By Nathan Grayson on August 30th, 2012 at 6:00 pm.
I fully endorse the idea of advertising videogames with other videogames – especially when it’s done cleverly, ala Borderlands 2′s recent 2D demake. I mean, it’s sort of the logical conclusion to these things, right? Who wants to look at screenshots or watch a trailer when they can clomp through a world on their own three WASD fingers? And hey, Dishonored‘s looking incredible. Really, is there a more natural fit? That brings us to Dishonored: Revenge At Hand, which is… a game about watching trailers. Huh. And so, in this version of Dishonored’s honor, I have decided to revive my “Oops, I broke Dishonored” series.
Can I… attack anything at all? – Nope.
Can I… use any powers? – Nuh-uh. But I can collect icons for a few of them and watch (admittedly entertaining) trailers of each one in action.
Can I… jump? – Totally!
Can I… jump well? – Not even a little. It’s really awkward and floaty.
Can I… die? – Yes, but I just respawned inches away from the site of my ill-fated plunge.
Can I… see a giant flying whale? – You betcha.
Can I… ride the giant flying whale? – Nope. I tried. Passed right through the transcendent marine mammal and fell to my death. My ability to smile never recovered.
Can I… uncover any backstory? – A little? Kind of? So here’s the general idea: “Your hand bears the mark of The Outsider – a gift that makes you a powerful supernatural assassin. Enter the world of The Outsider and see where your powers came from.” But any and all pertinent info I uncovered was delivered either a) very obvious promotional trailer or b) nicely atmospheric but very vague voiceovers. Also…
Can I… find the secret hidden icon? – NO. Not even a little. I retraced every bit of the level, like, five times, too. Maybe I’m doing something wrong? Regardless, if the secret icon leads to some big reveal, I unfortunately don’t know about it. You’re welcome to have a go at it yourself, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Yeah, the world is a neat mix of ethereal dreamscape and Dishonored props, but it’s not really any fun to be in.
Can I… do anything with Jello? – If only. If only.