Dishonored 2 is an action/adventure stealth game that takes place fifteen years after the events of Dishonored and continues the story of Corvo Attano and Emily Kaldwin.
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Story & Themes
In Dishonored 2, the story opens on a celebration commemorating the anniversary of Empress Jessamine Kaldwin's death. Fifteen years have passed since Jessamine's assassination and the turbulent events that followed and eventually concluded with her daughter Emily's ascension of the throne. The festivities, however, are quickly interrupted by the arrival of the Duke of Serkonos, Luca Abele, who has seemingly come to pay his respects. His true intentions are revealed when the witch Delilah Copperspoon shows herself and informs the crowd that she is Jessamine's half-sister and the rightful heir to the empire. She attacks with the aid of the Duke's men, and at this point the player is offered the choice to play as either Emily or her father and Royal Protector, Corvo Attano. Whoever the player doesn't pick is turned to stone while the other is left to escape the city and formulate a plan for taking Delilah down.
The game autosaves frequently but can also be manually saved at almost any time.
The game includes several different difficulty settings and a tutorial system. Even so, the gameplay is relatively challenging, especially for anyone who hasn't played through the first game.
Violence Dishonored 2 is fairly graphic in its depiction of violence, though the amount and degree of goriness depends somewhat on how chaotically players choose to play.
Sex & Nudity A few lines of dialogue reference sexual activity in a fairly roundabout way.
Strong Language There's a pretty frequent use of words like "f*ck" and "sh*t" in dialogue.
Substance Use Players can encounter characters who are smoking or drinking, but they cannot partake themselves.
Consumerism To fully appreciate Dishonored 2's storyline, players will need to be familiar with the events of the first game as well as its DLC.
- Which character did you choose to play as and why? Would you go back and replay the game as a the other character?
- If you've played as both characters, which version of the storyline was your favorite? Do you think having one of them as the protagonist felt more like the "real" or "right" version of the game?
- How chaotic and/or stealthy do you choose to play? Why? Do you appreciate how your style of play affects the setting and story?