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Dishonored 2

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Reprise your role as a supernatural assassin in Dishonored 2. Praised by PC Gamer as “brilliant”, IGN as “amazing” and “a super sequel, IGN as “amazing” and “a superb sequel”, declared a “masterpiece” by Eurogamer, and hailed “a must-play revenge tale among the best in its class” by Game Informer, Dishonored 2 is the follow up to Arkane Studio's first-person action blockbuster and winner of more than 100 'Game of the Year' awards, Dishonored. Play your way in a world where mysticism and industry collide. Will you choose to play as Empress Emily Kaldwin or the royal protector, Corvo Attano? Will you make your way through the game unseen, make full use of its brutal combat system, or use a blend of both? How will you combine your character's unique set of powers, weapons and gadgets to eliminate your enemies? Dishonored 2 is set 15 years after the Lord Regent has been vanquished and the dreaded Rat Plague has passed into history.
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

TLDR:
Dishonored 2 is a direct sequel to Dishonored but now you can choose to play as either Emily or Corvo. Both characters, if you choose to get supernatural powers, have different abilities available to them. The game's ending is dependent on how much 'chaos' your playstyle creates (aka how much you decide to kill). The mission maps are large sandboxes with different routes to get around and various hidden powerups lying around that you should look out for. The story isn't groundbreaking, but the overall gameplay is fantastic and makes Dishonored 2 highly replayable.
GENRE:
First-person stealth, action
GAMEPLAY:
You begin the game by choosing between playing as Emily or Corvo, the protagonist of Dishonored . Both characters have unique powers available to them so a playthrough with each should feel pretty different. You then choose whether or not you want to accept the ability to have powers; choosing not to would just make the game more challenging if you want it to be (and there is an achievement for completing the game w/o powers).
The game takes place over the duration of nine main missions with some small downtime in between them. During a mission, your main objective is usually to 'eliminate' a target which means you can kill them or you can find a non-lethal way to take them out.
*DISCLAIMER*
If you are aiming to get all achievements ahead of time, just be aware that there are two achievements for:
a) completing the game without being ever detected
b) completing the game without killing anyone (by any means)
Missions are littered with hostile NPC's ranging from guards and patrol dogs to supernatural creatures and witches. You can choose to stealth your away around maps, avoiding detection and taking out enemies non-lethally, or you can go balls out and kill everything you see. Your actions have a direct impact on the story ending; generally the more you kill the darker the ending will be, and the reverse is true if you decide not to kill as much as possible.
While exploring the map, you can encounter bonus objectives that see you help another NPC out in return for information or character bonuses in the form of money to spend at shops or power points to spend on your abilities. You can also find accessories called bonecharms that give you passive bonuses such as increasing the amount of mana you regen from a potion or increasing your speed during stealth mode. These accessories and other collectibles are 'missable' in the sense that once you leave the mission in a playthrough, you won't get a chance to return to that map without starting a new game, or by choosing to replay the map after mission completion. The mission completion screen will explicitly tell you what you found and what you missed.
GRAPHICS/PERFORMANCE:
REVIEWER'S PC SPECS

CPU
Ryzen 5 5600


GPU
ASUS TUF RX 6800 XT


RAM
16 GB 3200 Mhz CL 16

I managed to play Dishonored 2 with the above specs at 1440p resolution ultra settings usually around 100-120 FPS. I only encountered one game crash when I attempted to quickload very fast after loading in which was not unreasonable. My overall experience was very stable.
Graphically, the game looks and feels like Dishonored but improved overall. Dishonored 2 mostly takes place in a different city called Karnaca which is vastly more colorful and vibrant than the dreary tone of Dunwall. The lighting was particularly impressive as there was a definite contrast between dark, shady areas and brightly lit rooms. The series maintains the aesthetics of looking somewhat like a 3D painting which I enjoyed from the previous game.
STORY:
Dishonored 2 takes place 15 years after the events of Dishonored . Empress Emily and Royal Protector Corvo are honoring the anniversary of the queen's death when they are visited by a mysterious woman named Delilah who claims to be the true heir to the throne and proceeds to begin her coup d'état. You play as Emily or Corvo to fight back against Delilah and reclaim the throne as yours.
STRENGTHS:
•Stealth gameplay is pretty challenging, but fair. You are supplied with a generous toolkit containing sleep darts and blinding bolts for your crossbow, stun mines, and the old-fashioned method of choking people out from behind.
•There is also a large toolkit for the lethal approach: a mainhand sword, an offhand pistol, grenades, and spring razor traps.
•Emily's abilities offer fun tools for both a nonlethal and lethal approach. Domino lets you chain the minds of up to 4 people together so that anything that happens to one happens to all of them, and you can combine that with doppelganger to create a clone of Emily, domino it to a group of 3 people, choke out the clone, and knock all of the enemies down at once.
•I have yet to play with Corvo yet, but he basically has the same abilities from the previous game like Posession and Bend Time.
•Mission maps are sparse and full of opportunities to explore. You can take routes away from the main objective to discover unique NPC interactions, find locations of treasure to get more funding for character upgrades or tools at shops, or find secret accessories to give you important buffs for your playstyle. Personally, I normally took between 2 to 3 hours to complete each mission while attempting to fully explore every nook and cranny.
•The voice acting for all characters is pretty good; no complaints.
•There are various interesting puzzles that can be found; some require you to physically look around your surroundings for answers while others require decent logical deduction to complete without hints (I'm looking at you Jindosh door).
•Arkane deserves props for simply designing the clockwork mansion mission map.
•Without spoilers, Mission 8 is a wild mindf*ck but an amazing experience visually.
WEAKNESSES:
•I encountered some questionable bugs(?) during my non-lethal playthrough that existed to jeopardize players attempting to complete the game with no kills (e.g. a scripted event that can see 2 civilian NPC's get killed by guards if you interact with someone without dispatching of 2 guards later in the mission, or taking out a chain of dominoed enemies nonlethally, but the game recognizes it as lethal kills)
•It's a pretty stereotypical royal revenge story.
•Dog detection cones are wild. They can see/smell(?) you from miles away so they're just a hassle sometimes.
NUMERIC SCORE (if you care):
8.5/10
Dishonored 2 is a delightfully challenging stealth-action game that takes the original Dishonored and improves upon it overall. Having the choices to play as either Corvo or Emily, to choose to accept powers or not, and to be lethal or nonlethal in your actions allows for lots of replayability opportunities. I would definitely recommend this game.
Checkbox reviews are lazy copy & paste bullsh*t. ASCII art reviews tell you nothing. "Let's be honest, I only wrote this review for awards" is a waste of everyone's time. If you are interested in genuine & detailed game reviews, feel free to check out my others here (or don't, I don't tell you what to do).

Review from Steam

corvo: if i had a nickel for every time i was framed for murder, i'd have two nickels. which isn't a lot, but it's weird that it happened twice, right?

Review from Steam

Please make Dishonored 3......Please....please....please......

Review from Steam

I wish I could erase this game from my memory to play it all over again.

Review from Steam

Shall we gather for whisky and cigars tonight?

Review from Steam

You can smell True masterpiece in every corner of the game
Great Story
Lovely Art Style
Perfect Level Design
Unforgettable Atmosphere
Unbelievable Game Play
Played All 3 DISHONORED Games and enjoyed every moment of them
cant wait to see DISHONORED 3

Review from Steam

The best part of thsi game is when Emily goes "its Dishonorin' time" and Dishonors all the bad dudes. My jaw ddropped when she said this

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