Electronic Theatre In-depth Review: Dishonored – The Brigmore Witches

The final piece of the Dishonored puzzle, The Brigmore Witches launches as downloadable content (DLC) some nine months after the initial release of it’s parent videogame. This isn’t a standalone product or a PC exclusive; The Brigmore Witches is DLC just as with any other […]
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Electronic Theatre ImageThe final piece of the Dishonored puzzle, The Brigmore Witches launches as downloadable content (DLC) some nine months after the initial release of it’s parent videogame. This isn’t a standalone product or a PC exclusive; The Brigmore Witches is DLC just as with any other major console release, but is arriving so late in the day that any lesser title would surely have been forgotten about by now. Dishonored, however, is a quality videogame experience. Dishonored, according to publisher Bethesda Softworks, still has an audience eager for new content. Upon delivering The Brigmore Witches, they’re proven to be right.

Just as with previous Dishonored DLC, The Brigmore Witches stands aside from the main campaign and is selectable as an entirely separate entity under the ‘missions’ option from the main menu. It’s the same world and even part of the same continuum; however you now embody a different host. Explaining the reasons for this would undoubtedly Electronic Theatre Imagepull a thread that would unravel the mystery of The Brigmore Witches, but take it as red that any Dishonored fan will not want to leave this stone unturned.

The Brigmore Witches makes no bones about its position in the Dishonored legacy: this is a tough, gritty piece of content that is designed for experienced players. There is no tutorial, all the revised content is placed front and centre and the knowledge you need to succeed is already invested within. If it’s not, you shouldn’t be playing The Brigmore Witches. Within minutes you’re back committing crime and evading capture, facing armed guards as you try to subvert justice for your own ends. The Brigmore Witches is Dishonored all over again, only this time there’s a little more going on behind the scenes.

By the end of the original campaign players were facing off against foes with supernatural abilities comparative to their own; The Brigmore Witches starts with this arrangement and builds from there. You will meet new enemies that are intentionally designed to make you jealous: they are skilled in ways that you will never be. Or at least, in ways that it seems impossibleElectronic Theatre Image for you to be. The Brigmore Witches would be an enjoyable but solemn ride if it weren’t to add any new content beyond story and mission, but thankfully the development team at Arkane Studios have taken it upon themselves to create much more than a few new levels.

As The Brigmore Witches brings to a close the story arc that began with the previous DLC outing, The Knife of Dunwall, any decisions made regarding the spending of cash and skill points will remain intact. This is episodic content as it was always meant to be, simply built on the foundations of a larger scale retail product. Few publishers would have the confidence in their product to deliver the third slice of DLC nearly a year after the videogame’s initial launch, and even fewer would be able to pull it off with such style and grace. The Brigmore Witches simply offers further evidence as to why Bethesda Softworks are leading the pack when it comes to DLC: quality is worth waiting for.

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