In what could be a decidedly contentious statement, Dishonored's lead writer has suggested that their take on the silent protagonist, Corvo, is superior to Half Life's Gordon Freeman. Who's "creepy as hell," apparently.
“I hate what Valve does with the silent protagonist. I find it incredibly awkward and really creepy. I find Gordon Freeman creepy as hell,” Arkane's Austin Grossman told Kotaku. “It’s people talking at him, about him and sometimes even for him. He just happens to be in the middle of this whole thing."
According to Grossman, Dishonored's mute assassin Corvo Attano is easier to form an emotional connection with since personal relationships are explored from the beginning. "The difference between Dishonored and how it works in Half-Life 2 is that it’s a lot more personal," he elaborated. "I think you get that involvement because the character has personal relationships with people from the beginning. And it’s very clear that people have fucked with you in a very personal way."
“I’m biased, of course, but I think Dishonored grips you much more viscerally, more emotionally.”
Corvo's story, or more accurately the emergent narratives that players can construct through his eyes, was worthy of a 9/10 score in our Dishonored Review. But does he show up Mister Freeman?