A compact game like this deserves a compact review.
After playing through and loving Dishonored 2 back in 2016, I went right into playing Dishonored 1 and got the platinum in both. Those games, especially the 2nd one, are some of my favorite gaming experiences in this console generation. It’s usually hard for me to pick up a DLC pack to a game that I already completed and put away. With a financial freedom and the cost of games not really being the deciding factor on what I play, unlike how it was as a child, once I beat a game it goes back in the case and I move on to the next thing. This is something I’ve been attempting to change over that past few months, just to see how it all shakes out. I do think it’s a good incentive to go back and play games I really enjoyed, like Horizon: Zero Dawn. Now that I have The Frozen Wilds it adds an extra reason to go for another round with it.
So when I decided to pick up Death of the Outsider I actually forgot that it was a standalone game, I thought the main game was needed and and this was just a little expansion for it. This game can be picked up for really cheap, with Dishonored 2 for only 9.99 at the time of writing. Which is an insane deal and if you haven’t played a Dishonored game, you should pick up to at once. Dishonored 2 should be played for context before going into Death of the Outsider however.
You play as Billie Lurke (Meagan Foster) as she rescues Daud and attempts to kill the Outsider. That’s the main thrust of the story, it’s interesting but not what I was really here for. It took me a little bit to really get into the story of this game, for some reason I can’t explain, I just didn’t care about reading most of the letters and notes spread about the environment. Perhaps I’m just getting tired of it all, or that I’d rather be playing the game than sitting there reading something every 30 seconds. The story did start picking up towards the end and I became increasing engrossed in what was happening. What likely happened is that I just viewed this game as something quick and easy to pass some time, so I didn’t feel a huge investment in it like some of the other major titles I play.
There are only 5 levels
This fact felt like a good thing to me. Two of the stages even feature the same part of the city but at different times of day and with different buildings that you enter as the main gameplay area. You can easily platinum this game over a weekend. Just take your time and enjoy the world and abilities your first time through, the level select will help getting the majority of trophies once you went through the story.
You get three main abilities in this game, one is a warp (similar to the 2nd game), a scout type ability, and an impersonation ability. The main one you’ll be using is the warp one as you sneak around the map. One of the trophies you need for the platinum is where you have to play the whole game without getting detected, which is the best way to play. This is the rare type of game where sneaking around actually feels good. You don’t feel cheated from enemies with supernatural hearing or eyesight, it feels very logical in the way detection is calculated.
The other abilities are good, but they didn’t suit my play style that often, I’d seriously end up using one ability 90% of the time.
Let’s just cut the bullshit though. Have you played either Dishonored 1 or 2?
If the answer is no to both, maybe play 1, but definitely play Dishonored 2 and then this game.
If you just played Dishonored 1 then play 2 first and this right after.
If you played Dishonored 1 and 2, then pick up this game and enjoy.
If you only played Dishonored 2, then pick up this game and enjoy.
Pretty easy I’d say. What else needs to be said? It’s the modern Bioshock and that’s all I need in my life.