Your Weekend Assignment: The Evil Within’s 1st DLC

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TGIF! With the weekend here, it’s a great opportunity to turn down the lights and stay up late to play part 1 of Juli Kidman’s two-part adventure — The Assignment — available through Steam, Xbox Live, and PSN.

Focusing heavily on stealth tactics, the DLC is already receiving praise from reviewers. Scoring it an 8.5/10, IGN had the following to say:

“I spent a lot of the time running blindly with my heart thumping, hoping a distracted enemy wasn’t now in pursuit, or yelling in triumph after locking one in a room. Without a weapon, the tension builds quickly.”

You can get more from IGN in a their review commentary video feature (note: there are spoilers). For more opinions, we’ll be adding reviews as they come in below.

Videogamer.com (8/10) — “…The Assignment is a reasonably-sized add-on which fleshes out The Evil Within’s story while building on what made it so enjoyable in the first place.”

We Got This Covered (4/5) – “… it was an intense burst of fear that retroactively makes The Evil Within a more complete experience while also standing on its own as an exciting step in a different direction for the series.”

Crave Online — (8/10) — “For fans of The Evil Within, The Assignment stands out as a key component to understanding its complex story. For everyone, it offers an entirely new way to enjoy the universe.”

Bloody Disgusting (8.5/10) – “The Assignment takes the best aspects of The Evil Within — namely the stealth, unsettling enemies and the strategy that’s required in combat — and successfully builds a bite-sized adventure around it that never outstays its welcome.”

Digital Chumps (8.8/10) – “I loved the strategy and intensity of playing purely stealth more than I did the combat in the original game.”

For more updates on The Assignment, be sure to follow the game on our Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and Instagram accounts.

Your Assignment: Achieve Greatness!

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With The Evil Within’s first DLC releasing next week, you might notice a new title update deploying this week on Steam, PSN, Xbox LIVE. The update will ready the game for DLC compatibility and a detectives-to-be might notice the reveal of The Assignment’s trophies & achievements.

If you’d like to be a super sleuth like Juli Kidman, visit TheEvilWithin.com to complete The Assignment Completionist Guide for a free wallpaper.

And in case you missed it, The Assignment releases on Tuesday, March 10th on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, and PS4 (Note: PlayStation players in Europe will be able to play on Wednesday, March 11th). For a first look at gameplay, follow Twitch.TV/Bethesda and tune in on Monday, March 9th at 4pm est.

The Evil Within – ‘The Assignment” Official Gameplay Trailer

For many that have completed The Evil Within, the mysteries surrounding Sebastian’s partner, Juli Kidman, are among the most discussed plotlines in the game. These questions (and new questions… hehe) will arise in Part 1 of Kidman’s DLC adventure, The Assignment.

Taking the role of Kidman, The Assignment features an increased focus on stealth gameplay mechanics as you untangle the secrets of what happened to her and untangle the truth behind her connection with Mobius. Introducing new enemies and gameplay tactics, The Assignment sets the stage for the concluding chapter of Kidman’s Adventure, The Consequence, releasing later this Spring.

To save on all three DLCs planned for The Evil Within – you can purchase the game’s Season Pass on your preferred platform of choice! In addition to The Assignment and The Consequence, this package will also feature content surrounding the safe pick for everyone’s favorite villain, The Keeper.

The Evil Within: The Assignment is part of The Evil Within’s Season Pass package and can also be purchased separately for $9.99/£6.99/€9.99 releases on Tuesday, March 10th on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Steam. Note for PlayStation users in Europe: The content will release on PS3 and PS4 on March 11. For an extended look at gameplay, subcribe to Twitch.TV/Bethesda and be ready to tune in on Monday, March 9th at 1pm est. In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for new and terrifying content on our social media pages, including:

PSA — The Evil Within Pre-Order Haunts Xbox Live

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Beginning this week you can pre-order The Evil Within and its Season Pass digitally on Xbox LIVE. Folks that order the game will be able to pre-load effective immediately.

And if you missed it, The Evil Within is already available for pre-order on PlayStation Network (now both in North American and EU territories) and Steam. Pre-loads for both will come before launch — more details to come.

Evil Takes Hold of Your Xbox & PlayStation

Time to give your Xbox or PlayStation dashboard a taste of the terror that awaits this October.

On both Xbox 360 and Xbox One, your avatar can get in the spirit of Halloween and dress up as one of the The Evil Within’s iconic characters — options include “The Keeper” (complete with his terrifying hammer), main protagonist Sebastian Castellanos, Ruvik, or the Beacon Hill nurse, Tatiana.

In addition to characters there’s an array of weapons, traps, and shirts you can purchase on the Avatar Store. Show off your excitement for The Evil Within and to get into the Halloween spirit! Note: If you’re on Xbox One, you can still update your avatar if you purchase avatar content through Xbox.com.

And beginning this week on PSN, you can purchase a new dynamic theme featuring The Evil Within for your PlayStation 3. See it in action here.

Dunwall’s finest free on Xbox LIVE and coming to your coffee table in November

As mentioned earlier in the month, beginning today and throughout the remainder of the month, Dishonored is a free download on Xbox LIVE for Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers. Boot up your Xbox 360 or head to Xbox.com to download.

And if you can’t get enough of Dishonored, below is a look at pages from Dishonored: The Dunwall Archives. This hardbound collection from Dark Horse uses all of Dishonored’s in-game text — diaries, notes, letters, etc — and combines them with the fantastic concept art that set the stage for the game’s unforgettable art style. It’s a must-have collection for Dishonored’s biggest fans and arrives this November.

Check out the cover and sample pages below…

Dishonored savings on Xbox LIVE

Looking for a little more out of your Xbox 360 before the launch of Xbox One? This week there’s some big time savings on Dishonored and it’s add-on content — including the VGX-nominated The Knife of Dunwall.

Xbox LIVE Gold savings through November 25th include:

Dishonored – $9.89

The Knife of Dunwall – $4.99

The Brigmore Witches -$4.99

Void Walker’s Arsenal – $1.99

Dunwall City Trials – $2.49

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.