Returning to an experience like Dishonored, especially after some time has passed, can be both hugely rewarding and a huge slap to my face. I originally had no plans to pick up the game upon original release and for that thought-crime I should be sorely punished.
In the very first post here I rushed in my top ten games from the last five years. I placed Dishonored in 9th spot but I now see that was a mistaken value to give the game. In retrospect, I’d rate it far higher than that. It could well be my favourite game since 2008 when I first played Bioshock on my sparkling new 360. Five years on and Dunwalls scope, variety and re-playability are totally in-tune with my own imagination. As game-worlds go I have concluded that Dunwall trumps all those other playgrounds with the choice it allows me in my approach and depth of connection. Gaming experiences that allow me to play stealth as an option, a game that rewards both full-bloodied attack or sneaking to find an advantage, will always win my heart. Sorry Columbia but you’re not even in the running.
Back to the diary then.
Took my time with the first level, A Captain of Industry. There’s an introduction of a new NPC, Billie Lurk, in a supporting role to Daud and his quest for redemption. I like how this takes us me away from the experience I had playing(the other side of coin) with Corvo. Some new abilities also for Daud plus a few that have been tweaked – Blink can be paused and redirected(although I am still to master this).
The size and choice of approach to this initial level match that of the original game. Once again I am encouraged to explore and try out new approaches because the design of the game is a dream that, as a gamer, I don’t want to wake up from.
Name of a whaling ship. Name of a Copperspoon.
It’s the first lead that Daud has to track down. I’m sure there are many more to come before this two-part DLC concludes. Daud learns very little early on but this level has a number of clues that fill in some of what he seeks. As I played out A Captain of Industry my suspicions rose with regards to Billie Lurk’s motives for helping. She may not yet be all she claims to be…there may be honour among thieves but where does that leave assassin’s?
Next up in this Dishonored game diary – Thalia
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