Dishonored 2 might lack challenge in its later levels, but the basic tools are a joy to play with regardless. And with two characters and two basic play styles to choose from--both of which noticeably impact the story and the world as you go--there's a lot of longevity to be wrung from the campaign.
The series takes place in the fictional Empire of the Isles with the majority of Dishonored 2 set in the coastal city of Karnaca and is set fifteen years after the events of the first game. After Empress Emily Kaldwin is deposed by an "otherworldly usurper", the player may choose between playing as either Emily or her bodyguard and father Corvo Attano as they attempt to reclaim the throne. Both Emily and Corvo employ their own array of supernatural abilities. They can alternatively decide to forfeit them altogether. There are a multitude of ways to succeed in each given mission, from stealth to purposeful violent conflict.
- Remarkable mix of inventive weapons and powers that can be utilized in a variety of ways
- Several standout missions that offer truly memorable gameplay hooks
- Larger world feels rich, detailed, and believable
- Rich and rewarding well of side content
- Later levels lack challenge, leaving you feeling overpowered and under-stimulated
- Predictable plot and exposition-heavy narrative devices make for a lackluster story experience
- Certain hidden runes will drive you to the brink of madness