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A great singleplayer game
on December 6, 2012
Dishonored puts you in the shoes of a supernatural assassin trying to reclaim his honor and right the wrongs dealt to him. Supernatural in the sense that you have special powers that enable you to perform otherwise impossible or difficult tasks. The story-driven campaign lasts about 7-9 hours, separated by episodic levels in which there is a main villain that you go after. The campaign can be lengthened significantly if you choose to do side quests, find runes/bone charms to supplement your powers, try to find alternate pathways to your goal, engage in lethal or non-lethal methods. There are not enough runes to fully max out your abilities so you can only specialize in a few. In this way, the game encourages strategizing and multiple playthroughs.
A previous reviewer states that the game "punishes you for killin zombies". Some of your powers include ways to kill enemies. Go ahead and kill a few zombies and some guards that are alerted to your presence. But kill a large number of people and you won't be an assassin, you'll be a mass murderer. If you want to be a mass murderer, the game will get more difficult in terms of more enemies and rats to kill, but that's exactly what you deserve for being one. Hint: Mass murderers don't deserve a happy ending.
Graphics in this game are beautiful in HD. Settings include ruined Victorian neighborhoods, ornate royal palaces, brightly colored brothels, and you will see the developers took time to put detail in every level. Colors range from bright and vibrant, to dark greys and blues at night. Faces could use more work but often they are hard to see or covered by masks for you to notice. Sound is hard to describe but are appropriate.
Overall, a fine product from Arkane Studios and publisher Bethesda Softworks. One final note: not one aspect of multiplayer available. But leave multiplayer to the multiplayer powerhouses like Halo or Call of Duty. This game is solely for the single player, but what an experience it is. If you are the slightest bit interested, try out a demo or a Let's Play video.