Dishonored

Game review by Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Violent choices impact ultimate outcome of mature game.

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 29 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 36 reviews

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age 15+

Enjoyable game with moral ambiguity.

Dishonored is set in a renaissance town riddled with plague. You play as Corvo, a bodyguard to the empress. When she is assassinated and her daughter kidnapped, you are framed for it by the culprits, who it reveals early on. Your mission revolves around killing the traitors and saving the daughter of the empress. You can massacre the guards in your way, or spare them. The ending depends on your decisions. That said, there are some depictions of brothels and alcohol, as well as plenty of gore.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 16+

*Late* Excellent Exercise in Making Choices

This game isn't for anyone who has a hard time with the macabre or some of the darkest themes of life. However, as someone with Bipolar disorder, this game was hands-on therapy for me regarding reaction to triggering stresses. In the game, if you seek pure revenge in the form of killing, your world becomes darker (as mentioned in the game) but you also lose friends and never gain new ones. These are the elements of the game that I think makes it a worthwhile journey for people who need to practice being smart instead of emotional, because the real-world lessons are there without the real-world consequences.

This title has:

Great messages
Easy to play/use

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