Dishonored: Death of the Outsider review – short, but strong on atmosphere | Technology | The Guardian

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Dishonored’s new standalone adventure has quite the setup: you have to murder a god. Throughout the five year history of this steampunk stealth adventure series, this eponymous deity, the Outsider, has been at the centre of everything – dealing in regicide, revenge and all the juicy stuff in between. He’s an omnipotent force who watches and intervenes from the void – a mysterious place between worlds – giving mortals like Billie Lurk, our new protagonist, spectral powers. In Dishonored 2, protagonists Corvo Attano and Emily Kaldwin each had their own unique abilities to reflect their personality, gifted by the Outsider himself. This time, Billie has a newly imbued quadruplet of magical skills that suit hers – similar in function to what you’ve played before but with subtle interesting twists. Displace allows Lurk to place a ghostly marker so she can instantly teleport out of danger, or to get to hard-to-reach spots; Semblance allows you to literally steal the face of an unconscious guard or civilian, using it to walk around concealed under a guise for a temporary period; and Foresight freezes time, allowing freeform disembodied perusal of your surroundings to mark guards and targets to keep track of them on your HUD. Finally, and most amusingly, you can listen to rats. The swarms of rodents offer up interesting titbits of information on the wider world and your current mission in eerie high pitched voices, and it plays directly into Lurk’s backstory as a street urchin. Death of the Outsider also introduces a major gameplay refinement that makes your powers recharge over time, rather than require potions to power up. This removes the frustrating need to scavenge for resources, which detracted from the empowerment in the previous two games. Read All Comments:

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