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Dishonored 2 won’t be a dumbed down game

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One thing you can never call the first Dishonored game, is dumb. It was beautiful, deep and featured a style of play that allowed you to run around as a pinhead with magical knives or an operative in the dark who could make the most of the game mechanics and come up with unique ways to succeed. The first Dishonored was very much the spiritual child of games such as Deus Ex and System Shock.

Games where thinking got you further than just jumping into the fray and hoping for the best. And that’s a feeling that the sequel is looking to bring back. “I hope more people gravitate towards games like ours where you do have to think, you have to absorb the narrative, you have to understand the mechanics,” Creative Director Harvey Smith said to Game Informer .

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With that said, Dishonored is a game where if you want to approach it as an action game where you run from the beginning of the game to the end of the game, it’s a courtly entry where you have corrupt assassination targets and you take them down at the end of the day and you take back the throne. You can play it like that.

On the other hand, if you want to creep through the game and think about combining the mechanics in interesting ways and observing the world and absorbing all of the lore of the Empire of the Isles you can do that as well. If you want to play the game five times, you can play as Corvo or Emily, violently or stealthy. It really does lend itself to various levels of depth I guess I’m saying the same way some movies do.

You can go and watch the car chases and things like that, or you can get into the subtext of the characters and the history of cinema.

I liked the first Dishonored. It took me way too long to actually get my hands on a copy of it and play through, but it was worth it. A more cerebral affair, that had me thinking every move I made several steps in advance. And I also like to imagine that it had a big impact on the industry. That it showed that players are happy to not rely on instinct, and use a combination of brains and brawn to handle a situation. Something which Smith hopes that the genre will pay attention to with Dishonored 2.

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“In terms of changing the industry, I hope like Dark Souls, like Dishonored, like a lot of indie games I hope it shows people that you don’t have to dumb down your game,” Smith explained.

And further I hope that people who were afraid of putting a female protagonist in the lead for the sake of like giving lots of different people in society a representational avatar who they could kind of see as themselves, I hope it broadens the range like that.

I have a lot of hopes for this game.

Dishonored 2 drops in from the shadows later this year. Just get used to sand in the sequel. It’s bloody everywhere.

Last Updated: May 23, 2016

14 Comments

  1. Dishono(u)red is best played stealthily. It’s rather easy if you go the action route.

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    • Admiral Chief Protector

      May 23, 2016 at 12:07

      ^This

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    • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

      May 23, 2016 at 12:09

      That’s why I finished the first one stealth like the first time, the second time I had more rats following me than the Pied Piper

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    • Captain JJ bound

      May 23, 2016 at 12:25

      Yea. Absolutely.

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  2. Kromas GG

    May 23, 2016 at 12:08

    This was my spiritual successor to Thief.

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    • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

      May 23, 2016 at 12:09

      yes!

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    • Captain JJ bound

      May 23, 2016 at 12:26

      That new Thief. Oh lawd.

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      • Greylingad[He Charges!]

        May 23, 2016 at 12:31

        I think I’ve put in maybe ten minutes of gameplay, after which I just couldn’t be bothered… And I don’t know why…

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        • Captain JJ bound

          May 23, 2016 at 12:35

          I think a lot of it was maybe to do with the fact that a lot of the things you did felt forced.
          : Like you had no other choice but to hide in spot number 1, because that was literally the only option.

          At least that’s the impression I got.

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          • Greylingad[He Charges!]

            May 23, 2016 at 12:37

            Exactly! That and the fact that the game fails to pull you into anything really, I literally sat there going, “Ok, first bit of gameplay, run to there, ok, hide in that shadow, and I couldn’t be bothered any more…” exited and never opened it again…

          • Captain JJ bound

            May 23, 2016 at 12:38

            Yea man. Agreed.

  3. Captain JJ bound

    May 23, 2016 at 12:26

    First thing I thought of when I thought of a dumbed down game was Dead Space 3. RIP.

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  4. Blogvader

    May 23, 2016 at 12:39

    I’m more excited about this game than most. It’s going to be a blast!

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  5. Avithar

    May 26, 2016 at 15:32

    The first game was amazing. still love it

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