The Empress of Gristol is dead by an assassin's hand. Her bodyguard and confidant is framed for the crime, and set to be executed. When he's freed from prison by sympathizers of the rebellion, he's tasked with collapsing the city of Dunwall's aristocracy, by bloodshed or slander.

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Granny Rags (voice)
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Callista Curnow (voice)
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Alternate Street Speaker (voice)
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Admiral Havelock (voice)
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Piero Joplin (voice)
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Daud (voice)
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Empress Jessamine Kaldwin / Corvo's Heart (voice)
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The Outsider (voice)
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Lord Treavor Pendleton (voice)
Kristoffer Tabori ...
Lord Regent Hiram Burrows (voice)
Zach Hanks ...
Morgan Pendleton / Custis Pendleton (voice)
Anna Graves ...
The Boyle Sisters / Weeper (voice)
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High Overseer Campbell (voice)
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Madam Prudence (voice)
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In the plague ridden land of Gristol, Empress Kaldwin is left dead by a hired assassin, and her daughter kidnapped. Though an assassin did the dirty work, to the non witnessed it was her protector, Corvo Attano. Corvo is left to rot in prison only to escape with the help of revolutionaries and a god known as the Outsider. It is up to him to rescue the Empress's daughter and kill her conspirators, leaving a glorious new empire for the princess or a rugged hell hole dependent upon his choices. Written by SemescoHunter

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$25,000,000 (estimated)
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If the player killed the announcer during the Dunwall Tower mission, he will be replaced by a female announcer who will be heard through the rest of the game. See more »

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Guard 1: Do you think you'll get your own squad after what happened last night?
Guard 2: Indeed. I believe so.
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The gameplay and art style stands out, but not much else
23 March 2016 | by (Valhalla) – See all my reviews

As a stealth game, I think this is probably one of the standard ones in terms of story but it makes up for it in it's art style and it's gameplay. I'll describe the gameplay in detail later but if it sounds like your thing then this is a very fun game. However, if you're like me then you'll see how close the story came to being good but fails.

The plot is that Corvo, the Empress of Dunwall's bodyguard is searching for a cure to the plague. When he reaches there she gets assassinated shortly afterwards and he is blamed. He breaks out of jail and is saved and taken into hiding by the people who I guessed within 10 minutes of meeting them would betray Corvo again. Either way, your mission is to clear your name and work your way up the ranks to topple a government, alone in a ridiculously short amount of time. However you are also given supernatural powers of your choosing, this can be used to determine the way you play the game.

The gameplay can be best described as taking the level design of a Hit-man game, adding in bits of Assassin's Creed and on top of that something like Bioshock or The Elder Scrolls. Needless to say there is a lot of variety in the ways to kill people, I mean do you trick their plans to poison someone into accidentally poisoning himself? Do you break into their safe and broadcast all over the city their crimes in a confession tape and leave them to everyone else? The supernatural powers are fun to use, I used possession and teleporting all the time and I did like some of the weapons as well, this game does offer plenty of variety in how to play it, maybe sparking interest in replaying the game. Either way, the swordplay is excellent, probably the best I've seen in a while and the powers alone are worth replaying by mixing around.

Okay, what didn't I like? The Story. I could guess that the people I was helping were going to betray Corvo by the end, partly because I honestly didn't think it made sense to take him on board otherwise and even still, the game is about 4 or 5 levels long without the betrayal. That and I think this premise could work, even with the silent protagonist. If they built on Corvo's relationship with Emily, if they conveyed his determination without gameplay, if they explained why he is getting the supernatural powers above all others, then this probably could have been a solid 10, give or take. But as is, the story is not very good.

I'd say if what you're looking for is a game that has variety and could easily replay missions and come out with something different then I would recommend this game, it's story has an extreme drag factor to it but I'd say if you want a stealth game with variety, then while this doesn't deliver on the same level as, let's say - Hit-man Blood Money, I'd say it is worth a look.


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