Dishonored 2 is the anticipated sequel to Arkane Studio’s popular game from 2012. The second game follows the similar sneak or kill player choices as the first, but in the past four years the gaming industry has introduced better graphics engines and a wider variety of ways to play.
In this game, players have the choice to play as the previous game’s protagonist, Corvo Attano, or his daughter, Empress Emily Kaldwin.
The game begins with a tutorial in the form of the former assassin teaching his daughter how to fight in case she is in danger. Seeing how Corvo’s lover and Emily’s mother, former Empress Jessamine, died while under his watch, it’s understandable he would want his daughter safe.
The beginning of the game is set exactly 15 years after Jessamine’s death, and the story begins when it’s discovered that Jessamine apparently had a long-lost sister who is the rightful heir to the throne.
I chose to play as Emily, meaning that this review may differ from other players’, just because they may have chosen to play as Corvo.
Emily is thrown into Dunwall Tower, and Corvo is turned to stone. Emily escapes easily, leading players into their first “mission” to reach a boat down by Dunwall’s docks so she can be taken to the land of Serkonos, where most of the game takes place.
The previous game’s chaos rating carries over to the new game. If players kill too many guards or any civilians, their chaos level rises and can change the outcome of the game. If players decide to sneak and spare as many people as they can – which is possible, since the game is beatable without killing anyone – the chaos level remains low and keeps the outcome of the game peaceful.
The graphics in Dishonored 2 keep with the stylized, gritty look of the first game, but in a more realistic manner. Not everything has the sharp lines of the first game, and not everyone looks like a painting.
What’s a new game without glitches? Even though Dishonored isn’t as large as their other games, like Skyrim and Fallout, the glitches are numerous even in the first ten minutes of the game.
Guards turn in place for a good minute before finally following their path, dead enemies float in the air, and players have a three-in-ten chance of being able to pick up an enemy successfully. These barely hinder the game, however.
The game is an amazing follow-up, worth four years of waiting for. Emily was a cute child in the first game, but proves herself a protagonist that little girls can look up to in the second. It’s highly recommended to any fans of sneak games, or any first-person game. Or if players just like playing games.
Please play this game.
Dishonored 2 is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC for $60 from the PlayStation Store, Microsoft Store, Steam, and all major game retailers.