Round 70 of the Articles Of Excellence ends with Alyssa delivering what would appear to be a dishonorable review of the smash hit, Dishonored. She describes it as a game that lacks a good and compelling narrative with some haphazard stealth elements in what is primarily a stealth game and graphics uglier than Quasimodo. There is some silver lining - it is at least fun to kill people with Corvo's special powers, although when a game advertises itself as something, wouldn't you theoretically want to get that right? That's what made Alyssa not like the game as much as the critics did.
Despite what any paid reviewer will tell you, the stealth genre is practically dead. Most of the old guard have degraded into action games with maybe the odd stealth segment or some minor stealth influence – the biggest offender being Splinter Cell: Conviction. Ugh. That's not to mention the fact that Metal Gear Solid 4 was more concerned with boring you to death with 30 minute cutscenes than actual stealth gameplay. Worst yet, I'll probably be collecting social security checks by the time Thief 4 comes out. But there's always hope. Meet Dishonored, a product by Arkane Studios... who brought to you Dark Messiah Of Might And Magic (which is a pretty good RPG if you ask me). But whilst being marketed as a stealth game, you can play this as either that or an action game, and unfortunately, the action route is significantly better. Not that the stealth route is bad because it's still playable, but playing it like an action game is undoubtably a million times better.