You know what they say about witch girls.
Dishonored’s final DLC, and the conclusion of the game’s alternate story, is here and we’re ready to deal with the consequences of Daud’s decisions. The Brigmore Witches aims to bring Daud’s story to a close in style by taking you through new sections of Dunwall that are unlike any you’ve seen to this point. Can Daud’s story come together and rival that of Corvo’s tale, or will it fade into the darkness like a Whaler after a job? Let’s find out.
Dishonored’s The Brigmore Witches DLC is a direct sequel to the previous The Knife of Dunwall DLC so if you haven’t played that DLC yet, you may want to go back and read our review of it first. Secondly, there won’t be any spoilers for the story of The Brigmore Witches in this review but it may be necessary to spoil some general details of The Knife of Dunwall, so please consider this your SPOILER ALERT for the first DLC.
Now that we have that out of the way, you can access The Brigmore Witches from the Dishonored missions menu and you could technically play it without having played through The Knife of Dunwall. I would obviously recommend you don’t do that, but the option is there if you so desire. If you have played through The Knife of Dunwall you can choose to import your save into The Brigmore Witches so you can keep all of your upgrades, and your current chaos level, from the first half of the adventure, which I think is a nice touch.
As with the first half of this story you’ll be playing as Daud the infamous assassin who played a role in the story of the main campaign (a role which I won’t spoil for those who may not have played the main story yet). While The Knife of Dunwall seemed only loosely tied in to the main story, you’ll really be able to see how they run parallel to each other as the events The Brigmore Witches unfold. You’ll also see just how critical Daud’s behind-the-scenes actions were to the way Corvo’s story played out in the main campaign.
The Brigmore Witches isn’t all about story though and you will find yourself in a number of new areas that each host a surprising amount of optional, or secret, content for you to discover. It would be easy for you to rip through this new add-on in a couple of hours, but those who take the time to explore will be justly rewarded with a lengthy and revealing adventure.
You will find Daud in a familiar area at first but you’ll eventually make your way to Brigmore Manor, an area that rivals anything you’ll find in Corvo’s story when it comes to beauty and intricacy. As a player, you have never had this many paths to take, or this many options available to complete your missions. The folks at Arkane have reached new heights in level design with some of these areas, trumping many from the main campaign.
There are no multiplayer modes in The Brigmore Witches DLC.
It’s no secret that we were big fans of Dishonored, as it was when it was released, but what we didn’t expect was a DLC add-on to compete so closely with the original product. If you were on the fence after The Knife of Dunwall, trust me and go play through The Brigmore Witches. Not only does it do a great job of concluding Daud’s story but, when taken as a whole, it competes closely with that of the main campaign. When it comes to the design and visual elements, The Brigmore Witches may come out slightly ahead. Great DLC shouldn’t feel like an afterthought and this one feels like anything but.