Dishonored: Death Of The Outsider Demo Shows Off Awesome New Powers

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2017-09-15
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Dishonored: Death Of The Outsider manages to keep the Dishonored formula feeling fresh Bethesda

Dishonored: Death Of The Outsider comes out in just a few weeks, and we had the opportunity to try it out at this year’s QuakeCon. While Death Of The Outsider is still very much a Dishonored game, new weapons and abilities add enough variety to make me excited to explore through Karnaca all over again.

Like the other Dishonored games, the levels in Death Of The Outsider are almost characters themselves. In my hour with the game, I explored what is probably only a sliver of the second level, taking in as many sights and sounds as possible. There were even times I wished I could just walk around freely without getting attacked by guards, just so I could read all the posters hanging on walls and overhear all the conversations between different NPCs.

Actually, that’s kind of what one of the new abilities is like. Semblance allows you to knock out any character and make yourself look like a perfect copy. This means you can take on the appearance of a guard and wander right by checkpoints and watchtowers without fear, or take the face of a random citizen and stroll the streets unnoticed. The trick to Semblance is your Energy will drain with every move you make, so you’ll have to plan routes to be as short as possible.

The two other abilities included in the demo of Death Of The Outsider are Displace and Foresight. Displace is similar to Corvo’s Blink or Emily’s Far Reach, with a little twist. When using the ability, you first create a marker that will show exactly where the Displace will take you. From here, you can jump to the marker, or wander off to do other things first. This is a neat little way to create an escape route if you place a marker high up on a balcony, run over and kill a guard then warp away while everyone wonders what just happened and where you went.

Foresight is what it sounds like. Using this ability, protagonist Billie Lurk pauses time and enters into a ghost-like mode. When in this mode, players can move all over a level, going through tiny crawl spaces or soaring high above the ground. This is a great way to see what’s ahead, or it can be paired with Displace to set up a warp marker to jump to later.

If you are at all invested in the Dishonored universe, Death Of The Outsider is a must-play. While I wasn’t told exactly how the story will pan out, the ending will send ripples through the whole universe, changing The Empire of the Isles and the people in it.

Dishonored: Death Of The Outsider will release for PS4, Xbox One and PC on Sept. 15. It’s a stand-alone expansion, meaning you don’t need to have a copy of Dishonored or Dishonored 2 to play.

So what do you think? Are you excited to see the next chapter in the world of Dishonored? Do you think you’ll like playing as Billie Lurk more than Emily or Corvo? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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