Dishonored, Honored (Updated!)

Update (12/19): IGN has named Dishonored the Best Action Game of 2012!

It’s that time of the year when publications are naming their favorite games from months past, and Dishonored is hitting list after GOTY list.

Just today, EDGE bestowed its Game of the Year award to Dishonored, while also naming Arkane the Studio of the Year. Meanwhile, GameSpot granted both its Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 platform GOTY awards to Dishonored, in addition to naming it Action/Adventure of the Year.

Publications that have also recently honored Dishonored with awards and nominations include:

Dishonored is still being played and replayed, and people are writing many words about their experiences. EDGE talks up the game in its Still Playing column, while 1UP chimes in with a spoiler-filled dissection of one of the game’s endings. Also recommended is the Gamasutra blog entry “Spatial and Social Realism in Dishonored” by Scott Juster, which breaks down why Dunwall is such a believable and lived-in setting.

Elsewhere, co-creative director Harvey Smith has a new column at The Penny Arcade Report where he discusses the genius of Far Cry 2. Here’s an excerpt:

“My ultimate moment of unbridled joy playing FC2 came during a side mission, picked up in the form of an assassination contract via radio tower. A couple of jeeps full of armed men were protecting a convoy carrying my target, a sophisticatedly-dressed man with close-cropped white hair and a burgundy suit riding in an SUV.”

Finally, if you missed the VGAs, check out the Dishonored version of “Sam Jackson Mode” on Spike. The party starts at 4:05.

Dunwall City Trials Available Today

Update: The North American PSN store has updated and Dunwall City Trials is now available.

We are pleased to announce Dishonored: Dunwall City Trials, the first add-on pack for the critically-acclaimed first-person action game developed by Arkane Studios, is now available for Xbox 360 and PC for $4.99, £3.99, €4.99 (or 400 Microsoft Points). For PS3, the add-on pack will be available later today in North America and on December 19th in Europe.

To learn more about the DLC’s 10 trials, read a new blog post up on the PlayStation Blog.

Around the web: Award Season

Updated: Congrats to Arkane and BGS for winning Best Action/Adventure Game and Best DLC, respectively, tonight at the VGAs!

Starting… right now, the 10th Annual VGA Awards are live on SPIKE — with both Dishonored and Dawnguard up for nominations. Best of luck to the developers at Arkane and Bethesda Game Studios.

Elsewhere, voting and nominee announcements for other year-end awards are beginning to surface on numerous gaming sites. They include:

Put Your Skills to the Test with Dunwall City Trials

Watch the newly-released gameplay trailer for Dishonored: Dunwall City Trials, arriving on Xbox LIVE, PSN, and Steam next week!

Dunwall City Trials will include 10 challenge maps that will test and track your combat, stealth and mobility skills. Creatively combine your supernatural abilities, weapons and gadgets to eliminate as many targets as possible, fight off waves of tallboys, guards, weepers and thugs, or take out targets in a non-stop run of drop assassinations. Dunwall City Trials also features a new set of achievements and trophies as well as a global online leaderboard.

Accompanying the trailer is Dan Bull’s “Dishonored Rap” track. You can listen to the full track on his YouTube Channel.

Dishonored 1.2 title update

Today we’ve released the first post-release title update for Dishonored. The update is up for PC, PS3, and 360 players.

Release notes below:

Update 1.2

BUG FIXES

  • Support for playing the game on multiple screens.
  • Game Settings are now saved and restored properly even when using Steam offline.
  • Fixes for some interactions with Granny Rags that invalidated nonlethal playthroughs under certain circumstances. (Note: These fixes work even for savegames AFTER the final Granny Rags encounter.)
  • Fix for a crash that could happen during loading/transition between areas – notably near Dr. Galvani’s house.
  • Reworked “Choke” interaction to make it more reliable in valid contexts.
  • Fixed minor localization issues (PS3/360).
  • Fixed global post-process that sometimes worked improperly during some missions.
  • Fix for a rare crash that could happen when killing a NPC with a possessed rat and spring razor (PS3/360)

Dishonored on Display

Just as Dishonored presents a variety of gameplay options, we’re seeing an eclectic mix of community creations. Spotted at deviantART, juhoham’s Shadow Over Dunwall tribute to Corvo (above) and Ormeli’s spot on cosplay of Empress Jessamine have become favorites at the office.

If Dishonored has inspired you to create fan art, a video, or even bake an apricot tartlet, we want to see it. Email us at bethblog@bethsoft.com, post it on the Dishonored Facebook page, or tweet us @Dishonored.

Dishonored Roundup

While visiting IGN, I spotted this fantastic homage to Dishonored created by Minecraft user Swuu. Watch the video above and learn more in the MinecraftForum.net boards.

There’s plenty of other great community creations out there. Recent fan art contributions, including @MandaBush’s Outsider watercolor and Kasimova’s Boyle Party drawing at deviantArt, are among our favorites.

Speaking of art, The London Games Festival is giving you a chance to bid on art from Dishonored and other games. See the current (and future) pieces being auctioned on their official site.

For more Dishonored news, check out these links:

  • VG Cats has a fun comic starring two of the industry’s best known assassins.
  • Eurogamer peels back of the metaphorical layers of Dishonored’s onion in a new post-release interview with Harvey and Raph.
  • G4TV has kicked off their “Game of 2012″ Videogame Deathmatch voting. Track and vote for Dishonored here.
  • Gaming Gourmet wants you to know how to make the game’s most appetizing treat, the Apricot Tartlet.

Finally, a week after Dishonored was nominated for six VGAs, the game is nominated for Machinima’s Gamers’ Choice Award. To vote, head here.

VGA Nominations: Honoring Dishonored and Dawnguard

Nominations for the 10th Annual SPIKE Video Game Awards were announced today and we’re happy to share that both Dishonored and Dawnguard received nominations. Huge congrats to both Arkane Studios and Bethesda Game Studios for this well-deserved honor.

Here’s the nomination breakdown:

Dishonored

Game of the Year
Best XBOX 360 Game
Best PS3 Game
Best Action Adventure Game
Best Graphics

Arkane Studios

Studio of the Year

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Best DLC – Dawnguard

See all the nominees and learn about the advisory panel behind the awards at Spike.com. Then tune in for the VGAs, hosted by Samuel L. Jackson, on Saturday, December 7th at 9 PM ET.

Dishonored Killer Moves Trailer — Feat. Your Best Clips

Above you can enjoy the result of the Killer Moves contest — a trailer featuring our favorite picks of the gameplay clips you sent us.

We can also announce that Francesco Certo is the big winner of the contest. Congrats Francesco!

You’ll notice that the trailer is scored with the winner’s track from the Drunken Whaler remix contest. Check out our Q&A with Chilton (Eddy Charlton) below:

Did any particular artists inspire your remix?

I heard ‘Alice’ by Pogo about 3 years ago and was blown away by the sounds he made just by chopping up samples. That was the song that made me start producing, and I’ve been chopping up vocals ever since.

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