Dishonored is often referred to as an “immersive” game, and that can imply a lot of things — everything from a first-person perspective to, say, dynamic sound design. For Arkane, it means a commitment to all aspects of the word, and that involves the user interface.
While Dishonored features a robust interface to support its rich mechanics, it also affords you the option to tweak the UI for a fully immersive experience. In addition to the general gameplay options — which you can take a look at here — we wanted to reveal the full slate of interface options you’ll be able to enable and disable individually in all versions of the game, as well as some PC-specific features. Click through for the second page of the options, as well as some comparison screenshots.
Some of these selections involve multiple options, such as the crosshair style — “Normal,” “Simple” and “Off” — and the Health/Mana gauges (“Always On,” “Context Sensitive” and “Off”).
Below is a look at the game with the interface fully enabled. In the bottom left you’ll notice the stance icon that changes when you are in stealth mode, as well an icon pointing you to the next objective. In the lower right, context-sensitive icons appear when you approach enemies, doors and other objects you can interact with. The top left is reserved for your health and mana status, as well as your currently equipped power or gadget.
And here’s a look at the same situation with the UI elements disabled via the options menu:
While we’re at it, we also wanted to give you a preview of the PC-specific “shortcut” bar. This bar appears when you hit one of the shortcut buttons — which are mapped by default to the 1-10 keys — and then fades out just as quickly, giving you a more familiar interface to select your powers and gadgets. You still have the option to use the standard Quick Access Wheel, which defaults to “mouse wheel click” on PC. And of course Dishonored also supports the use of a gamepad.
A few options not featured in these screens that we also wanted to mention:
- The FOV slider for changing your field of view. (PC Only)
- Controller and mouse sensitivity options, as well as four different options related to auto aim strength and aim assist.
- The mouse smoothing/acceleration slider and enable/disable options. (PC only).
- Graphics options for the full spectrum of monitor resolutions, anti-aliasing, and various other graphical toggles. (PC only).
If you have any further questions about the interface — or anything else Dishonored-related — let us know in the comments!