I’m very conflicted as the game technical difficulties pull it down immensely from what is a VERY good stealth/action sequel to the original game.
Lets start of from the top – The technical issues with the game are not excusable. From shaders that mess up, to collision detection that fails, models that clip into terrain and objects… none of that is okay, and beyond that there are issues with the sound mapping AND the FPS is fluctuating wildly. I’ts not Arkhem Knight levels bad, but it is bad.
So on those reasons alone, it is very valid to hold of purchasing the title.
Dishonored 2, for all it’s technical issues, does everything else extremely well.
To start with the meat: the stealth/action gameplay is extremely enjoyable with varied options for each route and mission and tons of little bits of content to find and enjoy everywhere. From the extra bits of lore, to entire side-objectives that you can stumble on if you look around.
This applies for both characters… while both play the same missions, the difference is staggering in terms of abilities they have (and thus, how to complete objectives) and the way the world reacts to them. It’s not quite “two games” but it feels very different while playing. Part of this is the EXCELLENT voice talent on display. While not perfect (especially corvo) its damned good regardless from the scullery maid to the big-bads.
The enemy Ai has received a bit of an upgrade from the first game as well, with more nuance and a bit more smarts (depending on difficulty). The game still lets you customize your experience extensively, going so far as to offer a “no powers” mode – which is really cool in and of itself.
Now, even with the various issues with the games performance: it looks very good. Especially the various details of constructs and buildings look great, and even when you are nose-to-nose with a crate you’re hiding behind, it still look nice. Were only that the performance could match up.
Lastly, a minor critique is that the games missions feels disjointed and less of a cohesive whole and more of a somewhat-laced-together set of missions. Its not like HITMAN, there is overlap and continuity – but it is there.
So, decide for yourself – will you brave the technical issues for the great gameplay, or hold of on fixes… that i leave to you.