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PAX EAST | Hands-On: Dishonored Knife of Dunwall DLC

Posted on March 23, 2013 AT 11:05am

There’s no better way to start your day than with a little mayhem and murder, especially when Bethesda’s Dishonored is providing both.

Players will find themselves controlling Daud – the assassin who killed the Empress in the main (on disc) game – through a single player campaign that promises a few extra arduous hours of gameplay. As a person who has struggled with the difficulty of the game, I can assure you they aren’t lying.

Daud (again voiced by Michael Madsen) finds himself conflicted after executing the Empress, and starts a journey through Dunwall that may lead him to redemption – to or through Deliliah – should you choose to play it that way. Even though I was a bit rusty – I hadn’t played the game in over 2 months – after a few quick deaths, it all came flooding back to me.

The first thing I noticed was that Daud moved differently than Corvo (the lead character of the game). To start, the way that Daud uses the blink mechanic (distance jumping mechanic) is more about precision then simple level navigation. When standing still while using blink, time freezes around him and the player is able to look around them (changing their aim) to better understand and plot out their route of attack or escape. It’s a welcomed addition to the gameplay style – and frankly, a saving grace mechanic for me – which you will need as you progress through Daud’s adventure.

Adding to Daud’s augmented blink capabilities are a few new gadgets:

  • Arc Mines – whale oil powered stun mines that can be lethal
  • Chokedust – a smoke-grenade like device that stops nearby enemies in their tracks

Dishonored continues to challenge the player to not only complete the level, but test their creativity as they do so, and the Knife of Dunwall DLC is no exception. This DLC pack will be available on April 16th on the Xbox 360® for 800 Microsoft Points, with the PlayStation® 3 system and PC versions costing $9.99.

Look for Daud’s story to conclude in the next DLC pack, The Brigmore Witches

Rochelle has been writing about, talking about, and arguing with anyone who will listen to her about video games –professionally – for more six years. Co-Founder, Designer, and Podcast Co-Host at ElectricSistaHood, Rochelle fancies herself rather geeky. Follow her on twitter @NinJaSistah

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