DLC Review: Stirring the Pot in Dishonored: The Brigmore Witches
Posted by Robert Ramsey
Twist of fate
Dishonored’s latest DLC completes raspy-voiced assassin Daud’s story, continuing from previous add-on The Knife of Dunwall, as he pursues the mysterious Brigmore Witches and their leader, Delilah. Of course, if you’ve played through the original game, you’ll have some idea as to how Daud’s tale comes to an end. As such, the real draw of this content is to add further depth to the gloomy universe that Arkane Studios has created, and to give you an excuse to stab a few more people in the throat.
Indeed, The Brigmore Witches boasts the same gameplay structure as the title that spawned it, but offers some fresh new environments and enemies, as well as new powers to play around with. As it was with main protagonist Corvo, you’ll be guiding Daud around relatively open areas as you move from one mission objective to another, while killing unsuspecting adversaries with a handful of the deadly tools at your disposal – or avoiding conflict all together.
Like the vanilla game, your actions as the leader of The Whalers determines how the story comes to a close, and in that respect, events may play out differently to what transpired within the original title, potentially transforming the DLC into something of an alternate reality.
However, regardless of this potential inconsistency, the ability to change the outcome of Daud’s fate gives the DLC inherent replay value – although if you’re looking to walk the purely non-lethal path, there are a number of sections that will try your patience. Be it because of tricky new enemy types or deceptively cramped environments, you may find yourself constantly reloading old saves after even the slightest mistake.
When it comes to your arsenal of gadgets, weaponry, and strange powers, things don’t stray far from the main game, with magical abilities like the essential blink and void’s eye making a welcome return. However, Daud does have access to a few new and enjoyable toys, as he’s able to summon assassins and even share his own upgrades with them, allowing for some interesting teamwork.
Developing your abilities still requires the use of runes, which are scattered throughout each area. Bone charms also make a return, giving you the option of augmenting various traits such as increasing the amount of health that you recover from potions. Corrupted bone charms on the other hand act as double-edged swords, generally offering more potent bonuses at the cost of a specific drawback.
Visually the DLC is quite varied, taking you to some locations that feel familiar, as well as other ones that bring a far broader colour palette to Dishonored’s world. The witch’s manor in particular boasts an eerie but lush design, full of plants and serene waterfalls that are contrasted by the dilapidated and rotten housing itself.
If you’ve been eager to sneak back into Dishonored, The Brigmore Witches serves up some well-made content that provides further insight into the title’s dark and gritty reality. Daud is an enjoyable character, and his role proves to be a fascinatingly personal one set within the larger scale of the main story.
Dishonored: The Brigmore Witches is available now for £7.99/$9.99. Has this add-on creeped up on you, or have you already snatched it out of the shadows? Let us know in the comments section below.