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Dishonored tips: three quick tactics for early success

Thursday, 11 October 2012 07:39 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Dishonored is already totting up Game of the Year awards, but it’s not everybody’s Chai soy latte with pumpkin spice. Let our simple advice boost you onto the bandwagon before you lose your hipster cred.

A correct approach.

I got an IM yesterday which described Dishonored as “inaccessible”. I promptly deleted the contact and tried to have them deported, of course, because as far as I’m concerned Dishonored is the exact opposite of that; it never leaves off begging me to come back and do all sorts of interesting things to it. But OK, let’s imagine for a moment you’re struggling to get into Dishonored (perhaps you don’t enjoy fun?) and offer a few tips on coming to terms with your new found freedom to do whatever the heck you want.

Don’t be turned off by the prison escape
Dishonored doesn’t really start until you receive your first power. While the game could probably completed using absolutely none of Corvo’s mystical abilities, that one very basic ability which is thrust upon you – Blink – is a deceptively simple and beautiful thing which goes together with the line-of-sight detection system in much the same way your hands attach to your wrists: seamlessly.

The opening sequence after Corvo’s imprisonment is, for lackadaisical stealth players like myself, a bit of a nightmare; you’ll have to rely purely on cover to make it through, and while there’s some great stuff in it, it’s generally unrepresentative of the rest of the game.

This does seem a bit silly – why not put the core mechanic in right from the get go? – but it also makes the sudden blossoming of understanding when you do put Blink to use all the better for the contrast. Once you have it, piss about with Blink; upgrade it, and learn how it works and what you can do with it. The answer to that last one is “pretty much everything”.

Another viable tactic.

Combat is supposed to be hard
When you get the swordplay right in Dishonored it’s more than satisfying. Parrying leaves enemies open for a glorious kill cam complete with delicious squelching sounds; powers are devastating; and handing out the smackdown to small groups of well-equipped foes certainly shows off Corvo’s training.

When it goes wrong, though, it’s less than ideal; Corvo reels when struck, causing you to lose track of opponents; enemies circle around to flank you; and if you miss a pistol shot or fire attack cue your health drains alarmingly quickly. Even an experienced player may be left staring at the You Have Died screen when they unwittingly plop down in a group of overseers.

This isn’t about difficulty; it’s about rewarding preparedness. If you pick your fights, have a plan of attack; know your tools and you’ll dance around the environment leaving a trail of red sauce. If you get jumped in an alley, you’ll have learned a valuable lesson for next time about not panicking and flailing. Don’t blame the control pad.

A further valid strategy.

Assign your hot keys
This is important, friends: time does not stop when you open your menus – it only slows. If you are in a combat scenario and you open your power wheel to begin leisurely scrolling about someone is going to have your face on the ground and be extracting your teeth to decorate their watch with before you can say “where is my pistol”.

This speaks to me because when the shit hits the fan and you don’t have a back up plan prepared, there’s very little you can do to avoid the manure raining around you. Consequential game design is all kinds of sexy, amirite?

But assign a couple of powers to your hot keys, learn them well, and you’ll always be ready to react; shortcuts make for excellent emergency exits. For Chaos fans, cue up a combat power and when three guards corner you you’ll be off on your toes in no time, smugly pleased with your rapid fire response. When stealth goes wrong you’re probably still going to find yourself miles upstream a certain well-known creek, but a rapid bit of Blink spam is an excellent paddle provided you can find the button without scrabbling pathetically at the controls trying to remember where it is.

You’re now equipped to walk the mean streets of Dunwall. Dishonored is out now in the US and Australia, and arrives in Europe on Friday, for PC, PlaySTation 3 and Xbox 360.

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30 Comments

  1. Talkar

    The game is really great! But i still wish stealth wasn’t so easy x)

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Patrick Garratt

    It’s not easy for me :( It’s kicking my ass. I’m on the third mission. I’m actually dying a lot less now I “get” it more. I’ve slowed right down now. It seems to reward being as sneaky as possible.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Patrick Garratt

    But yeah, I love it.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Brenna Hillier

    @1 you can make it quite difficult if you kill everything to pump up your chaos rating. The number of guards, rats and weepers piles on and it becomes very tricky to ghost.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Mythor

    I murdered a lot of guards (and rats) on my way out of the prison. I’m sure a lot of the murders were not strictly necessary, but it was practice. For more murdering. :)

    Really enjoying it thus far though I’m not very far into it. Partly because of wandering off the beaten path…

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Talkar

    @2
    Maybe i should elaborate on what i mean when i say i think stealthing is to easy :P
    The biggest factor is the fact you have these superpowers/special abilites/ whatever you call them, and they basically mean that you can’t do anything wrong when stealthing. Got caught and have 10 guards chasing you? Blink up on a rooftop and everything is fine.
    Secondly the AI is pretty stupid at times, i’ve had several occasions where i’m thinking “i’m going to be spotted right about NOW” and then nothing happens. Some times, just to test it, i’ve even managed to stand right next to a guard, literally, standing, not even crouched, and he didn’t see me.
    And lastly the autosave system. It is fine there is an autosave system in the game, but disable it for those of us playing on Very Hard, we want a challenge like in Hitman.
    Regardless, i still love the game, the story, the artstyle, the voice acting, all the small stories a lot of the seemingly nonimportant characters have to tell. I could go on :P

    @4
    I haven’t killed anyone in the game yet. Not even a rat ^^

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Patrick Garratt

    If I go back into the first mission and do it again without killing anyone, will the Chaos rating come down for the other missions?

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Dave Cook

    @4 This is ace advice Brenna, I managed the second full mission without killing anyone and the amount of rat swarms and guards in the third dropped considerably.

    So yeah, be a pacifist and life gets easier. Excellent risk-reward system.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Patrick Garratt

    @8 I don’t get how you can complete the second mission without killing anyone. Isn’t the point of it (spoilers) to actually kill people?

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Dave Cook

    @10 nah, you can do a deal with an NPC. Do something for them and they make the targets disappear forever. It’s easy to miss as there’s no map or hud markers. I think the key is to explore everywhere but your destination first. You find so much.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Patrick Garratt

    One sees. I might go back and try it again.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Telepathic.Geometry

    @6: Why not just not use autosave then if you want a challenge?

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Johnny Cullen

    About to dig into my copy (once my 360 stops downloading a new system update):

    Fucking hype, man. Been on my watch list since its announcement and now its out, I can’t wait to dig in. Decided to take off today and tomorrow for it now. P to the UMP to the ED.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Patrick Garratt

    Oh, I *see*. There really is a way to do every mission without killing anyone.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Telepathic.Geometry

    My copy just arrived in Tokyo today, so I should have my grubby paws on this tomorrow, and start my killing spree Friday evening, just in time for my birthday! Huzzah!

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Edo

    @6 ” Got caught and have 10 guards chasing you”that’s the thing right there,people don’t want to be caught(myself included),it’s not about getting caught and getting away with it.Also I am doing a non-lethal playthrough myself and if you possess a rat it doesn’t survive the possession.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. roadkill

    @6 “Some times, just to test it, i’ve even managed to stand right next to a guard, literally, standing, not even crouched, and he didn’t see me.” You can do that in real life as well, stand near people without them knowing you are there. Though there are some who can.. “feel” your presence.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Patrick Garratt

    @16 Does it count rats as kills?

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Dave Cook

    @18 nope

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Talkar

    @17 It doesn’t matter what you can or can’t do in real life. Here we are talking about a video game. And i for one want to be challenged instead of having my hand held for the duration of my play sessions.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. roadkill

    @20 So you want the AI to know where you are whether they look or not in your direction. Well, maybe you do but most people don’t. I for one want realistic behaviors and not to arcadish ones.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. zinc

    Vegans always let you know their vegan, pc gamers always let you know that all games are far too easy for their l33t skillz.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Edo

    @19 Yes,but the thing is …I do :) .

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Talkar

    @21
    You want realism in a game that is everything but realistic? lol

    #24 2 years ago
  25. roadkill

    @24 Well you do have problems with understanding life in general so I guess the game might seem unrealistic to you.

    edit: lol

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Len

    I’m playing this on pc but with a 360 pad as just makes the control easier I found after starting with m&k. Would never normally play a fps with a pad but this is more a fpadventire imo and just makes all the moves/powers etc more accessible. Recommend trying a pad if you don’t have spider fingers like me. :)

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Len

    I’m playing this on pc but with a 360 pad as just makes the control easier I found after starting with m&k. Would never normally play a fps with a pad but this is more a fpadventure imo and just makes all the moves/powers etc more accessible. Recommend trying a pad if you don’t have spider fingers like me. :)

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Len

    Eek crazy dbl post, dunno what happened there!?!?!?

    #28 2 years ago
  29. piercemoss44

    Ah I love this game so much, it took me a while of playing to get my mind grasped around the controls, and making everything flow beautifully. Which, I can finialy do, I’m an evenly ballenced assassin. Occasionally will sneak through places, or (in my opinion) have more fun and rage freely, fast and smoothly in ways I have to pause the game, smile and think “I can’t believe I just did that”. I haven’t found the game as much as an RPG game as I hoped, more RPG missions than overall RPG…. Tips in my mind though, all varie with the role you play. If you try to be stealthy, the upgrading blink and dark vision are vital to that role… Then you have the role I prefer, which is half and half.. I’ll be stealthy for a min, then figure out their actions and take them out as fast as I can.. For that, I think blink, agility, bend time, and windblast. The down fall to this is that it can be costly with mana depending the situation. I usually just try to stick with the crossbow, and blink… This game in my opinion is just awesome, I wish it had more freedom. But I also may not be that far enough into it.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Telepathic.Geometry

    I have forged myself into a fucking stealth ninja shadow bastard for my final ghost/clean hands play through. I fucking loving it! Blink is my bitch now, I’ve mastered the art of where I can go and who can see me.

    Also, I recommend dark vision level 1, slow-time and finding the galvani resin. I adore plodding through the world as a stealthy voyeur, stealing and sneaking. This must be what playing Thief 4 will be like…

    #30 2 years ago

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    Live-action Dead Rising movie Watchtower is almost upon us. Dead Rising: Watchtower will release on Crackle on March 27, and via other digital distributors thereafter. Enjoy the short teaser below, courtesy of IGN.

  • We Happy Few debut hits you upside the face with a frying pan

    Contrast developer Compulsion Games has revealed its next project – the delightfully creepy-looking We Happy Few. We Happy Few is set in “a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England” where “a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial”. Players are tasked with blending in with […]

  • Slender: The Arrival creeping onto PS4, Xbox One in March

    Slender: The Arrival sold like hotcakes on PC and last-gen consoles, so why not terrify yourself on PS4 and Xbox One, too? Slender: The Arrival will release on PS4 on March 24 and on Xbox One on March 25, developer Blue Isle Studios has announced, for $10. No word on that Wii U version, though. […]

  • GOG weekend sale celebrates German debut

    DRM-free games vendor GOG is celebrating its German-language launch with a tasty sale. The sale offers discounts over 25 “German favourites”. Highlights inclue 97% off Deponia, and less steep but still tasty savings on Memoria and Blackguards 1 and 2. The sale will run through March 3, and you do not have to be, speak, […]

  • Humble Weekly Bundle goes back to Japan

    The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is called Made in Japan, and I’m sure you can guess the theme. Pay what you want for Cherry Tree High Complete Pack (PC; Steam or DRM free), Fairy Bloom Freesia (PC; Steam or DRM free) and Influent + Language Pack (Linux, Mac, PC; Steam or DRM free). Pay more […]

  • Capcom “looking into” solutions to Resident Evil: Revelations PC co-op issue

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 fans should sit tight for a bit, as Capcom is working on some sort of solution to the co-op issue. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 doesn’t have local co-op on PC and fans are pretty mad about that, as it was advertised ahead of release as a key feature. Although Capcom has […]

  • The games industry is disruption, says Assassin’s Creed producer

    Former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond has characterised the games industry as one long series of upsets. The games industry changes all the time, and that’s one of its best qualities, Raymond said. The ex-Ubisoft leader told Polygon that the reason seh got into games in the first place was because it “is this undefined […]

  • GTA 5 made $31 million in digital revenue in January

    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Titan Attacks, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country and more. eShop on 3DS Ironfall Invasion Titan Attacks! Donkey Kong Land – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 2 – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 3 – Virtual Console Luv Me Buddies Wonderland Around the World […]

  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]

  • Lapsed Final Fantasy 14 players tempted back with 10 day freebie

    Square is offering lapsed FF 14: A Realm Reborn players a chance to come back to the game for 10 days worth of free adventuring. Provided you’ve already bought and registered an account you’ll be able to play free of charge from Feb 27 to March 9. Square wants you to sample the new content […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Sledgehammer looking at “opportunities” to recreate classic Call of Duty maps

    Sledgehammer Games has told VG247 it’s looking at opportunities to recreate classic Call of Duty maps in Advanced Warfare. According to co-founder Michael Condrey, players of the latest Havoc DLC are asking how Exo abilities and verticality can be added to classic franchise maps. “We’re taking a look at some opportunities to really highlight the […]

  • GTA Online reader playlist week 7: and the winner is…

    Stuff was shot. But only one player emerged victorious. GTA Online player e031271 won last night’s VG247 reader playlist, beating myself, Matt and regulars solidorwot and Revolting. Congratulations, Mr e031271. A deserved victory. We play a GTA Online playlist in an open session every Wednesday on PS4, because it’s both funny and fun. Anyone’s welcome […]

  • Leaked screens reveal The Reef as Destiny’s new “social space”

    A handful of leaked Destiny screens seem to confirm that The Reef location will be the new social space in Destiny. The new addition is likely to be revealed as part of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Reddit user Megamanexe4 dropped the screens on the site earlier this morning, along with grabs that reveal […]