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Everything You Need to Know About Dishonored 2 & Why It’s The Game of the Year

Everything You Need to Know About Dishonored 2 & Why It’s The Game of the Year

It's been 4 years since the stealth action-adventure game Dishonored first wowed gamers & critics alike with its brilliant gameplay, rich story lines and bold characters.

Now, at long last, the highly anticipated sequel, Dishonored 2, has been released worldwide on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

So what's new, what can you expect, what's been improved and above all, will it be worth the wait?

For starters, Dishonored 2 is set 15 years after the Lord Regent has been vanquished from Dunwall and the dreaded Rat Plague has passed into history. Delilah, a mad witch armed with powerful black magic, has seized the throne from Empress Emily Kaldwin, leaving the fate of the Isles hanging in the balance.

Dishonored 2 sees you travel beyond the legendary streets of Dunwall to Karnaca – a once-dazzling coastal city that holds the key to restoring Emily to power. Special mention must go to the art direction here, because Karnaca looks nothing short of incredible. It's a truly immersive and complex environment that you'll enjoy spend hours exploring and navigating.

You're given the option of playing either as Emily Kaldwin or the original protagonist Corvo Attano. Both are powerful assassins with their own unique set of deadly weapons, unusual gadgets and incredible supernatural abilities. Kaldwin's secretive 'Shadow Walk', the handy 'Mesmerize' or the supremely satisfying 'Far Reach' add a whole new dimension of tension and fun to the game.

Along with new characters loaded up with new powers and a greater emphasis on multiple scenarios and outcomes for each mission, Dishonored 2 is a genuine upgrade from the original. The fluid storyline offers an increased level of flexibility, giving you the potential to experience a vastly different sequences to those of your friends. Your actions have consequences and the decisions you make will determine the outcome of each mission, and ultimately the game.

The utterly immersive first-person action from the original is taken to another level this time around. The narrative is instantly more engaging, highlighted by the fact your chosen character has the ability to speak and communicate with the world around them. The animations are noticeably smoother (thanks to the new Void Engine) whilst the character design is genuinely jaw-dropping at times.

But there's little point in having a game that looks good, if it's a nightmare to play or control.

Thankfully Dishonored 2’s brutal combat system remains flexible, fluid and easy to master after a few short battles. New enemies include the challenging Clockwork Soldier and swarms of Bloodflies, both of which are designed to test your fight or flight skills to the max. The new advanced enemy AI is noticeably improved here, making battles instantly more dynamic and far less predictable.

It's entirely down to you if you want to pursue your enemies unseen or ruthlessly attack head on with your weapons drawn. Go in guns blazing and leave a trail of devastation or find a more subtle way to eliminate your targets. Personally we love a mixture of the two, sometimes you have to throw caution to the wind - other times though it's the fastest way to an instant death.

The freedom of movement in Dishonored 2 combined with your assassin’s weaponry and supernatural abilities enable you to go about picking off enemies in some fiendishly enjoyable and creative ways. That being said, if you're patient and extremely stealthy - the game can be completed without being seen by anybody or killing anybody. although it's certainly a challenge!

All things considered, Dishonored 2 isn't just a worthy sequel to the original, it's a game that stands head and shoulders as one of the most enjoyable and riveting titles in the genre. The team at Bethesda have put a tremendous amount of work and detail into every aspect of the game and it shows in the final product.

Now there's certainly been some incredible games released in 2016, but as the year draws to a close, one title sits above them all. From the compelling storyline filled with larger than life characters, down to the expansive environments and flowing combat, it's a game that simply demands your attention.

That's why we're awarding Dishonored 2 as our Game of the Year.

Via Bethesda

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