DLC Talk: Dishonored - The Knife of Dunwall
Published on Sunday, 12 May 2013 15:00
Dishonored: The Knife of Dunwall is an impressive little bit of DLC. I should emphasize “little” though, as it is a relatively short experience. Just when the story seems to get going it ends - or, rather, it “kind of” ends.
In The Knife of Dunwall you play as Daud, the assassin who killed the Empress at the beginning of Dishonored, and the same Daud who is killed by Corvo later in the game. It’s an interesting perspective on the world of Dishonored, and adds some more depth to what was already one of the more impressive game-worlds out there.
This is the best reason to play The Knife of Dunwall; to step back into the rich world of Dunwall and experience the variety and depth that Dishonored was lauded for is always going to be fun. I loved reading the books, journals, or other items found littered throughout the world. Yes, this is probably the most verbose first-person shooter out there, and a literature addict like myself appreciated the layered narrative elements in the game.
If you played Dishonored you should know what to expect in terms of gameplay, and unfortunately this is the most disappointing element of the DLC. The gameplay doesn’t offer anything new. Instead of starting off as an all powerful assassin, one who would be capable of neutralizing Corvo and killing the Empress undetected,,at the beginning of The Knife of Dunwall, you are relatively weak, having to level up, unlock abilities, and find items to make you stronger. I would have been much happier had Daud started with all the abilities Corvo had at the end of Dishonored . He is a bad ass assassin after all. Being as weak as I was at the beginning made the DLC seem more difficult than it needed to be. Having to level up, again, makes you feel you are rediscovering abilities you already had, and that kind of ruins the point of DLC, which should be about discovering new elements and abilities
The level design is strong and there is a lot of variety between locations, but there is only three distinct levels to The Knife of Dunwall, and one of them is an expanded version of a level in Dishonored. That said, each level is unique and offers many paths to completion.
Overall, I can strongly recommend The Knife of Dunwall, but with some minor caveats. The gameplay is fun, but it is more of the same, and while I was intrigued by the story and perspective, it ends all too soon. If you loved Dishonored and want another trek through Dunwall, go and download it now-- you won’t regret it.
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