Dishonored Review (PC, Xbox 360)


Fantasy Steampunk, Ahoy!

I have always loved the steampunk world.  A fantasy world that with very little effort on our part could actually exist.  With the exception of some of the fantastical creatures, of course.  I think most of us gamers would agree that all that brass and copper, those goggles, and all those cool guns and knives are just the world we would want to live in given the chance.  I would love to be some sort of sky pirate in a zeppelin that looks like a schooner.

Alas, that world doesn’t actually exist.  That doesn’t stop us from playing the fantasy though, does it?  Bethesda, the makers of pretty much every freaking game that is coming out here lately, has given us Dishonored.  Okay, that’s not entirely true.  It’s actually a game from Arkane Studios, but it has Bethesda written all over it in every detail of Dunwall.  A world of steampunk, assassins, corrupt politicians, and supernatural power.


You are Corvo Attano, the official bodyguard of the Empress of Dunwall, an industrial whaling city modeled after Victorian London.  You are framed for her murder and the kidnapping of her daughter, Emily.  So, pissed off, you escape from prison six months later with the help of the Outsider and his followers.  The Outsider also gives you several supernatural gifts later on in the game, which make your assassination missions that much more flavorful when the time comes to exact some revenge.

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  1. Nosgoth1979

    October 16, 2012 at 8:14 am

    That was a good thorough review. Overall it sounds like a great game, although I’m still not convinced enough to buy it. Mainly because past experiences (like Deus Ex: Human Revolution) have left me a bit skeptical of some games’ value, especially when I see a lower Longevity rating. So nowadays I follow some advice I got from one of my coworkers at DISH: I don’t buy a game until AFTER I’ve rented it and had a chance to thoroughly play it. It’s saved me a lot of money just in the past six months or so. So with that in mind, Dishonored is already in my Blockbuster @Home queue, so I’ll get to play it soon; it might not be as fast as if I ran to Gamestop and bought it, but that’s alright, I’m still working on Borderlands 2.

    • Don Haynes

      October 16, 2012 at 11:07 am

      I have to agree with you there. I usually rent games before I buy them too. I tend to play the game through, send it back to wherever I rent it, then add it to my collection later on when the price drops. The few exceptions have been games like Left 4 Dead, Bioshock, and Gears Of War. But like you, I’ve had too many experiences with bad games to just buy one outright without test driving it first.

  2. ocmodshop

    October 11, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    There's some weird control differences between the PC version and the Xbox 360 version. For 360, spells are left bumper and sword is right bumper (matches what's on the screen). It's reversed by default on the PC, so sword is left mouse, and spells is right mouse. Very confusing.

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