PERFORMANCE PSA: Panic not friends, for I dug through some forum posts and found what's causing the low performance. It's simply that the dishonored 2 .exe sets itself to low process priority class whenever it loads. Setting it back to normal/above normal after each loading screen will provide a workaround until they can get around to the (very easy) patch! Additionally - the massive input delay can be fixed by setting pre-rendered frames to 1.
In mini-review, performance isn't amazing but it's fine (locked 1080p60fps/very high/gtx 980) and so far the game is REALLY REALLY enjoyable! Bit slower and more challenging than the original and so far the story production value is leagues above the first game and easily on par with its excellent DLC
I am absolutely speechless.
This is the most worthy sequel Dishonored could have possibly gotten. One of my top 3 games of all time, played through multiple times on PC and console, now has a proper continuation.
EDIT: Just finished my first lethal run-through of the game as Emily. My review still stands. So much creativity and love went into making this game, and it shows.
The game is fantastic! This is honestly a truely great sequal to the original game! I've been waiting all year for this and it certainly didnt dissapoint. I see that a lot of people are experiencing performance issues, but I have no such problem (steady 80+ fps). One thing you might try to up the framerate a little might be updating your NVIDIA drivers. They just released a driver specifically for Dishonored 2 and Titanfall 2.
About Dishonored 2 (PC) Game Key
Arkane Studios and Bethesda Softworks are taking you back into the stealth-action adventure in Dishonored 2.
Following on from 2012's Dishonored, the sequel returns to the fictional empire of the Isles, with Dishonored 2 mainly set in the city of Karnaca.The coastal area is based on picturesque locations in countries such as Spain, Italy and Greece.
Empress Emily has been deposed, and players must decide whether they choose to play as her as their protagonist, or her father/bodyguard Corvo Attano as they attempt to reclaim her throne.
Each level of Dishonored 2 is completely unique, and has this time around introduced non-lethal combat moves, a new chaos system and much more to be integrated in a campaign that depends entirely on the decisions you make in the game.
So prepare yourself for all the actions and consequences as you delve into the dark world of Dishonored 2.
Reprise your role as a supernatural assassin in Dishonored 2 – the next chapter in the award-winning Dishonored saga by Arkane Studios. Play your way in a world where mysticism and industry collide. Will you choose to play as Empress Emily Kaldwin or the royal protector, Corvo Attano? Will you make your way through the game unseen, make full use of its brutal combat system, or use a blend of both? How will you combine your character’s unique set of powers, weapons and gadgets to eliminate your enemies? The story responds to your choices, leading to intriguing outcomes, as you play through each of the game’s hand-crafted missions.
Dishonored 2 is set 15 years after the Lord Regent has been vanquished and the dreaded Rat Plague has passed into history. An otherworldly usurper has seized Empress Emily Kaldwin’s throne, leaving the fate of the Isles hanging in the balance. As Emily or Corvo, travel beyond the legendary streets of Dunwall to Karnaca, the once-dazzling coastal city that holds the keys to restoring Emily to power. Armed with the Mark of the Outsider and powerful new abilities, track down your enemies and take back what’s rightfully yours.
Dishonored 2 (PC) Game Key Features
As fully voiced characters, Emily Kaldwin and Corvo Attano now bring their own perspectives and emotional responses to the world and story. Use each character’s set of powers, gadgets and uniquely-tuned weapons in creative ways as you explore the world – whether you fight your way through the city streets or sneak across the rooftops - and which enemies you decide to eliminate or spare.
Advanced bonecharm crafting and all-new upgrade trees allow you to customize your powers in vastly different ways. Become a living shadow to silently stalk your targets, link enemies so they share a common fate, or mesmerize your foes and dominate their minds. Choose from nearly infinite combinations of violence, nonlethal combat, powers and weapons to accomplish your objectives.
From the grimy, rat-infested streets of Dunwall to the lush, exotic coasts of a decaying Karnaca, immerse yourself in stylized locales created by Arkane’s premiere art and narrative teams. The world is a character in its own right, rich with story, architecture and eclectic characters. It is also punctuated by signature mission locations, such as the Dust District, ravaged by dust storms and warring factions, and a madman’s mansion made of shifting walls, deadly traps and clockwork soldiers.
Customize your gameplay options and difficulty settings for an even more tailored adventure. You can make the experience more challenging (or easier) by changing myriad parameters related to stealth, movement and combat.
The Void Engine
Dishonored 2 is beautifully brought to life with the new Void Engine, a leap forward in rendering technology, built from id Tech and highly-customized by Arkane Studios. Designed to support world-class art direction and take full advantage of the powerful hardware this generation has to offer, the Void Engine allows for significant advances to all game systems, including responsive stealth and combat Artificial Intelligence, lighting and graphical rendering, impressively dense urban environments, and story presentation.