The year 2016 saw an exciting release of games on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. From first-person shooter (FPS) games, to action-adventure and many other genres, 2016 closed with satisfied gamers on all gaming platforms. While there were many games that topped the list of highly anticipated sequels and releases in 2016, the announcement of Dishonored 2 created an excited frenzy. The game itself won the award of Best Action/Adventure game at the Game Awards 2016 and was nominated in several categories the following years.
So, what is Dishonored 2? This article will cover everything that needs to be known about Dishonored 2 and how it compares to other games.
What Is Dishonored 2?
After a commercial success in 2012 for the first game, Dishonored, Arkane Studios and Bethesda Softworks developed and published this anticipated sequel. The setting of the game is in a fictional city called Karnaca where an evil witch called Delilah Copperspoon has taken the throne from Empress Emily Kaldwin—a child character at the time in Dishonored. The player is given the option to choose between taking on the role of Emily, or her father and Royal Protector Corvo Attano.
The bare-bones plot of the game centers on reclaiming the throne from Delilah who has claimed to be the half-sister of Emily’s mother, Jessamine Kaldwin who was assassinated in Dishonored, and the rightful heir to the throne. A serial killer named the “Crown Killer” is also on the loose, and murders many of Emily’s enemies before the start of the game, which leads for the citizens in Karnaca to believe Emily and her father are responsible for the killings.
Dishonored 2 was released in 2016 on the following gaming platforms—Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Microsoft Windows. The game is classified as an action-adventure game and is only single-player. The gamer has a choice to select between two main characters—Emily Kaldwin and Corvo Attano. Once a character is chosen, the world of Karnaca will respond to the choices the gamer makes. The entirety of the game is played in the first-person perspective.
This game can be purchased for around $ online. It can be downloaded directly online, or purchased in a store such as GameStop, Wal-Mart, or Target.
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Ease of Use
The game overall, while challenging in some areas, is easy for beginner gamers to enjoy. There is plenty of help along the way for different mission objectives. The plot and character motivations are easy to comprehend. The graphics and gameplay are smooth overall. The controls can also be adjusted to fit the gamer’s needs without disrupting the game.
There are several exciting features in Dishonored 2 that were improved and added from the original game. Challenging stealth attacks and kills were reshaped to give players a thrilling experience when it comes to sneaking up on targets and enemies. Game developers also introduce non-lethal combat moves to stun targets. The chaos system, seen in the original, is also finely tuned. A player gains chaos by killing characters and destabilizing the world. A new feature was also added to the start of each mission that gives non-player characters three states—guilty, sympathetic, and murderous. If the player kills a sympathetic character, the more chaos they earn versus killing a murderous character.
Similar to the first game, the players have the choice to either reject their supernatural abilities or accept them. Emily and Corvo each possess their own and unique supernatural abilities that can either be honed or rejected.
Dishonored 2 is compatible with major gaming platforms such as Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Microsoft Windows. System requirements vary for each gaming console. Upon initial release, there were reported issues of system crashes, problems with the display resolution, and loss of frame rate. Patches were released for the PC version of Dishonored 2.
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Following in the footsteps of its predecessor, Prototype, the player is confronted by another outbreak of the BLACKLIGHT virus. The main character used in the game, James Heller, is a U.S Marine Sergeant that joins the fight against the virus after believing that his wife and daughter are dead. The character from the first Prototype game, Alex Mercer, is revealed to have lost faith in humanity. He is responsible for another outbreak of the BLACKLIGHT virus that turns humans into monsters.
The game is classified as action-adventure and is only a single player. Retaining much of the elements from the original, James Heller can shapeshift and assume identities as a hybrid of the virus. Prototype 2 continues on with the element of biologic warfare, giving Heller and Mercer superhuman abilities to fight against one another.
This game can be purchased online for around $. It can also be purchased in-store for around $, and it can be bought used as well for a cheaper price of around $. It’s important to note that Prototype 2 can be purchased separately, or within a bundle on different gaming platforms.
Ease of Use
Overall, Prototype 2 is a thrilling sequel. The gameplay and mission objectives are easy to understand—which makes it open to any type of gamer who is experienced or a beginner. The controls can be adjustedwithout any disruption to the gameplay itself.
One of the many new features that were added to Prototype 2 was the main character’s (Heller) ability to hack into the Blacknet. Gamers no longer have to search for “Events” to achieve side missions and information. Hacking into the Blacknet gives the gamer a list of missions, but also where critical operations are at that they can disturb. It also gives locations of important characters that are critical to the plot.
Tendrils are the next exciting features added to Prototype 2. The tendrils sprout out from Heller’s arms for several purposes, but mainly to kill and destroy. This feature gives gamers more power in the game, and it increases over the length of gameplay
Prototype 2 is compatible on Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. It was later re-released on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in 2015. System requirements vary for each gaming platform.
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Darksiders II follows the immediate events of the first game in the series. The Four Horsemen (Strife, Death, Fury, and War) are the only ones left of the Nephilim who waged war against Creation. The religious elements, such as Corruption trying to stop the Makers from Creating, are still a strong theme between the holy war of good and evil. It continues on the tale of The Four Horsemen who have grown weary of war, and therefore, slaughter the rest of the angels and demons fused together to fight Creation and mankind. The plot centers on the survival of one race—humanity or the Nephilim.
This game, much like Dishonored 2 and Prototype 2, is classified as an action-adventure game. It is only a single-player game that follows the main character, Death, throughout various missions.
Darksiders II can be purchased for around $. The game can be purchased in store either brand new or used. There are also different editions that can be bought for around the price of $.
Ease of Use
Darksiders II is overall easy to grasp for any skill level. The game gives plenty of information on the plot and previous game to help the gamer understand Death’s objectives. The controls can be adjusted without issue as well. There is help along the way that gives the gamer critical clues into what they are searching for, or carrying out favors for different characters.
One of the features that were added from the last game includes the smoothness of combat. The game play in the first game was a bit a choppy and rough. Death’s fighting style in Darksiders II feels much smoother and natural compared to beforehand. Unlike the first game, which centered in one world, there are several other worlds that open up as the game progresses forward. Many of these worlds are open and can be explored by Death for chests to gain valuable stats and skills along the way.
Darksiders II was released in 2012 on the following gaming platforms: Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Wii U. System requirement vary for each gaming platform.
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I Am Alive is classified as an action-adventure and survival game. It is only a single-player that switches between third person-perspective to the first-person perspective when shooting weapons.
This game can be purchased for around $ online or in store.
Ease of Use
Gameplay and the plot are easy to understand for any skill level. The game offers various areas to explore but keeps it overall simple. Most of the game is about collecting resources, so it does require the gamer to think about what the main character needs to survive. There is also gunplay and combat when the main character encounters hostile survivors, but these types of situations are handled smoothly.
One of the gameplay features that I Am Alive encourages is map exploration throughout the city of Haventown. This leads the gamer to collect valuable resources that are needed for survival. Because much of the exploration requires the un-named character’s stamina, players have to be careful about how they maintain the character’s overall health.
I Am Alive was released in 2012 on the gaming platforms for Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, and PlayStation 3. Reviews indicate that the graphics can be poor on the PC version. System requirements vary for each gaming platform.
When it comes to the list of action-adventure and survival games, it comes as no surprise that Dishonored 2 takes the number one spot on our list. The unique storyline, artistic design, and smooth gameplay are just some of the many reasons why we have given Dishonored 2 five stars. Gamers are given a choice on the storylines they wish to follow, and as a result, the world responds back accordingly. Searching for the “Crown Killer” will undoubtedly keep any experienced gamer occupied while trying to solve the clues and take out known enemies. The gamer will be in for a tedious fight to regain the throne. Dishonored 2 will be around for many years as one of the best 2016 action games.