Epic Holiday Gift for December 29th: Dishonored Definitive Edition & Eximius: Seize the Frontline

It’s the last day of the Epic holidays! Well, technically yesterday was the last day with a game that could only be claimed for 24 hours, and with today’s additions, we’ve back to the usual schedule of 1-2 free titles per week.

This week we’ve got the Definitive Edition of Dishonored, as well as Eximius: Seize the Frontline, which we’ll briefly talk about below.

Dishonored – Definitive Edition

The first Dishonored released all the way back in 2012 (a decade ago!) and received positive enough reviews, exceeded sales targets and as such, spawned a sequel as well. The Definitive Edition contains three DLCs and addon packs that were all bundled up together in this 2015 re-release:

  • The Knife of Dunwall, a DLC where you take on the role of Daud, the assassin who killed the Empress.
  • The Brigmore Witches, a DLC that concludes Daud’s story.
  • The Dunwall City Trials, 10 distinct maps each featuring a variety of stealth, combat and mobility challenges.
  • The Void Walker’s Arsenal, a bundle previously only given through pre-ordering that includes unique character bonuses, additional bone charm slots and more.

In terms of gameplay, Dishonored is a peculiar mix of Assassin’s Creed, Clive Barker’s Undying and Deus Ex. The outcome of each mission depends on the way you play the game, that is to say, the choices you make: Do you plow through enemies or sneak by? Will you shoot them dead or cast some spooky spell? If this sort of game doesn’t suit you, at least give it a try before giving up on it for the great soundtrack and A-list cast of voice actors.

I mean, it’s a Bethesda game, it can’t be outright bad.

Eximus: Seize the Frontline

Eximus is a very different vibe and quite a unique game overall. While its reviews, at least on the Epic Game Store, aren’t great, the game can’t be faulted for trying to bring something different to the table.

There’s two ways to play in Eximus: As a Commander, which is the ol’ RTS experience of building a base, training and army and so on, and as an Officer, which turns the whole game into an FPS! The game format is 5v5 (which in itself is very much a MOBA team size, there’s another genre point for Eximus) and the Commander of the team is voted on at the start of the game.

Each team shares a base, resource and tech tree. The Commander takes care of the base, sends support on the frontlines and can also join the front, although getting assassinated has consequences, so careful about over-extending!

Next week we’re back to normal and we’ve got another two games lined up: Kerbal Space Program and Shadow Tactics – Aiko’s Choice (this one’s a standalone expansion, which is a bizarre term that contradicts itself but alright!).

Have you played either Dishonored or Eximus? What was your experience like? Let us know in the comments below!