A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
To enact revenge, players have to kill a lot of people.
Positive Role Models
Player is a criminal assassin who uses any means necessary to complete her goal: revenge.
Ease of Play
Simple controls, but tough gameplay. Game has multiple difficulty options, including one where you can adjust multiple aspects of action.
Violence & Scariness
Players use swords, knives, explosives, magic powers to kill people. Lots of blood, dismemberment, often shown in slow motion.
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"F--k," "s--t" frequent in dialogue.
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Products & Purchases
Latest expansion of a popular action franchise.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some bottles of booze lying around; one scene shows a hookah that's clearly been used.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dishonored: Death of the Outsider is a violent and bloody action game that's not for kids. Played from the first-person perspective, the game allows players to kill human enemies with swords, knives, explosives, and magical attacks, some of which result in blood, gore, and dismemberment. Players also have the option to be sneaky and not hurt anyone or just render them unconscious. The dialogue also contains such curse words as "f--k" and "s--t." There are also times when the player finds bottles of booze, as well as a hookah.
Is It Any Good?
This stand-alone expansion not only brings the Dishonored saga to a close in fine style, but does so with some intriguing tweaks to this series' standard gameplay. Set months after the end of Dishonored 2, Dishonored: Death of the Outsider casts you as Meagan Foster, aka Billie Lurk, who is a master assassin in her own right. Except this time around, you have only three magic abilities, but you have access to them almost immediately. They also recharge quickly over time, as opposed to requiring you to drink an elixir (though you still need them and food to replenish your heath). Otherwise, though, this plays much like the previous games. You have to use stealth and cunning to complete your tasks, as well as your fighting abilities when you fail at being sneaky.
Unfortunately, this also has many of the same problems as the previous games. The controls to pull off certain moves are a bit too loose and prone to causing deadly mistakes. For example, frantic fights will probably result in you accidentally using your spyglass, which limits your view and might get you killed. And if you sit at a reasonable distance from your TV, you'll have trouble reading the menus, your assignments, and the captions. Still, if you enjoyed the previous two games, you'll have just as much fun with the short story expansion that is Dishonored: Death of the Outsider.
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