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June 13th, 2012, 13:19
We haven't really rounded up a wide selection of Dishonored previews from E3, so here's a selection. Arkane had a great E3, with numerous sites suggesting Dishonored was the best game at the show.
Let's start with Gaming Blend, who said exactly that:
The winner of the best gameplay demo at E3 is easily Dishonored from Arkane Studios. Arkane, a sister studio to Bethesda, counts Deus Ex designer Harvey Smith among its employees. The company developed Arx Fatalis and assisted with BioShock 2. You can see elements of all three games in Dishonored.
IGN argues Why Dishonored Was My Game of E3 2012:
In both the demo and our hands-on, the ease with which stealth movement is handled is impressive. This is a game where measured players can have a real awareness of what’s around them, and stay in control. Crouched movement keeps the player silent, while the ability to lean out from behind corners without being seen is key to keeping tabs on the movements of guards. It’s immediately obvious whether a guard is blissfully unaware of the knife about to be plunged into his neck or not, because as soon as he’s alerted, graphic novel-style lightning bolt icons flash red above his head.
Corvo moved about the complex with style, either avoiding or knocking out guards, and using rooftops and windows ledges to his advantage. Of course, his many powers came in handy too. The key ones for the stealth run were Blink – which is essentially a short range teleport move, and invaluable for moving from cover to cover and crossing gaps; Dark Vision, which allows the player to see where guards and other people are through walls; and Possess, the aforementioned ability to merge your body with another, from fish and rats to humans. Powers are upgraded with runes, and these are found using a device called The Heart – a steampunk heart that players can hold in hand: it beats faster the closer Corvo is to a rune.
The Examiner:
I creep forward, using Dark Vision—a type of thermal/x-ray vision power—to see how many guards are nearby. Dark Vision also shows the guards’ cone of vision to help avoid detection.
I lurch a little too close and alert the guards…then accidentally stand up like an idiot. At that point I may as well wave a flag and shout “I’m over here”. Sure enough, guards pick up on my location, draw swords, and attack. One of them pulls a pistol. I die horribly while fumbling through my abilities with the game pad and longing for a mouse.
A couple deaths later I start to find my thumbs with the controller. Using the Blink (a short range teleport) ability, I quietly teleport to an adjacent, hidden area away from the guards and down below the street. I eventually come to a waterwheel. Riding the water wheel, it deposits me into a sewer which I use to ultimately gain entry to the building.
Gaming Excellence:
For the first showing they went with a more stealth oriented route complicated by attempting to kill nobody but the targets. It was beyond wild to see the character sneak up on a guard, choke him out, pick up the body and then teleport up on top of a taller structure to hide the unconscious man. Infiltration was done via possessing a fish of all things, going in through a drainage pipe and then hopping out. From here a series of careful teleports brought him through the brothel to the first target. Rather than confront him directly our protagonist can use a pipe in a nearby room to funnel steam in on the man and his prostitute companion. Then making your way upstairs to the second target, it's a simple matter of possessing him so he walks out onto the balcony and then blowing him off with a wind blast. Sneaking is complicated by seemingly very aware enemies and sound that moves realistically meaning a thick door might prevent you from hearing any enemies coming your way.
I spent a large amount of time playing the demo, and despite its brevity I couldn’t help but play it multiple times due to its strong impression of player choice. It was fun to blast my way to the goal by slowing time and decapitating enemies left and right, but it was even more fun to play tactfully and let my agility and smarts do the talking. Given…More information.
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June 13th, 2012, 13:19
I think these previews are mostly interesting when it come to what the previewer prefer in his playstyle.

Also, leaning!!! A forgotten concept in games.
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I think these previews are mostly interesting when it come to what the previewer prefer in his playstyle.

Also, leaning!!! A forgotten concept in games.
Indeed. Ever since System Shock I have been wondering why games that followed it didn't offer this. Very nice!
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Also, leaning!!! A forgotten concept in games.
Soldier of Fortune, anyone?
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June 13th, 2012, 16:21
Isn't leaning fairly common in games with a cover system?
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Isn't leaning fairly common in games with a cover system?
If it's a 3rd person cover system it doesn't need it anyway (field of view and camera panning remove the necessity for it).

If it's 1st person, it probably doesn't have it. Mostly because it was developed for console where they don't bother with it. Stealth games are usually the exception, but not always (DX:HR didn't have leaning in 1st person). Sometimes there is leaning on the PC, but not on the consoles (ex: CoD games).
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DX:HR had cover spots though. When you went into cover you auto-changed to third person, so you could see around corners without doing anything but moving to the edge of cover in 3rd person mode. Initially, I found it awkward and error prone when you accidentally moved out of cover, but made it work well enough once I adjusted to the controls. Shouldn't it be the other way around.
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June 14th, 2012, 01:15
The more I see the more I want.

I sure hope they release full editing tools for this game at some point. I think the Thief community will be all over this thing (hell, they're still cranking out missions for Thief Gold). Maybe the fact that Bethesda is the publisher will help in that area (Bethesda sees the value in letting players mod their games to keep them alive).
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June 14th, 2012, 13:49
A bit heavy in the gore, but I'm sticking with the pre-order. The only uncertainty now is whether the story will be engaging. And hopefully there'll be few bugs and no stupid DRM.
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I'm not a big fan of the gore either, but hopefully we'll get a "less gory" option in the settings. While this is not my normal genre, I love stealth options. I could never get into Thief though….
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