It has been less than a year since Dishonored 2 hit the shelves and Bethesda already prepared another expansion for all franchise players across PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Dishonored: Death of the Outsider is a standalone game that centers on The Outsider, a mysterious character you may know from both the original and the sequel of the series. The newest installment also brings a familiar playable character and expands his story arc in the Dishonored lore.
Who Will You Play As?
The main protagonist of Dishonored: Death of the Outsider is Billie Lurk. Her background story goes something like this – she grew up with an alcoholic mother who didn’t want her in the first place, so she was forced to leave at an early age. To avoid becoming a prostitute, Billie resorted to stealing and assassinating while dreaming of becoming a ship captain.
On her way, Billie meets Daud, one of the most famous assassins in all realms, famous for killing the Empress Jessamine Kaldwin herself. He teaches her everything there is to know about the assassination, and they develop a complicated relationship. During the franchise games, they also come into conflict that’s almost resolved by death and their separate. However, they encounter each other once again in Dishonored: Death of the Outsider when Billie (who seems to have finally become a pirate) rescues him from a mysterious ship.
Yes, that means that we will have the familiar duo from The Knife of Dunwall in action once again. The difference is that the roles will be reversed, and Daud should be the one assisting Billie. However, you can choose the protagonist and influence certain elements of the story and change the game’s mechanics to some extent. We already saw this concept in Dishonored 2 (considering that you had the opportunity to try it). This makes the game as promising as Death Stranding, and that’s a very promising game.
At the very beginning, we can notice that Billie changed and features some cyber enhancements now. That is a significant build up to her abilities you will use throughout the expansion. Daud tells her that they have a mutual enemy right now – The Outsider.
Who Is The Outsider?
The Outsider was born as a human but was unwillingly given godlike powers after being sacrificed in a satanic ritual. He is not good or evil, but he is dedicated to exploring what people do when they get power over others. That desire spurs him to contact people he considers ‘interesting.’ He has the choice of contacting them in his shrines or through dreams. There are times when The Outsider showed hostility, but he is a morally ambiguous being that usually appears as a young man with black eyes and brown hair.
He is believed to be the supernatural power behind all the magic across the isles, which would explain why there are so many shrines dedicated to him. It’s not possible to talk about why Billie and Daud are targeting him without spoiling the story of the Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, so I will stop here. The important thing you should know is that Billie will discover a bunch of secrets about the supernatural being that has been existing for more than 4,000 years. The path will also see her making some tough decisions that will significantly influence the world around her.
All-New Billie Lurk
The last we saw of Billie Lurk was in Dishonored 2 when she was traveling to Karnaca to look for redemption. Now, she has the final task along with Daud – killing The Outsider. She will have all-new abilities and powers to use while she explores the undergrounds of Karnaca. She will encounter many enemies across the fight clubs and test her chances against the Eyeless gang and the Sisters of the Oracular Order (among others). Aside from recurring, there are some entirely new foes that we first see in the series, including the Clockwork Soldiers.
The game is divided in numerous missions where you have various objectives. I liked the mission where you need to heist a bank to get some valuable ancient artifacts. The graphics are incredible, and Arkane Studios did an excellent job in designing the levels. The array of gadgets and weapons available is vast, which makes the combat additionally exciting and brutal.
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider allows you to choose your playing style. Do you like lurking from the shadows and performing quiet kills or you prefer to go out in the open and savagely kill the enemies? You can choose either way in this exciting game, which makes it fitting for both casual and more experienced players.
The graphics are amazing, and the dialogues are profound and complex. Bethesda once again hired Michael Madsen and Rosario Dawson to give their voices to Daud and Billie. Those might be one of the best voice-over castings I have ever seen.
Can This Be the First Game in the Franchise to Play?
If you are wondering if you can start exploring the Dishonored lore from this standalone expansion, the answer is – yes. The adventure that follows Billie and Daud is related to the overall mythology. But the story will be clear even if you didn’t have experience with the Dishonored games before. Naturally, if you had played the previous installments in the series, the plot would probably mean a bit more to you.
The hardcore fans will find the OG+ (Original Game Plus) Mode particularly inviting as it enables you to unlock some of the abilities we know from Dishonored 2.
Although it comes a bit sooner than we might have expected Dishonored: Death of the Outsider brings us another great adventure filled with action. The standalone expansion manages to keep up with the reputation of the franchise. I personally like it as much as the new Uncharted, which is an incredible game. And even if you haven’t and you are in the mood for a good action-adventure game, you will make a right decision if you choose Death of the Outsider. The combination of incredible graphics, vast away of weapons and abilities and quick action guarantees that you will enjoy. Pre-purchase the game from Steam for 30$ (standard edition).