Dishonored 2 Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Dishonored 2 RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network GOG Spring Sale Brings Back Game Collection Bundles https://www.gameskinny.com/4csh7/gog-spring-sale-brings-back-game-collection-bundles https://www.gameskinny.com/4csh7/gog-spring-sale-brings-back-game-collection-bundles Tue, 17 Mar 2020 17:47:12 -0400 Ty Arthur

The 2020 spring game discounts are officially kicking off with Good Old Game's Spring sale. The deals will certainly give you something to play while waiting out the coronavirus. 

Besides the standard discounts to a wide variety of titles, this year's GOG Spring sale sees the long-awaited return of game collection bundles, as well as some freebie extras for anyone to grab at no cost.

Deep discounts are now available on major franchises like Heroes of Might & Magic, Dungeons & Dragons, King's Bounty, Dishonored, Shadowrun, The Witcher, Saint's Row, Warhammer, and Metro through March 30.

Individual game sales can be browsed here, or check out the bundles to finish off your collections:

The sale's freebies cover a wide array of properties. Right now, The Witcher Goodies Collection is up for grabs on the GOG front page. The Goodies Collection includes extras like art books, soundtracks, making-of videos, and more. Here's what's included:

What are you planning on picking up off your GOG wishlist? Sound off below, and stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news on more discounts.

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Don't Miss Out: PlayStation Under $20 Sale Discounts Tons of Awesome Games https://www.gameskinny.com/y57w5/dont-miss-out-playstation-under-20-sale-discounts-tons-of-awesome-games https://www.gameskinny.com/y57w5/dont-miss-out-playstation-under-20-sale-discounts-tons-of-awesome-games Mon, 20 Jan 2020 12:54:30 -0500 GS_Staff

There was a time when PlayStation sales were few and far between. But that's certainly not been the case over the past several months. And the latest post-Christmas sale discounts a plethora of PlayStation 4 titles and DLC packs. 

Since 185 items are currently on sale on PSN, we won't cover them all below. However, we will highlight some of the better and more popular deals available. 

The "Games Under $20 Sale" is live until February 5 at 11:00 a.m. EDT. If you happened to miss out on Sony's Holiday Sale, then now is the perfect time to burn that Christmas cash on new PS4 games for your library. 

Games such as Grand Theft Auto 5 aren't as cheap as we've ever seen them, but if you've somehow still not taken the plunge, 50% off is a pretty good deal if you have the dosh. 

Game Normal Price Sale Price
Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag $29.99 $8.99
Assassin's Creed: Unity $29.99 $8.99
Batman: Arkham Knight $19.99 $9.99
Batman: The Telltale Series  $14.99 $4.94
Call of Cthulhu $39.99 $9.99
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Gold Ed. $59.99 $19.79
Conan Exiles $49.99 $19.99
Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin $39.99 $9.99
Dead by Daylight: Special Edition $29.99 $14.99
Dishonored 2 $39.99 $13.99
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider $29.99 $10.49
Dragon Age: Inquisition Deluxe Ed. $19.99 $4.99
Dragon Ball Xenoverse $39.99 $7.99
Dying Light $19.99 $12.99
Elite Dangerous $29.99 $11.99
Far Cry 4 $19.99 $9.99
Far Cry New Dawn $39.99 $15.99
Frostpunk $29.99 $19.79
Grand Theft Auto 5 $29.99 $14.99
Injustice 2 Legendary Ed. $59.99 $14.99
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes $14.99 $5.99
L.A. Noir $39.99 $19.99
Mad Max $19.99 $9.99
Mafia 3 $39.99 $9.99
Mass Effect: Andromeda $29.99 $11.99
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Definitive Ed. $59.99 $14.99
Mortal Kombat X $19.99 $9.99
NBA Live 19: The One Ed. $29.99 $14.99
The Outer Wilds $24.99 $19.99
Overcooked + Overcooked 2 $34.99 $17.49
PayDay 2: Crimewave Ed. $19.99 $2.99
Rayman Legends $19.99 $4.99
Resident Evil 7 $19.99  $14.99
Resident Evil Revelation 1+2 $39.99 $15.99
Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Ed.  $59.99 $8.99
Slime Rancher: Deluxe Ed. $29.99 $17.99
Sniper Elite 3 $29.99 $7.49
South Park: The Stick of Truth $29.99 $1.99
Space Hulk: Tactics $29.99 $7.49
Steep $29.99 $9.89
Street Fighter 5 $19.99 $7.99
Tales of Berseria $59.99 $14.99
The Blackout Club $29.99 $19.49
The Crew $19.99 $6.59
The Evil Within $19.99 $7.99
The Evil Within 2 $59.99 $19.79
The SUrge Augmented Ed. $39.99 $13.59
The Wolf Among Us $14.99 $4.94
Thief $19.99 $2.99
Titanfall 2 $19.99 $7.99
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands $49.99 $19.99
Tom Clancy's The Division $39.99  $7.99
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 $59.99 $14.99
Unravel Yarny Bundle $29.99 $10.49
Valkyria Chronicles 4 Complete Ed. $49.99 $17.49
Warhammer 40K: Inquisitor Martyr $59.99 $14.99
Watch Dogs $19.99 $6.59
Watch Dogs 2 $49.99 $12.49
Wolfenstein: The New Order $19.99 $9.99
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood $19.99 $9.99
XCOM 2 $59.99 $14.99
Zombi $19.99 $3.99


From Resident Evil 7 to Rayman: Legends, The Outer Wilds and XCOM 2, head over to the PlayStation Store to see the entire list in alphabetical order. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more sales info as we come across it. 

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8 Games You Need to Play Before Cyberpunk 2077 https://www.gameskinny.com/4qqib/8-games-you-need-to-play-before-cyberpunk-2077 https://www.gameskinny.com/4qqib/8-games-you-need-to-play-before-cyberpunk-2077 Tue, 09 Jul 2019 09:00:02 -0400 John Schutt

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We'll have to wait and see if Cyberpunk 2077 lives up to the massive amount of hype it's built for itself, intentionally or not. I'm also curious where it will take its greatest inspirations from, at least when it comes to design and worldbuilding decisions.

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The games on this list are just a few of the possibilities CD PROJEKT RED might see as worthy of helping build their game, but I have a feeling there's much more in store for us than we would ever think possible.

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Cyberpunk 2077 releases April 16, 2020, on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

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Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain

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If ever there was a game that gave players as many options as was humanly possible, it would be MGS 5: The Phantom Pain. While it's not an RPG, it does give players almost complete freedom in how, where, when, and why they overcome challenges.

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Headfirst into a firefight or complete stealth. Lethal or nonlethal. Change the weather or drop boxes from on high. If you can think it, MGS 5 probably gives you the option to do it.

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Time will tell if Cyberpunk goes as far as Hideo Kojima himself when it comes to player freedom, but from what we've seen so far, they're certainly going to try.

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DOOM

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First of all, do I really need to give any real justification for playing the DOOM reboot? Didn't think so.

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If you insist, though, one of the most important aspects of DOOM's appeal is the sheer pace of the gameplay. Once it gets going, your wholesale slaughter of Hell's hordes doesn't stop. All you have are brief moments of looking for more ways to murder more demons.

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When it comes to Cyberpunk 2077, you aren't necessarily incentivized to kill everything you see, but that won't stop some players from trying. More to the point, as far as we know, instant action is a viable way of making your way through the game. That makes DOOM a great game to play if you want to master fast-paced, murder-filled play.

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Bioshock

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The original Bioshock is one of the best test cases for how to merge storytelling and mechanics. Its major twist notwithstanding, the player's dependence on plasmids and their use in the decline of Rapture are integral to the overall worldbuilding of the game. 

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That and the way the world connects together into a cohesive whole is also something Cyberpunk is attempting to do. Thanks to improvements in technology, Night City won't be constrained by loading screens or individually contained levels, but the way everything connects is classic Bioshock.

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The gameplay variety offered by the plasmid system is another idea Cyberpunk is playing off of. Through augmentation and future-tech, players will be able to define not only how they play but also how the world plays around them.

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There's nothing more satisfying than turning a Big Daddy against his brethren to save yourself some ammo. Hacking that lumbering, juiced up dude in the corner to pummel his former friends? Same thing, just with tech rather than genetic modification.

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Mostly.

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Planescape: Torment

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Storytelling is a hallmark of any CD PROJEKT RED title, from the deep characters and compelling storylines to the difficult choices and player-driven worlds. To that end, the Witcher devs owe much to the likes of Chris Avellone and the developers behind one of the best RPGs ever made: Planescape: Torment.

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Though set in a classic Dungeons & Dragons setting, Torment helped to define and innovate on the complexity and depth a game could offer with its narrative. Many of Torment's systems — story-centric or otherwise — would go on to inspire developers across the genre, and there are plenty of gamers out there, our Ty Arthur included, who see this title as one of the pinnacles of gaming achievement.

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Dishonored 1 & 2

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Much in the same vein as Mankind Divided, both Dishonored games present players with complex, sometimes labyrinthine levels contained within a single larger location. In this case, each area has a different aesthetic and gameplay challenges, but the focus — unlike both Deus Ex and Cyberpunk in some cases — is on stealth and subterfuge.

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Players can use the Dishonored series as a means to experiment with stealth mechanics and learn how to navigate heavily layered levels. Cyberpunk looks to be offering that kind of level design and more, so understanding how to fight your way through a punk-style world through both lethal and non-lethal means will be critical.

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is one of the best examples of a complex, layered, and interconnected world. It might not boast the same sized map as Cyberpunk 2077, but it is a great test case for how a single location can provide hours upon hours of gameplay and story.

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Another thing Mankind Divided brings to your Cyberpunk preparation is in its shooting and action mechanics. While what we've seen of CD PROJEKT RED's new title seems to indicate an increased focus on pace and movement, that shouldn't stop you from using the latest Deus Ex as a way to experiment with what's possible in a first-person action RPG.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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Let's get the other elephant out of the room. You shouldn't go into Cyberpunk 2077 without having at least a working knowledge of CDPR's previous epic. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is widely considered by critics to be one of the best RPGs of the decade (I'm inclined to agree), and plenty of people think it to be the best game ever made.

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From its storytelling, deep customization, expansive world — itself enough to encompass several full-priced games — and overall quality, The Witcher 3 will give anyone a 100-hour masterclass in how CD PROJEKT makes games. 

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Final Fantasy VII Remake

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Let's get the elephant out of the room. The Final Fantasy VII Remake is one of the biggest games we know about in 2020. A total overhaul of both its systems and its world — both legendary in their own right — the Remake has four years of development expectations and more than 20 years of hopes and dreams to live up to.

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Coming out almost a full month before Cyberpunk 2077, the Remake will be an excellent primer for how developers build and evolve their worlds to match or exceed what their fans are looking for. 

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Plus, if it's anything like its source material, the Remake will offer fans plenty of options with how they want to build and play. Build experimentation and execution is a huge part of any classic Final Fantasy and it will certainly be an integral aspect of Cyberpunk's gameplay.

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Most of all, I would put money on the idea that Cyberpunk has at least a little bit to thank Final Fantasy VII for. And even when CD PROJEKT RED's next potential masterpiece has been well and truly conquered, we have more Final Fantasy to look forward to for years to come.

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Few games coming out in the next year carry a larger profile than Cyberpunk 2077 from The Witcher 3 developer CD PROJEKT RED. Perhaps only the Final Fantasy VII Remake holds the same kind of weight and expectation. 

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And while Cyberpunk 2077 releases all the way in April 2020, there are plenty of games new old, and still unreleased you can play and should play to pass the time. We'll be talking about eight of them.

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How Dishonored 2's Levels Can be a Metaphor for its characters https://www.gameskinny.com/qdhtt/how-dishonored-2s-levels-can-be-a-metaphor-for-its-characters https://www.gameskinny.com/qdhtt/how-dishonored-2s-levels-can-be-a-metaphor-for-its-characters Wed, 05 Dec 2018 15:48:55 -0500 Michelle Valens

Dishonored 2, the sequel to the 2011 stealth assassin hit game Dishonored may be about two years old now, but that doesn’t mean it has any less of an impact on the gaming community.

The environments in Dishonored 2 are not only a breathtaking example of level design and art direction but could perhaps be used as metaphors for the characters themselves. From Dunwall to the Dust District, this article breaks down the world of Dishonored 2 into symbolism for it’s primary characters.

Delilah Copperspoon

The most obvious choice to start with is Dunwall under the rule of abstract artist turned despotic ruler; Delilah Copperspoon. She has turned all of Dunwall tower into chaos which closely matches the chaotic nature of her own mind. It’s not only the tower that has suffered from her rule though, as she has extended her chaotic reach into the streets, destroying buildings, shops and much more, Dunwall has fallen into a decay befitting of a Gothic bitter ruler who views this place as the city that has betrayed her.

As a “young’un” Delilah had a taste of Dunwall Tower, but all memories of the place are filled with hate at the notion that her father lied to her, kept her a secret and seemed to favor her half-sister, Jessamine over all else. Through the traumatic experience of being forced out at such a young age and watching her family fade away from her entirely, the tower remains as a remnant of a former life and all the chances she was never given.

As seen in The Brigmore Witches DLC for Dishonored, Delilah is much more at home in a place covered in vines and with plants growing out of the floors. “Let nature reclaim this place,” she seems to say, as so she wishes, her powers let her bring those dirt-ridden dreams to life. I suppose her coven takes turns with plant related care.

Nothing is more chaotic than Delilah’s own artwork, using harsh shapes and colors to get her point across, and her point is usually that she has an unhealthy obsession with what she seems to believe she lost to Jessamine, a life that was never hers. So strong is her obsession that she wills it forward, hoping that her surroundings match her state of mind.

In a final rude sort of attempt to one-up her former sister, Delilah has turned Jessamine and Emily's legacy into a wasteland of dark magic and corruption.

Kirin Jindosh

Next, we move on to discuss Kirin Jindosh, a man who is so enamored with puzzles, he turned his very own mansion into one. Fitting, considering Jindosh is a genius whose mind is always spinning, twisting and turning so very similar to the inner workings of his strange home.

Jindosh is much more comfortable living among the product of his own genius than let's say, a reasonable flat in Karnaca, maybe one facing the harbor. His mansion brings to mind the similar industrial styles of Anton Sokolov’s apartment in the first Dishonored, while in very different locations, both are a clear view of the lifestyle and personality of their occupants.

From the moment you step foot into the mansion, you’re smacked in the face with levers, gears, and cogs; not to mention Jindosh’s pompous display of his own ability and cleverness.

Secluded away from the rest of the district chiefly because of Jindosh's contempt for the rest of society that put's Anton Sokolov's hatred of the aristocracy to shame. His mansion looms in the distance over the Aventa District almost as if Kirin is lording his ingenious inventions over the people he has removed himself from in a way that distinctly states “I’m better than you”

Alexandria Hypatia

Once a respectable place of business, former solarium turned institution; Addermire Institute became a place of disarray and disrepair. It started it’s descent into ruin during the coup as the chief alchemist Alexandria Hypatia was being used as a pawn in Delilah’s plan to rule over the Isles. Did I mention that she was being brainwashed?

Now Addermire, like Hypatia herself, is a shell of its former glory; dead plants, broken windows and trash lining the halls, it stands in eerie silence replaced with harsh lights and blood flies. Filled with a sad melancholy, it’s become a very quiet place that gives you the feeling of being watched.

Walking through the decrepit halls of Addermire puts you in the mindset of Hypatia as she struggles against the brain conditioning that is being used against her by the Duke. She is breaking, but still fighting against it, similar to the buildings fight against it’s own destruction, though unlike Dunwall tower and Delilah, Hypatia and her Institute represent a different relationship to the nature that threatens to overtake it.

While Delilah is in control of the chaos that surrounds Dunwall Tower, Hypatia is the victim of the chaos around Addermire and is unable to stop it.

Luca Abele

Next stop is Duke Luca Abele’s residence, The Grand Palace. The Duke is quite a selfish man, as you may be able to tell by the fact that he built his palace on the ruins of what stood before it simply because he didn’t like the way it looked. 

As with all palaces, Luca’s is a display of wealth and power in a world where not a lot of people have that. The extravagant palace serves as a testament to Abele's selfish nature and it shows how highly he thinks of himself. A very modern design overlooking a beautiful view of the sea. The palace is somehow both pretentious in its design, yet subtle and understated in many of its smaller intricacies.

There is an uncertainty in the design, at times it feels as though it is trying too hard, and other times it feels as though it is not trying hard enough. Which could speak to the Duke's innermost views of his father and his family legacy.

Breanna Ashworth

Royal curator and follower-slash-girlfriend of Delilah Copperspoon; Breanna Ashworth resides in The Royal Conservatory. A partnership between Gristol and Serkokos, the conservatory showcases studies of the Academy of Natural Philosophy and the history of Karnaca.

Breanna's personality is similar to the conservatory, a jumbled collection of things that don't seem to fit together, and don't seem to belong anywhere else, seeing as much of her persona is that she lives and thrives to please Delilah, this seems fitting.

Breanna was born of a wealthy family but felt no connection with them, her love of freedom and being away from the life her family had planned for her is shown through the grand display that the conservatory holds. The Conservatory is a testament to the weird and worldly things found throughout the isles. Evidence of Delilah's coven is shown throughout the establishment, candles and magic symbols, plants and vines making their way through the walls and floors.

The Conservatory, like Breanna, exists separately to its original purpose, both seem to serve Delilah, Breanna carries out her actions, and the Conservatory houses her followers and her obsession with pleasing Delilah and adhering to her plans leave the Royal Conservatory under lockdown, where it falls into disrepair due to the actions of Delilah's coven's magic.

Beautiful and strange, there is a sadness to this building as it has lost its original purpose to fit with Delilah's plans, though Breanna would have been unhappy with a life as an aristocrat. Her life became meaningless without Delilah and her magic, as did the Royal Conservatory become a mere shadow of what it once was.

Aramis Stilton

The Dust District is a harsh place filled with dust storms, depressed workers, and derelict buildings, one such building is the old mansion of Aramis Stilton which like many of the places on this list, has fallen into a state of disrepair. Rats flee into the halls and vegetation takes over the once pristine Stilton Manor.

Stepping into the courtyard feels as though you are walking through a ghost town, the entirety of the outside is overgrown foliage and remnants of the grounds. The inside doesn’t offer much of a change as nature has found its way through walls and floors. The state of the mansion makes it difficult to traverse through the level, giving us a good frame of reference to understanding poor Aramis Stilton’s broken and fragmented mind as he struggles to exist between two worlds, what he remembers and what he shouldn’t remember.

This level is the most architecturally complex and one of my personal favorites, as you switch between both versions of the manor you are able to grasp Aramis and his view of himself, his life and where he stands. He feels as though he does not fit among the high society and he strives to help the less fortunate, all the while fearing those of the high society are mocking him.

He exists in two worlds, and he is not sure he's welcome in either of them. This, unfortunately, becomes more literal as Stilton’s mind became fragmented after he has a glimpse of The Void during a seance that Delilah’s followers put together to try to contact her from the afterlife.

Three years of abandon has turned a beautiful manor into a collection of dust and overgrown plants as Aramis fights his own mind and the memories of a horrific seance to bring Delilah back from the Void. Stilton sits alone in the ruined manor, he is near a piano mulling over rambling thoughts. Once you travel to the past you are able to find Stilton again, alone and separate from those around him with doubts about his own actions and worries for what is happening.

Both the past and present show us a glimpse into the broken mind of Aramis Stilton, and they both tell us that he is a lonely man who was unwelcome even in his own mind.

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There you have it, Dishonored 2's wonderfully complex and beautiful level design catches the eye and makes you consider more about what these surroundings mean for the characters in the world.

What was your favorite level in Dishonored 2? Discuss below!

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14 Best Free Themes for PS4 https://www.gameskinny.com/qqxl9/14-best-free-themes-for-ps4 https://www.gameskinny.com/qqxl9/14-best-free-themes-for-ps4 Thu, 12 Oct 2017 10:15:49 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

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Dark Souls III: Transitory Lands

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Here's on for the Dark Souls fan! Saying this theme is dynamic carries a double meaning, as it's probably the most dynamic of the lot. It features your hero walking across what looks like old linen (or maybe parchment). He comes across various environments as he progresses, all of which look like old engraved images, and their deep blackness throws their intricate details into sharp relief against the rest of the scenery. They vary, too, so it's almost entertainment in itself.

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When it comes to PS4 themes, it's definitely not true that you get what you pay for. There is a wide variety of free themes just waiting to find their new home on your console, whether you're a fan of RPGs, platformers, sci-fi, or fantasy.

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Let us know in the comments which ones you plan on downloading or which ones you'd like to see added to this list!

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The Witcher 3: Geralt and Ciri

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How is it possible to capture the essence of an entire trilogy and its themes in just one image? Like this. The Ciri and Geralt theme from The Witcher 3 manages to convey the folklore and high-fantasy elements of the entire series through two of the game's most important characters. This particular image from the theme emphasizes Ciri's determination and independence, which, in turn, helps make the game itself stand out. That determination is yours to shape through your in-game choices, an ambitious undertaking on the developer's part that works oh-so-well in action.

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Van Helsing

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This Van Helsing theme's not just for fans of vampire lore. The game itself combined a wide variety of concepts in an ambitious attempt to merge folklore with science -- adding a touch of RPG goodness to round it all out. The theme conveys those concepts very well.

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Apart from the titular hero, you've got a rather bizarre, alien-looking creature and a sinister robot, while giant clockwork dominates the background. The parchment-themed icons add a nice touch too. It's another one that's especially suitable for a Halloween theme, but fans of what goes bump in the night and Diablo-style RPGs can enjoy it year-round.

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Poi

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Here's another one for explorers to check out. The Poi dynamic theme brings with it the bright colors and cheerful cartoon aesthetic of the game itself. Each screen depicts one of the principal characters in a characteristic pose, set against a bright backdrop. It's an excellent way to page homage not just to the game itself, but to the genre it represents, one that -- for many -- formed an important part of our early gaming years. If you're in need of a break from the grittier side of gaming, or just want to be reminded of your platforming days of yesteryear, you could do far worse than this.

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RiME

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That's not all on offer from Grey Box, though. The RiME dynamic theme comes close to one-upping its predecessor. It focuses on the beach from the game's opening scenes, but that's not all. You'll hear the sounds of the waves and gulls, along with being greeted by your ever-present, friendly fox guide. It does a fine job of transferring the game's sense of wonder and the urge to explore into just one scene, and you may be hard-pressed to actually navigate away from it to choose a game.

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Dreadnought: Sinley Bay

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Here's another theme to satisfy the sci-fi lover in you -- Sinley Bay from the tactical space game Dreadnought. This, too, is a dynamic theme.

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Stare into the endless depths of space, and as you scroll through your menu options, you'll see ships cruising slowly by. Combined with the subtle space tones in the background, it really creates an atmosphere equal parts wonder and isolation. That feeling will resonate particularly well with fans of the game since Sinley Bay is where the war-weary renegades train their future leaders to ensure the solar system's freedom -- not a bad little motivator to get you started with whatever game you choose.

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Star Wars Battlefront: Leia Organa

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And one more Star Wars theme. We know it doesn't look like the "real" Leia Organa, but there's still quite a bit to love about this zooming dynamic theme. It forgoes the flashiness of the Jakku theme in favor of a toned-down approach that lets Leia's determination shine through. Plus, it hearkens back to one of the most memorable moments in the original Star Wars films, with the Imperial siege on Hoth.

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Star Wars Battlefront: Battle of Jakku

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Here's another one that's sure to please fantasy fans. It draws on the exclusive Battlefront packaging that explores the important lore behind The Force Awakens, connecting the original and new trilogies. Despite its connection to the latest films, it's got something for everyone to enjoy, from TIE Fighters and X-Wings for those faithful to the originals, to the raw fan appeal of such an awesome conflict between Empire and Republic that never could have happened in the first three films. (And, by far the best for some, there's nothing to connect it to the prequel trilogy).

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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Tolkien fans rejoice! The Hobbit still has a free theme on the PlayStation store. And it's a darn good one, too. Azog the Defiler takes center stage -- well, right-center if you want to be technical - -in the depiction of the slow, tense build to the film's climactic final battle. However, in the background, you're also treated to the sight of Esgaroth on fire, with Smaugh above. Sure, it's not the happiest of scenes -- but it looks amazing.

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Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensword

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This Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensword theme offers up a more traditional look in more ways than one. As you can see, it focuses on a dragoon, which, apart from being an important class in FFXIV in general, is one of the series' oldest and most well-known character classes -- thanks in part to FFIV's Kain. More importantly, though, it gives you the chance to admire Akihiko Yoshida's fantastic artwork close up, bridging the gap between the olden days of Final Fantasy and the modern.

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Nioh Yokai Theme

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This Nioh theme might just essentially be the game's boxart plus a monster. But it's pretty good art, nonetheless. That's because it manages to give you a distinct impression of what the game's all about. The gear and coloration leave no doubt as to combat's central role in the game -- if you had doubts, given that it's a Koei game -- and the otherworldly glaze of Nioh's eyes suggesting that something out of the ordinary will play a significant role in plot and characterization. It provides a bit of intensity for your background and proves the old saying that simple is often best.

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Everybody's Golf

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If you're looking for something a bit brighter, consider checking out this cheerful Everybody's Golf dynamic theme. It changes scenes depending on which menu you are working with at the time, from the primary one you see here -- complete with golf ball being driven right at you -- to a more urban scene, and a desert course as well. It's a good way to show off the game's cheerful colors and quirky characters juxtaposed in the realistic looking courses. Plus, it's just fun in general.

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A Rose in the Twilight

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This free PS4 theme might be static, but that doesn't keep it from being wonderful to look at. It perfectly captures A Rose in the Twilight's unique art style - -which is more than enough to recommend it. However, it also manages to convey the game's key themes as well, from the main character's general vulnerability and her giant companion's impressive strength to the narrative importance of the color red streaking through the mysterious castle. It's fitting for a Halloween theme, but definitely worthwhile year round.

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Dishonored 2: Karnaca

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This free dynamic PS4 theme showcases the natural beauty of Dishonored 2's main setting. It's not the view you normally see while playing, but it is one of the most iconic views of the game, nonetheless. Eschewing the touristy glitz of the main city, this theme focuses on the gently flowing water and the slowly turning windmills instead. It's a nice break from the intense action of the game itself, but the muted tones go far in setting a nice aura for whatever game you're about to play.

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Alongside its vast software library, the PlayStation 4 offers a huge variety of themes for you to choose from. But say you don't really want to shell out for a new theme after buying some of the games from that library. Never fear! We've put together a list of the 14 best free PS4 themes to help you out of just such a dilemma. They do a fair job of representing that variety too, from platformers and

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They do a fair job of representing the variety the platform has to offer, from platformers and exploration games to RPGs, sports, and otherworldly combat. You're sure to find something you like over the next several slides, so read on to discover your next favorite backdrop for your favorite console.

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3 Essential Tips for Dishonored 2's Non-Lethal Playthrough https://www.gameskinny.com/wyime/3-essential-tips-for-dishonored-2s-non-lethal-playthrough https://www.gameskinny.com/wyime/3-essential-tips-for-dishonored-2s-non-lethal-playthrough Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:42:58 -0400 Will Dowell

Dishonored 2 successfully creates a "play-it-your-way" dynamic that lets you sneak or stab your way to victory. You can become a whirlwind of chaos and destruction or hide in the shadows, giving your enemies a fate worse than death. With a plethora of powers, both combat and stealth are engaging options.

But even with these powers, a non-lethal playthrough is still quite the undertaking. Enemies are careful and combat often leads to death. With the odds stacked against you, you'll need to use all the tricks in the book. Luckily, these 3 tips will give you the skills needed to handle Dishonored 2's low-chaos run.

Explore, Explore, Explore

The majority of Dishonored 2 levels take place in open environments full of mischief and items. With many vantage points and quiet corridors, finding alternative routes is essential when avoiding combat. Since many of the levels feature verticality, be prepared to run across rooftops and lampposts of each area. The wide environments will turn stealth into sometimes obtuse navigation puzzles.

Alternative routes aren't the only thing exploration gives the non-lethal player. The majority of the non-lethal solutions for your assassination targets require you to fully explore and search the world for clues. Your main source for upgrades, Runes, is also scattered throughout the levels. While most are hidden in quiet areas, some require backtracking and further exploration to acquire.

To make the most out of your journey, use the Heart to find important items throughout each level. On your way to these locations, listen to side conversations and read scattered documents. While some may only flesh out the world, others provide much-needed clues for survival.

This exploration doesn't just include the overall level: most rooms and streets have nice vantage points you can use to infiltrate your targets' locations. May it be chandeliers or bookshelves, navigating room-to-room becomes not only possible, but satisfying. As long as you explore, you will be able to handle the challenges with a non-lethal playthrough.

Master Blink and Far Reach

To fully explore the world, you will need to master the movement abilities given to both Corvo and Emily. Easily the most used power in a non-lethal playthrough, Blink and Far Reach allow you to navigate around the clusters of enemies.

The importance of these abilities should make them a top priority for any Rune upgrades. Remember to focus on improving the range of these powers, as navigating across open environments becomes infinitely easier with the ability to teleport.

While Blink and Far Reach are your greatest tools for a non-lethal playthrough, they can also throw you into the nearest enemy crowd. So be careful when teleporting to far-away areas and be especially careful when navigating vertical shafts. Far Reach, in particular, can be a challenge with its added momentum -- so pick your targets carefully.

In addition to momentum challenges, Far Reach also requires you to move out of site. It is not a teleport ability and enemies can see you as you fly through the air. Be aware of enemy locations and plan your movement accordingly.

Even with these challenges, your movement abilities will life savers as you explore each mission and neutralize your targets.

Clockwork Soldiers are Free Game

While you can't kill anyone in your non-lethal run, you can destroy those pesky clockwork soldiers. To do this quietly, use stun mines and spring razors, to ambush patrolling clockwork soldiers. Remember that it takes two stun mines or spring razors to fully destroy one. Upgrading the number of charges on stun mines will help you save ammo as you take them on.

You can also rewire the soldiers and have them fight for you. This is exceptionally helpful in The Clockwork Mansion, but can work against you if they kill human guards.

For a slightly louder strategy, grenades are extremely useful in dismantling the enemy. Focus on destroying the head and back armor to make them vulnerable. Then either drop-assassinate them or shoot their whale oil canister. Speaking of whale oil, throwing whale oil tanks will obliterate a clockwork soldier as well.

Remember that they can see behind them as well as in front of them. Use verticality and cover while engaging these deadly foes. As long as your careful, you will get the job done eventually.

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Non-lethal playthroughs in Dishonored 2 are both challenging and rewarding. Manipulating guards into creating the perfect opportunity is both satisfying and exhilarating. Hopefully, Death of Outsider is this much fun with stealth. Being quiet never felt so exciting.

Be sure to check out GameSkinny's other Dishonored 2 guides

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E3 2017: Bethesda Predictions https://www.gameskinny.com/t6pxf/e3-2017-bethesda-predictions https://www.gameskinny.com/t6pxf/e3-2017-bethesda-predictions Thu, 01 Jun 2017 11:59:02 -0400 Curtis Dillon

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So there you have it! Those are my predictions for Bethesda's E3 2017 showcase.

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The picture above is the invitation that Bethesda sent out to the press for E3 2017, which depicts a theme park of all their titles: Doom, Quake, Fallout, Prey, Dishonored, The Elder Scrolls, and two locations under construction. This postcard was the basis for my predictions, as well as knowledge of the new studios. The two areas of construction I believe to be Wolfenstein and The Evil Within. If you think I'm wrong about that let me know in the comments!

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Bethesda's E3 2017 showcase is shaping up to be a very exciting show. With a handful of known titles like Fallout VR and some big reveals to come, Bethesda will definitely give us plenty to be excited for moving forward.

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What do you want to see announced at the show? What are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments and be sure to check back here for more of our E3 predictions!

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A New IP

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Bethesda's 2017 E3 showcase could very well close out with The Evil Within or Wolfenstein, or maybe even Fallout VR, but I think we might see a glimpse of something new.

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After last year's E3, Bethesda revealed that it has two new games in development that are on the same scale as Fallout, and neither is The Elder Scrolls VI. Todd Howard did confirm that a follow-up to Skyrim was in development, but it was a long, long ways off -- implying it may not even be this console generation!

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So that leaves us with the two brand new games of which we know nothing about. We don't know how long either of these games has been in development, although Howard did say (in the same article linked above) that both titles would be announced before The Elder Scrolls VI. That leaves us to assume that we could see one of these new titles revealed this year. A new IP would be the perfect way to close the conference, even if it is just a trailer.

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Wolfenstein: The New Colussus

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The Wolfenstein series made a return in 2009 with a reboot. It was met with decent reviews, but the series was far from back to its iconic status.

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So in 2013, when a sequel was announced by Bethesda, not too many people were on the edge of their seats. Wolfenstein: The New Order then released in May 2014 and received surprisingly great reviews. The game suffered from a flat-out bad first level, but from there on it was a fantastic shooter with great mechanics, an emotional story, impressive visuals, and a cliffhanger ending.

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Last year at E3, Bethesda showed a fake cmd.exe screen with DOS language on it, which showed the names of a few Wolfenstein games throughout history and their release dates. Fans quickly pointed to an unknown title beneath The Old Blood, titled The New Colossus, with no release date. It seems inevitable this is the new game in the Wolfenstein series, which VP Pete Hines has called "fu*king bananas".

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I would expect The New Colossus to play a major role at this year's E3, and I would also expect a release date for next year. I think both this and The Evil Within 2 are games we can expect to play soon -- but that's all speculation, we should find out the actual release dates on June 11.

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Mobile Games

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Two years ago, when Bethesda revealed Fallout 4 at E3, the company didn't want us to have to wait until November to play some Fallout. So they announced Fallout Shelter for iOS and Android. The game became a mega success for Bethesda, leading to a new game studio being opened in Montreal.

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This new studio has not working solely on mobile games, but also on PC titles as well. It's been two years since the studio opened its doors -- and therefore we could very well see the first fruits of its labor. Bethesda made a point of saying that there is no plan in place release a mobile game alongside every major AAA release they put out, but that doesn't mean there aren't any mobile games at all coming in the next few years. 

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I'm not sure what the next mobile game from Bethesda will be. The obvious option is another Elder Scrolls tie-in -- but I think not, especially considering that Elder Scrolls Legends just released. But maybe we'll see something akin to Hitman Go in the Dishonored universe?

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Doom, Prey, Dishonored 2 & Quake Champions

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Last year Bethesda released Doom and Dishonored 2, both to critical acclaim. This year, Prey was released, and I think it's fair to say we will see more of all of those games at this year's E3.

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Doom is the outlier here because the team at ID may have moved on and we won't see anything for a while -- however, I believe the success and popularity of the game will lead to some more DLC. This was hinted at by Doom creative director, Hugo Martin, who said they were considering a single-player expansion a few months ago. Needless to say, this expansion could have been in the making for a while now and Martin is simply keeping things under wraps. Any reason to go back to Doom for more single-player action would be welcomed by fans and receive a big pop at E3.

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Dishonored 2 and Prey are guaranteed to get some screen time at this year's show. These are the two most recent releases for Bethesda, and neither has received any DLC thus far. So we could expect to see expansions for both games.

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Quake Champions was revealed at last year's E3. The classic arena-based shooter returned with frantic action and 60 frames per second. The game has been announced as free-to-play if you want to use one character, and it's available for purchase to unlock the whole roster. The is an odd route for Bethesda to go down, but it seems the publisher wants to explore payment models. Quake Champions is a lock for this year's E3 -- and I would also expect a release date!

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The Evil Within 2

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Here we have a foregone conclusion: The Evil Within 2 will be revealed at E3 and likely release next spring.

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Rumors have been swirling for months about a sequel to the 2014 horror game from Resident Evil mastermind, Shinji Makami. The Evil Within sold surprisingly well and got solid reviews, leaving everyone to assume Tango Gameworks has been working on a sequel since 2014.

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The Evil Within was a fairly early game for this console generation and it's quite noticeable at this point -- with a jarring frame rate, overly dark visuals, and some odd control choices. These are small details that will hopefully be rectified with the sequel, which has the potential to be a big horror game and a tentpole release next year.

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Fallout 4 VR

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Let's start off with a safe prediction. At last year's E3 showcase, Bethesda, much to the shock of the audience, revealed Fallout 4 for VR. The company has already announced that the game will make an appearance at E3, and will be playable on the show floor for the public.

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Speaking about the Fallout VR experience, developer Todd Howard has called it mind-blowing and said fans won't believe how amazing it is. Of course this is probably PR talk, but the prospect of Fallout in VR is pretty enticing. There has yet to be any announced platforms for Fallout VR, but the game was said to be slated for release this year. Fallout 4 would be a massive boost for any of the VR platforms, but you have to imagine it would make an appearance on the most powerful hardware in that corner of the market right now -- the HTC Vive.

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Last year Bethesda also revealed Doom for VR, so we can probably expect to see more of that, as well as a release date for Fallout. We could be in for a surprisingly VR-heavy showcase from Bethesda.

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We're back with another E3 predictions list, and this time Bethesda is the focus!

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Since its first outing in 2015, Bethesda has become a mainstay at E3, and we couldn't be happier about it. The publisher is a powerhouse in the industry, and has probably overtaken EA and Ubisoft as the most exciting third-party showcase at E3.

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Last year, Bethesda released the critically successful (and fan-favorite) reboot of Doom, along with Dishonored 2. These two games were both very well-received, even if Dishonored 2 didn't sell well. This year, Bethesda has already released The Elder Scrolls: Legends, a card collecting game for phones, and Prey -- which received great reviews despite sub-par sales and some game-breaking bugs at launch.

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This year, Bethesda sent out its invitation to the press which featured some teases for the show. The publisher clearly has a lot to exhibit ahead of its conference on Sunday June 11, and I'm going to run down a list of predictions that you can expect to see. 

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Summer Games Done Quick (2017) Released Its Full Schedule https://www.gameskinny.com/38ahm/summer-games-done-quick-2017-released-its-full-schedule https://www.gameskinny.com/38ahm/summer-games-done-quick-2017-released-its-full-schedule Tue, 25 Apr 2017 05:01:12 -0400 Tinh Nguyen (Tinhn778)

Twice a year Games Done Quick holds a speed running event, one in January called, “Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ)” and one in the summer, which is coming up known as "Summer Games Done Quick (SGDQ)." The event runs for a week, starting on Sunday, July 2 ending Sunday, July 9. The full Schedule is on the official website.

Why do these speedrunners decide to do this event? Well, this event is to raise awareness and money for Doctors Without Borders (donate if can). Awesome Games Done Quick in January broke their record with $2.2 million raised and last year’s Summer Games Done Quick raised almost $1.2 million.

The schedule has many different types of games for everyone to enjoy. One of the newer games and first on the list is Nier: Automata. The speed runner Clint “Halfcoordinated” Lexa will attempt a two-hour run on normal difficulty. His nickname “Halfcoordinated” is due to his disability that limits the use of his right hand. We’re in for a treat watching this speed runner do the impossible.

On Tuesday, July 4  is the debut for Dishonored 2 on Games Done Quick. Blood_Thunder who has a knack for Bethesda games, completing Doom (2016) during AGDQ 2017 with a 54-minute run, Wolfenstein: The New Order at SGDQ 2016 which he finished with a time of 1:45:41 and at the same event Wolfenstein: The Old Blood with the time of 1:06:53. It’ll be great to see how he tackles the problems and difficulty of the world of Dishonored 2.

A game that is notably not on the list is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, don’t worry though there are many other Zelda titles in the main schedule like, Twilight Princess HD on Wednesday, July 5th, Majora’s Mask on Saturday, July 8th, and a triple threat on Thursday, July 6th with A Link to the Past, Adventure of Link, and Link’s Awakening DX to end out the day. Even though Breath of the Wild isn’t on the main list, it has been accepted as one of the six “bonus games” that will get an unscheduled hour demo that will be played on the Wii U.

Breath of the Wild is a weird situation when it comes to speed running. Once you complete the 30ish minutes of the Great Plateau you are given the freedom to fight the boss and complete the game, but there are DLC and Amiibos’ to factor in the speedruns. But it’s great to see the process of the speedrunners with Breath of the Wild.

Games Done Quick is an amazing organization, not only do they raise awareness and money for charity, but they also show another side of a gamer. The side that doesn’t just play for their own enjoyment, but also the happiness of others less fortunate. Games Done Quick does great things for this industry and it’s not just playing or talking about games, it’s the joy they spread around.

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Extended Free Trial Announced for Dishonored 2 https://www.gameskinny.com/5x4xn/extended-free-trial-announced-for-dishonored-2 https://www.gameskinny.com/5x4xn/extended-free-trial-announced-for-dishonored-2 Tue, 04 Apr 2017 04:48:19 -0400 ThatGamersAsylum

This morning Bethesda announced on their official blog that an extended free trial of Dishonored 2 would be made available via PSN Store, Xbox Live, and Steam on April 6th.

The trial can be played through using either of the game's 2 unique protagonists: Emily Kaldwin or Corvo Attano (the protagonist from the first game). The free trial seems to be quite extensive as it features the first 3 missions in the game. To accommodate the trial's length, if or when you upgrade to the full game your saves will be brought over as well.

This seems to offer quite a bit of content for its free price tag. I'd imagine you could potentially get several hours out of this, especially if you play through with both characters. The blog post does not seem to indicate that this is a limited time offer.

Since it's release Dishonored 2 received updates which retroactively added in a mission select and an extra difficulty setting (among other things).

GameSkinny's review of the game is rather positive, saying that is made "a huge step forward from its predecessor" is almost every aspect. But what do you think? Do you really enjoy being able to play a game before you buy it, or is it just too late to release a demo?

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Dishonored 2 Just Got a Steam Update So Big That It's Classified as a Beta https://www.gameskinny.com/p82co/dishonored-2-just-got-a-steam-update-so-big-that-its-classified-as-a-beta https://www.gameskinny.com/p82co/dishonored-2-just-got-a-steam-update-so-big-that-its-classified-as-a-beta Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:00:50 -0400 Dan Roemer

Several months after its full release back in November 2016, Dishonored 2 is receiving its third new update for PC and Steam users today. Because it's such a large set of changes, this patch is being considered a beta for now -- but includes fixes for a number of different crashing issues and other bugs in the game.

 

So what is this massive patch going to fix?

A lot of things -- but the primary purpose is to clear up some bugs and other glitches that have burdened Dishonored players. For example, it should solve the bug that turns your journal into a blurred mess. It's also going to fix the issue that causes players to get control-locked in the key bind menu if they're using a mouse and game pad at the same time. 

 

The new update also includes performance optimization for users on AMD 400 Series Crossfire Enabled GPUs. It even aims to fix some localization issues with in-game text, while also adding some extra UI optimization. But otherwise, the patch notes are pretty lacking over all in optimization improvements.

 

For a full rundown of all the changes coming in this patch, you can check out the full patch notes for Dishonored 2 via its Steam store page. 

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Dishonored 2 Adds Customizable Difficulty and Mission Select https://www.gameskinny.com/91rib/dishonored-2-adds-customizable-difficulty-and-mission-select https://www.gameskinny.com/91rib/dishonored-2-adds-customizable-difficulty-and-mission-select Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:11:15 -0500 Marc Anthony

Bethesda Softworks has recently announced that its second update for Dishonored 2 will contain customizable difficulty settings as well as mission select options. Originally, the customizable settings were planned for the initial release in December, but were pushed back to release later this month.

The update will introduce up to 20 sliders into gameplay that will impact core game mechanics such as the ability to effectively peek around corners, the amount of enemies that attack at once, as well as the potency of sleep darts (so it is severely unlikely you will be able to have rooms such as these below).

In addition to the sliders, the update will include a mission select that was missing in the sequel (much to the dismay of those seeking flawless runs at particular missions).

Finally, a more popular slider coming with the patch is the Iron mode. The Iron mode can be selected at the beginning of a new game, and will prevent manual saving and loading. But the most interesting and challenging portion of this slider is that it adds... permadeath. One game... one save... one life. Embrace the void and good luck.

Dishonored 2's update will hit Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC in full on January 23.

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Greatest RPG Buffs and Debuffs -- and Their Real World Counterparts https://www.gameskinny.com/qpfuq/greatest-rpg-buffs-and-debuffs-and-their-real-world-counterparts https://www.gameskinny.com/qpfuq/greatest-rpg-buffs-and-debuffs-and-their-real-world-counterparts Tue, 17 Jan 2017 03:00:01 -0500 Emily Parker

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Buffs and debuffs are an integral part to pacing and difficulty of RPGs. Try to think back to your favorite playthroughs and what a difference these modifiers can make in the experience.

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What are your favorite status modifiers? Do you have any that made a game? Broke it? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Final Fantasy X - Focus
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While not the most glamorous choice from Lulu's moves list, stacking focus five times powered up her magic and made her quite a bit more durable. Opposite of a war cry or cheer, Lulu's buff was about looking in for power.

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Meditation is no joke. A recent shake down of old meditation studies (to verify that they were conducted true to the scientific method) still left several incredible findings unscathed.

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In some instances it can be as effective as medication in treating depression and anxiety. Closer to Lulu's uses, meditation has been proven over and over to positively affect concentration.

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A recent case study, specific to concentration, showed participants sent to a meditation retreat performed significantly (eventually 10x) better on performance tests than the control group.

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Dark Souls 3 - Toxic
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Toxic and poison were nerfed in our newest installment of the Dark Souls franchise, but it is still the RPG to check out if you take DoT effects seriously. While poison is serious, Toxic can be devastating. The effect causes damage every second for 300 seconds.

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Poison and Toxic in Dark Souls can be caused by a variety of items, and poison in real life is no different.

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The history books are full of people poisoning entire armies with different plants and, more recently, chemical concoctions. This may be the one thing video games have to re-create more modestly, or a poison build would be the only way to go. 

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Three women serial killers of Ancient Rome, Locusta, Canidia and Martina, are rumored to have taken out several nobles and even emperors. They preferred nightshade, but were skilled with several types.

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Skyrim - Ataxia
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Diseases in RPGs are often based on real life ailments. Why create something brand new when we have such a long list of ailments to choose from? It would be difficult to imagine anything worse than what humans already suffer with.

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For instance, Ataxia is actually a neurological symptom characterized by loss of control over voluntary movements. Those suffering from Ataxia may have trouble buttoning their shirts, using eating utensils or using a keyboard. This is closely aligned with Skyrim's Ataxia debuff, which lowers the player's pick pocketing and lock picking abilities.

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Real life Ataxia is caused by severe head trauma, often from car accidents, so it's easy to see how the Dragonborn might end up with the debuff.

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Dragon Age: Inquisition - War Cry
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There's nothing better than letting out a battle cry before charging into your enemies in an RPG. Dragon Age: Inquisition's War Cry affords your warrior some more health to work with in the upcoming battle.

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A particularly well known battle cry came from the Ancient Grecian Phalanx. Directly before charging into battle, the Greek warriors would bang their shields and yell, “Alala!” or “Eleleu!” With thousands of hoplites crying out, the sound resembled a flock of birds. This served a dual purpose of sounding pretty terrifying and also invoking Apollo, to lay some sweet buffs on them right before battle.

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More likely, they were affecting their own adrenaline and pain tolerance. War cries have been proven to have uncanny effects in both of these areas, but without years of psychological case studies, a hoplite would likely think they were being blessed by Apollo.

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World of Warcraft - Polymorph
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The most iconic of all the debuffs, the CC to rule them all and sometimes the funniest thing to happen all battleground is a mage's polymorph spell, or "sheeping."

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History is riddled with tales of humans being turned into animals for the caster's convenience. The most famous of them all is a Brother's Grimm tale: "The Frog Prince." There are several replications of the tale, but the general idea remains the same. You never know if that's just another sheep, or a prince inconveniently polymorphed into one.

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A more literal interpretation of real life polymorphing and other video game shifting could be extracted from our views on evolution. Nothing quite this time efficient happens visibly, but on the nano level it's easy to see rapid morphing and mutating.

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Viruses are constantly evolving to survive, and the majority of changes occur to their appearance. The more a virus differs visually from it's predecessors the more likely it is to go unnoticed by pathogens and thus rapid evolution, or morphing.

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Status effects are a standard in RPGS and have been for some time. They can make or break a boss battle, grouping effort, or new dungeon attempt.

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Pulling from each category, here's a list of buffs and debuffs that really stand out in their respective games and some speculation on where the ideas for them came from.

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5 Classic Works of Literature that Would Make Great RPGs https://www.gameskinny.com/z0alj/5-classic-works-of-literature-that-would-make-great-rpgs https://www.gameskinny.com/z0alj/5-classic-works-of-literature-that-would-make-great-rpgs Wed, 30 Nov 2016 11:00:01 -0500 Justin Michael

Growing up I was that nerdy kid in the group. I was the kid that got excited to sign up for the local library summer reading program. For me, books were my first love, long before gaming, because it didn't cost me anything to borrow a book from the library -- and my only limit was my reading level.

Now that I'm older, I think back to some of the great books I've read over the years and wonder, "With so many book-based movies, why aren't there more classic books getting their own games?" I mean, out of the hundreds of amazing stories I've read in my life thus far, why not make the medium more interactive and turn some of these great stories into games? 

With this burning question on my mind, I set out to find five books I really enjoyed reading while growing up and to explore what about them would make them great games. Here are 5 classic works of literature I think would make great RPG titles.

1. 1984 - George Orwell

For those who aren't familiar with this Orwellian masterpiece, it follows Winston Smith, an unremarkable citizen of war-torn Britain. A worker for the Ministry of Truth, it's Winston's job to edit history to suit Big Brother's agenda and ever-changing interpretation of the truth.

I feel as though 1984 would make an interesting stealth game with a mix of puzzles and exploration, very similar to Dishonored. Given the job that Winston has, he would be able to piece together the truth that Big Brother doesn't want the people to know, but he must be weary as Big Brother is always watching, listening. 

During the game, you could level up by being able to blend in and cover your questioning nature. Perhaps there would be some sort of suspicion meter that raises or lowers depending on your actions and, if it gets too high, you are captured and "rehabilitated." This could add in a really interesting "Ironman" mode to the game.

2. The Shining - Stephen King

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

The first Stephen King novel I ever read, The Shining was my introduction to horror. In the book, we follow Jack Torrance, writer and recovering alcoholic who just landed a gig as an off-season caretaker for the Overlook Hotel -- a very remote resort nestled in the Colorado Rockies. 

With his wife, Wendy, and son, Danny in tow, Jack hopes to use the seclusion of this new job to finally finish writing his script for a play. The Overlook Hotel, however, is far from normal and a series of paranormal events soon start to take their toll on Jack and his family. 

While there are a number of fundamental differences between the novel and the movie, The Shining would be one hell of a scary game. I could see this being a survival horror styled RPG, with elements like the early Resident Evil games and plenty of exploration throughout the sprawling Overlook Hotel, where the majority of the novel takes place.

This game would be great to have set up in a manner similar to the Telltale style of games, like The Walking Dead, where there would be separate chapters and you'd take control of different characters from the novel. Add on a psychological health system and character-specific skills and you have one hell of a time on your hands. 

 

3. Lord of the Flies - William Golding

The only survivors of a plane crash near a remote island, Lord of the Flies follows the story of a group of adolescent boys and their struggles to survive -- not just survival against the environment, but also their own base, primal instincts. Between the struggle for power, food, and shelter violence is only a wrong step away.

Lord of the Flies would make an amazing RPG/Simulation game. You'd have to establish groups, manage resources, assign duties and struggle for power over your rivals. In addition, you could take elements from games like This War of Mine and try to hold out for rescue or the "cease-fire."

You could progress in areas such as knowledge, intimidation, negotiation and survival to give you an edge over your opponents. Would make for a great multiplayer game.

4. Hatchet - Gary Paulsen

Hatchet was a book I read sometime in my early teenage years that I think makes a great addition to this list. You'd take on the role of Brian, a 13-year old boy whose plane crashes during a flight to visit his father who works in the Northern Canadian oil fields.

Armed with nothing but a hatchet, you'd have to learn to survive in the forested wilderness of Northern Canada. There is tons of room for great story and RPG elements in the game as you learn to hunt, fish, construct shelter and to survive the elements. If I had to compare this to a current game on the market it would be very similar to Hinterland Studio's game The Long Dark -- due to the perk system, having both temporary perks for the current life and persistent ones which carry over between lives.

Depending on the actions of the player, the game could end a few different ways. There is also the possibility of DLC in the form of the follow-up book, Brian's Winter.

5. Beowulf - Seamus Heaney Translation

I had to save my favorite for last. Beowulf is a tale that I've been in love with since my high school days, and it could very easily be an RPG great -- if tackled by the right studio. 

A peerless warrior-hero of the Geats, Beowulf comes to the aid of Hrothgar, who is the king of the Danes. The Danes are plagued by the fearsome monster Grendel, who attacks Heorot, the great hall of king Hrothgar. This alone is the trappings of a great adventure -- a mighty hero, a troubled king and a fearsome monster.

I don't want to spoil too much of the story but it has adventuring, dragon fighting and much more. There is so much that could be done with a story like this. Personally, I'd love to see this game developed by CD Projekt Red, the masterminds behind The Witcher Series.

What books do you think are worthy of their own game? Let's talk about it in the comments below.

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Dishonored 2 Would Be Better Without Runes https://www.gameskinny.com/1db5e/dishonored-2-would-be-better-without-runes https://www.gameskinny.com/1db5e/dishonored-2-would-be-better-without-runes Mon, 21 Nov 2016 12:12:42 -0500 Pierre Fouquet

Dishonored 2 is the latest of Arkane Studios' games, published by Bethesda Softworks, this time set in the mediterranean-like Karnaca, instead of industrial England-like Dunwall. Unlike the first, in Dishonored 2 you can play as Emily Kaldwin, or as Corvo Attano -- Dishonored's protagonist. But just like with Dishonored in 2 you also have supernatural abilities. To upgrade or unlock new ones, you need to collect runes.

Only, after going back to Dishonored before jumping fully into 2, I loaded a save game with all the supernatural abilities unlocked. What I found out is that the games are vastly more fun with all the abilities unlocked from the get-go.

Dishonored 2 doesn't need runes

Now, I get the need for the runes. It allows the player to pick and choose which abilities they unlock, and allows you to feel like you are growing as the character -- they're something for the player to work for. The runes symbolize the character getting more powerful, growing, and getting used to their abilities.

Only, having to go around and physically pick them up gets tedious. The closest comparison to runes I can think of is in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided with Praxis points and kits. In Mankind Divided, the unlocks are all given to you through an XP system, and you can pick up some extra Praxis kits if you look around. That sort of XP system feels much more fluid, and much more like you are growing as a character.

With runes, you are crawling around a level and looking for a thing to pick up. It doesn't feel like you are growing, but like you are boringly rummaging about. Sure, the lore describes runes as whale bones with the Outsider's mark carved into them, which will give anyone with the the mark more power. But why? That's explained in the most boring way possible -- it basically boils down to "magic."

This leads me to thinking that Dishonored 2 needs an XP system instead of runes.

Dishonored 2 XP system

Like with Deus Ex: Mankind DividedDishonored 2 could have an XP system, along with some extra runes you can pick up. This would be a direct mirror of the Praxis kits found around the world of Deus Ex. But this wouldn't work due to bone charms, objects which give you passive bonuses within the world of Dishonored. They would make an XP system redundant because they are collectible passive abilities.

Bone charms are another object you have to find in each level of Dishonored 2, and these make much more sense to me. You grab them and get a bonus of some sort -- be it more resistance or damage, or being faster in combat. These objects are much more fun to find, and feel fully optional, whereas your abilities don't. This means that finding runes feels like busy work put in Dishonored 2 to extend playtime.

Bone charms are the Praxis kits of Dishonored 2

With bone charms being the Praxis kits of Dishonored 2, you don't need an XP system either. The bone charms feel like you are hunting around for something to improve yourself, unlike with runes, where you feel like you have to get them to have more fun in Dishonored 2.

Runes actually feel like they are directly contradicting what Dishonored 2 is asking you to do. The game is laid out in front of you, and all but directly tells you to experiment. But by limiting what you can experiment with, it feels like the game is simply doing this to make you extend your playtime with some unfun busy work. 

While this could be an affliction given with the trend of instant gratification in games, I feel that the bone charm system overrides this. The max jump height can be lowered, unless you pick up a bone charm to up your jump further -- but almost everything should be reachable with the default jump height. Giving the player each and every single power and ability from the outset allows them to experiment and grow with those abilities, thus still feeling like they are improving as a fictional character. You can start to use the abilities to your advantage, and experiment as the game asks of you too do.

 It cuts out the busy work, and allows the game some time to breathe. With no runes in Dishonored 2, it would allow more creativity, more experimentation, more hilarious moments -- but above all, more fun.

Image Credits:

Header from DeviantArt - atrum-lupus

First image from DeviantArt - Neocco

Second and third image from MyMiniFactory - Kirby Downey

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Gift Guide: Last-Minute Gifts for the Gamer in Your Life https://www.gameskinny.com/ojm2d/gift-guide-last-minute-gifts-for-the-gamer-in-your-life https://www.gameskinny.com/ojm2d/gift-guide-last-minute-gifts-for-the-gamer-in-your-life Tue, 22 Nov 2016 06:00:01 -0500 chopchamen

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Another good gift would be clothing, From Minecraft to Skyrim, to Zelda. It's always nice to have a cool shirt themed after your favorite game! To name a few of the good games:

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The Legend of Zelda Action T-Shirt - $15.69 - $17.17 - Rating: N/A

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Titanfall 2 BT-7274 Schematic T-Shirt - $15.67 - $18.67- Rating: N/A

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Overwatch Characters T-Shirt - $15.67 - $18.67 - Rating: N/A

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Fallout Perks T-Shirt - $15.37 - $18.37 - Rating: N/A

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And there's much, much more!

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Funko - Overwatch: Winston POP! Vinyl Figure - Multi
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Price: $19.99

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Rating: N/A

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You can get him at Best Buy

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I've never been super into these POP figurines, but even I want this guy. He looks like baby Winston trying to be adult Winston and it's so cute! This would be a good gift if you know your recipient is an Overwatch fan. 

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Gift cards
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Another great gift would be a gift card from one of the following companies:

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Ratings: 4.9/5 stars and up.

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There are also the premium memberships for these marketplaces that would make great gifts:

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Ratings: 4.8/5 stars and up

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There is a plethora of downloadable content you can buy with these cards, and there is often sales on these marketplaces too.

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Video Games
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An obvious gift would be the games themselves, to name a few of the newer ones:

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Or if you're really cutting it close, you can also get:

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Depending on the gamer, each one of these should last for a good while (Especially if you have a Final Fantasy fan on your hands!)

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Sometimes you don't get to know what someone might want for Christmas in time to make online orders, sometimes you meet somebody new at work who you find out is an adamant gamer in their spare time. Does this fit you? If so, you've come to the right place.

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In this guide we'll be showing you some of the things any gamer would love to have, and the best thing is, so long as you have the time, you can go and get these even just a few days before Christmas!

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The Clockwork Mansion - Saving Anton Sokolov in Dishonored 2 https://www.gameskinny.com/i0ozv/the-clockwork-mansion-saving-anton-sokolov-in-dishonored-2 https://www.gameskinny.com/i0ozv/the-clockwork-mansion-saving-anton-sokolov-in-dishonored-2 Tue, 15 Nov 2016 04:44:38 -0500 Sergey_3847

Mission 4 in the Clockwork Mansion is one of the longest and most complicated missions in Dishonored 2. So prepare yourself for some puzzle-solving and a lot of stealth action, if you play as Emily.

Before starting the quests be sure to have the Shadow Walk ability that will help you go through the most difficult areas.

Another Black Market

Dishonored 2 screenshot

In the beginning you arrive at the Lower Aventa District. Your goal here is to get to the main street and get across through the building. From the balcony on the other side go to the right and land into a small yard.

There you will find an entrance into the basement -- that is the location of the Black Market. However, you cannot use it immediately.

First, you need to hide behind the wall and wait before a group of visitors enters the basement and talk to the Shopkeeper. Wait until they leave, and then you can use the shop.

If you have some money, then at least be sure to buy the Key, the Rewire Tool, and the Rune.

Upper Aventa District

Dishonored 2 screenshot

In order to get to the Clockwork Mansion you need to obtain the Gate Code that will unlock the way to Jindosh’s palace.

First, take the carriage from the Lower to the Upper Aventa District. Then, locate the soldier barracks to the right and get on the second floor.

At the very top you will find a snoozing veteran who rests on the journal with the code. Knock him out, get the code and loot the place.

Return to the carriage, enter the code and go up to the Clockwork Mansion.

Anton Sokolov

Dishonored 2 screenshot

The Clockwork Mansion is one huge puzzle -- you can control it by switching triggers that are found all over the place.

You need to find the Assessment Chamber by following the marker and locate the stairs that go down to another complicated puzzle room. This is where they keep Anton Sokolov.

There is a Clockwork Soldier inside, so you need to trigger the squares on the floor in a way that would not alert the soldier. Follow these steps:

  1. Step into the puzzle and move onto the first square.
  2. Use Far Reach to move forward and right to avoid the Clockwork Soldier.
  3. Step on a square ahead, as you continue forward, and then move to the right.
  4. Let the walls finish shifting, and then go left from your position.
  5. Break a set of wooden boards on the floor and step on the revealed square.
  6. Anton Sokolov’s cell will now open.

Kirin Jindosh

Dishonored 2 screenshot

The last thing left is to eliminate Kirin Jindosh. As always, with Corvo it is much easier because all you need to do is to assassinate him. However, if you play as Emily, you need to do the following:

  • Use the elevator to go to the Jindosh’s laboratory by pressing the second button.
  • In the lab you will find two Bay panels that need to be programmed in order to activate the Electroshock Machine:
    • Press the Optics button on Bay 1.
    • Press the Anatomy Platform button on Bay 2.
  • Knock out Jindosh that walks above you on the balcony and bring him to the Electroshock Machine.
    • Turn it on and watch his mind getting purged.

And lastly, leave the mansion with Anton Sokolov on your shoulders and head back to the Dreadful Wale.

Other Dishonored 2 guides:

Come back soon for more Dishonored 2 guides at GameSkinny!

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Dishonored 2 Review: Best Steampunk Game of the Year https://www.gameskinny.com/tcmfs/dishonored-2-review-best-steampunk-game-of-the-year https://www.gameskinny.com/tcmfs/dishonored-2-review-best-steampunk-game-of-the-year Mon, 14 Nov 2016 06:11:27 -0500 Sergey_3847

Four years ago Arkane Studios released the first Dishonored game in the series. It was 2012 -- the year of Mass Effect 3 (the biggest disappointment of that year), Max Payne 3, and Medal of Honor: Warfighter -- which had both put an end to the cult series of their respective games.

In contrast, the first Dishonored was fresh and unexpected at the time. Now, it has returned in the form of a sequel that is already considered by many to be the number one contender for the best game of 2016.

Well, this next entry in the series has definitely has improved on its predecessor, and after the official release we can finally look at Dishonored 2 hands-on.

Story, Characters, and Their Abilities

Dishonored 2 screenshot

Dishonored 2 takes place 15 years after the events of the first game. The sequel immediately introduces another playable character -- Emily Kaldwin, the newly enthroned empress and Corvo Attano’s daughter. She is young, but still a very dangerous lady. Her father is just as deadly, although he's gotten a bit older.

The game begins with a group of impostors taking hold of the throne, and this is where we get the chance to choose which character we want to play -- Emily or Corvo. They are very different characters and this makes you want to replay the entire game over again, just to see how events will unfold from a new perspective.

Dishonored 2 has made a huge step forward from its predecessor in terms of visual design, gameplay elements, and overall atmosphere.

Emily is designed to be stealthy and merciful, meaning that she can go through the missions without killing a single person. Corvo, on the other hand, is merciless and kills everyone he encounters on his way. These styles are supported by various abilities that help each of the two characters shape their playstyles accordingly.

Some of the Corvo’s abilities may be familiar to you, such as "Blink" that teleports him to a distant location, "Devouring Swarm" which summons rats that clear away the dead bodies, "Possession" which helps him take control over dead bodies, etc.

Dishonored 2 screenshot

Emily’s powers are completely new. "Far Reach" allows her to jump higher than usual, "Mesmerize" helps her hypnotize enemies and make them useless, "Domino" can copy the same actions on several enemies. Those are just a few of her many great abilities.

However, the point where Dishonored 2 really deserves respect is when it offers you to reject these super powers. Doing such a thing is simply not recommended for your first walkthrough, but you can do it the second time around and feel exactly what realistic gaming is all about -- it’s extremely difficult.

Gameplay, Graphics and Optimization

Dishonored 2 screenshot

In terms of gameplay mechanics, Dishonored 2 is no different from the first installment. Each mission can be finished in various ways, some of which are more dangerous than others. And the level design makes up for it.

Every location in Dishonored 2 is meticulously thought-out to the finest details, which makes the stealth gameplay especially enjoyable. Every corner, every little room has something to offer -- whether it’s money or something more valuable, such as runes and bonecharms.

The streets and the buildings usually are heavily guarded by the Overseers and this does require you to use the super powers, unless you like spending time killing every single one of them. In terms of the enemy AI there are no significant improvements, but this was expected.

Dishonored 2 screenshot

The graphics, on the other hand, have been improved significantly. Dishonored 2 utilizes the Void Engine -- a new game engine designed in collaboration with id Software, known for such huge franchises like Wolfeinstein, Doom and Quake.

Since the world of Dishonored 2 is much bigger than the one in the first game, it takes a toll on your hardware. Every little texture adds up to the general performance of the game, so make sure that you have at least Intel Core i5 and the graphics card with at least 3 GB of RAM.

However, even with the highest specs, you will find that some scenes have serious FPS drops -- and that is due to the sort of bad optimization that is typical for games these days. So, this is probably the only real drawback of Dishonored 2.

Conclusion

Dishonored 2 has made a huge step forward from its predecessor in terms of visual design, gameplay elements that include new and exciting super powers, and overall atmosphere of the game. The story is engaging enough to motivate you go through the missions, but don’t expect something mind-blowing.

The enemy AI could be better, but the number of little challenges in every mission totally makes up for it. And, if you decide to reject the super powers in the very beginning, then you will be rewarded with greater difficulty -- if that’s your thing.

Note: This review was written with a copy provided by the publisher.

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Gift Guide: White Elephant/Secret Santa Gifts Under $10 https://www.gameskinny.com/oe6nl/gift-guide-white-elephantsecret-santa-gifts-under-10 https://www.gameskinny.com/oe6nl/gift-guide-white-elephantsecret-santa-gifts-under-10 Wed, 16 Nov 2016 06:00:01 -0500 Kiara Halls

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That's it for this list! There's certainly a lot of good -- or at least unique -- stuff out there for under $10. Get your Secret Santa something unexpected! A ritzy-looking trinket from their favorite franchise could make you their holiday hero this year.

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Did anything from this list speak to you? What's the best present you've ever gotten for $10 or less? Let us know in the comments!

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Skylanders Trap Master Headrush
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Rating: 4.5/5 (1,206 reviews)

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Price: $7.50

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Buy it on: Amazon

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You can find pretty much any recent, normal-sized Skylander for less than $10 these days. In fact, if it's a common one, you can even find much older Skylanders for as little as $2.

"But this one isn't normal-sized," you say? That's because depending on the rarity, you find the "special" characters (like Trap Masters and Giants) for cheap as well. Headrush here is a favorite, but go hunting! You never know who you might find hiding in the dark reaches of Amazon.

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Your Secret Santa might not get the Skylander Sensei they've been eyeing for Imaginators, but oldies can still be goodies.

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Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, Vol. 1 manga
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Rating: 5/5 (23 reviews)

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Price: $8.75

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Buy it on: Amazon

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Just in case pendants are too symbolic, your Secret Santa can relive the tragedy of Roxas in real time by reading this manga.

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Plenty of video games have been adapted into comic or manga form and, just as with the Pokemon plushies, if it's popular and your Secret Santa is a fan, you can probably find it for under $10.

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Kingdom Hearts Sora and Roxas Pendant Set
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Rating: 5/5 (1 review)

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Price: $7.15

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Buy it on: Amazon

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Give these to your Secret Santa so they can show some love for one of the most tragic duos in gaming history. Or, you could take a necklace and make it a sort of "best friend" set that's indicative of your relationship. Or lack thereof. Just like Sora and Roxas!

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Dishonored 2 Emily Funko Pop! Figure
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Rating: 4./5 (3 reviews)

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Price: $9.82

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Buy it on: Amazon

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There are a huge amount of video game Pop! figures out there. From Mega Man to Skyrim to Overwatch, you can find your Secret Santa's favorite characters from some of the most popular franchises. But chances are, they were pretty excited about Dishonored 2, so this Emily figure is a pretty good choice.

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Mega Buster Keychain
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Price: $9.99

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Buy it on: ThinkGeek

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This Mega Buster keychain lights up! But, unfortunately, it doesn't actually shoot pellets of hyper-compressed solar energy. It doesn't come with a shape-shifting robot dog, either. But it'd still be fun to pretend that it does.

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Fallout 4 Nuka Cola Pinup Poster
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Rating: 5/5 (2 reviews)

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Price: $4.89

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Buy it on: Amazon

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Posters are always a great option for Secret Santas since, even if they don't particularly like whatever it's from, they'll still have a lovely piece of art to stare at. But who doesn't love Nuka Cola? Zap that thirst!

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The Legend of Zelda Spirit Stone Set
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Rating: 4./5 (14 reviews)

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Price: $9.99

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Buy it on: Amazon

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In case you don't want to be "that guy," here is an excellent choice for the Zelda enthusiast. The set features the Spirit Stones from Ocarina of Time, packaged in a small wooden chest decked out with a TriForce. It also comes with a keyring and a chain, so the charms can be made into a keychain or necklace, respectively.

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Mega Charizard Y Cosplay Pikachu Plush
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Price: $7.29

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Rating: 4.5/5 (60 reviews)

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Buy it on: Amazon

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There are a metric ton of Pokemon plushies out there. The only reason that Pikachu's even in the header is because it's dressed like a Mega Charizard. Which is super cute, although you could find an actual  Mega Charizard Y plushie for nearly the same price.

If your Secret Santa has a favorite Pokemon, you can definitely find it for less than $10 somewhere on the internet.

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The Concealable Entertainment  Flask 
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Rating: 3.5/5 (3 reviews)

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Price: $9.89

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Buy it on: Amazon

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For the boozy Secret Santa, a drinking flask shaped like an NES cartridge. Forever clever, it comes in a variety of "games" like "Kega Man," "Drunk Hunt" and "The Legend of Drink." The only downside, though, is that it apparently doesn't hold much happy juice.

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Legend of Zelda: The Complete Season
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Rating: 4.5/5 (124 reviews)

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Price: $5.99

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Buy it on: Amazon

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If you wanna' be "that guy" -- and, let's face it, you probably do -- you can burden your Secret Santa with this. They may hate you for the rest of your natural life, but it'll be worth a laugh, at least. 

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As an aside, though, this cartoon is fun and cute in a dopey, '80s sort of way. It might be completely tangential to the quality and even humor of the Zelda we know today, but it's still worth something in its own right.

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Portal 2 Inter-Spatial Portal Earrings
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Rating: 4.5/5 (70 reviews)

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Price: $5.12

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Buy it on: Amazon

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Clever, yet subtle, these earrings would be great for a fashionable Secret Santa. They get to revel in gamer glory without being tacky about it! In the orange, out the blue -- a reminder to think with portals, hanging right from their ears.

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Yume Nikki Train Washi Tape
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Rating: 5/5 (69 reviews)

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Price: $8.00

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Buy It on: Etsy

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If your Secret Santa is the spooky type, then this decorative tape is definitely a good choice. The roll features a slew of popular (and terrifying) characters from the cult-hit RPGMaker game Yume Nikki. I would suggest giving it to them as soon as you can. I mean, it's just pictures on tape, but better safe than sorry, right?

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Mega Man 10 Proto Man and Bass PVC Pin Set
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Rating: Not Available

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Price: $5.50

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Buy it on: eStarland

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Mega Man is cool, sure, but he's on everything. If your Secret Santa is a real Mega Man nut, then they'll appreciate seeing these characters get the spotlight they deserve. But, if you're not too sure about "Shield Guy" and "Fin Head" here, there's also a set -- for the same price -- featuring the man himself and an E-Tank.

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The holiday season is nearly here!

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It's time to gear up for your annual Secret Santa soiree, but everything is so expensive. There's no way you can get a decent gift without selling at least one organ on the black market.

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Or is there?

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Actually, there is a wealth of unique, inexpensive gamer gifts out there. It's shocking, I know, but you can look like a gift-giving savant without breaking the bank. So, to help you along, we've put together a list of top-notch gifts that're $10 and under. Let's get started!

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The Good Doctor - Dealing with the Crown Killer in Dishonored 2 https://www.gameskinny.com/vxys5/the-good-doctor-dealing-with-the-crown-killer-in-dishonored-2 https://www.gameskinny.com/vxys5/the-good-doctor-dealing-with-the-crown-killer-in-dishonored-2 Sun, 13 Nov 2016 17:00:34 -0500 Sergey_3847

Mission 3 starts with you arriving at the Addermire Institue -- the Crown Killer’s place of hiding. You need to find and kill or cure the Killer depending on the character that you’ve chosen to play with.

There are many runes and bonecharms scattered around the Institute, so begin the mission by collecting them all. Then, you can go on and do the quests.

Hamilton and Vasco

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When you find yourself on the highest spot of the Institute, go to the other side of the level and land by the stairs where you came in. You will see the doors to Dr. Hypatia’s office. Get inside, loot the place and search for the key on the desk.

Arrive on the second floor and go to your left unlocking the door. You will see two guards talking to each other, so wait before they split and attack them one by one.

Use the key again to unlock the door to the room with Hamilton, who will tell you more about the Crown Killer. Check behind him and take the key to Hamilton’s Quarters.

Continue by going up the stairs to Hamilton’s office, but beware of the trap right in front of his doors. Inside you will find his journal that will lead you to Recuperation Area.

Follow the marker to find the area and check on a patient at the back -- Vasco. Talk to him to retrieve the password to the safe, which can be located in one of the offices near Hamilton.

After the cutscene with the Crown Killer, go to the safe and use the code to unlock it.

The Crown Killer

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Cure The Crown Killer (as Emily)

If you play as Emily, you need to make a cure using the notes that you find inside the safe.

  1. Go to the lab next door and grab a syringe.
  2. Find a dead body near the bloodfly nest in the same area, use the syringe to take a sample of blood and bring it back to the lab.
  3. Use the utilities on the desk to create a cure.
  4. Then, use your Dark Vision to detect The Crown Killer that roams the corridors of the institute.
  5. Sneak up on the Killer and use the syringe.
Kill The Crown Killer (as Corvo)

There are two ways how you can kill The Crown Killer:

  • You can talk to Vasco triggering the cutscene that will lead to a direct fight with The Crown Killer.
    • Note that The Crown Killer is a very tough enemy, so switch between melee and ranged weapons.
    • Also, try aiming at the head for best effect.
  • You can skip the part with Vasco and approach Dr. Hypatia from behind while she’s working at the desk - do it quickly and kill her.
    • This will not trigger the fight with The Crown Killer anymore.

This is it for The Good Doctor mission, and be sure to check for other Dishonored 2 guides:

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Dishonored 2 Quest Guide: Edge of the World https://www.gameskinny.com/0nmwa/dishonored-2-quest-guide-edge-of-the-world https://www.gameskinny.com/0nmwa/dishonored-2-quest-guide-edge-of-the-world Sat, 12 Nov 2016 08:53:42 -0500 Sergey_3847

In our last Dishonored 2 quest guide, we made our way through the game's first mission, A Long Day in Dunwall. Your next mission, should you choose to accept it, requires you to get to the Addermire Station (which is heavily guarded) and take a carriage to the Addermire Institute.

There are two side quests that you need to accomplish in order to safely get to the station and collect more runes, bonecharms and other valuable items.

The Black Market

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You will find the black market to the left of the port you arrive in at the beginning of the mission. Inside the market, you will find the Shopkeeper, who sells some good stuff.

  • If you play as Emily, don’t kill the Shopkeeper.
    • Buy at least two things from him: the rune and the treasure map.
  • If you play as Corvo, you can kill the Shopkeeper and take all his stuff for free.
    • But beware that after you do this, the shop will not be available anymore.

You can rob the black market by finding a key to it in the adjacent building, the one with all the bloodflies. Go to the upper floor and eliminate the Nestkeeper. The key to the market is located inside the glass container.

Mindy Blanchard

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Mindy’s quest is also optional, but if you do it, then one of her men will turn off the power on the tracks that will make your way up to the carriage much simpler.

You can find Mindy behind the window near the black market at the stairs. She will ask you to bring her the body that is being kept by the Overseers.

Go back to the building with bloodflies and go to the very top to find the balcony. From there you will see the Overseer’s interrogation building. Just use your Far Reach power to get to the building.

Inside you will find a room with two Overseers. You'll need to steal the key from one of them, then unlock the next room. There, you'll find the body. Take it back to Mindy.

The Addermire Station

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On your way to the Addermire Station, you will go through the Winslow building, where you can find the key at the back of the building to Dr. Hypatia’s apartment.

Go up the stairs and loot the apartment, then go back down. You will find a big safe with a bonecharm inside. The combination to this safe can be found at the cash register by the front door.

When you’re done with the side quests, you can proceed to the station.

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