Within the space of four days, two of this year’s biggest titles released, both looking to continue and improve the adventures of their predecessors. While both are set in completely different environments, offer different styles of gameplay, and largely share little in common except for some stealth mechanics, not every player out there is going to be able to, nor want to pick up both Dishonored 2 and Watch Dogs 2. With that in mind, we decided to break down which title is right for you based on your game preferences and what each game offers. Without further ado, let’s jump in.
Set in a fantasy world split into smaller areas or levels to explore, Dishonored 2 builds on foundations laid by its predecessor and provides two protagonists to choose from. While those who want to take a more aggressive high-chaos route will find more to like in Corvo, those who prefer the stealthier approach will likely go with Emily.
Dishonored 2’s strengths lie in the creativity that comes with its abundance of powers, abilities, and weapons. Combining these together to take down groups of enemies is incredibly satisfying, as is trying to find the perfect no-kill route through a mission. Though it’s broken down into different chapters, each one has a huge amount of ground to cover and is filled with tons of interesting sights and level design quirks.
Thanks to the sprawling world of Karnaca, as well as the different routes through each mission, Dishonored 2 offers a ton of replayability. Unfortunately, some feel more satisfying than others, with offensive gameplay feeling less tuned than its stealth counterpart. While you can always go the all-out aggressive route in Dishonored 2, it often feels like doing so neglects what the game has to offer. As such, if you’re not the biggest stealth fan as a whole, I’d advise looking elsewhere.
If you liked the first game, you’ll love what’s on offer in Dishonored 2. This is a bigger, bolder, and better version of its predecessor, with characters and a storyline that make it a more interesting and enjoyable ride. You can check out our full review of Dishonored 2 here.