Take back what’s yours

This year with all of the new video game releases, there has been a lot to look forward to. Though there has been loads of hype for these new additions to the gaming world, one title stands out from the rest. Dishonored 2 is the sequel to the stealth-action adventure video game developed by Arkane Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. Dishonored 2 requires the player to be cunning and stealthy to get through each mission.

The game introduces a fictional place in the Empire of the Isles, Karnaca. Karnaca is the capital of Serkonos, a coastal city in the southern area in the Empire of the Isles, known as the “Jewel of the South”. The city is powered by wind turbines with currents that are generated by a cleft mountain located at the city border, and silver is extracted from the local mines. However, the city has many dust storms, resulting from wind blowing across the mines and into the city. Because of this, the mining area has been named the “Dust District”.

The game takes place 15 years after the first installment of the series where the main protagonist, Corvo Attano, restored Emily Kaldwin to the throne after he was framed for her mother, Jessamine Kaldwin, the Empress of Dunwall’s, assassination. The city of Dunwall has thrived under the reign of Emily, who Corvo has been training to protect herself from the same fate as her mother. Although Dunwall has been prosperous, other empires have been brought down by a serial murderer known as the “Crown Killer”. This has led many to believe that Emily and Corvo are responsible for the deaths of their enemies. Dunwall is holding ceremony in remembrance of Kaldwin’s assassination, which is interrupted by The Duke Luca Abele of Serkonos. Luca Abele arrives with the witch Delilah Copperspoon claiming that she is Jessamine’s older half-sister and true heir to the throne. Abele’s men then attack and kill Emily’s guards and Delilah manages to subdue Corvo and steal his powers.

This is where the player has a choice to continue as either Corvo or Emily. Depending on their choice, Delilah will turn the character they didn’t choose into a statue and the other will be locked away in their chambers. Similar to the first game the player has access to supernatural powers. In the sequel, the upgrading system for each power has been changed to a skill tree with multiple paths and many upgrades. Corvo still has many of the powers that were available in the first game, although with his current state, they have been reset. Corvo’s “blink” ability still enables him to reach a certain location via teleportation, but can be upgraded to freeze time and also inflict damage on impact with the momentum that is built up from the teleportation. Emily, on the other hand, has a new set of powers. “Far reach” is one of these, which allows her to pull enemies and objects to her and to travel without physically moving in order to get to the top of a ledge. “Domino” is a new power that links the fates of enemies, which is useful in a situation where you find yourself outnumbered.

Dishonored 2 is available for PS4, XB ONE and Microsoft Windows, and was released on Nov. 11 2016. There is also additional downloadable content that was provided for free alongside the Definitive Edition of the first game, with the pre-order purchase of Dishonored 2.