Review Roundup: The Brigmore Witches

Early reviews are in for The Brigmore Witches! They include:

Eurogamer (9/10) — “The Brigmore Witches emerges as one of the finest examples of how to not only expand a blockbuster video game, but also of how to enrich and deepen one.”

EDGE Online — “Like the best expansions, The Brigmore Witches offers more of the game you know while hinting at a game you don’t: a game with different powers in a different part of Dishonored’s world. Corvo’s story seemed rather tidily concluded by the end of Dishonored, but Daud’s shorter tale shows there’s plenty more to be done in the Empire Of Isles.”

Kotaku — “It’s a fine story, with a few wrinkles, and it features the Corvo vs. Daud showdown that you’ve seen before if you’ve played Dishonored.”

GameTrailers (8.9) — “If you know who Daud is, and what he’s capable of, you’ll certainly want to see his story through.”

The Controller Online (10/10) — “Not only does it do a great job of concluding Daud’s story but, when taken as a whole, it competes closely with that of the main campaign.”

Rock, Paper, Shotgun — “In conclusion, then: you should get this. After Knife Of Dunwall. I’ve enjoyed them both enough to the point where I can honestly say that they are more entertaining slices of Dunwall than much of the original game.”

The Koalition (95%) — ” I cannot recommend you purchase this DLC any more adamantly, as it is simply fantastic.”

The Gamers Hub (4.5/5) — “Given that this is the final DLC for Dishonored, it’s a great send-off and one worthy of your cash if you’re fan of the city of Dunwall.”

FPSGuru (9/10) — “Arkane Studios manages to always deliver an enticing experience leaving you wanting more, you won’t stop until your finished.”

GameFront (85%) — When you take The Knife of Dunwall and The Brigmore Witches together, you get $20 of content that winds up being an extensive expansion of Dishonored at a pretty good value. What’s more, the story of the overall whole of Dishonored becomes a lot deeper and more interesting for the additions. Dishonored is better for its DLC, but the story works both ways.

BeefJack (Recommended) — “Another triumph for Arkane.”

Pixel Related (9/10) — “The Brigmore Witches is the final piece of DLC for Dishonored and it’s a fitting send off for the game.”

Digital Chumps (8.4/10) — “he idea of single player downloadable content offering a meaningful narrative and a familiar yet engaging mechanics sounds like an idea allambitious games should exhibit, but for whatever reason it rarely happens. The Brigmore Witches is another exception to the unfortunate rule.”

Strategy Informer (8.5/10) — “Combined with The Knife of DunwallThe Brigmore Witches and the story of Daud is exactly what Dishonored’s DLC needed to be – a fun side-story with an interesting character that adds to the main story but doesn’t take anything away.”

GameRanx — “But what’s more important about this tale is the context it provides.”

Attack of the Fanboy (The Verdict: Loved) — “by the end, it’s every bit as good as the original game. ”

We Got This Covered (4/5) — “Dishonored fans won’t want to miss out on what is a fitting, thoroughly interesting and well-priced conclusion to Daud’s storyline.”

Meristation (8.5/10)

We’ll update this post as new review scores make their way online. You can purchase the content on Xbox LIVE and Steam, and it will be live on PlayStation Store later today.

Dishonored’s final add-on available today! (Updated)

Updated: The Brigmore Witches is now available on all three platforms — Xbox LIVE, PlayStation Network, and Steam.

We’re pleased to announce that Dishonored: The Brigmore Witches, the final add-on pack for Arkane Studios’ critically-acclaimed first-person action game, is now available worldwide via Xbox LIVE (800 Microsoft Points). The content will be available worldwide on Steam and the North America PlayStation Store later today and on the European PlayStation Store tomorrow. 

In The Brigmore Witches, you continue your journey as the legendary assassin, Daud, and bring his twisted narrative that began with The Knife of Dunwall to a close. After discovering the identity and intentions of Delilah, the leader of the Brigmore Witch coven, you set out to disrupt her from completing a powerful ritual that will spell your doom. Having already been betrayed by your lieutenant, Billie Lurk, you must rely on feuding gang factions—the Dead Eels and the Hatters—to negotiate your way through previously unseen districts of Dunwall en route to Delilah’s stronghold.  Regardless of the way you reach your destination, one thing is for certain – you will finally answer for your treacherous actions and fall before the mercy, or punishment, of the Royal Bodyguard and Assassin, Corvo Attano. Additionally, your power, weapon and item upgrades, Chaos level, and player actions from The Knife of Dunwall will carry over via a compatible save file option.

Want to see more of the game in action? Be sure to check out our QuakeCon Twitch stream below.

Dishonored savings on Xbox LIVE

Has Dishonored snuck past you? No worries. Between today and July15, Xbox LIVE Gold members will be able to save on Dishonored and its add-ons. Deals include:

Dishonored – $19.99 (marked down from $29.99)

Per usual, keep tabs on the blog for new deals on our games.

Skyrim Legendary Edition Now Available in North America

Get the complete Skyrim experience today.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition is now available on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC in North America. Legendary Edition includes the original game, official add-ons and all title updates including combat cameras and mounted combat. For our friends in Europe, Legendary Edition will be available this Friday, June 7th.

Visit http://www.elderscrolls.com/skyrim/order/ and get your copy today.

Dishonored 1.3 Update

In preparation for the release of Dishonored’s upcoming add-on, The Knife of Dunwall, this week we’re rolling out our 1.3 title update for PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.

So what’s in the update? Check the changelog below…

Dishonored Steam Update (v. 1.3) – Changes are for all platforms unless noted otherwise.

New Features

  • Adds support for Dishonored’s upcoming add-on, The Knife of Dunwall.

Bug Fixes (Dunwall City Trials)

  •  Fixes a bug in Back Alley Brawl challenge where live grenade remains in player’s hand when restarting match.
  • Fixes a rare bug in Back Alley Brawl challenge where restarting match while cooking grenade causes disabled left hand.
  • Fixes a rare bug in Back Alley Brawl challenge where you can fall down into The Void.
  • Fixes a rare bug in Back Alley Brawl challenge where being killed by player killed by Warfare Overseers will restart challenge with lowered health.
  • Fixes a bug in both the Back Alley Brawl and Bend Time Massacre challenges where a Headshot bonus is not awarded if an NPC dies after Bend Time II effects end.
  • Fixes a bug in Bend Time Massacre challenge where Explosive Pistol does not count as an explosive kill.
  • Fixes a bug in Bend Time Massacre challenge where achieving the Power Combo bonus using Blink is awarding 2 kills.
  • Fixes a rare bug in Bend Time Massacre challenge where you are unable to possess Nobles after firing gun through glass.
  • Fixes a rare bug in Bend Time Massacre challenge where restarting as the Bend Time effect ends causes the round to complete with zero score and a black screen.
  • Fixes a rare bug where you can inadvertently receive the Time Management achievement/trophy after failing to get the bonus.
  • Fixes a rare crash in Bend Time Massacre challenge during Waiting For Effects sequence.
  • Fixes a bug in Oil Drop challenge where aim assist does not work on PC.
  • Fixes a bug where file integrity check requires a game restart at Dunwall City Trials first boot on PC.
  • Fixes a bug in Thief (Expert) challenge where key inventory is not reset when restarting from completion.
  • Fixes a bug on PC where game displays keyboard and controller art together.
  • Fixes a rare bug in Kill Chain challenge where countdown timer will stop after killing some enemies.

Bug Fixes (Dishonored)

  • Fixes a bug on where you receive a kill in Player/Mission stats if sliding into Slackjaw after freeing him.
  • Fixes a bug where City Watch does not leave attack posture when rewiring an arc pylon.
  • Fixes a bug in Overseer Backyard where player could get stuck on chain.
  • Fixes a collision issue when Corvo drowns.
  • Fixes a bug where navigation in Piero’s shop was difficult when only one weapon upgrade remains.
  • Fixes a bug in Overseer mission where loading autosave created after actioning poison causes Campbell & Curnow to run.
  • Fixes Player/Mission Stats bugs.
  • Fixes a bug in Lighthouse where patrols are broken and there’s no sound after reloading a savegame in low chaos.
  • Fixes a bug where Specter Achievement does not activate upon completing requirements in Brothel.
  • Fixes a UI bug where turning off Health/Mana gauge show gauges when powers are used via hotkey.
  • Fixes a rare crash when signing out of your profile (Xbox 360)
  • Fixes a rare bug where installation in Czech doesn’t work if the previous language was Polish (Playstation 3)
  • Fixes a rare crash when rewiring a Watch Tower and taking a possessed rat into line of fire (PlayStation 3)

The Knife of Dunwall arrives April 16th

Those that have played Dishonored vividly can recall the actions of Daud – the legendary assassin that puts the game’s plot into motion. Beginning April 16th, you’ll return to this fateful moment and play the role of Daud in the story-driven add-on, The Knife of Dunwall.

Features of the new DLC include:

New Powers, Weapons and Gadgets — The mark of the Outsider empowers you with unique supernatural abilities. Call upon the Whalers to assist in combat with ‘Summon Assassin’, track down hidden Runes and Bone Charms with ‘Void Gaze’ and learn to use new variations to powers, including ‘Blink’. To aid in your dangerous exploits your customized arsenal of weapons and gadgets will include Chokedust to daze your enemies, whale oil powered Stun Mines to shock your targets, and a concealed Wristbow to launch sleep darts and explosive bolts.

Explore More of Dunwall –Make your way through the Legal District and infiltrate the Rothwild Slaughterhouse, a steaming factory filled with colossal whale carcasses and their hulking butchers. Revisit the decaying Flooded District, the location of Daud’s hidden base, first seen in the original game. Return to the scenes of key events in Dishonored with a new perspective, including the fateful moment that sets off Corvo’s journey.

Choose Your Path — On your search for answers, approach each mission with your own style. Your redemption – or your turn towards darkness – depends on your skills and the decisions you make. Discover the mystery behind Delilah in this stand-alone chapter, and then conclude Daud’s story in the upcoming final add-on, The Brigmore Witches.

The Knife of Dunwall will be available on April 16th on PlayStation 3 and Steam ($9.99), as well as on Xbox 360 for 800 Microsoft points. Stay tuned for new information on the content.

RAGE DLC arrives next week on PS3, 360, and PC!

Return to the Wasteland in The Scorchers, an all-new RAGE add-on from id Software – arriving on 360, PC, and PS3 next week for $4.99 (or 400 Microsoft Points).

In this brand-new adventure spanning six all-new areas, you will fight alongside new allies to defend the Hager Settlment from a maniacal bandit clan known as The Scorchers. Along the way, you’ll participate in a new season of Mutant Bash TV, encounter new mini-games, and wield the overpowering and brutal Nailgun.

In addition to the new content, this DLC includes ‘Ultra-Nightmare’, a new high difficulty mode, as well as an ‘Extended Play’ option that allows you to play past the original ending of the game – giving you the opportunity to finish collecting items and achievements.

Dragonborn coming tomorrow to Xbox LIVE. Coming to PS3 and PC early 2013.

We’re less than 24 hours away from unleashing Skyrim’s next add-on Dragonborn on Xbox LIVE.  It’s one of our most ambitious add-ons ever and we’re excited for everyone to play it.

We’re also happy to announce Dragonborn will be available on PS3 and PC early next year.

The support from Skyrim fans over the last year has been amazing, and it’s driven us to support Skyrim more than any game we’ve ever released – including free content updates, modding tools like the Creation Kit and the Skyrim Workshop, and our add-ons, Dawnguard and Hearthfire.

And we’re still not done – we look forward to sharing more Skyrim news next year!