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Dishonored (Series) Review

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Posted: 18 months ago, last updated 6 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Dishonored 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

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 18

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

Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Puzzle, Shooting and Simulation

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Arkane Studios (@ArkaneStudios)



Duration: 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.
Players: This is a single player game.


Dishonored usually costs £8.99 to £84.99. 


Dishonored 2

Dishonored And Prey: The Arkane Collection

PlayStation Store PS4 £84.99

Dishonored Definitive Edition

Dishonored Game Of The Year Edition

PlayStation Store PS3 £14.99

Dishonored The Complete Collection

Dishonored: Death Of The Outsider

XBox Store Xbox One £19.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £19.99

Dishonored: Death Of The Outsider: Deluxe Bundle

PlayStation Store PS4 £47.99

Dishonored: Death Of The Outsider Deluxe Bundle

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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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.


Dishonored 2 includes a wide range of ways to adjust difficulty (health regeneration, enemy perception, enemy attack frequency and numbers). It offers toggle for run and lean, rather than holding a button. You can remap two keys to one action. However, it has fewer options for visual and image adjustment to make the game accessible, particularly text visibility:
Our Dishonored Accessibility Report documents 20 accessibility features:

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