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POSTED 27/12/16


DISHONORED 2

Arkane Studios/Bethesda



Anniversaries often have a tendency to suck.

Exactly 15 years after the events of the first Dishonored (for which we blurted words onto internetty paper here better than we usually do), the daughter of assassinated Empress Jessamine Kaldwin, Emily, is doing royal duty, with her saviour, Royal Protector Corvo Attano, at her side. Conspiracies have been destroyed, as have rats, and all’s fine and decidedly dandy until some chick named Delilah shows up in a coach and gets her coup on, reckoning she should be parking her arse on the throne, as she’s the sister of Princess Melamine- umm, Empress Jessamine. Why, why, why?!

You have a choice. Play the game as Corvo or Emily, with Tom Jones’ power-sucking witchy ex turning the loser to stone. Hmm, so Jeff Lynne fancied her too, then?

Anyway, thus begins a quest to take back your throne – after a good steam (punk) cleaning, of course. An open world game akin to Assassin’s Creed meets Mirror’s Edge (as we said in that first review) follows, offering a choice between going stealthy, killing like a frenzied Dexter or a little of column A and a little of column B. All with an added mystical twist thanks to character-unique upgradable powers bestowed by one Oswald Cobblepot, doing cosplay as ‘The Outsider’. Hey, we’d pick that Gothamtastic voice anywhere!

Speaking of which, Dishonored 2 is another quite star-studded affair, boasting vocal exhortations from the likes of Rosario Dawson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Michael Madsen and the rather ace Sam Rockwell.

But all the star power in the world can’t make up for a shit game. With everything that was great about the first, plus various ways to traverse levels, added unique mechanics and plenty of replay value as once you finish as one character you’ll get a differing play-through with the other, Dishonored 2 thumbs its nose at anniversaries, for it most certainly doesn’t suck.

Unlike that crazy-long sentence.

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