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Dishonored Review

Dishonored

Release Date: October 9th, 2012
Genre(s): Action
Publisher(s): Bethesda Softworks
Developer(s): Arkane Studios
Multiplayer: None
Co-op: None
Score
9.5/10

Dishonored “Dunwall City Trials” DLC Review

Posted by Peter Carpenter | 12 Dec 2012 |

Are you up for the challenge Corvo?

Bethesda and Arkane Studios released the “Dunwall City Trials” DLC for Dishonored yesterday, and while I was a little disappointed that it wasn’t going to include any new story missions, I was still interested to see how it turned out. These new challenge missions are a new addition to the game and will seriously test just how good of an assassin you really are. Let’s take a look at what we get.

What You Get

The Dunwall City Trials DLC includes 10 new challenge missions that are broken down into four types: Stealth, Mobility, Combat and Puzzle. Each challenge is different with objectives such as going undetected while you collect clues to find your target, which is randomly chosen each time you play, surviving as many increasingly difficult waves of enemies as you can, racing against the clock as you kill your targets with the Cross-Bow, playing Duck Hunt with Whale Oil tanks, using Blink to race around the map to pass through checkpoints and add more time to the clock to see how long you can go and more.

As you complete each challenge you’ll earn a score, which will translate to up to three stars and you’ll unlock new Artwork each time you earn another star. When you earn two stars, on certain challenges, you’ll unlock the expert version, which are much, much harder to complete. This DLC is well designed, and I really like how all of the normal challenges are open from the start, so you don’t have to worry about beating one to unlock the next. Some of them are quite hard, and getting three stars will take quite a bit of skill and patience, so it’s nice to have them all unlocked and not have to worry about getting stuck on one before you can play the rest.

Regardless of where you are in the main campaign, you can start playing the Dunwall City Trials, so it’s a great way to practice your skills and I can already see myself getting better at certain things, like using Blink to quickly and accurately fly around the map. I look at Dunwall City Trials as preparation before I even think about attempting to beat the game on Very Hard. I think I’m going to need all of the practice I can get.

Verdict

It may not feature any new story missions, but the Dunwall City Trials DLC is still worth checking out. The challenges are quite, well, challenging, they have a ton of replay value and will help make you a better assassin in the end. The price is right too, with $5 being the perfect price for the amount and quality of content in this one.

Price: 400 MS Points or $4.99
Release Date: December 11th, 2012
Available On: Xbox 360, PS3 and PC via Steam

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