Dishonored was released October 8, 2012 by Bethesda. The game was developed by Arkane Studios. Dishonored is a first person action adventurer with RPG elements.
Dishonored is an immersive first-person action game that casts you as a supernatural assassin driven by revenge. With Dishonored’s flexible combat system, creatively eliminate your targets as you combine the supernatural abilities, weapons and unusual gadgets at your disposal.
Approach each assassination with your own style of play. Use shadow and sound to your advantage to make your way silently through levels unseen by foes, or attack enemies head-on as they respond to your aggression. The flexible combat system allows you to creatively combine your abilities, supernatural powers and gadgets as you make your way through the levels and dispatch your targets. Improvise and innovate to define your play style.
Enter an original world envisioned by Half Life 2 art director Viktor Antonov. Arkane and Bethesda bring you a steampunk city where industry and the supernatural collide, creating an atmosphere thick with intrigue. The world is yours to discover.
Pursue your enemies under the cover of darkness or ruthlessly attack them head on with weapons drawn. The outcome of each mission plays out based on the choices you make.
Dishonored is set in Dunwall, an industrial whaling city where strange steampunk- inspired technology and otherworldly forces coexist in the shadows. You are the once-trusted bodyguard of the beloved Empress.
Framed for her murder, you become an infamous assassin, known only by the disturbing mask that has become your calling card. In a time of uncertainty, when the city is besieged by plague and ruled by a corrupt government armed with industrial technologies, dark forces conspire to bestow upon you abilities beyond those of any common man but at what cost? The truth behind your betrayal is as murky as the waters surrounding the city, and the life you once had is gone forever.
The game borrows heavily from the original Thief series but in all the right areas. It has the stylized graphics of Rage and the sword-play of Dark Messiah of M&M.
The game is highly scripted which is common for many RPG oriented action games. The idea is to provide more story to the gameplay. The player may need to backtrack to be able to unlock doors or complete a task.
The sword is the primary weapon as the pistol and other weapons have limited ammo. As the player moves along more ammo is found but the sword continues to be the main weapon. Stealth does help while wandering around the town. This can allow a player to move around without the need to fight.
There is a lot of hunting around the game world, some climbing up and around to get into other areas. The level of mobility is fairly typical for actions games in 2012. When fighting several opponents, its helpful to use the bolts from the crossbow to kill one or 2 of them to reduce the damage done to the player.