Arkane Studios brings it's take on stealth action games to the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC.This will be Arkane's first solo project since Arx Fatalis, their first game released in 2002. They have helped work on Dark Messiah of Might and Magic and Bioshock 2.
You play as Corvo Attano, bodyguard to a empress who is murdered and you're framed for the murder. The Outsider, offers you a chance at revenge and the ability to clear your name. You are in the industrial city of Dunwall, a whaling and fishing town modelled after London and Edinburgh. With the discovery of whale oil as a fuel. The government uses it to create powerful weaponry, leading to corruption. A plague breaks out in the city, infecting rats and dogs, before moving onto people, the city officials use this as an excuse to get rid of anyone they don't want.
North America: Tuesday October 9th 2012
Japan and Australia: Thursday October 11th 2012
Europe: Friday October 12th 2012
You will given supernatural powers by the Outsider.
These skills includes:
- Blink - the ability to teleport a short distance away
- Dark Vision - allowing you to see enemies through walls for a short time
- Possession - you posses another creature, human or animal
- Devouring Swarm - you summon swarm of rats to attack your enemies
- Time Bend - the ability to stop time
- Wind Blast - use a blast of wind to knock your enemies about
- Shadow Kill - turns your enemies into ash
All of these skills will use up mana. Your mana only partially regenerates when you use it.
You can play this game anyway you want, through stealth, action or a combination of the two. Stealth is a big part of the game though, hiding behind objects and architecture to avoid detection. The enemy AI has three levels of awareness, normal, suspicious and aware. When aware they will be actively searching for you, hiding will lower the level of alertness, however it will never drop back down to normal and the enemy will alert his allies.
The game has quite the hollywood cast including: Susan Sarandon, Brad Dourif, John Slattery, Michael Madesen, Lena Headey, Chole Grace Moretz and Carrie Fischer.
Gamestop - You will get a deck of Tarot Cards as well the Arkhane Assassins pack. The pack will let you befriend white rats, which your character can then eat for mana. You will also get Void Channel power, which powers duration and give bonus damage.
BestBuy - You will get a USB whale oil lamp and the Shadow Rat pack. This pack includes the Deepbreath power (hold your breath for longer under water), Vouyer power (magnifies the peephole view) and Delicate Touch (dampens noise made from broken glass).
Amazon - The Backstreet Butcher pack. This pack includes the Fencer ability (bettering sword combat), Fire Water (bigger explosions from whiskey bottles_ and the ability to take less damage from explosions.
Wal-Mart - The Acrobatic Killer pack. The Raven (bouns health for drop down kills), Quick Dodge (Better ability to dodge arrows) and River Affinity (Better swimming skills).
Gamespot: 9 out of 10
GiantBomb: 4 out of 5
Destructoid: 90 out of 100
Game Informer: 88 out of 100
Eurogamer: 80 out of 100
Polygon: 90 out of 100
Joystiq: 4.5 out of 5
IGN: 92 out of 100
So will this game live up to the E3 hype? Or will it be another decent game that couldn't deliver on what looks to be an interesting concept?