A look at the other side of the coin.
One of our favorite games from last year wasn’t a sequel, or a reboot, but a new intellectual property entirely. Dishonored presented an enchanting world, with some interesting characters, that told a great story of loss and redemption but there was one character we were left wanting to know a little more about. Duad and The Whalers, kicked off the events of Dishonored’s campaign, but just where do they fit in the bigger picture of Dunwall as a whole? It’s time to find out as we see how the other side lives in The Knife of Dunwall.
Dishonored’s The Knife of Dunwall DLC provides a separate set of missions from those of the original campaign and places you in the shoes of Daud, the most notorious assassin in Dunwall. For those of you who haven’t played any of Dishonored yet I won’t spoil the start of the game for you but I will say that the opening scene of The Knife of Dunwall is the same as the opening for Dishonored except this time you’re seeing it play out through Daud’s eyes.
Duad will also have a few tricks up his sleeve that Corvo didn’t in the main campaign. The indispensable ‘Blink’ ability, for teleporting short distances, will be making a return but Daud will also be able to call other assassins to fight along side him among other things. He’ll also have access to some new toys, like the arc mine, for those who like their chaos high.
While you won’t have quite the freedom to explore the city of Dunwall that you did in Corvo’s side of the story, Daud’s missions still offer all of the same large environments, and opportunities for variety, that you saw in the main campaign. Exploration is key and each mission, as well as each objective, will have multiple ways it can be completed. In fact, I found you had to be even more meticulous in your planning as The Knife of Dunwall missions were more difficult than those you may have played through before.
The story you’ll encounter here will feel familiar to that of the main Dishonored story, in tone, but it offers its own distinct flavor and plays out a little differently than you might think. Daud isn’t a man with as clear goals and motives as Corvo was but the story comes together quite well considering it has a shorter period of time in which to do so. Dunwall is a strange and intriguing land, and I’m just glad to back in it for a while.
Your mileage may vary, with The Knife of Dunwall, depending upon how much time you like to spend exploring for alternate routes or how stealthy you like to remain but the missions and collectibles will keep you busy long enough to get your money’s worth from this DLC.
There are no multiplayer modes in Dishonored, The Knife of Dunwall DLC.
The Knife of Dunwall is exactly what you’re looking for in a DLC pack for a game like Dishonored. This download brings a new story that reminds you of all the things that were great about the original while taking you down a different path than the main game. If you’re a fan of Dishonored, you have to download The Knife of Dunwall.