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Game Platform: 
PS3/Xbox 360
Arkane Studios/Bethesda Software
Star Rating: 
9 out of 10

Murder and revenge for the Steampunk in you.

The Pitch:  In a sea of sequels this fall, Dishonored carves itself a niche by mixing first-person hand-to-hand combat with plot full of conspiracy, murder, betrayal and revenge.

What It Really Is: Opening with a bang, Dishonored immediately sets the pace by framing Corvo, the main character, for murder and throwing him into a jail cell. And then the action starts. Blending two-handed combat with a steampunk victorian setting, the game does a great job of creating a visceral element of action as you choose to stealthily tackle levels or go balls out with swinging swords and popping pistols. At times, Dishonored feels very much like a first-person take on Assassin’s Creed with its faux-historical storyline and plot twists but is decidedly original in its approach to weapons and combat. If your life is seriously lacking up close and personal swordplay Dishonored will deliver the surplus of the swashbuckles you’re missing. Ready-Made Press Blurb:Dishonored gives you all the framed-for-murder action of The Fugitive with none of the prosthetics!”

Fun Fact: Dishonored actually aims to give you the choice of using stealth to advance through the levels but, every time we tried to make it through without hacking people to shreds, we hacked EVERYONE to shreds. This is not a bad thing.

Who’s It For: Dishonored is the video game equivalent of dipping your toe into the ocean because you like hanging out by the pool. It’s a first-person shooter but has more of a focus on swordplay and melee combat. It draws from history without being a documentary. It entwines you in its plot without making you read novels for backstory. If you’re looking for a departure from the blockbuster console games without losing the polished, thoughtfulness that goes into blockbuster console games, Dishonored is worth your lunch money.

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