I finished Dishonored on Saturday night, and as with any truly great game, I was a little sad for it to come to an end. (Good thing the Dunwall City Trials dlc is out. Now I can use all the creatively sadistic skills that I was too Paragon to utilize in my low-chaos playthrough.)
Thoughts on plot/lore/characters, Feels and obviously spoilers below the cut:
WHERE TO START? I ended up caring so much more for the characters and setting than I’d ever expected to going into this game. I got so damn attached to Corvo that I haven’t even the heart to play a high-chaos game because of how much Emily means to Corvo and even if he didn’t give a rat’s ass about Dunwall he wouldn’t want to leave the city that she will eventually rule in a worse state than it was in previously. (Though I think it’s a pity that there’s no ending where you say fuq dis joint, spread your chaos and then just take Emily and leave the city.) I didn’t want Samuel, my one true friend, to be mad and disappointed at me, I didn’t think Daud deserved to die, and hell, when I infiltrated the lighthouse with plans to give those 3 dirty traitorous assholes a firm talking to and a good whipping, I was sad to find Pendleton and Martin ultimately backstabbed by the biggest backstabber out of all of them. I’m such a complete sop! I’ll never be able to play a high-chaos game. It’s impossible. And what a shame, because the high-chaos version of the final mission is so dramatic. (Yes I watched the videos.) I really liked the quiet, almost ironically anti-climactic version I got and how right that felt. But my god, the sheer amount of high octane drama in the opposite version makes me wish that we could’ve had just a little taste of that in the low-chaos endgame while still getting our sweet, optimistic happy ending.
Now that I got my Wall of Text out of the way, Feels and other musings in bullet points:
- the betrayal fucking stung.
- I’m so sorry to have doubted Wallace. You were a good guy, Wallace.
- SAM MY ONE TRUE FRIEND
- though I tried my best not to kill anyone, drop-killing a tallboy (two, even) was intoxicatingly satisfying
- so was zapping the entire City Watch dispatch at the Hound Pits into a coma
- SCIENCEBROS!! I’m so happy they shacked up (quite literally) and became BFFs and they eventually cured the plague together wahhhh I’ve always believed in you guys I’m so proud of youuuu
- Corvo’s no musician and it threw a hilarious wrench in my plan to get Lady Boyle alone in the piano room and seduce her, maybe get her to give Corvo a private audience in her bedroom, with Corvo’s musical prowess — of which he had none. He can freerun on rooftops and drop-kill enemies from 100 feet and can’t play a chord on the piano that isn’t horrible noise. He’s endearingly like Shepard.
- I wish we had more Outsider :( Billy Lush did a damn fine job of giving him such a distinctive and memorable voice that I would read a fic and hear his voice immediately. Such a sexy voice sigh
- from what the Heart said, I wonder if Daud was chosen for the Abbey and went through the Trials of Aptitude when he was a kid. Maybe he didn’t make it and was assigned to be “put down” and that was when the Outsider visited him. I want fic of this like something fierce.
- I also want prequel fic of how Corvo came to be Royal Protector. It’s interesting since according to notes he must’ve known Jessamine since she was 12, but he’s also a foreigner from Serkonos.
- I’m super curious about the blind sisters of the Oracular Order and I wish we could’ve seen them in this game
- hell I’m super curious about the rest of the world. I hope there are future games set in the other Isles and Pandyssia.
- I AM SO STOKED THAT THIS IS GOING TO BE A FRANCHISE AAAAAAAHHHHHH