Electronic Theatre In-depth Review: Dishonored – The Knife of Dunwall

It feels like it’s been quite some time since Dishonored made it’s hugely impressive debut, reinventing the first-person stealth gameplay by setting it in a world where high-tech gadgets existed, but were rarely in your possession. Instead, the player had to rely on their own […]
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Electronic Theatre ImageIt feels like it’s been quite some time since Dishonored made it’s hugely impressive debut, reinventing the first-person stealth gameplay by setting it in a world where high-tech gadgets existed, but were rarely in your possession. Instead, the player had to rely on their own creativity, cunning and a little bit of magic. Following the first downloadable content (DLC) pack, the abstract Dunwall City Trials, The Knife of Dunwall is a return to the more narrative lead experience of the original campaign.

In The Knife of Dunwall, the player takes on the role of Daud, the assassin responsible for the death of Empress and thus the framing of the protagonist of Dishonored’s original story. It was he who set the wheels in motion, and so perhaps it’s onlyElectronic Theatre Image fitting that it be Daud who draws the narrative to a close. Of course, playing as a different character means that you will have access to different weapons and abilities, and as such The Knife of Dunwall needs to teach you its rules all over again.

Thankfully for those who have recently played Dishonored the tutorial is light and swift, but competently designed to remind those who have had a four month hiatus how to play the videogame. Just as is the case with the original however, it’s The Knife of Dunwall’s flexibility that steals the show, with it’s interpretable objectives being the grander headline act than the components used (or in use, by the player) to make them so.

The Knife of Dunwall remains aggressively difficult, as would be expected, but it’s clear that the developers have intended for experienced players to come into the DLC. After all, this is a storyline that exists beyond the end of the original despiteElectronic Theatre Image the location of the content within the software. The Knife of Dunwall stands entirely aside from the core campaign and thus the player can access its contents at any time they wish. However, using the same autosave system means that your last temporary save will be overwritten, so if you are beginning The Knife of Dunwall while still playing any other gameplay mode be sure that you update your progress with a manual save first.

The new abilities and weapons compliment the existing template well, offering the kind of expansion that one would expect from a DLC pack for such a noteworthy title. Dunwall City Trials rearranged the formula, doing something new and unique with the existing template; The Knife of Dunwall adds to it instead, expanding the original story in the way DLC should. It’s more of an incredibly high quality product delivered in an accessible fashion and offered for a reasonable price; as far as DLC goes, it’s hard to say fairer than that.

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