Submitted by MasonicGamer 837d ago | opinion piece

Why Stealth Games Are Awesome

MasonicGamer.com: I love stealth games, for so many reasons, but I know a lot of people find them dull and frustrating. Stealth games may never be the biggest sellers, even when they’re met with universal acclaim. Dishonored sold around 420,000 copies in it’s first month in the United States, whilst CoD Black Ops II sold 7.5 million copies. That statistic could do with a little more context. I chose it to highlight the big difference between, what I consider to be, a wonderfully created game and just another click-on-a-man-until-he-falls- over-athon. Games with a big emphasis on stealth do sell well; Far Cry 3, a critically acclaimed blend of action and stealth, has recently passed the 6 million sales mark, according to Ubisoft. (Dishonored, Far Cry 3, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

LordMe  +   837d ago
I love stealth games, And I am still waiting for another Tenchu game!
ThanatosDMC  +   837d ago
One thing i learned from Tenchu is that 1 poisoned riceball is enough to kill EVERYBODY.

Also, that people must be hungry as *uck in Tenchu games.
socks  +   837d ago
Wrong picture.
TechnicianTed  +   837d ago
Splinter Cell Chaos Theory is the best stealth game ever made. Which is why every Splinter Cell game released after is a slap in the face to what made it great.
TechnicianTed  +   837d ago
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Lord_Sloth  +   837d ago
@ your below post


lol I'm agreeing that Conviction wasn't very stealthy at all while showing my admiration for the only titles.
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TechnicianTed  +   837d ago
Ahh..wasn't sure what you meant since you said I must disagree lol.

Lord_Sloth  +   837d ago
While this made me laugh I must disagree since Splinter Cell was an AMAZING stealth game prior to Conviction. Didn't particularly care for Double Agent either...But still.
TechnicianTed  +   837d ago
Who are you disagreeing with?
roland82  +   837d ago
Chaos theory is awesome but I still enjoyed double agent and conviction.
TechnicianTed  +   837d ago
I've been playing Conviction lately, now that I can actually play it properly (it ran like crap before on my other system) and while I think it is a decent game, the options for stealth are not as numerous as in Chaos Theory and the games before it.

You are pretty much forced to use, ahem, force as the focus seems to be placed on taking out enemies rather than finding ways to subdue them or get around them. It's not a bad game, but it's a bad Splinter Cell.

And Double Agent for me is an abomination, running it on pc finds me at the BSOD more often than not. I never got further than the prison on that, even though I tried, the game was insistent on crashing my system.
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Confickercrash  +   837d ago
Dishonored is possibly the most underrated game of this gen.
vickers500  +   837d ago
I wouldn't say that. The gameplay was awesome, but the moral choice system in the game was one of the worst I've ever seen in a game.
Master of Unlocking  +   837d ago
"..Why Stealth Games Are Awesome"

I agree, but the examples given, Dishonored and CoD Black Ops II, are ill-chosen examples IMHO, considering they're FPS games and stealth games need to be 3rd person so you can move freely the camera around you and see how exactly your character is positioned in his surrounding, just how close the enemies are, if you're properly hidden in the shadows, bushes, etc.
So I'd rather name IPs like Metal Gear, Splinter Cell and Hitman (feel free to add others if you know any good). Assassin's Creed, though it's often refered to as being part of this category, is not. The AC games don't have any gameplay elements pertaining to this particular genre. Great games , just not stealth at all.

That said, it's a shamefully under-represented genre in the gaming industry. Here's hoping the next-gen of consoles will offer more of them, ideally blending in open world with stealth cause, the very meagre attempts at doing that (Far Cry 2...) haven't been concluding to say the least.
vickers500  +   837d ago
Dishonored is a game that heavily encourages stealth and many elements of the game are built around stealth, so I gotta disagree with you on that part.

But my favorite stealth game has to be Deus Ex Human Revolution.
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SilentNegotiator  +   837d ago
I miss real stealth games. Splinter cell and Hitman both failed to perform as true stealth series this gen.
level 360  +   837d ago
Because it's a thinking gamers' game. You get to scan, think about your moves in a case-to-case situation and then go for the kill.

Plus you get to enjoy and take-in the visuals/environment.

Unlike other shooters were I seriously believe you just go through every levels, gung-ho ablaze in such a rush ( like other gamers do, simply for the reason of bragging over the 'net that they finished it on so and so minutes?? - how can you enjoy playing a game like that? )

I rate the first 3 Splinter Cell games and Sniper Elite V2 in there as some of the best. Rebooted Tomb Raider, Uncharted Series' and The Last of Us all have their stealth moments which are very very good.
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