This Advergame Dishonors Dishonored

By Nathan Grayson on August 30th, 2012 at 6:00 pm.

Sir, there's a rat on your... it's just sort of... oh, never mind.

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.

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5 Comments »

  1. Max Ursa says:

    *SPOILERS*
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    when i did this i got exactly the same trailer (beating clockwork heart that whispers and guides you to secrets) for all four medallions. yes four medallions, the last one for me was actually atop of the gazebo thingy that you start in. id gone left to start with passed the painting of the woman and collected the rat and wind medallion. then went the other way up all the long ramps to get the 3rd medallion which happens to be right above the fourth bonus medallion.

  2. tetracycloide says:

    Is this site even still up?

  3. Tuskin38 says:

    If by the secret Icon you mean the 4th thing you need to pick up, its directly below the are where the 3rd one is on top of the spawn point roof.

  4. TheIronSky says:

    The link simply isn’t working. Seems to redirect back to the regular Dishonored site. Odd.

    Edit: With a little research, I’ve discovered that it’s Chrome-only. Hnnnnnggggggg

    Edit edit: And now the site is entirely broken.

  5. stiffkittin says:

    Well even if like me you can’t get this to work, I highly recommend scrolling down a little and clicking on the “Weapons of Revenge” link – very good value. Kept this tab open for several entertaining minutes.