Review: Dishonored: Death of the Outsider (PS4).

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider has prepared a completely new character for us with his own set of powers and gadgets, all based on similar assumptions as Dishonored 2which got a tenner from us. Could this add-on be broken?

Dishonored 2 got a perfect 10/10 with us and look for a similar gem with a candle. This quite demanding stealth game impressed with its sensational level designs, allowing for any style of play. And while the developer gave us a rich set of powers (both killer and pacifist), the whole thing could be easily walked on without them – and we still had at least a few paths to each goal. It was similar in the first part, but we are talking about big games that give you time to calmly learn all your skills and develop your characters. How it all works out in a much shorter standalone expansion Death of the Outsider?

Billie Lurk, who you may know as the captain of the Dangerous Frog, is the new story, the mysterious Meagan Foster from D2. Avoiding too much spoilers, this was the apprentice of the killer Daud who, after many events, feels that she owes him something. The rescue of the former master, however, leads to an unbelievable mission – to kill the Misfit god. The same one who gave each hero unique Void powers. It is true that the plot is not particularly captivating, but as a better look at the characters of Billie, Daud and the Outsider, it is worth experiencing this story. I must also point out that the action takes place after the events of D2, but our earlier choices do not matter much, considering the local ending of the low chaos as canonical.

Review: Dishonored: Death of the Outsider (PS4)

IN Dishonored 2 after the premiere, the New Game + mode was added, where we can use the power sets of both characters. There is also such an option here, but it works a bit differently. After completing the game, we can go through it again, except that Billie’s three powers will be changed to the known from the “two” Blink, Dark Sight and Domino.

Death of the Outsider has been divided into five missions taking place on much smaller boards than in the base. The locations are still pampered to the limit and offer many opportunities to get things done, but two missions use the same location at different times, and another takes us to a fragment of the board from D2 (royal conservatory from missions with witches). It is hard to consider it a disadvantage, as seemingly minor changes on the map force a completely different approach, and the entire conservatory has been taken over by auditors and provides a completely new experience, but it does not change the fact that these are not as extensive boards as we remember from the main scenes series. There is also a lack of panache in the style of the Jindosh palace or time travel at Stiltons – rather get ready for the typical streets of Karnaki with a complex bank jump and a spectacular Void at the end of the adventure.

Review: Dishonored: Death of the Outsider (PS4)

The power of the add-on lies in the new playable heroine, and more precisely in her range of powers and gadgets. This time we only have a few skills and we get them at once, without slowly developing them with runes. What’s more, there are no more mana-restoring potions, and it recovers quite quickly by itself. This allows for greater freedom in using (this time less deadly) powers without worrying about the limited supply of blue potions. Billie uses teleportation with prior location (which allows you to plan a quick evacuation), putting on the face of an unconscious NPC (running with impunity until the body is detected / mana end) and the possibility of a spiritual flight around the map, where enemies and items to pick up light up. It all sounds like little variations of already known powers, and it is, but these little changes allow for a more tactical approach.

This time we are also able to overhear the whispers of the rats, which will sometimes give a hint, but all these warnings or hidden locations are so easy to find by yourself, especially with spiritual reconnaissance. The crafting of bone charms returns… which unlocks without any message somewhere towards the end of the game. Strange thing. In addition to power, we also get a few gadgets. The hook mine that pulls your opponents in is hilarious, grabbing and dragging the limp body of a surprised enemy in the blink of an eye (and pulling it quietly to the ceiling!). A pacifist approach is also facilitated by a stun grenade, although attaching a mine of this type to a bottle and throwing something worked just as well in D2. In short – Billie plays a bit differently, but at every step you can see many similarities to the “two”. Great solution for an add-on.

Review: Dishonored: Death of the Outsider (PS4)

However, a separate paragraph should be given to a completely new mechanics – contracts. So far, each extensive board in Dishonored gave us the purpose of the mission and a lot of ground to look for loot or learn about world history through letters, notes and books. Now, on top of that, there are special orders from the residents – for example, to fake an accident of an annoying mime or to burn the corpse of a beloved dog. Of course, this requires additional exploration, but the cash will also be useful for a whole lot of upgrades available on the black market. If you extend missions, it’s only this way! Well … and trophies, because the addition includes a set of 31 platinum cups.

Death of the Outsider does a great job of expanding the base, giving us more of the same but with enough changes to feel the difference. Having passed once again Dishonored 2 last week, I noticed here a lot of recurring questions of guards and civilians, and for some reason, slower reading of textures, and Polish voice actors are a bit more irritating than in the “two” – especially Daud with an average imitation of Bogusław Linda. In terms of performance, however, this is a standard high level Arkane Studios and a must-have accessory for any fan of the series.

Review: Dishonored: Death of the Outsider (PS4)

The game was reviewed on PS4 Pro