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Dishonored (2012) is an adventure game series set in the fictional, plague-ridden industrial city of Dunwall. You play Corvo Attano, bodyguard to the Empress of the Isles. But you are framed for her murder and forced to become an assassin.

Played in the first-person perspective, you take on a series of missions that can be completed in various ways: stealth, combat, or using powers to circumvent obstacles. You must explore each level well to discover the full range of options available. While many games allude to choice, Dishonored is unusual because you can complete all missions in a non-lethal manner. An example of a mission attempted in different ways can be seen in this Outside Xbox video.

Between missions, you can explore a central city area to find allies and new objectives. Here you find role-playing elements. You can upgrade powers and approach progression in different ways. The powers include "Dark Vision" to see through walls, "Blink" to teleport, "Possession" to take over another, "Devouring Swarm" to attack with rats, "Bend Time" to slow or stop time, "Wind Blast" to summon a gust of wind and "Shadow Kill" that turns dead enemies to ash. Each of these can be used in strategic ways and as they are acquired open up new routes to complete missions.

Your violent or non-violent actions are tracked by a "chaos" system that then changes the game world and narrative. You can win support from sympathetic characters in the game if you have not done a lot of killing. Or if you have chosen violent, you can complete missions more quickly and gain more resources.
  • Dishonored (2012) on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
  • Dishonored 2 (2016) on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • Dishonored: Death of the Outsider (2017) on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Dishonored 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 2 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Adventure game with Fighting, Narrative, Puzzle, Role-Play, Shooting, Simulation and Stealth elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 12 hours and 24 hours to complete. While you can beat the first Dishonored game in around 12 hours, to take your time and properly consider non-violent routes will take many more hours.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Dishonored Death of The Outsider is rated PEGI 18 due to depictions of gross violence towards humans, violence against multiple innocents and sexual expletives. This game contains frequent depictions of gross violence towards human characters, as the player you can kill enemies by decapitation, dismemberment or blowing them up, the vast majority of violence is paired with strong blood/gore. As the player, you can also kill innocent civilians around the city. There is also infrequent use of sexual expletives, variations of the word “f*ck” can be found throughout.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Mature Accompanied (MA 15+) for Strong Bloody Violence.

Skill Level

14+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content.

CostsCosts

Dishonored usually costs £7.99 to £79.99. 

Dishonored

Dishonored & Prey: The Arkane Collection

XBox Store Xbox One £79.99

Dishonored 2

Dishonored And Prey: The Arkane Collection

PlayStation Store PS4 £74.99

Dishonored Definitive Edition

Dishonored The Complete Collection

Dishonored: Death Of The Outsider

XBox Store Xbox One £24.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £24.99
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
 
Dishonored offers two substantial story expansions "Knife of Dunwall" and "Brigmore Witches". There is also the "City Trials" that offers a collection of challenges without story. Along with these are small paid upgrades. The Definitive Edition of the game includes one of these smaller "Void Walker Arsenal" packs. 
 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 09/10/2012, updated in 2017

Price: 75% off

Out Now: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Adventure (Fighting, Narrative, Puzzle, Role-Play, Shooting, Simulation and Stealth)

Accessibility: 22 features

Components: 3D First-Person

Developer: Arkane Studios (@ArkaneStudios)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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