Every weekend, Windows Central livestreams an Xbox One or Steam game for 1-2 hours and gives out free games to the cool people who join us during the stream. It's like a live podcast, only you also get to watch a game while chatting with our awesome readers and viewers!

Tonight on Beam, we played Dishonored 2, the acclaimed first-person action/stealth game from Bethesda. Every stealth game needs a way to hide bodies, and Dishonored 2 doesn't disappoint. Read on for quick impressions, contest winners, and the full video replay of our livestream.

Dishonored 2

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The sequel to Bethesda's surprise hit Dishonored has just arrived on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Steam. As the game begins, the daughter of the first game's hero has become empress of the kingdom. Soon, both father Corvo and daughter Emily become embroiled in a coup and forced to fight for their lives.

Official description:

Reprise your role as a supernatural assassin in Dishonored 2 – the follow up to Arkane Studio's first-person action blockbuster and winner of more than 100 'Game of the Year' awards, Dishonored. Play your way in a world where mysticism and industry collide.

Will you choose to play as Empress Emily Kaldwin or the royal protector, Corvo Attano? Will you make your way through the game unseen, make full use of its brutal combat system, or use a blend of both? How will you combine your character's unique set of powers, weapons and gadgets to eliminate your enemies? The story responds to your choices, leading to intriguing outcomes, as you play through each of the game's hand-crafted missions.

With two playable characters with totally unique perspectives on the story, top-notch production values, and numerous ways to handle every situation, Dishonored 2 is an amazing first-person action/stealth game. Watch us play and lose our honor, too!

See on the Xbox Store

The Contest

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We streamed Dishonored 2 for ~90 minutes tonight. During that time, we gave out a total of 9 prize codes:

  • 4 Dishonored Definitive Edition for Xbox One
  • 3 Xbox Gift Cards (US accounts only)
  • 2 Dishonored Definitive Edition for PlayStation 4 (North American accounts only)

See the contest winners at the end of this story.

How to watch Beam livestreams

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  7. We highly recommend that you set a recurring alarm on your phone. Our weekend stream always starts at the same time (9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific), so the phone reminder can be very helpful.

Beam does not offer Xbox One or Windows Phone apps yet, so watching from the browser is the only option on Microsoft platforms. But Beam does offer apps on Android and iOS. Yes, that's a strange inequity. Native Xbox and Windows 10 support is coming though, so stick with us!

Future streams

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Want to know what's next for Windows Central's weekend Beam programming? We stream a different game every Saturday (and sometimes Sunday). The stream always starts at the same time: 9pm Eastern (8pm Central, 6pm Pacific, 1am GMT). Over the next few weeks, we'll be streaming the following (schedule not finalized):

  • Saturday, November 26: Watchdogs 2 from Ubisoft. Watch us hack stuff and win an Xbox gift card!
  • Saturday, December 3: Warhammer: Vermintide, the amazing Left 4 Dead-style co-op game. Win a copy for Xbox, PlayStation 4, or Steam! Little Acre, the beautiful adventure game coming to Xbox, PlayStation, and PC on November 22. Win a copy of your own!
  • Saturday, December 10: Stay tuned!
  • Saturday, December 17: Little Acre, the beautiful adventure game coming to Xbox, PlayStation, and PC on November 22. Win a copy of your own!

We hope you'll tune in as often as you can! Set a recurring alarm on your phone so you'll always know when it's time for the stream to start.

Winners

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These viewers have been dishonored, too.

Dishonored Definitive Edition Xbox One

  • F1reReader
  • mtaraylz
  • Avatar_of_Apathy
  • YoAdrianTorres

Xbox Gift Card

  • Kufeifei
  • TheOtherBarber
  • SGT_Torrente

Dishonored Definitive Edition PlayStation 4

  • SugarBubblesGaming
  • LightspeedHalo

Tonight's prizes provided by Bethesda and Mobile Nations. Thanks also to our stream moderators for keeping the peace and giving away the prizes!