"Dishonored" is a rare treat, a gaming experience that doesn't pull any punches or hold your hand. It's just you, your goal and your creativity. Other games have tried this minimalist approach, but very few have managed to pull it off with the same style and flair. "Dishonored" is a shining example of what open-ended gameplay is supposed to be, from the mission design to the ability to customize your skills to suit your style of play, and rewards players like few games have. "Dishonored" is one of my favorite games of the year.
Developer: Arkane Studios
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Available for: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 ($59.99)
Rating: M for mature