Dishonored: The Knife of Dunwall Review
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Dishonored: The Knife of Dunwall Box Art
System: PS3, Xbox 360, PC*
Dev: Arkane Studios
Pub: Bethesda Softworks
Release: April 16, 2013
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language

Much of the gameplay in Knife of Dunwall leans towards a more visceral and violent atmosphere. Arkane nerfed Daud’s magic in favor of more direct violence. Daud’s Wrist Bolt, Chokedust, and Stun Mines direct the player towards having to get his hands dirty. Instead of Corvo’s useful Posession spell, Daud has the ability to summon his loyal assassins to slit the throats of enemies. I like that the gameplay adjusts to fit the new protagonist; Daud’s direct fighting style matches his brutal past.

Dishonored: The Knife of Dunwall Screenshot

Daud, like Corvo, will have a choice in how he reaches his goal. Either he can kill everyone that stands between him and his target, or he can try to find a less violent path. Whether Daud chooses to seek redemption for his past or slips further into darkness is entirely up to the player. Completing the new DLC without killing anyone, however, will frustrate even the most hardcore gamer. It fits that redeeming the tainted assassin Daud cannot be achieved without blood, sweat, and a lot of tears.

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The Knife of Dunwall will please any Dishonored fan. Although playing as Daud might seem a strange choice, his complex life lends itself to an interesting narrative. This interesting narrative offers new insights into the city of Dunwall and one of the original game’s most unsympathetic characters. I highly recommend The Knife of Dunwall to anyone who enjoyed Dishonored.

By
Becky Cunningham
Contributing Writer
Date: April 19, 2013

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.7
Graphics
The first two missions use graphics to show off the heights of decadence and depths of violence that make up Dunwall.
4.5
Control
Daud's new toys control even better than Corvo's did.
4.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The same quality as the main game, with the added improvement of solid voice acting for Daud.
3.5
Play Value
Thorough players should get a decent amount of gameplay out of the new missions, especially the first two.
4.4
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • The mark of the Outsider empowers you with unique supernatural abilities. Call upon the Whalers to assist in combat with ‘Summon Assassin,’ track down hidden Runes and Bone Charms with ‘Void Gaze,’ and learn to use variations of old powers, including ‘Blink.’ To aid in your dangerous exploits, your customized arsenal of weapons and gadgets will include Chokedust to daze your enemies, whale oil powered Stun Mines to shock your targets, and a concealed Wrist Bow to launch sleep darts and explosive bolts.
  • Make your way through the Legal District and infiltrate the Rothwild Slaughterhouse, a steaming factory filled with colossal whale carcasses and their hulking butchers. Revisit the decaying Flooded District, the location of Daud’s hidden base, first seen in the original game. Return to the scenes of key events in Dishonored with a new perspective, including the fateful moment that sets off Corvo’s journey.
  • On your search for answers, approach each mission with your own style. Your redemption – or your turn towards darkness – depends on your skills and the decisions you make. Discover the mystery behind Delilah in this stand-alone chapter, and then conclude Daud’s story in the upcoming final add-on, The Brigmore Witches.


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