Dishonored 2: Choosing Between Emily And Corvo

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One of the most pressing choices you make when starting Dishonored 2 is which character you want to play as. And while this may not be too daunting for those who played the first game and want to try out newcomer Emily’s powers, if you’re new to the series, both choices seem equally intriguing.

This guide will hopefully give you an idea of the different powers available to both protagonists, and in turn will help you choose which one suits your particular playstyle. A full list of all vanilla powers in the game can be found below:

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Emily:

  • Far Reach: Pull yourself rapidly across a distance.
  • Mesmerize: Summon a Void spirit to enthrall humans or hounds.
  • Doppelganger: Summon a shade of yourself that attracts enemies
  • Dark Vision: See better in darkness. Observe livings beings through walls.
  • Domino: Link human targets so they die or fall unconscious together.
  • Shadow Walk: Assume a stealthier form for a short while.

Corvo:

  • Blink: Move forward rapidly.
  • Bend Time: Slow time for a short duration.
  • Possession: Assume control of a host for a short time.
  • Dark Vision: See better in darkness. Observe livings beings through walls.
  • Devouring Swarm: Summon rats that attack enemies and devour bodies.
  • Wind Blast: Gust of wind that shatters doors and deflects projectiles.

In preparation for my review of Dishonored 2, I went ahead and played through select missions twice with each character. The first time I played on high chaos and on the second time I went with low chaos.

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Keeping in mind that while both characters are well suited to play either stealthily or aggressively, I found that Emily, with her powers of Mesmerize and Shadow Walk, was much more suited towards a stealth playstyle. The new Domino power lets her clear out entire rooms in one fell swoop, and while it is an effective tactic, it takes away some of the challenge of individually dispatching enemies. Overall, what I found was that I had a generally easier time playing as Emily and would recommend her for first-time players.

Corvo on the other hand still retains his old selection of powers. And while he can still utilize Possession and Bend Time to sneak past enemies unnoticed, Devouring Swarm and Wind Blast still provide a high chaos alternative for those who want to go all out. It also highlights the contrast between the two sets of powers as Emily does not seem to possess one specifically oriented for the offensive like Corvo does. I recommend Corvo for those who prefer a challenge, as well as to returning veterans of the franchise.

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Released on 11th November, 2016, Dishonored 2 is available now on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and the PC.