The 5 different games you’ll be playing in Dishonored (preview)

I’m certainly not the first to say that Dishonored is a blatant amalgamation of other games. Though publisher Bethesda Softworks (Rogue Warrior, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim) and developer Arkane Studios (Dark Messiah of Might & Magic, BioShock 2) have been deliberately avoiding the words “bio” and “shock” while referencing inspiration for their upcoming hybrid FPS, it’s still pretty easy to dissect Dishonored into its various individual ingredients. But being the “mother of all gaming cocktails,” as Atomic’s Nathan Lawrence puts it, is not necessarily a bad thing, especially when your product is derived from some of the more unique titles gaming has ever known.

How Dishonored’s artists created an oppressive, Victorian, steampunk world from scratch

Creating an original gaming world is hard. But when you do, the effect is memorable. That was the case with the makers of last year’s Deus Ex Human Revolution. They steered clear of the dull, gray, post-apocalyptic, sci-fi worlds and, after four years of work, created an orange-tinted universe that blends conspiracy theories and Blade Runner into something all together different.

Top 10 new game brands of 2012

Earlier this month, VentureBeat published a list of 10 of the most anticipated video games of 2012. Some of you had plenty to say about our picks, especially the fact that most of them were sequels. With many established franchises moving to a yearly release schedule, one might start to wonder where all the originality in gaming has gone.