Stuck In Dishonored 2? The Developers Have Tips For You

by Robert Workman

Dishonored

Bethesda's Dishonored 2 is an open-world experience that's truly extraordinary, as you can play however you see fit – with full-on stealth or raging into every battle, sword drawn. But there are those that might seem a bit overwhelmed by the experience, just because it has sooooooo much to offer.

Well, not to worry. Arkane Studios' Harvey Smith has provided a number of tips that will help players get the most out of the game. Heed these well, gamers.

  • Play stealthy or full assault-style, or mix up sneaking and combat. The game supports all these approaches because our team – especially our game designers and gameplay programmers – were tirelessly committed to this core tenet.
  • Always look around for alternate pathways: Side alleys, back doors, unlocked windows, overhead balconies, rooftops, tunnels (for rats), or water-ducts (for fish).
  • In sword combat, don’t forget to BLOCK! (And counter-attack while an enemy is off-balance.) Play through our little Tutorial, which also sets up the fiction a bit.
  • Note that for almost all the combat moves, we’ve added nonlethal versions. (Combat choke, drop attack, slide takedown, et al.) You can play the entire game without killing.
  • Change difficulty whenever you want. If you’re an advanced player or really into stealth, play on Hard.
  • Try playing the game with stealth. Sneaking, playing nonlethally, or even ghosting the missions adds even more tension and drama to situations.
  • Our stealth model is mostly based on enemy view cones and occlusion. Darkness only matters at a distance, making you more hidden. Up close, enemy facing and field of view matters most. (Stay behind them or behind something that blocks their line of sight.)
  • Don’t forget to lean! If your body is behind something like a wall, you can lean out to peek ahead.
  • Peep through keyholes before opening doors.
  • Look up! Go vertical when you can, along ledges, rooftops, pipes, etc. You can often sneak past an encounter that way or find an alternate entry or path.
  • Unless you’re trying to get a Ghost Achievement for never being detected, resist the temptation to immediately load a save if you get busted while playing stealth. Play it out and see what happens.
  • Distract enemies with sound by throwing a bottle or setting an alarm clock.
  • Eavesdrop on unaware enemies to absorb more information related to the world and the events unfolding around you. Sometimes eavesdropping updates your objectives. (Similarly, listen to street speaker announcements and read posted signs.)
  • Often characters have followup lines if you hang out and listen to them (or click on them further). You’ll absorb more about the world this way.
  • Notes and lore books also add a lot of background info on the world and events.
  • Use the Heart to locate Runes and Bonecharms. But it will also speak, giving you more details about the history of a location, or about characters in the world.
  • Don’t forget to assign your bone charms. Review them periodically. And this time, you can create your own via Bonecharm Crafting.
  • If you’ve played the game once or twice, and you really want a new experience, play the game without supernatural powers. (Say “no” to the Outsider.)
  • You can turn off the HUD UI, including goal markers. If you’re a minimalist, experiment with that.
  • Set your brightness so the blacks are really black. The game looks better. (Check out the calibration options screen.)
  • Quicksave is your friend.
  • This is key: If you like the experience, consider replaying with different character, powers, and a different approach. During a second play-through you will know more about the world and discover new areas. Seriously, a second playthrough really contextualizes your understanding of the game. Highly recommended. 

Dishonored 2 is available now for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

By Robert Workman

Robert Workman has spent years working in the video game industry, for sites like Shacknews, AOL GameDaily and Marooners Rock. He's also very skilled in contributing to podcasts and video broadcasts, and can pretty much out-game you under the table. Oh, and just go ahead and ask him about glorious craft beers. Go on, ask him.