored": 4 Comments

  1. Erastes wrote,

    I found it a bit hard to start with – because the AI seemed to spot me even if I was hidden – and there’s no mini-map (in fact, NO MAP AT ALL which is wtf-ery) but as I played on I’ve found that there are so many ways to do things – once I found I could morph into a rat and simply run between the legs of the guards there was no stopping me! And I’ve noticed that because I haven’t spoken to everyone there’s much i’ve missed, so i’m looking forward to playing it again.

    it has much that I liked in Infamous (still havent got around to Infamous 2) with elements from other games I like.

    But – I totally agree with you regarding the morality – it should be clear AT THE START that someone says “kill all you like but we can’t guarantee your immunity if you do” or something like that so you don’t rush off and start stabbing everyone in the head. I’ll need to reply without killing anyone which is going to be bloody difficult!

    I’d give it a B, I was a little disappointed – not least for the length, but I am enjoying it. Just broke off to play AC3… which still has to get going imho!!

  2. TeddyPig wrote,

    I am ignoring Assassins Creed 3. Like I did Assassin’s Creed: Revelations and Mass Effect 3 or whatever version they are at now.

    I loved Assassin’s Creed 2 because they fixed all the issues in the first game and did it right. Everything after has been them trying to fix stuff that was not broken and slather on more cutscenes to create even more filler that the player has to sit through. At this point it’s a study in excess that I can ignore without feeling I am missing anything…

    and if I do I simply replay Assassin’s Creed 2 and remember the good times.

  3. Erastes wrote,

    Completely agree – AC2 has def been the best of them all – Ezio was a wonderful character, I still find it hard to play the part with his family. *sniff* and then… collecting feathers makes me sad.

    I don’t understand why Connor in AC3 is such a blah – he’s had years under a master assassin (but annoyingly we didn’t see that part) and he joined him as a “ignorant” (from a “civilised” perspective) native american child and now he’s about 22 or something and he acts as if he’s educationally subnormal. When I think of the charisma that Ezio had…

  4. TeddyPig wrote,

    Jason and I have been playing Borderlands 2 over and over again. It’s not getting my game of the year this year but it came mighty dang close for a FPS which is a genre I hate.

    I think people might be surprised at what my final buyers guide list for the year will look like. It’s been more or less a recycle old titles year for most folks with all the HD collections that came out and very few big AAA games worth the prices they are asking for them.

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