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What 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.
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What's it about?
A stand-alone expansion to both Dishonored and Dishonored 2, DISHONORED: DEATH OF THE OUTSIDER casts you as side character Billie Lurk, who was a ship captain in Dishonored 2 under the name Meagan Foster. Set months after that game ended, this has Lurk and her mentor, Daud, searching the city of Karnaca for the mysterious Outsider.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in video games. Does it make you feel different if you're killing people in a game, as opposed to monsters or other creatures? Why do you think this is?
Talk about nonviolence. While you can kill people in this game, you can also choose to sneak past them or knock them out, but why is this harder? What advantage is there to not just killing everyone in this game?
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
- Price: $29.96
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Bethesda Softworks
- Release date: September 20, 2017
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Princesses and Fairies, Adventures
- ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language
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