Any time an original game is released during a time when sequels and prequels are the norm, the company is taking a huge monetary risk. Still, when done right, the game can result in a unique experience and spawn a franchise all its own.
This is the story of Dishonored. The first-person stealth assassin game was an instant hit. Now, Dishonored continues with its latest downloadable content release, The Brigmore Witches. Is this supernatural tale worth the download?
If you have any connection to the story of Daud in Dishonored, stop reading this review and complete the other downloadable offerings for Dishonored. This is the final downloadable part for the game, and it completes Daud's story for the moment. It carries over all powers, stats and abilities into this game, so it is important to finish the other stories first before tackling this one.
The Brigmore Witches follows the story of the antagonists of the same name. The story begins with Daud fighting Corvo Attano. When Daud awakens from his dream, he finds himself in the Whalers mere hours after the Knife of Dunwall, the last downloadable expansion for the game. The Knife of Dunwall gave us a reason to return to the world of Dishonored, but the story itself lacked focus or intrigue. Brigmore Witches immediately fixes this issue, albeit with a few problems of its own.
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Brigmore Witches appears to be a tale of redemption for Daud, but anyone connected to the story of Dishonored might realize that this might be impossible. Daud has committed heinous and maybe even unforgivable acts. As a player connected to the story of the game, do we believe that Daud deserves redemption? Once you solve that paradigm for yourself, Brigmore Witches shifts into a revenge tale. Daud has it out for Delilah Copperspoon, and she for him. Daud must be prepared to take on a coven of witches to reach Delilah and achieve the undeserved "redemption" he is seeking.
Brigmore Witches is not long, and the story is divided into three missions. These missions will drive you deeper into the criminal element of Dishonored than ever before. Delving into the sewers or scouring rooftops, criminals and evil have come out, proudly displaying their intentions without threat of persecution. The enemies in the game are more deadly as they know that Daud has escaped and will do anything they can to stop him.
The Brigmore Witches is enchanted with magic. Charms and bones are scattered throughout the world, but they almost seem unnecessary. They provide a challenge, but if you have played the game to completion along with the previous DLC offering, you will have enough power and ability to survive without them. Also, using Favors in the game still changes gameplay and opens you up to new areas.
The story and focus of Brigmore Witches gives a more complete and enjoyable experience than the previous downloadable offering. The game delves into magic and mystery and explores a darker world. After the ending of the main story, we are left with a different impression of Daud, and Brigmore Witches allows us to experience his journey while battling with our own opinions of Daud's actions. The final battle is a disappointment, but it is not enough to take away from the experience. This is definitely worth the download.
VIDEO GAME REVIEW
'Dishonored: The Brigmore Witches'
Developer: Arkane Studios
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Available at: Dishonored.com