So I finally rented Dishonored to see if me pining over it was worth it...and yeah, it is. The game is really good. I love that you can kill or stealth your way through the game. Given how easy you can find ways to go around (or over) all the guys, the game really feels like it lets you choose how to go through. So far, it's better than Deus Ex in that regard (since there are no bosses in Dishonored). I almost bought it when it was $25, but I wanted to try it first and I should just wait to save the money. It will drop more than that by the time I get around to playing it, but I look forward to getting it eventually.
Recently, Xbox has been having the end of the year sale, and I've picked up Hell Yeah!: Wrath of the Dead Rabbit and Mark of the Ninja. In a day or two I will snag Dust: An Elysian Tale (all 3 of these were 50% off, making it a good deal). I would have picked up the Simpsons Arcade game, but it was only 25% off, so I'll just wait for 50% off again. I think Mark of the Ninja will hold my stealth itch until I can buy Dishonored.
Hell Yeah is fun too, but some of the minigames to kill the monsters are annoying. Most are press A at the right time or mash a button, but a few require something else, and it can take a few crucial seconds to orient yourself to what's going on. That part reminds me of the Warioware games, where it can be frustrating when you don't know what to expect the first time you run across a game. It's not game breaking, but annoying. Also, you can apparently only go to the island (where you can get things from the monsters you have killed) from the menu, which is strange. I'd like better stopping points, since all levels run into each other, meaning you just have to stop after an autosave point. I'm liking it so far though, the game is funny and colorful (bloody).
I should also have another review for you in the next few days, so keep an eye out for that!