Dishonored 2 is a marvel of level and puzzle design, which more than makes up for the lack of an engaging story or characters.
It was on this day that we stepped into the boots of Naked Snake in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, bringing together so many bits and pieces of a 20-year legacy and revealing it all in one amazing prequel.
Today in 2010, we joined Ezio and Desmond Miles once again as the former fought to restore the Assassin’s Guild to its former glory in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood.
It was on this day in 2001 that we jumped in expecting another adventure with our favorite spy-soldier Solid Snake, and instead were shocked to find a game that cast him supporting alongside newcomer Raiden.
As a finale to the first year of Hitman content, and as an episode of Hitman on its own, this episode is easily the strongest chapter yet.
At New York Comic Con, I got to go hands-on with Dishonored 2 for the first time since it was announced. It's interesting how easily I was able to fall back into old habits from the first game despite Dishonored 2 having a number of differences. Most notably, Emily and Corvo have powersets all their own. I stuck with Emily for the duration of my playthrough this time, mostly because I spent dozens of hours with Corvo in the past, but also to see how her abilities freshened up the experience.
The challenge is well executed here, but the weakness in Hitman’s episodic structure starts to show with how out of place this chapter feels in context with the previous missions.
Hitman does a great job of painting each target as a villain worthy of assassination. Even when the target is someone as unassuming as Jordan Cross, the lead singer of an indie band.
With Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Eidos Montreal once again shows it has a lot of great ideas of how games in this genre can evolve. It's just a shame some of the narrative choices don't quite match the ideal they were clearly aiming to achieve.
Deus Ex may not have single-handedly changed the way we think about choice in games, but it arguably opened the topic more thoroughly than any other game before it.