Dishonored Launch Week: Riding the midnight train to Reviewville

“It’s a big, shiny example of so much we keep asking for in games, but rarely get. Luckily, the best way to vindicate it is to buy and then play an amazing game.” – PC Gamer (92/100)

That’s one of many highlights from all the reviews pouring in for Dishonored. With under 24 hours until the game launches in North America, there’s plenty of reviews to read up on.

Before heading off to bed, here’s a quick rundown:

Polygon (9/10) – “With everything against it, Arkane has created a game with a unifying vision and design that stands apart from its contemporaries as something different. But more importantly, Dishonored succeeds as an ambitious game not content to take one thing and do it well.”

Gamespot (9/10) – “It’s a rare game that feels so compulsively replayable, but Dishonored is such a game.”

EDGE (9/10) – “It’s a rare delight to play a game with such consistency of vision, its art design, level architecture, rulesets, storylines and writing all working in lockstep.”

Revision3 (video review above) – “It’s detailed and engaging and unique. It’s one of the best game of the year.”

Official PlayStation Magazine(9/10) - It succeeds because it gives you the freedom to mastermind incredible set-pieces for yourself, rather than showing you a scripted sequence. It’s as good as first-person gaming gets, and it’s set in one of the most original gameworlds in years, calling to mind Half-Life 2’s oppression-ravaged streets, and an intricate level design style reminiscent of Deus Ex, System Shock and Thief games from the old days, necromancing gaming maxims that seem to have all but died in recent times.”

The Escapist (5/5) – “Grab it so you’ll know what everyone is talking about when the Game of the Year conversations start happening.”

GameSpy(4.5.5) – “A supernatural work of videogame art.”

CVG (9.5/10) – “One of the greatest game of this generation.”

Kotaku – “It’s a bizarre, eclectic blend, the type of combination that might seem too ambitious to work. But the resulting game is nothing short of a masterpiece.”

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - “Dishonored is a work of rare imagination and skill, the sort of thing that can’t simply be copied and repeated.”

Destructoid (9/10) – “Dishonored is that game of 2012. It’s the big intellectual property that comes to retail and shows up the competition by being bold, original, and — more importantly — brilliant. Easily deserving of its place among the BioShocks and the Borderlandses, Arkane’s aggressive, non-aggressive, unsubtle, sneaky, thoroughly versatile tale of intrigue makes for the kind of game that reminds us this generation isn’t all straightforward shooters and “me too” trend-seekers.”

GameArena (10/10) – “Dishonored, like Thief, or Deus Ex, is one of those timeless games you’ll play a dozen times.”

IGN (9.2/10) – “Players who really take the time to enjoy the experience are rewarded too. The more runes, bone charms and money you find, the more you can augment and upgrade your character, and the more bad-ass you’ll become.”

OXM (9/10) – “ Arkane Studios has crafted what’s likely the year’s best new IP, and by tapping into elements of so many of this generation’s greatest games, this adventure sneaks up, grabs you, and won’t let go.”

Joystiq (4.5.5) – “Dishonored is remarkably polished, bending stealth action in new directions and offering plenty of freedom.”

GamesRadar (4.5/5) – “Dishonored is a game that you won’t want to miss.”

Giant Bomb (4/5) – “Dishonored is an excellent game, and one worthy of your attention.”

Game Informer (8.75/10) – “The team at Arkane Studios has injected an array of cool possibilities into the simulated city of Dunwall, and discovering them all is a blast.”

Phew! That’s a lot of late night reading. We’ll be sharing plenty more throughout Dishonored’s launch week.

Dishonored voted #1 at Eurogamer Expo

While last week’s Eurogamer Expo is over, there’s still plenty of buzz coming out of the event. Today Eurogamer revealed the attendees’ top 10 list, with Dishonored coming in as the most popular game of the show. Here’s an excerpt from the article…

“Dishonored’s another smart offering, though it’s perhaps not as shy about that part of its make-up as some of its compatriots. Here’s a game that promises to reward the intelligent player, its brand of stealth being culled straight from a golden age of PC gaming. That a new IP from a pretty much unproven studio is generating so much excitement is testament to Dishonored’s power.”

 Read the full article here.

Are you ready for Dishonored?

Arkane is! With only a few days remaining until launch, they’re already counting the seconds in their Austin office.

If you’re anxious too, we’re pleased to announce the game is now ready for pre-load on Steam!

For more on the game, check out OXM UK’s hands-on preview of the Boyle Party, as well as IGN’s spoof of our recently released interactive video. Watch below.

Dishonored – Path to Revenge

We have just released an interactive video for Dishonored. A true choose your own adventure, the trailer offers a full series of interactive videos – including a branch that allows for a non-violent playthrough.

As you make your way through the video, which was created with the help of the Twine interactive game engine, be on the lookout for hidden giveaways.

Note: The video features extended content (and minor spoilers)… you’ve been warned. We also recommend viewing the video in full screen. Enjoy!

Dishonored Roundup

T-minus one week until Dishonored’s release!!

In the pic above, Harvey and Raf are all smiles as they check out final copies of the game. While you wait for October 9th, here’s some Dishonored news to catch up on:

Finally, catch out this fantastic jam from the always entertaining Dan Bull.

Dishonored is ‘Gold’ and so is this mask

We’re thrilled to announce that Dishonored has “Gone Gold”! After more than three years of development, 30+ versions of the game (accounting for different languages, countries, and platforms) are ready for release. Huge congrats to Arkane’s Lyon and Austin offices, as well as everyone else involved with the project.

Coming to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC, Dishonored will be available in North America on October 9, 2012, in Australia and Spain on October 11, 2012, and throughout Europe on October 12, 2012.

And to celebrate, we’re going to give away an extremely limited Overseer mask (note: not actually made of gold) created specifically for our PAX Prime Boyle Mansion Party, as well as a signed copy of the game. For a chance to win, read the sweepstakes rules after the break.

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Dishonored, The Tales from Dunwall – Episode 3: In the Mind of Madness

Watch ‘In the Mind of Madness’, the final chapter in three-part Dishonored webisode series entitled ‘The Tales from Dunwall’.

‘In the Mind of Madness’ introduces Piero, a key figure in the city of Dunwall, and who also plays a pivotal role in Corvo’s story.

All three episodes, which were created by Psyop and Rokkan, scored by Daniel Licht (Dexter) and narrated by Chloe Grace Moretz (Kick Ass), are currently featured on the game’s official site, www.Dishonored.com.

Dishonored Remix Reminder

Just a reminder that the Remix Competition for ‘The Drunken Whaler’ ends this Friday. If you’re looking for a little inspiration, check out contributions from co-QA Project Lead Jen Tonon and QA Tester James Stancil.

Jen, who provides rhythm guitar and backing vocals for Cassandra Syndrome, took the contest as an opportunity to play some guitar on the weekend. For James’ mix, he took a vastly different approach and turned “The Drunken Whaler” into a catchy dance track.

Don’t worry, as employees of Bethesda, neither are eligible to win :)

To learn more about submitting an entry, visit remix.dishonored.com.