The gaming industry is good at portraying many things. It should be, or otherwise, people wouldn’t really buy their products. But as it happens in pretty much any other industry, if you diversify a great lot you start losing your specialties. And this is how the video game industry started making bad games – the same companies diversified too much.
One of the game mechanics that is pretty difficult to get right, particularly when we’re talking about a first-person adventure, is stealth. While in third person you can pretty much see everything in an area around you, so it makes sense to be able to hide. But in first person things can get a bit complicated because of the way games are scripted.
Still, a few games get it right. The Thief trilogy, particularly the first two games in the series did a wonderful job of implementing the stealth mechanics, and the games are viewed to this day as the best stealth games ever made, as well as for their very complex and interesting storylines.
Others also did a pretty decent job and have earned their right to call themselves veritable stealth adventures, but few did it with as great a mix of compelling storytelling, satisfying gameplay, and complex characterization as Dishonored. Dishonored may very well be the stealth game of the decade.
And finally, almost a year after footage was seen during the 2015 E3 conference, Bethesda Softworks announces that Dishonored 2 will be launched on November 11. Since the original tentative release date was set for spring this year, people are really excited to finally get to play the much-awaited sequel to the epic game.
Here’s an excerpt from a press release, in which Bethesda talks about the many ways in which the game can be played:
Play your way in a world where mysticism and industry collide. Will you choose to play as Empress Emily Kaldwin or the royal protector, Corvo Attano? Will you make your way through the game unseen, make full use of its brutal combat system or use a blend of both?
How will you combine your character’s unique set of powers, weapons and gadgets to eliminate your enemies? The story responds to your choices, leading to intriguing outcomes as you play through each of the game’s hand-crafted missions.
One of the many interesting things about the game is that you can choose the character as whom you want to play. You can choose between the protagonist of the previous Dishonored game, Corvo Attano, or you can switch it up and play as the one Corvo is sworn to protect, the Empress Emily Kaldwin.
For more information on what the new installment in the Dishonored series will bring us, we’ll just have to wait until this year E3 conference and hope for the best – oh, and pay attention to Bethesda’s panels.
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