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Dishonored
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Developer Arkane Studios
Publisher Bethesda Softworks
Release date United States, October 9th, 2012
Australia/Japan, October 11th, 2012
Europe, October 12th, 2012
Genre Action Adventure, Stealth
Platforms Microsoft Windows (PC)
PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
Game modes Single-player
Ratings CERO: Z
ESRB: M (Mature)
PEGI: 18+
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This article is about the video game, Dishonored. You may be looking for the mission, Dishonored.

Dishonored is a first-person stealth action video game, developed by Arkane Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. It was released from October 9 to October 12, 2012 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Harvey Smith, known for his involvement in the Deus Ex franchise, and Raphael Colantonio, the founder of Arkane Studios and contributor to such games as Arx Fatalis and Dark Messiah of Might and Magic, are the lead creative designers for Dishonored.

Development

Art Design

Viktor Antonov, the game's visual design director, is best known for his work in Half-Life 2, designing much of the architecture and technology present in City 17. Antonov has noted that he wanted Dunwall, the main setting of Dishonored, to possess a Lovecraftian feel, and drew some inspiration from Half-Life 2 at the request of the production team.

According to Antonov, Dishonored derives inspiration for its art style from books and artwork, as opposed to video games and films--this emerges in the game's stylized, painting-like design. The game's overall design was influenced by the now defunct Looking Glass Studios, the company where many of the game's developers (including Smith) began their careers.

Story

Set in the plague-ravaged city of Dunwall, Dishonored follows the story of Corvo Attano, the last bodyguard to the Empress, Jessamine Kaldwin. Corvo is falsely implicated in his charge's death by Hiram Burrows, her usurper and Lord Regent, and is imprisoned for her murder. Driven by revenge, he escapes from his confinement six months later with the help of a shadowy group of loyalists, and becomes an infamous assassin as he strives to avenge his, and the Empress', fate.

Dishonored features multiple endings, which are dependent on Corvo's actions throughout the course of the game.

Missions

Gameplay

Main article: Natural Abilities
Main article: Supernatural Abilities

The focus of Dishonored is on affecting the world and the narrative primarily through Corvo's actions, instead of his words.

Corvo will go into battle with an extensive variety of weapons at his disposal, as well as supernatural abilities. Assassination kills fill up an adrenaline gauge, and once it is full, players can increase his combat prowess.

Each of the world's environments has been created with verticality in mind, enabling the player to experience the entirety of a level, from its sewer systems and waterways to its rooftops. Players can use Corvo's free-running expertise to scale buildings, slide under obstacles and sprint across platforms, with certain supernatural abilities further augmenting Corvo's movement.

Many areas are open to exploration; hidden rewards and experiences await for more adventurous players to find.

Chaos

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A demonstration of the city life in high chaos.

Dishonored features a chaos system that tracks the game's world-state. The more disruptive Corvo's actions, the more chaotic the world becomes.

Some actions are less chaotic, such as killing a guard and hiding his body in a dumpster, whereas raising an alarm or killing a civilian in broad daylight will provoke a greater response. The opposite is also true, and there are side-missions which, if executed properly, will lower existing chaos.

Changes in chaos level may result in subtle in-game changes (such as altered rat populations or slight differences in dialogue) or more noticeable consequences, such as more guards appearing on patrols or characters changing the way their interact with Corvo depending on what they think of his actions.

When the chaos level is too high, bedlam ensues: NPCs begin to attack each other, rats swarm the area, and the world through which Corvo moves becomes an altogether nightmarish place.

How "chaotically" a player decides to play the game is entirely up to them. Players can be extremely disruptive, creating death and destruction wherever they go, or they can take a subtle approach, even completing the entire game without killing anyone. The developers emphasize that the chaos system is not a morality meter, but a stability meter. It is meant to highlight the plight of Dunwall: its people are no longer concerned with right and wrong, but merely with holding on to the little certainty that still exists.

Artificial intelligence

Raphael Colantonio has described Dishonored's artificial intelligence as "analog AI," meaning that the AI personality is structured along a spectrum, instead of on/off states, and a number of characteristics are modified on the fly. For example, two guards talking to each other have narrower "vision cones" and duller hearing than their patrolling counterparts, and are therefore less likely to notice Corvo than those on patrol. Light, mental state, ambient noise and other elements all affect how the AI reacts.

World

Map
A cartographer's map of the world of Dishonored.

The world of Dishonored consists almost entirely of water, aside from the Isles, a group of islands in the northwest region of the world. There is also the Pandyssian Continent, a giant land mass to the southeast of the Isles.

Corvo's tale takes place in Dunwall, the capital city of Gristol. The central hub to which he continually returns between missions is known as the Hound Pits Pub, a drinking establishment in a quarantined district.

Harvey Smith describes Dishonored's aesthetic as "retro-future-industrial", combing influences from 17th century England, modern Orwellian dystopia, and anachronistic technology. This presents itself as spindled armatures, walls of light, and buggy-like vehicles.

The environment is intended to be, simultaneously, a storied backdrop and an interactive canvas, and not just a blank stage on which the action takes place. Stately monuments dot the city, while graffiti splashes red-bricked buildings. Prostitutes canvas neighborhoods where overturned dumpsters litter the streets, and corpses wait to be thrown into the sea.

Dishonored's world is designed in such a way that it telegraphs little pieces of information about the world to the player, while also allowing them to interact with it in a meaningful, logical manner.

Awards

Won / Received

Spike TV - Video Game Awards 2012

  • Best Action/Adventure Game[1]

The PC Gamer - Game of the Year Awards 2012

  • The Singleplayer Shooter of the Year[2]
  • The Best NPC Barks of the Year (Spoof award)[3]

The Edge Awards 2012

GameSpot's Best Games of 2012

  • Action/Adventure Game of the Year[5]
  • PS3 Game of the Year[6]
  • XBOX 360 Game of the Year[7]

Machinima - Inside Gaming Awards 2012

  • Best Environmental Design[8]

IGN - Best of 2012

  • Best Overall Action Game[9]
  • Best PC Action Game[10]
  • Best Xbox 360 Action Game[11]

Game Informer - Top 50 Games Of 2012

Official Xbox Magazine - Game of the Year Awards 2012

  • Best Original Game[13]

The Escapist - Jimquisition Awards 2012

  • Outstanding Game of the Year[14]

Yahoo! Games - Best of 2012 Awards

  • Best Action/Adventure Game[15]

Forbes - The Best Video Games Of 2012

  • Game of the Year[16]

CNET - The Top 11 Games of 2012

  • #1 Game in the Top 11[17]

Mirror Online - Top 10 Video Games of 2012

  • #1 Game in the Top 10[18]

CNN - The 10 best video games of 2012

  • #1 Game in Top 10[19]

Eurogamer Readers' Top 50 Games of 2012

  • #1 Game in the Top 50[20]

About.com

  • #1 Game in the Top PC Games of 2012[21]
  • #1 Game in the Top 10 Xbox 360 Games of 2012[22]

Ars Technica's 2012 Games of the Year

  • Game of the Year[23]

Buzz Focus - Reader’s Choice Awards: Best Video Games of 2012

  • Best Action/Adventure[24]
  • Best Game on PS3[25]
  • Best Overall Game[26]

zConnection’s Best of Gaming 2012

  • Game of the Year[27]

BAFTA Awards - Games in 2013

  • Best Game in 2013[28]


Nominated

Spike TV Video Game Awards

Videos

Main article: Dishonored Videos

Pre-Release Images

Main article: Dishonored Pre-Release Images

External links

References

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