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  • Summary: Dishonored 2 takes your protagonist, Corvo Attano or Emily Kaldwin, to the coastal city of Karnaca where the choices you make will have significant impact on the world.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  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
    93
    There's so much to explore, to experience, that I think it's essential playing — despite the slightly disappointing stealth.
  3. 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.
  4. Jan 1, 2017
    90
    Weak story notwithstanding, Arkane Studios has again delivered a truly excellent stealth action game. [Issue#258, p.53]
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Nov 16, 2016
    60
    Dishonored 2 is a fantastic game. It may, in fact, be the best game you really shouldn’t risk buying right now, because right now it’s a technical mess. Yes, I hope a patch comes out soon which fixes a lot of these issues – but yes, I’m also worried that a lot of this is baked into the new Void Engine, and if that’s the case… well, this might be something to look into in a year or two. I’ll keep you updated, but for now, a definite “buyer beware” on an otherwise phenomenal game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 125
  2. Negative: 41 out of 125
  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. Expand
  2. Mar 8, 2017
    10
    Yes, the game is more taxing than others from Bethesda. But don't get crazy - I could enjoy it with a 970. Now down to the point: this game isYes, the game is more taxing than others from Bethesda. But don't get crazy - I could enjoy it with a 970. Now down to the point: this game is a labour of love from one of the very best game studio around the world. The art is breath taking, with mind blowing designs, render, and mad amount of skills pouring from every pixel. The level design is totally insane. Each level, even more than in the first game, is a show of gameplay twists build upon cool ideas and a powerful engine. Sound and music are wonderful, and the world itself is probably the best world creation at least in visual entertainment from the last decade. If you love gaming - and especially first person games - but don't play that one you'll be missing one of the most amazing creation in the field.
    Also the game is very generous. My first run lasted 37 hours. And I am positive I'll play it at least a second time. Then if you go for the full ghost run, you're in for even more hours of fun.
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  3. Nov 13, 2016
    9
    Dishonored 2 is great in any way except ending(s) but this could be a subjective thought. I want to say that gameplay is greatly improved andDishonored 2 is great in any way except ending(s) but this could be a subjective thought. I want to say that gameplay is greatly improved and there is plenty ways to pass levels with stealth and clean hands also there is plenty ways to murder your enemies. New skills are enjoyable, level design is way too good and puzzles are excellent. The game itself offers many things to do. Graphics are probably worse than many Triple A games such as like Deus Ex, Witcher or MGS but they obviously are not the worst and I didn't have any problems with Dishonored 2's visuals (except some animation problems) or I haven't faced with any bugs yet.

    The worst thing about the game is probably the ending and differences between Emily and Corvo (at least for me.) Dishonored's endings were astonishing and touching even the High Chaos one but in Dishonored 2 story and characters are still ok but endings are not. Both of Low and High Chaos endings felt lame to me at the first sight. In fact Emily Kaldwin and Corvo Attano are pretty same. There is only small dialogue and ending differences but I'll get over with it.

    Dishonored 2 is masterpiece and greatly improved and the cons are too small to notice. It seems like Arkane Studios did their best.
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  4. Nov 19, 2016
    7
    So what do you score a game on,, the game or weather it has technical issues?

    For me I get seemingly great performance from my aging 980ti
    So what do you score a game on,, the game or weather it has technical issues?

    For me I get seemingly great performance from my aging 980ti on an i5 with 16 gig o' ram (1440p 90% Ultra 10% High) im getting an average 70fps hi min 45fps, but I have got to the 5th segment of the game and the 70 fps mouse judder (pre render set to 1) has made it un-playable, to distracted thinking there is something wrong to enjoy.

    If the tech issues get sorted then - great story, good graphices, nice challenge (Hard) rating would be 87%.
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  5. Dec 28, 2016
    6
    I am giving low score as many of the players were (maybe still are) encountering many bugs and technical issues, this game in terms ofI am giving low score as many of the players were (maybe still are) encountering many bugs and technical issues, this game in terms of optimisation is a disaster, but I won't lie, the rest of the game I am not fond of either.

    I wasn't a fan of first Dishonored so I wasn't expecting much of it's successor. I play games from literally every genre and I am enjoying them, but Dishonored is this kind of game that doesn't do it for me. In my opinion the plot is not interesting and the steampunk setting is very odd in this game, but I can understand that others can enjoy it, that's why I have to say that if you liked Dishonored, Dishonored 2 you'll probably like as well.

    What I can say is that the graphics and audio are really good, I wasn't expecting them to be on such a high level.
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  6. Aug 10, 2017
    3
    I absolutely love Dishonored—the original. It’s one of the best stealth games out there. And I really wanted to like its sequel. ButI absolutely love Dishonored—the original. It’s one of the best stealth games out there. And I really wanted to like its sequel. But Dishonored 2 has a critical flaw: It was rushed to market. For PC gamers, D2 was a debacle at release. Nearly one year later, it’s still a substandard heap of been there, done that. Not only is D2 a giant leap backwards in graphics and performance, it doesn’t push other franchise elements forward. Ultimately, D2 drops the ball in every conceivable way. Arkane Studios and Bethesda ought to be ashamed.

    I was as excited as a kid on Christmas morning when it came time to download and install D2. 48 hours later, I uninstalled it without progressing past the second level. I gave it another go 8 months later. Still trashed. Graphics are despicable. Draw distances are incredibly short. Textures constantly pop in and out. Jagged lines everywhere. Some environments look flat and washed out while others are blindingly oversaturated. Character models and animations are comparable to N64 games. D2 is like a 15 year old title which was patched with a free HD mod by a novice coder.

    It gets worse. D2 implements horrid motion blur that makes me sick. Others have the same complaint. Even after adjusting the settings, I get motion sickness playing D2 for just an hour or so. So what should’ve been an enjoyable weekend experience took over a month to complete.

    To top it all off, frame rates are pathetic. Lowering the settings and resolution way down doesn’t fix problems. D2 runs poorly because its garbage. It's so incredibly unoptimized, my rig runs on average of 8-10°C hotter when playing it versus other major games. I installed an additional 120mm fan to compensate. Otherwise D2 will melt my computer, literally.

    Sound design is terrible as well because directional audio is broken. NPC’s and enemies will be across the street, but their voices are heard next to the player. Footstep locations can’t be accurately pinned down. I can’t tell if enemies are above me, below me, or if they moved right or left. Since nonlethal playthru’s require lots of creeping, locating enemies by sound is vital. Arkane also recycled ambient music from the original game. Lazy.

    The original Dishonored is no visual masterpiece, but it’s still superb in its own right. It successfully achieves a bleak aesthetic by resembling the dreary portraits featured in game. More importantly, the original focused on gameplay over graphics. So performance is slick and visuals are crisp even if things look a tad basic. The developer—Arkane Studio—used the Unreal Engine 3 engine which is a tried and true platform. And Arkane had prior experience with UE. For D2, Arkane used the Void Engine, a rebadged id Tech 5 engine. Only 3 or 4 developers have implemented the Tech 5 engine, so it’s a relatively unused medium. And based on my experiences with Rage, Wolfenstein:TNO and Dishonored 2, I can see why. I bet Bethesda pushed Arkane to use an in house engine to cut cost. And gamers suffer. If Arkane had stuck with the Unreal Engine, I’m certain D2 would be significantly better.

    D2’s story is average and dull. The opening scene is so over-the-top that I rolled my eyes and set aside all urgency. Basically, a wizard lady turns people into stone, orders the immediate execution of imperial supporters, but inexplicably spares a deadly assassin who’s friends with an ancient deity that imbued him with mystical powers. Next!! The hero’s sudden helplessness doesn’t fit, unless of course there’s a wizard lady with amazeballs powers. Sure, the first Dishonored followed a similar formula, but it’s executed more thoughtfully. The story and the world feel believable. The characters are more relatable, and treacherous. At the end, I was happy to get sweet revenge.

    In D2, I was happy when it finally ended, except the ending sucks. The narrative is weak, characters aren’t compelling, and the lore isn’t accurately represented in the atmospheric settings. Voice acting negatively impacts the story as well. The heroes’ whiney expositions are ill-suited and cliché. It’s a mixed bag despite the Hollywood talent.

    The ONLY thing D2 gets right is gameplay. It’s more of the same except gamers can now assume the role of Emily. She has different powers than Corvo which encourages multiple playthru’s once the motion sickness passes. No thanks.

    For me, D2 is unplayable. Motion sickness aside, D2 runs so poorly I can’t enjoy it. I didn’t expect the sequel to be as remarkable as the original Dishonored, but I expect it to be at least technically superior. Bioshock: Infinite and Mass Effect 2 are shining examples of games which improve on their predecessors. D2 could’ve been one of those games. Unfortunately, it’s the exact opposite. Even on sale, I can’t recommend D2. But I wholeheartedly recommend Bioshock: Infinite and the original Dishonored.
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  7. Mar 24, 2019
    0
    this game is a **** game this gameplay leaves much to be desired and the graphics the same the first game was much better to delete them newthis game is a **** game this gameplay leaves much to be desired and the graphics the same the first game was much better to delete them new and out of the arena licra licra nothing carry the **** of the stupid programmer that stupidity is not a slice of more Expand

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