Rob presents our list of 7 times we honestly tried being stealthy in games but then everything blew up. Had any troubles with stealth in games? Tell us your own stories in the comments!
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Chapter 2 of Metal Gear Solid the Phantom Pain. Getting an S-Rank was difficult enough in chapter 1, how about playing those missions again either with a time limit, being killed by one hit or having the mission fail when you are spotted and that is just to finish the mission.
I'm the other way. I always default to non-lethal (if possible) stealth runs if given the choice. I chalk it up to my years of playing MGS3 as a child and not wanting to have to bother with the Soviet ghosts during The Sorrow's boss fight.
Sometimes for subsequent playthroughs of games I'll try to go guns blazing, but a lot of the time once you know what you're doing (especially in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided), stealthing through and not killing anyone is just WAY easier and faster.
You're bloody mad, mate. Dishonored is one of the best, funnest game to be stealthy in. You've got a frigging warp power that let's you pop up right behind your targets, turn them to ash (literally), then warp out.
I felt that mgs5 was by far the easiest of the series to play with 100% stealth. I would guess that long time fans of the series buy it specifically for the ability to play that way atleast one play through. I know I do.
Before skyrim I always.. ALWAYS played those types of games as a hulking tank with the biggest weapon I could find. After skyrim I always play the ranger/rouge type. Because the leveling system was so brilliant in that, you cant just put attribute points in something and instead actually have to use that skill to get better at it, you learn how effective staying away from groups (and giants with their rocket launcher clubs) is. "Hmm, should I run right in and take on 4 or 5 falmar or should I draw my bow, slow time and deal incredible damage from a mile away?". That was the fun in skyrim though. You could be stealthy when you needed to be but it wasnt as if the game required it. I truley feel bad for any gamer that didn't play it. More so than games that I would rank higher (ff7, mgs3 etc). It really is a masterpiece and literally anyone could pick it up and play it. The visuals and score are amazing and it isn't difficult. It does take some time but if you can binge watch netflix all weekend, you aren't exactly pressed for time.
It's too bad magic sucks so much in skyrim. I have made a heavy armor brute character though, it's real fun to just sprint in to every encounter and bludgeon everything to death. Also a little werewolf transformation never hurts.
I'm the opposite in Skyrim. I can never be bothered to sneak around, just dual conjuring, dual casting with 100% reduce in magica cost + dual casting staggers enemies when hit and we take anything out facing any way.
I have a stealth mage on skyrim the thralls do help with distractions as I pelt the enemy with my bound bow frost and storm distractions (and back up) and death from glowing arrows from a glowing light in the corner... Nope that can't be the hidden archer
Same with the Skyrim problem. Absolutely every char I made ends up some kind of Bow wielding something something.
Even high elves end up being a archer fist and magician second.
Or the brilliant Ork Archer sneaking in his plate armor through caves.
I can't help it. It's just so much fun.
Persona probably isn't the first series one thinks of when it comes to stealth, but there is a mechanic that rewards you for sneaking up on enemies (Persona 3, 4, and 5). The shadows are usually fairly slow moving and follow predictable patterns, plus I can see nearby ones on the minimap, so stealth should be a piece of cake, and yet there is always that one room with several shadows. I'll watch, think I know the pattern, step out to catch the first one by surprise, and will somehow magically be spotted, hit from behind, and stuck in a back-to-back series of fights where the opponent gets first attack each time.
the last of us ... mainly in that building that's leaning into another one in the city ... aka clicker territory. i get through most of it and then i somehow make noise or crouch too fast and BAM im dead, ellie's dead, WE ALL DEAD! TT__TT
YES! So much yes on the last one. I have started Skyrim over so, so, sooo many times. Told myself I would NOT go into Rifton first, would NOT get into the thief guild first, would NOT use that sneaky little bow.
I promised myself to be a bloodthirsty orc fighting with heavy armor and a two handed axe.
I promised myself to be a fire spewing mage that throws all the elements or uses ANY illusion spells at all.
I promised myself to at least be a knight like guy with shield and sword.
And it all ends the same.
I crouch as a khajiit, head of the thief and assassin guild (and rarely any other guild), behind a rock and shoot giants with bow and arrow. Maybe even a summoned bow or crossbow when I feel fancy.
I have the same problem with Skyrim. I always say 'this time ill be a two-hander swordsman' or 'this time I'll be a Gandalf like mage' and then I somehow transform every character into a stealth archer. Bows have never felt better than in skyrim. Not to mention, stealth is incredibly OP, especially with the sneak attack bonus!
Solution to mage thing. Become a conjurer and get the spell bound bow. Then you can be stealthy and raise magic at the same time and then as magic level raises the atronachs can be use to distract enemies as you snipe them with the conjured bow
I still haven't figured out how to be stealthy with the damn Tallboys in Dishonored. I usually have the opposite problem, though; I'll go in to Fallout, Elder Scrolls, Warframe, whatever, intending to be all-out balls-out murderous rage.... And end up sneaking everywhere for one reason or another.
What about Payday 2?
That one is literally the King of "Lets go stealthy... ooops fucked it up."
Cant count the amounts of times i had to restart a stealth mission because someone ignored cameras or just accidently shot a guard in plain sight.
You're not an assassin in dishonored you're the royal protector and this is coming from someone who beat both games 5 times and yet I haven't done a high chaos run on either of them the high chaos trophy is the only 1 I need for dishonored 2 platinum for God's sake
Usually when given the option of stealth or the loud route I go with the latter. In Skyrim and Dishonored I just barge in (unless I really need stealth for special reasons) and start killing everyone who fights back. MGS is a different matter though.
I finished playing assassins creed 2 and there were several points in the game where I tried being stealthy but then I’d get caught by the guards.
I specifically remember one point where I had to assassinate the pope but on my way through the stealth section, I kept getting caught (cause I was killing guards). Eventually I just ran past them.
Well said. That. Is so my Skyrim downfall too. The Magics are the skills I try to up when I’m grinding at the end trying to get that legendary dragon encounter at level 70 something. Always a stealth archer/daggers/ dual swords character. Next play through...
I have the same problem with Skyrim, but when I get spotted I go full explosive mage. Max enchanting for free destruction casting and dual explosive fireballs is a lot of fun. Lydia keeps getting killed though. That's why Serana is the best follower.
God damn the MGS5 section was so true I was scouting out a outpost all stealthy like when through my binoculars I heard take on me and immediately lost all stealth and killed everyone just for the tape like if this happened to you as well
me too - always end up with the bow in hand, I now have stopped trying, after 17 restarts is no need.
the problem is that the damage you can do with archery you cannot do can do with magic. if magic or at least destruction would be a bit more overpowered to tie the damage of bows more people would use it, because it is easier to have a sword in one had for melee and a firebolt or something else in the other for ranged attacks.
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