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'Dishonored' proves revenge is best served stealthily

Midway through "Dishonored" I killed someone. I didn't intend to; he spotted me as I was trying to sneak past, and I had to shut him up. But even though I was able to complete my mission, I felt like I had failed.That's unusual in the violent world of video games, where the default mode is to shoot first and never ask questions. Don't get me wrong: The protagonist of "Dishonored" (Bethesda Softworks, for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, $59.99) is an assassin, and plenty of blood gets spilled no matter how stealthy you are. But there are benefits to being merciful — for one, fewer corpses means fewer rats infesting your beloved city.It's thrilling to play a game that rewards you for not doing the things so many other games mindlessly encourage. You can play as a more ruthless assassin, but what's the fun of that?"Dishonored" is set in Dunwall, a city with a passing resemblance to London during the Industrial Revolution. Your character, Corvo, is bodyguard to the Empress, and you become...

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