Generally favorable reviews - based on 47 Critic Reviews

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  1. Positive: 45 out of 47
  2. Negative: 0 out of 47
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  1. Oct 5, 2017
    Overall, Death of the Outsider ties up the first arc of Dishonored nicely; I have no idea where it’s going to go next, and all I can do is pray that Arkane don’t call it a day, because I adore this series. All other issues seem trivial in the face of it being such a well-crafted piece of art, and my main complaint is that there simply isn't enough of it. I adore this series, and this game. Buy it, play it, and love it.
  2. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Nov 20, 2017
    A fine send-off for the Dishonored series, with enough new tricks to let you experiment freely, explore, and execute in a shorter but no less satisfying campaign. [December 2017, p.83]
  3. Oct 11, 2017
    Dishonored: Death of The Outsider is a great follow up to Dishonored 2. It offers a really rich experience with a fair amount of replay value—which is really rare in add-on content these days.
  4. Sep 18, 2017
    Dishonored: Death of the Outsider is a conclusion that honors an amazing franchise.
  5. Sep 18, 2017
    I might not have enjoyed it quite as perfectly as Dishonored 2, but Death of the Outsider is a fittingly melancholy way to wrap up a story arc I've loved. The Empire of the Isles is a strange and exquisitely horrible world, and this entry is no different.
  6. Sep 18, 2017
    Death of the Outsider is a fantastic addition to the Dishonored universe that once again brings the broken city of Karnaca to life. Exploring Arkane Studios’ beautifully realised world feels fresh once again thanks to Billie Lurk, a morally ambiguous heroine with a flexible repertoire of skills that are a joy to experiment with. Death of the Outsider achieves more in terms of content and narrative than many games strive for, which is a fascinating achievement considering its meagre price tag.
  7. Sep 18, 2017
    Death of the Outsider might be smaller in scope (and launch price) than the first two games, yet Arkane has crafted a game that meets the quality of design found in those games. It takes the best bits of the series and improves them, putting together a story that feels personal despite its huge ambition and featuring what may be the best Dishonored protagonist yet. If Death of the Outsider ends up being the closing chapter for the Dishonored series, then it is a truly fitting conclusion.
  8. Sep 29, 2017
    This is a decent expansion to Dishonored 2 and sets up a new, potentially interesting status quo for the series, but it takes out so much of what Dishonored 2 had under the hood that it feels a bit slight by comparison, and the few brand-new additions are heavily limited. I don’t regret playing it, but it’s hard to say more about it than that it’s a stripped-down pseudo-sequel.
  9. Sep 25, 2017
    Death of the Outsider is smaller, more focused standalone expansion that eschews some of the series’ superfluous mainstays to deliver a core, action-stealth experience. If this is the end for Dishonored, then it’s gone out in style.
  10. Sep 23, 2017
    Billy Lurk is in town and everyone may know it. Death of the Outsider gives you a brand new adventure an although it is a stand alone expansion, it feels like a new game. It keeps you busy for hours and challenges you in every corner.
  11. Sep 20, 2017
    A fantastic expansion to an excellent game, Dishonored: Death of the Outsider is a macabre joy to play from start to finish.
  12. Sep 19, 2017
    Whether or not you already played Dishonored, you can trust Death of the Outsider which grants us a very good story an impeccable gameplay and enough new stuff to keep the seasoned player on edge.
  13. Sep 14, 2017
    Death of the Outsider ultimately emerges as a strong chapter in one of the best modern action/RPG series thanks to gameplay refinements and dedication to its dark fiction. This standalone expansion doesn’t revolutionize the series but instead does something more important, navigating the familiar to bring everything to a satisfying conclusion.
  14. Sep 22, 2017
    It was wonderfully satisfying to have more Dishonored to play, even if Death of the Outsider doesn’t quite meet the high bar Dishonored 2 set in story or mission design. Even though it’s a shorter and slightly shallower game, there are some exciting new abilities and interesting changes to the energy system, and the freedom from consequences of Chaos further encourage experimentation and freedom. All in all, it’s a worthy end to the story that began five years ago.
  15. Sep 19, 2017
    Death of the Outsider keeps all the virtues of the series, and although it's obviously shorter than the main episodes, the experience remains the same. If you like Dishonored or stealth-based games, don't miss it.
  16. Sep 24, 2017
    Death of the Outsider is a mature and highly polished spin on the core Dishonored formula. It tries new things and mostly succeeds, and it's a must-play for fans of the franchise. While it's nice that it exists as a standalone title, it shouldn't be the first Dishonored game you play.
  17. Sep 22, 2017
    Dishonored: Death of the Outsider is a stand-alone DLC that slightly slows down the Dishonored 2 gaming formula with convincing and exciting results.
  18. Jan 30, 2018
    Although this is ultimately just more Dishonored, fans now have five more missions to play and some new powers to test out. Those who didn’t like the original games or who feel burned out on the franchise won’t find anything here to change their minds, but if this is, indeed, Arkane’s sendoff for the series, they went out on a good note.
  19. CD-Action
    Dec 19, 2017
    In contrast to Emily or Corvo Billie does not offer the sense of true power, which might be disappointing to some, but to me was refreshing. Death of the Outsider provides just five missions, but one of them is so good and so extensive that I replayed it over and over again to find every alternative path and hidden event. [12/2017, p.70]
  20. games(TM)
    Nov 3, 2017
    A worthy addition to an already great franchise. [Issue#193, p.78]
  21. Oct 5, 2017
    Death of the Outsider’s existence as a stand-alone game is a curiosity. Though it may appear to be, Death of the Outsider is not a great entry point for new players. The story delivers payoffs on characters that you need to already be attached to and it doesn’t lay much groundwork for you to get attached to them. For fans of the series, it is a great exploration of Billie and Daud’s relationship. It’s also a fun way to let loose and play Dishonored the way “you’re not supposed.” Dishonored: Death of the Outsider is not a must-play, but it is a great addition to series and a satisfying ending to the Kaldwin-era.
  22. Sep 29, 2017
    Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, shows that if Dishonored is indeed coming to an end, it is a fitting tribute to its engaging world.
  23. Sep 28, 2017
    As a standalone story, Death of the Outsider is well worth the price of admission. Although it doesn’t innovate on the gameplay in any meaningful way, it’s as well-designed as anything in the series and fans will enjoy facing new challenges in the streets of Karnaca. We particularly enjoyed the scrappy underdog feeling of playing as Billie, with fewer powers than her protagonist predecessors.
  24. Sep 28, 2017
    Death of the Outsider has neither the out-of-this-world level design nor the masterful story writing of Dishonored 2, but it does not fail to impress as it offers a true Dishonored experience and a satisfying closure to the “Kaldwin Era”.
  25. Sep 27, 2017
    Dishonored: Death of the Outsider is a good entry in the stealth franchise, but falls short compared to its predecessors due an uninspired level design. Nevertheless, it’s a great closure for the Jessamine Kaldwin saga and the retribution story of Corvo Attano that fans of the Dishonored series will learn to love.
  26. Sep 26, 2017
    This is Dishonered at its best: it has interesting stealth action and every level has multiple ways of how to deal with them. It is too bad the game offers too many moments where there are just a bunch of guards thrown at you, but other than that: great.
  27. Sep 25, 2017
    The predictable story and short running time are countered with varied gameplay and great level design. Definitely good enough to keep Dishonored fans happy.
  28. Sep 25, 2017
    As a whole, the entire package of Dishonored – Death of the Outsider is solid. You’re basically getting all the bells and whistles you would find in previous games in the series with more freedom and less restrictions to go take every living thing in your path out without prejudice. It’s one helluva last, if it is that, adventure to the series that is basically saying, Go have some fun, before waving goodbye on its lavish retirement plan. There’s certainly not a lot to dislike about this release, as it pretty much has everything you want. I guess the only knock I could find about the gameplay is that it is drawn back just a bit in comparison to Dishonored 2. I honestly wouldn’t expect it to be on the same level and scope as the second game in the series, but that’s the only knock I could give this game.
  29. Sep 20, 2017
    Dishonored: Death of the Outsider is a fitting resolution to a familiar story. Billie Lurk is an excellent character to showcase the underside of a world already known but with plenty of mystery left in it.
  30. 80
    If this truly is is the concluding chapter in the series, Dishonored exits with a fitting goodbye. Death of the Outsider takes a syringe to the magic formula, siphons up the good bits and leaves any and all excess behind.
  31. Sep 20, 2017
    Dishonored: Death of the Outsider is a fantastic expansion for an excellent game.
  32. Sep 19, 2017
    The Dishonored saga comes to an elegant, if not entirely satisfying, end with a spin-off adventure that is almost as good as its full price predecessor.
  33. Sep 19, 2017
    Whether quietly or in a shower of blood, Death of the Outsider offers a satisfying romp through a complex, living, deep world.
  34. 80
    A resoundingly confident continuation of 2016’s Game of the Year, Death of the Outsider is a worthy addition to the Dishonored pantheon.
  35. Sep 18, 2017
    Without any doubt this is an essential title for the fans of the Dishonored saga, being somehow "more of the same" but equally special and well taken care of down to the smallest detail. The ending point of a great story with great characters that any lover of action adventures with stealth and strategy should experience.
  36. Sep 18, 2017
    Dishonored: Death of the Outsider is another solid adventure that’s just as generous and involving as either of the main games. It’s a shorter experience, but everything you love about the series is present and correct, and as always, replayability is extremely high. Billie is a great character and inherits some cool abilities that allow for multiple approaches to missions. Some narrative niggles let the game down a bit, and it feels a little rushed at the end, but all told, this is every inch a Dishonored game, which can only be a good thing.
  37. Sep 18, 2017
    Dishonored: Death Of The Outsider is a solid, inventive, yet somewhat subdued capper to the stories from the previous Dishonored games. While the smaller scope can be felt throughout, the approach to allowing players to express themselves as a master assassin is just as strong as ever. It's uncertain where the series can go from here, but this stand-alone release proves that Dishonored is still a remarkably designed stealth-action game with much potential, that offers players the chance to be creative in ways they'd least expect.
  38. Sep 18, 2017
    Dishonored: Death of the Outsider is an honorable closure to a franchise before it starts to look overexploited.
  39. Sep 18, 2017
    Death of the Outsider uses a smaller scale to create a game that offers up its rewards quicker but without diminishing their payoff.
  40. Sep 18, 2017
    Death of the Outsider is a superb way of closing the parenthesis of the Dishonored saga. By giving the player new powers to play with, Arkane forces us to redefine the way we play the series. As usual, each level offers multiple possibilities, but this time the lethal of pacifist approach does not change the world we live in.
  41. Sep 18, 2017
    From the gorgeous Key Art to the gameplay capable of being eye-catching, wistful and inventive, everything is in the right place.
  42. Sep 18, 2017
    A new chance to visit Karnaca and to infiltrate ourselves in its dark streets. A game full of shadows and the option of choosing action and fight as a final resource in case we are detected. Shorter than Dishonored 2 but also fun and deep.
  43. Sep 18, 2017
    Death of the Outsider successfully sees out one of its most intriguing lead characters and one of its most powerful villains in a worthwhile adventure. Across six or so hours, this standalone indulgence doesn’t add much truly new, instead relying on tweaks of its existing formula . But it delivers strong missions and an excuse to continue skulking around this fabulous and hugely atmospheric world.
  44. Sep 18, 2017
    Dishonored: Death of the Outsider is another great chapter in an extraordinary franchise. More interesting storywise but with a less inspired game design than its predecessors, the adventure of Billie Lurke is a convincing ending for the story arc that began with the murder of Jessamine Kaldwin and the vengeance of Corvo Attano.
  45. Sep 15, 2017
    Dishonored: Death of the Outsider is a good stand alone adventure that deepens the story of Billie Lurk. It offers roughly three-four hours of gameplay and brand new powers to experiment with.
  46. 70
    Death of the Outsider is just more Dishonored in about every way, but it could have been a unique experience with a few additions like the aforementioned inclusion of mini-bosses and some co-operative missions with Daud. But I enjoyed my time slinking through its world and saying goodbye to an underappreciated franchise that opens the door for an all new direction if the story is to be continued.
  47. Sep 22, 2017
    Quotation forthcoming.
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  1. Sep 19, 2017
    A morbid, potent epilogue for Dishonored 2 equipped with new powers, some great locations and some overdue tweaks. [Recommended]
  2. Oct 4, 2017
    Death Of The Outsider’s clever ending choice gives you the opportunity to undo the wrong that created him, not with more bloodshed or manipulation but with one of the truest acts of compassion that this cold-hearted series has ever afforded. It doesn’t get much more radical than that.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 337 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 39 out of 337
  1. Sep 16, 2017
    Same great gameplay experience as other immersive sims and old dishonored games. Maybe i missed more superpowers and runes, maybe billie isSame great gameplay experience as other immersive sims and old dishonored games. Maybe i missed more superpowers and runes, maybe billie is not so interesting character but whatever, even if dishonored never had a great story, it's one of the most addicted single campaign games. I love atmosphere, details and design. Already spend 10 hours and still in chapter 3 because of "play your way" style and enjoyable trophies. Full Review »
  2. Sep 16, 2017
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. DOTO is a step backwards from the impressive writing that the Dishonored franchise is known for. The story is incoherent put against its predecessors and the characters are flat. For 30 bucks you can complete this extension within six or so hours. A few scenes within the game were disturbing in its implications, such as The Outsider pinning Billie Lurk and forcing supernatural powers on them as Billie tries to fight them off.

    The levels were recycled from Dishonored 2 and felt uncreative. DOTO’s small saving grace is Billie’s powers are interesting, but not enough to call this game enjoyable. Other than that, Billie is this character with no real motivation, is directed by Daud (who is scarce within the game and dies off screen, out of the blue) on what is to be done, and limps through a story that doesn’t quite make sense. I would recommend watching playthroughs and if you find it interesting, then spend. This is not Arkane’s best and, to be honest, continuing to extend the DH franchise feels like a stretch. DH did a great job creating a self-contained and fantastic story. DH2 hit a few marks in that area, but it felt like an unneeded continuation. The ribbons and bows were already neatly tied in DH regarding story and its universe. This installment, DOTO, is a painful stretch and we see characters and the universe suffer because of it through the writing.
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  3. Sep 16, 2017
    EsTora - That's a well-written negative review with quite valid points on story, character and themes. I just wish you rounded it out withEsTora - That's a well-written negative review with quite valid points on story, character and themes. I just wish you rounded it out with thoughtful reflection on gameplay, mechanics and such. The game was an enjoyable playthrough, but I agree with your points on story. Honestly, Dishonored is one of those few games that didn't really merit a sequel, it was such a well-written self-contained story. Dishonored 2 was a stretch and seemed superfluous. And a final 'stand-alone' seemed excessive. Full Review »