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PC Game Review: ‘Dishonored: The Brigmore Witches’

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Dishonored: The Brigmore Witches is latest DLC for Dishonored. As anyone who read my review knows, I found the original game to be one of the best PC games ever. This DLC is the sequel to (and continuation of) The Knife of Dunwall, and continues in the tradition of the main game.

If you enjoyed the first part of the story then, I suspect, you will be picking this part up no matter what. Daud’s tale is so enticing and interesting that one just has to find out how it works out in the end. There is quite a surprise at the end of this one that I shall not ruin for anyone. Suffice to say, your actions as both Daud and Corvo influence how it all plays out.

Graphically this DLC lives up to the standards set by the other two. Unlike with Knife, I suffered no crashes or odd quirks with Brigmore Witches. It ran smoothly and the importation of my last Knife save was easy and simple. The seamless transitions between the original game and the DLCs is quite refreshing.

One thing I have to say is that this DLC is a tiny bit harder than the previous one. The supplies of gear are limited, and you will find yourself reverting to your knife more often than any of your other gadgets. The witches are tough broads and their disappearing act can make things rather tricky in the Manor. Their helpers can be quite a handful as well until you get used to finishing them for good. The Manor is just as creepy and intimidating as you might expect. The devs have nailed the atmosphere on this one.

The gang-warfare and urban parts of the DLC are just as fun as the original game and Daud’s first DLC. There don’t seem to be as many high points on which to perch in certain areas which makes it challenging for a frequent blinker. Plus, Granny Rag’s challenges are just as frustrating and twisted as always.

The most interesting aspect of this DLC is that it begs for a replay to find all the good stuff.  Beyond that, I can see people replaying Knife differently in anticipation of getting to Witches. Of course, you can just start afresh in the new DLC, but I suspect that would make it even more challenging.

Although finishing Witches may have been satisfying in the end, I can’t help feeling a bit sad. The developers are as devious as the denizens of Dunwall. They understand the “leave em’ wanting more” technique of doing things. Dishonored II can’t come soon enough.

Dishonored is rated M (Mature) by the ESRB for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language. This game can also be found on: PS3 & Xbox 360.

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