Trailer Impressions: Dishonored

From Arkane Studios and Bethesda Softworks comes Dishonored, a brand new IP set to be released on October 9th. The stealth action game stars Corvo, a bodyguard framed for killing the Empress he was meant to protect, now driven by revenge and supernatural abilities. Set in a city ridden by disease and class warfare, the game’s trailer sets up for a grisly, dark story in an alt-history steampunk world. What are our impressions of the game’s trailer?

Cassidee: The first thing I noticed was how good the visuals look. While there’s no actual gameplay footage, the cinematics are well-polished and have an eerily realistic feel to them. If the actual game visuals are like this, players are in for a treat.

The four-minute long trailer sets up for a complex story, weaving ideas of murder, framing, class warfare, and disease rolled together and topped off with a pretty little steampunk bow. It’s akin to Bioshock, just much, much darker with a healthy dash of grit.

As for gameplay hints, it’s clear that this game is something along the lines of Assassin’s Creed and Metal Gear Solid. Stealth action gameplay looks to be the theme here, complete with stealth kills, platforming, and a really cool-looking slow motion ability similar to Max Payne’s Bullet Time. While we still don’t know a lot about the ins and outs of gameplay, I’m most excited to see what purpose this mask serves, what abilities the main character has, and what exactly this “mark” given to Corvo by a stranger in the prison means. Needless to say, I can’t wait to learn more about this new IP.

Jay: Every now and again I get this tingly feeling. It happens when I read an excellent book, hear an awesome song, or watch something truly amazing. The Dishonored trailer gave me that sensation. Firstly, the style of the game looks incredible; steampunk in a gritty, dark and grim dystopian future where a tyrannical government controls its citizens. Weird, quasi-robots that look like elongated spiders with a human perched on top armed with a bow that can shoot firebombs? Amazing. From the dialogue given in the trailer, the story appears deep, twisted and extremely well thought out. Already I’m asking a thousand questions. An announcer states to the city’s populace that contaminated buildings will be destroyed. So, there’s a virus? Or is the ‘disease’ one of the mind, whereby dissenters are rebelling against the system? Who was the Empress? What is going on?!

As for potential combat, the trailer shows free-running, assassinations, bullet-time, a variety of weapons and the guy short range teleporting out of a window; so I’m making an assumption here saying that the combat is going to be incredible. I can only hope that the control schemes can complement the type of combat shown in the trailer.

Dean: Having never heard of this game before I got to watch the trailer without any preconceptions. The first few minutes had me very interested, and as soon as I saw the word Bethesda I knew this game has the potential to be epic. It looks like it is going to be some kind of first person stealthy asassination game, set in a lush open world with a refreshing Steam Punk setting. If this is the case I look forward to hearing more details about it in the coming months. Its looking like a must buy for 2012! Definitely worth following.

Jason: My first thought when I watched this was BioShock’s Creed. However, as it progressed I found myself very interested. There’s a lot of questions raised in this video, and I want ALL the answers as soon as possible. October 9th seems so far away…

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