Friday, 18 September 2015

Dishonoured: Collector's Edition: PS4 Review

Dishonoured: Collector's Edition: PS4 Review

Released by Bethesda Studios
Platform: PS4

With a new Dishonoured announced at E3 this year and due for release next year, it's perhaps no surprise that a definitive edition of one of the best stealth games would get unleashed.

So by unleashing it on to the next generation consoles, Bethesda and Arkane have not really strayed from the formula of the 2012 original, but have improved the game graphically and giving it a spit and polish to make it worth your time.

For those not familiar with Dishonoured, you get to take control of Corvo, who lives in the district of Dunwall, and is a disgraced former royal bodyguard, who's accused of the murder of the Empress and banged up in jail.

That's when you join the action, trapped behind bars and facing the chop unless you can escape.

But using a combination of stealthy, swarthy hiding in the shadows and killing/ knocking out where necessary, Corvo can escape the jails and start to try and find those responsible for killing the Empress and making off with her daughter.

Pulling together the main game and all of its DLC, Dunwall City Trials, The Knife of Dunwall, The Brigmore Witches and Void Walker’s Arsenal, the Definitive Edition is nothing short of a worthwhile package. 

But it's the gameplay that makes this still worthwhile.

Dishonored remains a thrilling one player game; one which is deeply engrossing and totally addictive.

As the game pans out and the scope of it starts to expand, you realise there are different ways to complete each part of what's ahead - as an assassin, you can kill, maim or silently take down your enemies in a lethal - or non-lethal way. Levels are about discovering more of the conspiracy and taking out those who are behind it - as well as discovering, thieving and finding runes to boost your supernatural powers.

But here's the thing with Dishonored - as with InFamous before it - your choices have consequences; every action has an influence down the track and if you decide to go the good route, you'll find a different ending; but an evil route, where you slaughter everything around you, will present you with an alternative outcome. That's the smart move of the developers of this title - you have to be true to what you want to achieve - and it means that you can replay the title as well, encouraging repeat gaming is always the sign of a wise developer.

With its spit and polish and its dedication to bringing the best it can to the next gen console, you can't afford to be without this adventure game; it has depth that you don't expect and is an engrossing adventurer that will more than amply kill the time until the release of the new Dishonored next year.

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