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Dishonored: The Brigmore Witches Review

More of What You like?

Dishonored: The Brigmore Witches Screenshot

HIGH It's more Dishonored.

LOW It's more Dishonored.

WTF Hard-to-differentiate friendlies and enemies result in accidental KOs. Oops.

Dishonored Third Opinion

Metal Gear Squalid

Dishonored Screenshot

HIGH The final mission in high chaos adds much-needed narrative tension.

LOW The penultimate mission seems to drag on forever.

WTF The "shocking twist" can be seen coming from orbit by a blind man with his eyes closed… Not that having his eyes closed actually matters, what with him being blind and all.

Dishonored Second Opinion

Consider the Leviathan

Dishonored Screenshot

HIGH Ghosting Dunwall Tower in under fifteen minutes.

LOW The interminable 7th level.

WTF Sending a woman off to a life of imprisonment and rape is the positive, "low chaos" option?

Dysfunction with Dishonored and diggin' Dokuro!

Dishonored Screenshot

Speaking of games which weren't quite home runs, I have to admit that I'm shocked to say that Dishonored isn't floating my boat. I loved the demo at PAX and it has all of the elements that should appeal to me, but now that I've been sitting down with the full version... it's just not clicking. It's just not coming together. It started well, but it's gone... cold.

Dishonored Review

The Blubberpunk Chronicles

Dishonored Screenshot

HIGH 'Porting in, stabbing a guard in the back, then porting out before his partner has any idea what happened.

LOW Why does level seven refuse to end?

WTF Rat summoning? What does that—AAAAAAAH!

BioShock 2 Second Opinion

Rapture Without Reason

BioShock 2 Screenshot

HIGH Guiding Little Sisters to Adam-filled corpses.

LOW Being a Big Daddy doesn't feel very Big or Daddy.

WTF Does anybody really sit and listen to all those audio logs?

BioShock 2 would have made great DLC

BioShock 2 Screenshot

Thanks to the current lull in big releases (thank goodness!!) I had enough time to start and finish BioShock 2 without putting my review schedule in jeopardy.

If you missed it, here's my review of the original BioShock. As heretical as it may seem to some, I wasn't completely in love with the game. Don't get me wrong—it was certainly an enjoyable experience that I don't regret, but it didn't impact me or make the same impression that it apparently did for the majority of people who played it. As a result, I didn't have very high expectations for the sequel, and I didn't feel very disappointed when credits rolled.

I think I'm going to actually pen a Second Opinion on it so I won't spill all my thoughts here, but I think in a nutshell it would have been the world’s best DLC if it had been half as long and had increased the role of some of the peripheral characters. Being a Big Daddy was a great idea, but it didn't feel very different from being the main character of the first game. In fact, the game suffers from a feeling of sameness overall, with the few creatively bright spots going mostly unexploited.

It certainly wasn't bad, I just think the developers' sights were set a bit low.

BioShock 2 Review

The Waves are Many, but the Sea is One

BioShock 2 Screenshot

HIGH Sloshing through the darkness at the end of Siren Alley.

LOW The unimaginative construction, storyline, and objectives in Dionysus Park.

WTF Doesn't it matter to you that I killed all those innocent men?

The Horror Geek presents: BioShock 2 in action

I'm not entirely sure I'd classify BioShock as a horror game (it certainly had some creepy moments, though), but it's one of my favorite games and it's a slow news day today.

So, here's a trailer with gameplay footage for BioShock 2 courtesy of the folks at Game Trailers. Looks a lot like the first game to me, but that's not a bad thing.

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