Dishonored 2 (Review)

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Dishonored 2 is developed by Arkane Studios and published by Bethesda Games, it is a follow up to the 2012 game Dishonored by the same studio and it came out on PC, PS4 and XBOX One on November 11th, 2017 to a lot of praise and critical success.

The story takes place fifteen years after the first game, Emily is now the empress she is a grown woman with her father Corvo beside her ruling over the empire from her throne in Dunwall, but happiness can’t last forever and her aunt shows up and takes her off the throne and thus begins a quest to win back the throne, discover her aunt’s secrets and assassinate her allies, good times. right off the bat the story is a lot stronger than the first game because now both protagonists can talk and engage with the cast and characters which adds a lot of depth to them, this time around you are all given more choices you can go with either Corvo or Emily and you can also accept or reject the Outsider’s powers which makes your experience very different, to make up for the lack of powers you are given some tools to fight your way through the levels.

The heart and soul of the game is definitely the level design and my god they did an amazing job here, I highly suggest if you are planning to play the game to spend some time just to explore the levels it is so well designed and so creative it surprise you, every objective can be tackled in so many different ways, you can avoid killing anyone in the game or kill everyone in the game the choice is yours, the game also has multiple endings so you are encouraged to play it multiple times to get the best out of it.

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The combat in dishonored is a first person action game, your right hand is a sword which can both be used to silently kill someone from the back or chop him to pieces, your left hand however is either a ranged weapon, trap, spell or grenade. you can use whichever weapon suits your need and help you with the situation you are about to encounter, you can also buy ammo and upgrades from black markets and find benchmarks and ruins to upgrade your powers and become an OP god.

perhaps my main issue with Dishonored 2 is the same I had with the first game which is there isn’t enough of it, I wish these games gave me the whole city of Karnaca to explore and not just some missions it is a shame that Arkane crafted this amazing world and mythology and I only got to spend 10-12 hours in it, this game deserves to be more open and bigger and I really want it to be that.

Verdict : Dishonored 2 takes the first game’s great design and game play to the next level by adding a fantastic new playable character and a good story to uncover, new enemies to fight in whichever way you want to. (9.5/10.0)

The Light Between Oceans (Review)

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The Light Between Oceans is directed by Derek Cianfrance staring Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander and it is an adaptation of M. L. Stedman novel with the same name, the film came out in 2016 to mixed to positive reviews.

The story follows a man named Tom played by Fassbender who fought in the great war and have seen enough death and destruction he decides to take the life of isolation at Janus Rock tending to a lighthouse, on his way he meets Isabelle played by Vikander and they send letter to each other for some time ultimately they fall in love and get married and she moves to the island with him, while to some their life might be isolated prison to them it is like paradise because they are in love. sometimes passes and they are met with tragedy of a miscarriage which leave Isabelle in utter heart break but one day they found a boat on the shores with a deadman and a baby girl and from there the film turn into a moral struggle between the two weather they keep the baby or they report it back.

I want to talk about some of the strong points of the film first which is the masterful performance from the two leads, both of them are at the top of their games I can’t say which one I prefer more because they both are really really good, also Adam Arkapaw’s cinematography shines like he did in Macbeth another film staring Fassbender and Alexandre Desplat’s beautiful and emotional music which gave me the sense of isolation throughout the film and I thought it was fantastic.

I have to say I do disagree with the negative criticism of the film despite it being melodramatic I really liked it, it is a kind of drama we don’t get these days but I loved the world of it and during its last scenes I was very emotionally moved by what was happening I felt the weight of the decisions they were making and the sorrow that filled their lives, at times the film takes long breaks without a single line of dialogue but it is ok because the actors do such a great job by just portraying these characters I didn’t feel like I needed long conversations, it is a feeling I had with The Revenant as well.

Verdict : it is not without faults it has issues but The Light Between Oceans is a great showcase for the amount of talent Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander has. (8.0/10.0)