After a few jam-packed weeks, Bethesda and Dishonored 2 largely got all of last week to themselves. Call of Duty and Battlefield was nowhere to be seen, and the only major distraction was on the hardware side with the Mini NES. (Which most people couldn’t buy.)
So now that the game has been out for a weekend, how are you finding it?
If you’re playing on PC, chances are you’re going to have a worse impression than those playing on console. Kirk reported on Friday how the game has been suffering from some pretty rough performance issues, with a GTX 1080 and 4.0GHz Intel i7 CPU seemingly unable to get a stable frame rate even with everything at medium.
Arkane and Bethesda recommended on the weekend that users should more or less stick to 1080p unless you have a GTX 1070 or GTX 1080, although given Kirk’s experience that seems a little unwise. Given how well optimised DOOM was at launch earlier this year, it’s a bit of a bummer.
But if you can put that aside, or you’re not playing on console, there’s lots of fun to be had.
Heather’s impressions gave me the indication that it’s really a stealth game for people who don’t like stealth all that much. That’s not to say the stealth elements are weak – they’re much improved, and enemies are sharper on the ball too. But Emily is already pretty damn powerful and so are the basic abilities. “I often didn’t need to use them because the bread and butter powers are just so damn useful,” Heather wrote.
But that’s not a massive detriment. It just means you might have to up the difficulty, or deliberately challenge yourself. Alternatively, it means you often have plenty of ways to get out of trouble if you mess something up. And for a lot of people, particularly those who aren’t fanatics of real hardcore stealth games like the original Thief series, that’s what they want.
We’ll have a review of the game later this week or next; as everyone knows, review copies weren’t given out until very late in the piece. Nonetheless, people seem to be having fun so far. But what’s your experience of Dishonored 2 been like? Tell us in the comments!