Lead writer on Dishonored Austin Grossman has confessed to Kotaku that he thinks his character, Corvo, is better than other silent protagonists — namely Doctor Gordon Freeman himself! Remember, before you put on your Nasty Internet Comments hat, these are Grossman’s words, not ours:
“I hate what Valve does with the silent protagonist. I find it incredibly awkward and really creepy. I find Gordon Freeman creepy as hell,” he 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.”
“The difference between Dishonored and how it works in Half-Life 2 is that it’s a lot more personal. 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 [censored]ed with you in a very personal way. I’m biased, of course, but I think Dishonored grips you much more viscerally, more emotionally. And that’s on purpose. Corvo doesn’t talk and I think it works because everybody knows what Corvo would have to say.”
Mostly, ‘I’ma stab you good!’ I think.