I just finished Death of the Outsider, and I actually had a little more fun doing it non-violently than I did Dishonored and Dishonored 2.
In Dishonored, Corvo has a really good set of abilities for murder, but because of the Chaos system, you’re discouraged from really taking that to interesting places if you want a good ending. The same thing happens with Emily in Dishonored 2. After seeing how one of the biggest draws to Dishonored was the creativity embedded in the system of supernatural powers, that Arkane decided to just tweak the Chaos system and use it again might have struck some as a little disappointing. I definitely understand that, but at the same time, it feels completely justified.
I’m gonna go off on a little tangent here, so bear with me.
In Bioshock, you’ve got your options to:
A.) Kill none of the Little Sisters
B.) Kill some of the Little Sisters
C.) Kill all of the Little Sisters
One of the biggest complaints I heard in regards to the endings of that game is that if you only killed some of the Little Sisters, you got a pretty similar ending to if you killed them all, just with a sadder voice over. I didn’t understand the fuss people were throwing. Killing just some little girls who’ve been used as experiments isn’t less heinous than killing all of them. It’s still a morally bad choice to make.
So when I look at it like that, I’m less annoyed than most people who disliked that a High Chaos ending is tied to their bloodthirstiness. Of course things aren’t going to go well for the Empire if you’re just going around murdering people for jollies. It also makes sense from a character and story standpoint. An Emily or a Corvo that goes around ruthlessly slaughtering people isn’t going to get their position of power back and suddenly decide to make nice with everyone.
Death of the Outsider doing it in a different way is pretty good, though. Billie doesn’t have the well-being of an entire Empire on her shoulders. She has a fixed goal that she needs to carry out and that’s it. In the end, the only choice that really matters is how you deal with the Outsider, and that’s a really good way to go about it in this case. I went mostly non-lethal, just because Billie’s powers are just so much better for it than anyone else in the series, and it made sense from a story standpoint with the ending I wanted to get first.
I did kill a bunch of people in the last level once I realized it barely mattered, though.