Dishonored: Gameplay Of "The Golden Cat" Shows Multiple Ways To Play!
The latest Dishonored gameplay video takes place in an aristocrat's bathhouse called "The Golden Cat", where the corrupt Pendleton Brothers are bathing themselves, counting their money and polishing their monocles.*
You take control of Corvo Atano - a disgraced former bodyguard of the Empress - who has been framed for her murder. Our man already boasts some deadly skills with all manner of stabby and shooty weapons, but he's also been gifted with a host of magical powers thanks to "The Outsider" - a powerful being who is part angel and part devil.
Dishonored gives you plenty of ways to play: the mission below has around eight or nine different points of entry, including breaking windows and, weirdly, possessing a fish. You can also make your kills look like accidents, or decide to not kill your targets at all and have them put to work as slaves instead! Apparently all assassination targets in the game can be dealt with in a similar, non-lethal manor.
If you're playing for more full-on action, then you'll be using powers such as "Devouring Swarm", which sets a plague of ravenous rats on your enemies. You can also pause time, plant a bomb next to goons then unpause and blow them into tiny pixel-y bits. However, playing this way will use up your mana (your magical juice). Oh, and if you kill too many innocent people it'll affect what missions are available in the game, as well as the ending.
The two clips below are narrated by Dishonored's co-Creative Directors - the brilliantly named Raphael Colantonio and Harvey Smith. They take us through two separate approaches to the same mission. The first shows the softly-softly sneaky bastard approach - otherwise known as "stealth". The seconds demonstrates the balls-out (not literally) action-heavy approach, with our man fighting the Tallboys (the robotic walkers with shields) who are patrolling The Flooded District.
*This is not a euphemism.
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Dishonored hits the shelves on 12 October 2012 and is slated for release on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC!