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Half-Life 2: Episode 4 media details the 'Return to Ravenholm'

Half-Life 2: Episode 4 media details the 'Return to Ravenholm'

"Return to Ravenholm," aka "Half-Life 2: Episode 4," was a Half-Life 2 episode set in the spooky abandoned town. It's been canceled for a few years now, but we've gotten a better look at the game that could have been thanks to some new concept art and animation tests. It was in development at Dishonored developer Arkane Studios around 2006, but was ultimately scrapped.

Watch: The Half-Life episode that never was »

"Hate to hear that. I use to send him an email every now and again and he was always quick to ..."
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Dishonored Dunwall City Trials trailer makes a killing

Dishonored Dunwall City Trials trailer makes a killing

The first DLC for Dishonored is out next week, and Bethesda has released a gameplay trailer showing how to make a quick killing against the hordes of NPCs you'll face in the new maps provided in Dunwall City Trials.

Watch: Speed killing »

"Take my money... I want more dishonored! GOTY for sure, it wasn't perfect but sure was a blast ..."
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Dishonored sales 'far exceeding' predictions

Dishonored sales 'far exceeding' predictions

A few years ago, the idea that the sandbox-y first-person stealth-ish shooter could ever find a second wind would be met with sorry sighs. Delightfully, after Deus Ex: Human Revolution last year and now Dishonored, the future's looking grand for the genre time almost forgot. Dishonored publisher Bethesda Softworks has said that sales of Arkane's sneak 'em up are "far exceeding" expectations, and dubbed it "a new franchise."

Read more: Faced down "a host of well-established franchises" »

"same. instant purchase. gotta get going on it this weekend hopefully "
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Dishonored's Dunwall City Trials DLC coming December 11

Dishonored's Dunwall City Trials DLC coming December 11

If you missed a competitive aspect to Dishonored when you played through it, then mark December 11 on your calendar. That's when Bethesda's first DLC pack for the game, Dunwall City Trials arrives, giving you leaderboard recognition for your prowess in killing waves of AI enemies.

Read more: $4.99 for 10 maps »

"I just finished this game yesterday. It's pretty great, although I did not have the patience I ..."
- grendel    See all 16 comments


Three Dishonored DLC packs announced

Three Dishonored DLC packs announced

If you've been clamouring for more Dishonored, you're in luck, but you'll need to hold on a while longer. Publisher Bethesda today announced three DLC packs for Arkane's sneak 'em up, two "story-driven campaigns" and one challenge mode with online leaderboards. The latter, Dunwall City Trials, will be up first, arriving in December at a reasonable $5.

Read more: Second DLC introduces new playable character »

"Leaderboard challenges don't interest me, but the others sound great. More missions is awesome."
- Conan    See all 11 comments


Official Dishonored map app now available

Official Dishonored map app now available

One of the more frustrating aspects of Dishonored was the lack of maps to give me an idea of where I'd been and what I still needed to see. A new official map app from BradyGames should help alleviate that frustration.

Read more: Find shrines and paintings »

"I actually think stuff like this could be a pretty lucrative avenue of business for Brady Games ..."
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Dishonored review: Story-driven role-playing

Dishonored review: Story-driven role-playing

The challenge for a developer creating a game is to build a bond with the player, the kind of bond where the player as protagonist not only believes in the mission of his alter ego, but cares about the characters in the game on an emotional level. The story is the essence of any good RPG, and the developer must allow the player to feel the character's anger, frustration, joy or any of the myriad emotions through that story. A great RPG builds a trust with the player and demands that role-playing be the game.

And for that reason, Arkane Studios' Dishonored is a great RPG. My emotions drove my style of game play as the bodyguard Corvo, falsely accused of killing a beloved Empress and my friend. I started with the mindset that clearing my name was secondary to finding those that killed her and kidnapped her daughter, the future monarch that I had watched grow up in my time as their bodyguard. I began play in a non-lethal fashion, fully unaware that what I was about to experience went well beyond the traditional point-and-click RPGs.

Read more: Changing the way I play »

"Just wanted to say, this review convinced me to get the game. Hearing that the story and ..."
- moeezS    See all 67 comments


Dishonored video lets you play through parts of a mission

Dishonored video lets you play through parts of a mission

The highly anticipated Dishonored has been touted by Bethesda as a "play it your way" RPG with plenty of options to accomplish the numerous objectives the developer Arkane Studios throws at you during the game. And to illustrate that point, the publisher has released a new interactive "Path to Revenge" video letting you choose your path through a good chunk of one of the game's early missions.

Watch: Choose your path »

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Final Dishonored webisode goes behind the mask

Final Dishonored webisode goes behind the mask

The final animated Tales from Dunwall webisode for Dishonored in out, with this one focusing on Piero, the man who created the mask for assassin-to-be Corvo.

The last webisode is entitled "In the Mind of Madness," and offers a few details leading up to the start of the game. Pay particular attention to some of the news clippings on the wall.

Watch: Episode 3 and a TV spot »

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Second Dishonored webisode explores others with powers

Second Dishonored webisode explores others with powers

The next episode of The Tales from Dunwall series is out for Dishonored, this time, focusing on a young boy who gets a visit from the Outsider, the same entity that gives Corvo the powers players will get to use in the game.

Watch: Episode two - The Hand that Feeds »

"More games... possibly. Is it also possible that Corvo may encounter others with these powers in ..."
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Animated Dishonored webisode looks at history of Dunwall

Animated Dishonored webisode looks at history of Dunwall

With the release of Dishonored exactly two weeks away, Bethesda continues to ramp up the publicity, this time with the first of a three-part animated webisode called Tales from Dunwall, focusing on the back story behind the game world.

Watch: Episode one - The Awakening »

"Too bad its release is the same time as Xcom, this one will have to wait a bit."
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Dishonored dev diary: on the home stretch

Dishonored dev diary: on the home stretch

With Dishonored launching on October 9, developer Arkane should be in the relatively comfortable certification phase, sitting back and hoping that all goes well, while perhaps buffing up the PC edition or thinking about DLC. So here, enjoy a new video developer diary where the gang reflect on getting to see the game in its finished state. It's quite good, they think.

Watch: Sure, I think it looks pretty good too »

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Dishonored dev diary highlights individual style

Dishonored dev diary highlights individual style

Dishonored is only a few weeks away now, and developer Arkane Studios has rolled out another diary outlining some of the game's features. This edition of the mini-documentary details the customizable aspect of the game, and how your gameplay choices can reflect your own style.

Watch: Dishonored's 'Experience' trailer »

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Dishonored video looks at player immersion

Dishonored video looks at player immersion

As the October 9 release date for Dishonored approaches, Bethesda is ramping up the promotion of the game, this time with a new developer diary video discussing how Arkane Studios goes about immersing the player in the rat-infested setting of Dunwall.

Watch: Creating a believable setting and characters »

"wow, oct 9? that's a lot earlier than I realised. sign me up "
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Dishonored trailer studies proper use of stealth

Dishonored trailer studies proper use of stealth

While Arkane Studios' Dishonored will let you kill everyone that gets in your way, the truly clever will figure out a way to sneak through the entire game. A new trailer shows off how different stealth aspects work together so you can sneak more efficiently.

Watch: Using darkness and distance »

"This just looks better and better. Please don't kill my hopes."
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