Dishonored is a first person action stealth roleplaying game developed by Arkane studios and published by Bethesda softworks. The game was released for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Microsoft Windows in October 2012. Dishonored is powered by a heavily modified version of the Unreal 3 game engine. The video game has received mostly positive reviews for major video game review sites. Dishonored is similar to most stealth assassination games except for several notable differences such the wide variety of magical spells you can cast to help you complete your objective. The video game is set in a city called Dunwall which has been designed to resemble London during late 1800s to early 1900s.
The gameplay of Dishonored is truly unique. Each level is thoroughly designed to provide the player with several different routes to reach the objective. The game world will also change depending on how you behave in each level. For example, if you ruthlessly slice your way through each level without covering your tracks and staying hidden the game world will progressively get darker and there will be additional enemies in the next level.
As you progress through the game you will be able to earn different spells and abilities. The most basic spell is called Blink and it allows you to teleport a short distance. You use two hands in Dishonored; one hand is for your sword to perform melee attacks and the other hand is for spells and other weapons. Of course, spells will consume magic points which you can restore by using a potion. You control your sword with the left mouse button and you control your other hand with the right mouse button.
The gameplay is fairly simple and allows players to combine different spells and actions to perform creative kills or simply run away from enemies. You can also gain valuable information about each mission by listening to NPCs. There will always be a way to complete each mission without killing anyone – even your target.
You will encounter several different enemies throughout the game as well. The city of Dunwall is being tormented by a plague which causes people to lash out in violent fits. You will find people who are infected by the plague in darker areas of the map and they will attack you on sight. People who are infected with the plague are known as Weepers. You will also find Runes and Bone Charms scattered throughout each level which you can use to unlock certain abilities or upgrade spells. At the end of each level when you return to your base you can use the money you earned to buy new equipment and perks.
Dishonored is powered by the Unreal 3 game engine. Of course, the game engine has been heavily modified for direct x 11 capabilities such as light tessellation. As you can see in the screenshot above the graphics are quite pleasant. You also do not need a high end computer to run the game on highest settings. If you can play Unreal Tournament 3 on your computer without problems then you can play Dishonored because they both use the same game engine. The graphics are very nice and the game runs smoothly on most medium end computers. If you do experience some lag you can change the level of detail in the game’s video options menu. You will need at least 2GBS of RAM if you want to run the game on medium settings without experiencing any lag. You will also need a graphics card with at least 512MB of VRAM.
The plot of Dishonored is much like most stealth-assassination games. You are assigned a target and you must eliminate the target however you wish. There will always be more than one way to eliminate your target in each mission. The plot starts off as a typical revenge assassination game but there is an interesting twist near the end which will keep players captivated until they finish the game.
The story begins with the assassination of the empress by the assassin Daud. You are framed for the murder because Daud uses a spell to disappear from the crime scene. You are then imprisoned and sentenced to death only to find a mysterious note and the key to your cell. You are then ordered to assassinate different key people who played a role in the Empress’s assassination working your way up to the assassin Daud. The plot is not very cinematic but it is quite interesting never the less and it will keep you glued to your chair playing the game to find out what will happen next.
The Final Score:
If you enjoy playing stealth games you will undoubtedly love Dishonored. The developers of Dishonored managed to combine almost every aspect of modern day video games into one jaw dropping video game. The graphics are impressive and the gameplay is spectacular. The story line could have been better but the twist at the end made it worth it. Each level is unique and full of captivating visuals. Dishonored is truly an impressive game and you should add it to your video game collection of you haven’t already. Even once you complete the game you will want to replay certain levels and you will almost always find something new in each level no matter how many times you play it.