Choose your approach before handI won't tell you whether to turn your Corvo into a lethal assassin or a sneaky pacifist. That's totally up to you. But I do recommend that you pick one way from the outset and stick with it for as long as you can. Why? Because the game tracks your performance with a statistic it calls Chaos. When you murder lots of people, the stat raises. When you sneak around or use nonlethal methods to take out your opponents, it stays low.
The entire last mission plays out much differently based on whether you're in High Chaos or Low Chaos mode, so if you switch approaches halfway through the game, you might not get the ending you want.
Test out all of the available optionsYou might be the type of person who loads up a new game and ignores all of the options. Don't do that. Dishonored has tons of sliders and switches you'll want to spend time looking at. In addition to the difficulty level, which you'll decide as you start a new game, there are all sorts of options to toggle and tweak. You might want to turn off mission markers and try to plot your own way to each new target, or you might want to play without any health bars or other interface obstructions. Your call.
Explore and WanderWander around. Find hidden passageways. Break into peoples' apartments. This is a game you can play by barreling from target to target, trying to kill everyone as quickly as possible, but to do so would be missing the point. There are all sorts of creepy characters to meet and interesting things to see. Go find them.
Upgrade the Blink spellThe blink spell will be your best friend and your staunchest ally as you use it to teleport through the dim alleys and dusty streets of Dishonored. As soon as you pick up a couple of runes—hidden treasures that you can use to select skills—I recommend you use them to upgrade blink, which extends your teleport distance and lets you travel even further. This is eternally helpful no matter how you want to play.
Use PotionsRPG fans might be conditioned to hoard their resources, saving them only for difficult encounters. This is unnecessary in Dishonored. There are potions just about everywhere, so don't be afraid to use them. Plus, there are no boss battles to wait for.
Look, Read and ListenYou're exploring, right? While you're scouring the hotels and brothels and government offices of Dishonored's main city, Dunwall, take the time to experience the art. Check out the posters on peoples' walls. Read the book excerpts you'll find in cabinets and desk drawers. By far the most impressive thing about Dishonored is the intricacy of its world design, so let yourself get wrapped up in everything it has to offer.
And if you're not listening in on conversations everywhere you go, you're missing out on some of the game's best writing.
Think VerticallyIf you're ever stuck on a particularly tough area, know that there are always many ways to get past a problem. Often these are vertical solutions. Blink up to the rooftops and take down enemies from above, or climb down to the sewers and sneak into an enemy-infested building without making a sound. If you're ever not sure where to go next, get high or get low.
Get CreativeSneaking up behind an enemy guard and stabbing him in the neck is always satisfying, but there are so many ways to kill people, you'd be remiss not to try them all. Experiment with your spells and gadgets. There are a lot of combinations to discover. (For example: stop time as an enemy is firing his gun at you, then possess another enemy and move him in front of the frozen bullet. Unfreeze time. Bam, friendly fire.)
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