Metascore
86

Generally favorable reviews - based on 40 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
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  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Dec 12, 2016
    100
    An excellent sequel, whose mistakes are forgiven thanks to the fantastic level design and pure enjoyment of playing. A masterpiece? Not quite. But it is not too far from it. [Issue #269]
  2. Nov 14, 2016
    100
    Inconsistent performance aside, Dishonored 2 is a marvel. It’s a magnet for positive adjectives, setting a new and extremely lofty bar for future stealth games.
  3. Nov 14, 2016
    100
    Combine this emergent excellence with some of the most intricate, memorable missions you've ever seen, and Dishonored 2 is a strong contender for game of the year.
  4. Nov 18, 2016
    93
    It's easily as good as its predecessor, and frequently better. As much as I've delved into the specifics of each individual system, what makes Dishonored 2 so exceptional is how it's all connected. The writing sheds light on the world, which sheds light on the systems, which sheds light on the environments and characters. For everything that works in isolation, the real trick is that Dishonored 2 feels unified—a powerful piece of world building where everything happens for a reason.
  5. Nov 14, 2016
    93
    Whether you prefer sticking to the shadows or gutting every co-conspirator in the land, the game offers a rewarding experience with attractive upgrade paths. The narrative can’t match the high bar of the gameplay and world building, but Arkane Studios nonetheless delivers a must-play revenge tale among the best in its class.
  6. Nov 14, 2016
    93
    There's so much to explore, to experience, that I think it's essential playing — despite the slightly disappointing stealth.
  7. Nov 14, 2016
    93
    Though I would have liked a little bit more originality in its central story, which again revolves around a usurper to the throne, it’s the stories that I’ve created on my own using its many creativity-enabling powers that I’ll remember, every graceful, fumbling, and hilarious one of them. I’m compelled to create many more in the months to come.
  8. Nov 15, 2016
    92
    Despite having lost the surprise factor of the first game, its astounding level design and almost infinite possibilities make Dishonored 2 one of the best games of the year by its own merits.
  9. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Nov 18, 2016
    91
    It’s interesting to see how your playstyle affects personality of your character. Low-chaos Emily remains optimistic and somewhat naive; so an alchemical laboratory makes her remember her childhood and lessons she received. The same laboratory, however, would stir some very different feelings in high-chaos Emily – namely, she’ll start musing about pouring acid down Delilah’s throat. [Issue#214, p.40]
  10. Nov 15, 2016
    91
    Dishonored 2 is a masterpiece in level design, marred by some glaring technical flaws on PC. Smooth-as-silk stealth and cool superpowers make this one a must-buy for any gamer – provided your PC can run it. If in doubt, wait for the first couple of patches.
  11. Jan 1, 2017
    90
    Weak story notwithstanding, Arkane Studios has again delivered a truly excellent stealth action game. [Issue#258, p.53]
  12. Dec 1, 2016
    90
    Dishonored 2’s beautifully bleak world, incredibly level design, and top notch AI make for an altogether grand experience that will have fans of the classic Thief series truly enthralled.
  13. Nov 28, 2016
    90
    Standing ovations! New episode touches perfection in some moments, but elsewhere – especially in the narration – is running out of steam. Nevertheless, you will return to the game over and over without any hesitation.
  14. Nov 27, 2016
    90
    It delivers tonnes of fun, a brilliant environment with many hours of gamepla, multiple run throughs due to the two different characters choices. If the story delivered the same impact as the rest of the game then this title would no doubt become a timeless classic.
  15. Nov 22, 2016
    90
    More Dunwall. More Corvo. More The Outsider. Some of the best stealth action you can get.
  16. Nov 22, 2016
    90
    Dishonored 2 improves on everything the first game did and makes it better. I promise that you won't be disappointed in what Arkane Studios has created here.
  17. Nov 20, 2016
    90
    Dishonored 2 is every bit as good as its acclaimed predecessor and a landmark game of our generation. A true diamond in the rough, tarnished by its lack of optimization.
  18. Nov 16, 2016
    90
    Those minor issues with the game aside, Dishonored 2 proves to be a return to a classic formula that worked so well in the orginal. Strong level design, open world exploration and the ability to play your own way with powers that can be adapted or modified how you want makes the game one of the top titles of the year.
  19. Nov 14, 2016
    90
    Dishonored 2 is the best stealth action/adventure game on the market. It's filled with memorable characters and locations, not to mention empowered by superb art style and gameplay. No gamer should miss it, though if you intend to play on PC you might do well to wait for the update that's scheduled to bring a slew of performance improvements.
  20. Nov 14, 2016
    90
    Dishonored 2 is a fabulously immersive role-playing game that rewards exploration, experimentation and repeat playthroughs. It’s a shade less well written than its forebear, but it’s far better designed. The Clockwork Mansion will likely go down as one of the all-time best missions in gaming, and Dishonored 2 may well be the game of 2016.
  21. Just like its predecessor, Dishonored 2 is another masterpiece. It has a great atmosphere, hundreds of different gameplay mechanics, a gorgeous presentation and therefore a flawless mainline.
  22. Nov 11, 2016
    90
    Dishonored 2 will successfully function for both fans of the series and those who pick it up for the first time. With a robust side-quest system, you'll find the game has much to discover. That, and the ability to play the game how you want and rewarding you for taking a more challenging course, make Dishonored 2 a rousing success. This game isn't hard to pick up and play, but it will be almost impossible to put down.
  23. Nov 14, 2016
    88
    Better than the first game in every way, Dishonored 2 is a creative stealth/action adventure packed with replay value.
  24. Feb 7, 2017
    86
    Dishonored 2 is bigger and better than its forbearer, with greater variety of level design and even more flexible gameplay. It is a shame the central narrative isn’t more engaging and that the sequel is haunted by technical deficiencies.
  25. Nov 26, 2016
    85
    Dishonored 2 was a pain in the ass to get running initially, but once I did, I was able to settle in for a really fun and rewarding adventure. It's a fantastic sequel that does a great job of building on the strengths of the first game and providing a few new wrinkles that make the game feel as fresh as the first one did a few years ago.
  26. Nov 21, 2016
    85
    It may feel like just more Dishonored, but Arkane have improved everything they could’ve and made a truly satisfying sequel. We just hope it’s not the last.
  27. Nov 16, 2016
    85
    Dishonored 2 may not rank as one of my personal favorites of the year, but it does build greatly upon everything the original put in place. Characters, lore, gameplay, settings... literally everything has been improved upon. The replayability is once again very high, but alas it still suffers from being on the short side if you're not one to plan the perfect approach. Dishonored 2 may not be the best adventure title ever, but it certainly is one of the most interesting.
  28. Nov 16, 2016
    85
    Dishonored 2 is a big "more of the same". A gorgeous level design and an inspired art direction are the two main PROs; on the other side, the story is not as good as the previous one and the PC version really needs a patch quickly to fix a myriad of performance issues.
  29. Nov 11, 2016
    85
    Dishonored 2 is the perfect example of the “more of the same” concept. It has the same exact good features as the first chapter but the same problems as well. Other than this, it's probably one of the best stealth title on the market right now.
  30. Nov 23, 2016
    83
    Due to the fantastic level design Dishonored 2 is one of the best stealth games of the last 15 years. But the story has been neglected.
  31. Nov 19, 2016
    82
    I have noticed considerable framerate inconsistencies when trying to get around a level quickly or when using the spyglass to zoom. I feel as though I should mention these issues, but they didn’t detract from my experience of the game. I’m still in love with the level design and I still think the ability system favors the use of one or two abilities.
  32. CD-Action
    Jan 13, 2017
    80
    Dishonored 2 exists to make you feel good. It gives you a lot of freedom in accomplishing your goals and keeps your adrenaline level constantly elevated. It’s a shame that it failed to shake off the original game’s drawbacks and is not as stylish. [01/2017, p.38]
  33. Nov 28, 2016
    80
    Anyone who played and enjoyed Dishonored will recognize that its sequel meets or exceeds what players enjoyed about the first game. Excellent level design and a convincing world are coupled with a rich suite of weapons and abilities, guaranteeing that every enemy encounter is an opportunity for creative mayhem (or cleverly avoiding it). An underwhelming story, rote voice acting, and aging graphics aren't enough to do more than tarnish what is at core a fantastic and fun experience.
  34. Dec 15, 2016
    75
    Arkane made a very polished stealth/action hybrid, but those expecting an emotionally charged story filled with dramatic twists, like in the first game, will come away disappointed.
  35. Nov 18, 2016
    75
    Dishonored 2 doesn’t live up to the original, but it still provides great gameplay mechanics and a sense of freedom you can’t find anywhere else.
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  1. Nov 16, 2016
    Dishonored 2 is one of the smartest, most well-designed games released this year. If you fancy a challenge, this one is a no-brainer.
  2. Despite my complaints, this is more than a triumphant return – it’s an improvement on the original in almost every way, and as close to a masterpiece as anything I’ve played this year. If it had a plot as powerful as its setting, any doubts I have that it might be remembered as a masterpiece would vanish.
User Score
7.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 1029 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Nov 10, 2016
    10
    Release bugs aside, this game is gorgeous, visually, thematically, and viscerally. Somehow an upgrade in every way from the perfection thatRelease bugs aside, this game is gorgeous, visually, thematically, and viscerally. Somehow an upgrade in every way from the perfection that was the first game. Lives up to and surpasses all hype. I'm really not sure what else to do or say besides give it a perfect 10. W-o-w. Full Review »
  2. Nov 10, 2016
    4
    Playing on an overclocked AMD 8320 @ 4.2ghz with a GTX 1060 6gb with 16gb of RAM and the game runs like a dog. Frame rates are all over thePlaying on an overclocked AMD 8320 @ 4.2ghz with a GTX 1060 6gb with 16gb of RAM and the game runs like a dog. Frame rates are all over the place, ranging from +80fps down to 20fps and lower with constant judder and a general unease which makes extended plays nauseating.. Changing visual settings has limited or no effect. Have had a couple of D3D crashes also which just adds to the problems. Have no idea what is going on as I'm sure there is a great game under it all but it is impossible to experience it in its current state. Really, really disappointed and cannot recommend it in it's current state. on the PC. Almost on a par with the Batman AK fiasco. Full Review »
  3. Nov 16, 2016
    1
    Game is in a broken state, something the reviewers (who probably have very expensive rigs) are ignoring. If you have anything less than a 1080Game is in a broken state, something the reviewers (who probably have very expensive rigs) are ignoring. If you have anything less than a 1080 forget it. It's disgusting that it was launched in this state, it's worse than Arkham Knight. Full Review »