Reviews by theSMOOF

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A dish best served cold

theSMOOF | Oct. 26, 2012 | Review of Dishonored (NA)

Dishonored runs with the tagline "Revenge Solves Everything". This is earned by throwing you headfirst in to the role of the wrongly accused hero. You are framed for murder and must eliminate your enemies to restore your honor.

I use the word eliminate, because for a game that puts you in the role of an assassin, you are never forced to spill one ounce of blood. The game lets you truly be in control and play how you want to play. If you want to assume the role of a bloodthirsty psycho warlock, you can be that person. If you'd rather be the Robin Hood guy sniping out the bad guys and saving the day, you can be that guy too. If you want to be a pacifist ghost that nobody every sees, it's going to be super hard, but you can be that guy as well. So many options give this game some real teeth.

Some will call this game short. I'm sure you could blaze through this at a moderate pace and finish it in well under 20 hours. I clocked in over 45 in the first few missions alone. This is a game that lets you decide how challenging it is, and what kind of reward you will get from it.

Overall: Compelling story with a fully realized world. Beautiful stylized art style and atmosphere. Exceptional sound design and attention to detail, great voice acting. Gameplay that works for the player instead of against them, giving you a true feeling of power and control. This game gets a near perfect score from me.