Dishonored, a steampunk fable to rival BioShock, is a macabre masterclass in open world gaming; eschewing the on-rails blockbuster thrills of Call of Duty (a guilty pleasure); favouring shadowy, supernatural, stealth and imagination!
Not for the squeamish. You play Corvo Attano, a bodyguard, who is framed for the death of Dunwall City's Empress. She must be avenged and her kidnapped daughter rescued.
Your decisions directly influence the narrative outcome in this first-person action adventure: do you sneak past enemies or kill everyone in the room and befall a plague of rats upon the city? The dark side is quicker, easier, more seductive...
Arkane has assembled a stellar cast of actors that includes Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon, Carrie Fisher from the original Star Wars trilogy, Brad Dourif and, if I'm not mistaken, Game of Thrones' Lena Headey.
Dishonored is a love-letter to hardcore gamers seeking cerebral and visceral thrills, and should be discovered on your own terms. It would be remiss of me to say much more!
Arkane may have published the game of the year! A game in which, ironically for a bloodthirsty genre, no one has to die, but where's the fun in that, eh?