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Generally favorable reviews - based on 62 Critic Reviews

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  1. Positive: 59 out of 62
  2. Negative: 0 out of 62
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  1. Nov 25, 2016
    100
    A grim, gorgeous milieu of societal depth and cunning design. That its mechanics slot so naturally into its environment, giving players the freedom and choice to explore, influence and infiltrate means that Dishonored 2 represents the very best gaming has to offer.
  2. VideoGamer
    Nov 14, 2016
    100
    Dishonored 2 takes everything you loved about Dishonored and improves upon it without becoming bloated. It's a beautifully designed, layered game, stuffed with hidden gems and secret stories. Also you can stab people in mid air.
  3. Nov 11, 2016
    100
    This is a title by a studio at the top of its game, lovingly crafted for players who enjoy lavishly crafted worlds and delightfully creative gameplay challenges. It's for the thieves, the mischief makers, the lovers of experimentation. It's for playful thinkers, for explorers, and for idealists and cynics alike. Dishonored 2 is stealth-action at its finest, and deserves every one of the awards it will no doubt be lavished with this winter.
  4. Nov 28, 2016
    95
    This is one of those sequels that feels like a mission pack for the original. There’s a distinct feeling, as you go through Dishonored 2, that we’ve been here before, which even the characters themselves remark upon from time to time. That doesn’t make it a bad game, but it’s a slight sour note in what’s otherwise just as dense, manipulable, and customizable an experience as the original Dishonored.
  5. Nov 25, 2016
    95
    Inspired game design, great production values, serious themes and superb gameplay make Dishonored 2 a strong contender for the Game of the Year award.
  6. 95
    A superior sequel absolutely layered in emergent player opportunity and a true evolution of the enduringly robust foundation lain by its predecessor, Dishonored 2 sets a staggering high standard for its genre peers to try and follow. The waiting is over; your Game of the Year is here.
  7. Nov 14, 2016
    95
    Dishonored 2 returns with the formula that brought success to the first installment and makes it better. This game is better, bigger and with more choices. Arkane Studios has delivered a new masterpiece.
  8. Nov 14, 2016
    94
    What a sequel should be: bigger, more ambitious, but with a solid grasp on what the original was and wanted to be. A true example of how to design a world and an infiltration game.
  9. Nov 13, 2016
    94
    In the end, I love this game. While it’s a slow starter plotwise, Dishonored 2 builds up wonderfully to a satisfying conclusion, with plenty of memorable challenges along the way. But more than anything else, it’s fun. It’s a gorgeous, deep, enjoyable piece of work, and I highly recommend it if you like stealth, exploration, or cool steampunk Portugal. See you in the Void.
  10. Nov 14, 2016
    93
    Dishonored 2 successfully builds on the solid stealth-combat foundation of the original while introducing enough fun new gameplay concepts to feel fresh. 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.
  11. Nov 14, 2016
    93
    With two unique sets of skills to play with across 10 themed chapters that keep things interesting and a gorgeous, evocative world that feels alive, Dishonored 2 is a remarkable experience.
  12. Nov 14, 2016
    92
    Arkane Studios offers us, once again, a great adventure that mixes elements from action, exploration, stealth a puzzle games with much more bull's eye than we are used to see. The chance to play with two characters with different abilities, the gameplay freedom and the different endings make the campaign one of the most replayable in a long time.
  13. Nov 13, 2016
    92
    Dishonored 2 does not stray from the path marked four years ago by his predecessor. And that's great. Dishonored 2 recovers the old philosophy and approach, then exalt the gameplay quality, expands the freedom, blows up the level design. Built with art and patience, Dishonored 2 is an endless source of surprises.
  14. Nov 15, 2016
    91
    Dishonored 2 is one of the best games of this year. Perfect game mechanics, terrific level design and a great story, are just some of the brilliant elements of the newest Bethesda game.
  15. Jan 13, 2017
    90
    As a story, it may well be lacking, but as a collection of expertly crafted play spaces where design and mechanics reinforce and respond to your agency in myriad delightful and engaging ways, Dishonored 2 is pure magic.
  16. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Jan 8, 2017
    90
    While patrolling that retail space, you’d be mad to ignore this as it lurks in the corner. It’s every inch a killer game, and worthy of Lasting Possession. [January 2016, p68]
  17. Edge Magazine
    Jan 5, 2017
    90
    Despite a handful of minor issues, then, and occasionally patchy framerates in particularly busy areas, Dishonored 2 is consistently remarkable. [Jan 2017, p.102]
  18. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Jan 3, 2017
    90
    Sloppy storytelling sees it fall short of perfection, but this is a smart evolution over Dishonored, with memorable levels - and memorable ways to tear them apart. [Jan 2017, p.121]
  19. 90
    It’s this sense of ownership – coupled with an ardent, fervent familiarity – that’s soaked into my very core. So no, Dishonored 2 isn’t perfect… but it’s pretty fecking close.
  20. Dec 3, 2016
    90
    Ultimately, when I finished the game, I didn’t want it to end. The compelling atmosphere, the wonderful level design, the detailed steampunk world and the absorbing storyline, not to mention the precisely crafted gameplay, all coincide to craft one worthy successor. I guess you could say far from dishonouring its predecessor, this game honoured it and even, dare I say, outdid it.
  21. Nov 30, 2016
    90
    Dishonored 2 doesn't veer from the path established by the first game too severely, but given how strong the world and gameplay were it doesn't really have to either. The new locales and villains make for some strong additions to the series, as do the new powers unleashed by Emily Kaldwin. Even with a passable story and ineffective acting, the foundation and gameplay are strong enough to make Dishonored 2 one of the year's best.
  22. Dishonored 2 is the sort of experience that validates and reaffirms my choice to continue playing and being passionate about games as an adult...I just wish there were more like it.
  23. Nov 18, 2016
    90
    Dishonored 2 has lived up to expectations. A careful title down to the smallest detail and with a range of enviable possibilities. We missed an adventure of this caliber. Arkane may have opened a new way for its future video games.
  24. Nov 18, 2016
    90
    Dishonored 2 is exactly what a sequel should be: a marked improvement on its predecessor in every relevant way. The level design is an explosion of creativity where every measure is taken to ensure that we can do things exactly the way we want.
  25. Nov 16, 2016
    90
    The replay value is off the charts, as is Dishonored 2's layered tale and elaborate gameplay. The title improves upon its predecessor in just about every way imaginable.
  26. Nov 16, 2016
    90
    Dishonored 2 is a solid sequel, thanks to its brilliant level design and Emily’s powers, which give a significant change in its core mechanics. It could be a little conservative, but Dishonored formula is still enough fresh to want to enjoy the powers of the Void once more.
  27. Nov 15, 2016
    90
    I have small nitpicks here and there, but that's all they are. Dishonored 2 is an amazing continuation of everything the first game started. With the first game, Arkane Studios took the crown of heir apparent from Thief. With the sequel, the studio has defined its rule. It's a stealth-action title with some kickass abilities, and some huge, visually-interesting levels. Even if the family of Emily and Corvo doesn't have another horrible day, Dishonored deserves to live on beyond this.
  28. Nov 15, 2016
    90
    In the light of recent sequels, Dishonored 2 is fresh, creative, and simply enjoyable. It's hard to stop experimenting with new weapons and abilities, which makes it's hard to stop playing, even when the campaign is finished.
  29. Nov 15, 2016
    90
    Most of all, it's a game you'll remember for its settings, its atmosphere, its characters and its stunning art, not to mention some impressively nuanced and fascinating storylines and the feel that how you play has a real impact on this world.
  30. Nov 15, 2016
    90
    Despite the overall feeling of familiarity, Dishonored 2 delivers such an impressive sense of variety and atmosphere that the game sits among the best gaming titles of 2016.
  31. Nov 14, 2016
    90
    Every bit as intelligent and daring as its predecessor, and if you’re prepared to be equally creative while playing it then Dishonored 2 offers almost endless rewards.
  32. Nov 14, 2016
    90
    Dishonored 2 is the example of a perfect sequel, a game which improves several flaws of the first title bringing to life a memorable experience. Arkane Studios managed to create a masterpiece, especially for whoever loves the stealth genre.
  33. 90
    Every level is meticulously crafted, with more emphasis on verticality to enhance some of the new powers introduced. Additional hidden level goals are discovered organically, and while enemies can be hilariously clumsy, they are also adept pathfinders. With a nuanced story, two protagonists to play as, and multiple endings, Dishonored 2 begs, or rather, deserves to be played again and again.
  34. Nov 14, 2016
    90
    Dishonored 2 is an excellent sequel to an excellent game. It retains everything that was good about the first game and effectively doubles it with more characters, more abilities, and more levels. It retains some of the same flaws, including incredible ease, graphical issues, and a weak main narrative, but it more than makes up for it in other areas. It's hard to not be delighted with Dishonored 2, as it shows a developer at the very top of its game.
  35. Nov 14, 2016
    90
    Dishonored 2 is quite a masterpiece. An interesting campaign with an enormous replay value takes you to the best Karnaca has to offer. Corvo is back, but he's not alone anymore.
  36. Nov 14, 2016
    90
    It may not surprise as much as the first one and almost every aspect is the original ideas enhanced. However, it has been four years already and Dishonored 2 leaves another good impression on us due to its macabre visuals, the stunning visuals of a city much more interesting tan Dunwall and even more creative gameplay possibilities. Corvo and Emily are up to two different journeys, suggesting that Arkane Studios is a team to watch in the future.
  37. Nov 14, 2016
    90
    If Dishonored 2 doesn't offer the same surprise as the first opus, it is without a doubt one of the best action/stealth games money can buy, with huge replayability thanks to the multiple heroes and endings.
  38. Nov 13, 2016
    90
    The formula of the first game is hugely improved, giving countless possibilities of different play styles. Karnaca is wonderful and the level design is superb: The Clockwork Mansion is impressive and so is the level with two different fluxes of time you can jump into without constraints. The game is highly replayable, offers a mode without powers and is one of the most inspired games of this generation.
  39. Nov 13, 2016
    90
    Dishonored 2 is a pleasure to play… the ability to switch between mystical abilities, firearms or your trusty retractable blade (apparently some people don’t appreciate a folding blade) increases the variety of the game and leads to some very interesting interactions.
  40. Nov 13, 2016
    90
    Dishonored 2 is the bigger, badder, and bolder version of the original game, thanks to its densely packed world and wonderfully enjoyable mechanics. Even though the experience only has nine main missions, the amount of replayability and exploration offered allows this title to always feel exciting. This is only enhanced by the interesting characters and story that string each level together.
  41. Nov 11, 2016
    90
    Bigger and stronger than the first episode, Dishonored 2 shines in action, stealth and exploration. It gives the players the right tools to face its challenges and a lot of reasons to come back even after the first run, starting with its unique universe and memorable art style.
  42. Nov 11, 2016
    90
    Any criticisms of Dishonored 2 feel like nitpicks of a thoroughly entertaining, mechanically complex, impressively realized world, just like the first. My primary playthrough as a stealthy, nonviolent Emily clocked in at over 15 hours - and though I sometimes found myself wishing for more character development in the overcrowded story, I was never for a moment bored with the otherworldly abilities of my agile assassin.
  43. Nov 18, 2016
    88
    The star is the level design that gives you some of the most memorable locations in recent years. This is an atmospheric, visually gorgeous and mechanically diversified stealth adventure that puts competition like Styx, Deus Ex or Thief in its place.
  44. Nov 14, 2016
    88
    Dishonored 2's story beats are perhaps a little too familiar, but it makes up for its narrative trappings with open-ended gameplay that rewards exploration and creativity. To call Dishonored 2 a stealth game is a bit of a disservice, because you can play it any way you like.
  45. Games Master UK
    Jan 1, 2017
    87
    A bloody clever sneak 'em up that empowers through player-driven choice. It feels a little safe, mind. [Christmas 2016, p.58]
  46. Dec 6, 2016
    86
    Dishonored 2 is a complex game with a simplistic first-person action wrapper. It offers up a variety of different gameplay options to run through the game with, while presenting a bigger world for you to stretch those options out in. It’s a great follow-up to the first game and certainly improves on its ideals.
  47. Nov 22, 2016
    86
    A great sequel that improves and expands the already excellent predecessor but which, in part, also maintains its limits and flaws.
  48. Nov 22, 2016
    85
    Dishonored 2 is an amazing game. The things we did not like about the first one are gone, and the world is even bigger and more diverse than before.
  49. Nov 22, 2016
    85
    Dishonored 2 is a well made but safe sequel. You won't find a revolution here only minor improvements to well known mechanics. Of course there are some new things but most of them will be appreciated only by true veterans of the previous game. Fortunately, Arkane's new game surprised me more than once and all in all left a very good impression. But it could have been so much more.
  50. Nov 18, 2016
    85
    Dishonored 2 is like a pretty painting stuck in an ugly frame — painfully close to being complete. New abilities and upgrades, the addition of a second playable character, and creative level designs illustrate Dishonored in its peak condition, but the game is hampered by technical issues on console as well as a predictable plot. These criticisms are easily forgivable though, because Dishonored 2 is so engaging in its moment-to-moment gameplay. Very few games can boast so lofty a degree of player agency as Dishonored 2, and when you consider this, the ugly frame doesn’t seem as important after all.
  51. Nov 16, 2016
    85
    Despite a murderous new sense of difficulty and a few surprising, if minor, shortcomings, Dishonored 2 is a much more fleshed-out realization of the world of Dunwall and the star-crossed Kaldwin family. For such a miserable, conflicted place, Dunwall and the Isles are a place worth exploring, something gaming could use a lot more of.
  52. Dec 1, 2016
    80
    Dishonored 2 offers players an immense amount of freedom to solve each scenario and imprint their own choices into the story. Exploration is not only encouraged but rewarded, and the use of powers to navigate the environments and eliminate targets adds a complex layer of strategy to nearly every moment of the journey. Bland story and combat hold Dishonored 2 back, but the quality of everything else make the journey to Karnaca a memorable one.
  53. Nov 30, 2016
    80
    Dishonored 2, with its refined mechanics and expanded gameplay following suit, personifies what a sequel should be.
  54. Nov 25, 2016
    80
    Dishonored 2 is a great sequel, one that refines the mechanics of the original whilst adding plenty of replay value. It's unfortunate the narrative is lacking but there's plenty to explore and discover in this title.
  55. Nov 18, 2016
    80
    By throwing you into its gloriously open missions with a bag full of tricks, running wild in Dishonored 2's fascinating world of stealth playgrounds never fails to be both fun and challenging.
  56. Nov 16, 2016
    80
    Dishonored 2 is both luxurious and consistent in its set dressing. Every virtual item demonstrates its own kind of wondrous craftsmanship: the taut leather, the sunny brass. Each room is a varnished memorial to some hollowed-out forest.
  57. Nov 16, 2016
    80
    What lets it down is that it’s missing a truly compelling narrative and cast of interesting secondary characters, and while it’s a very enjoyable game, it lacks some of the charm of the original.
  58. Nov 14, 2016
    80
    While Dishonored 2 takes multiple strides to improve off of the original I’m left feeling only half of them hit the mark. The gameplay and the world hooked me in exactly as before and I had high hopes for the story, but the decisive part Arkane Studios wasn’t able to execute on was the choice between playing as one of two characters.
  59. Nov 12, 2016
    80
    Dishonored 2 might lack challenge in its later levels, but the basic tools are a joy to play with regardless. And with two characters and two basic play styles to choose from--both of which noticeably impact the story and the world as you go--there's a lot of longevity to be wrung from the campaign. It's an incredible shame you can't restart the campaign with all your powers intact once you beat the game, but you can, at least, bring up old saves, adjust the difficulty, and see what unfolds.
  60. Nov 18, 2016
    70
    A competent and fun stealth experience brought down by some technical issues and the inexplicable lack of new game plus.
  61. Nov 17, 2016
    70
    If anything, the shift away from the player's powers being the main event of Dishonored does mean spending a lot more time observing the world, figuring out exactly what change you should be the agent of, and how to accomplish this without sending a flood of enemy soldiers your way. Figuring out how people operate in the world of Dishonored 2 is more effective than figuring out which direction to stick a blade in them, and the world is rife with alternatives to just about every problem. It just means far more time planning and not doing. In Dishonored 2, great power comes with great responsibility, and the simple fact is that responsibility isn't always going to be fun to play.
  62. Nov 17, 2016
    50
    Feels like a tiresome retread – enjoyable enough when it sticks to the old script, but frustrating in its disappointment when it does attempt anything new. With a rushed story, colorless characters, and total misuse of a whole new playable character, the best I can say is that I didn’t hate it. I didn’t particularly like it, but I didn’t hate it. Dishonored deserves more than that.
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  1. Mar 7, 2017
    Arkane manages to better the already exceptional Dishonored in nearly every way, creating a masterpiece of open-ended design. [Essential]
  2. Jan 12, 2017
    Every detail is almost perfect, and no detail is wasted in this triumph of worldbuilding and storytelling.
  3. Nov 16, 2016
    The edges are rough but the core is solid. Dishonored 2 may not redefine the formula set by the its predecessor, but it is still one hell of a game. The game stumbles but always manages to recover. Like a bumbling assassin that somehow get the kill, Dishonored 2 manages to succeed in the face of almost unassailable odds.
  4. Nov 15, 2016
    All early indications are Dishonored 2 holds up to the high bar of its predecessor, and while it offers a bit more replayability with Emily and Corvo and some new game mechanics, it isn't as much of an advancement as it is a return to a formula that continues to work incredibly well for the series.
  5. Nov 15, 2016
    Its best moments crackle with creativity and skill. It feels like a successor to some of the best games of its type, a game in the mold of Thief and Deus Ex in an era where even the people who make new Deus Ex games don’t make them like this anymore. This is a game that should be played, and all I want to do now is go back in. I know it’s waiting for me, to see what I try next.
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8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 1414 Ratings

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  1. Nov 10, 2016
    1
    Awful childlike story. Horrible AI. Bad graphics. Horrible performance even in consoles and animations. Dishonored the dishonored 1. What anAwful childlike story. Horrible AI. Bad graphics. Horrible performance even in consoles and animations. Dishonored the dishonored 1. What an irony.... Full Review »
  2. Nov 16, 2016
    10
    I'm a big fan of the first game and have got everything I expected from the sequel and even more. Storyline is amazing, level design makesI'm a big fan of the first game and have got everything I expected from the sequel and even more. Storyline is amazing, level design makes this game one of the most beautiful.

    10/10

    Looking forward to play DLC
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  3. Nov 17, 2016
    0
    Can't even play the game. It's broken and the devs made zero effort to fix it. It has already been a week at the time of writing this review,Can't even play the game. It's broken and the devs made zero effort to fix it. It has already been a week at the time of writing this review, nothing has been done. Full Review »