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In defence of high chaos

Posted on 25th Nov 2016 at 13:46 by Jake Tucker with 12 comments

Jake Tucker
Whenever an immersive sim comes to market, people move as quickly as they can to try to get through it as quietly as possible, doing their best to pull apart the game's stealth systems and crouch-walk their way to the bragging rights of finishing the game without a single drop of blood being spilt, or an alarm raised.

Take a look at your social media of choice in the wake of the recent release of Dishonored 2, and people are already doing it - understandable, since the game changes for the worse if you cause a lot of chaos during your play, rewarding your bodies with rats, bloodflies and a general malaise. A low-chaos approach, leaving few bodies, non-lethally dealing with those who've wronged you and generally keeping your head down, is often viewed as the purist's way to play the game.

Thing is, you're only cheating yourself out of playing with Dishonored 2's excellent gadgets, or even the combat system. By doing nothing but shooting people with a tranquilliser crossbow or choking them out in dark corners, you're not really getting the full picture. I did this with the original Dishonored, so focussed on skulking around the place that I didn't get to see some of the fun ways to take out targets, or some of the more interesting ways to traverse the levels, sword proudly in hand.

It's not that I'm saying you don't need to worry about killing a few people during your playthrough of Arkane's latest sneak-'em-up; far from it. I'm saying you should unleash the whirlwind, slicing and dicing your way through anyone that annoys you, because it's like playing a different game. One where you can use someone's head as a weapon, if you so wish.

The more you murder, the more cynical the world around you gets, and the more of an impact you'll have on the streets. This isn't going to be to everyone's tastes, but it means you get to experience more of the world around you - there's still a place for that low chaos 'ghost' run, after all, it's just… why not try chopping some folks up once in awhile? You can see the impact you're having on the world, and it's a lot less stress to just lop the head off someone threatening to raise the alarm or decapitating a clockwork soldier in time to see it turn on its colleagues in a murderous rampage.

I'm having a lot of fun playing Dishonored 2 as a vengeful Emily Kaldwin, killing those responsible for my predicament. If trying to play it stealth isn't quite working out for you, why not cut loose?

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Hustler 25th November 2016, 14:30 Quote
Playing games in 'Stealth mode' bores me to tears TBH, it's just too much trial & error repeating yourself.

Just started Deus Ex Mankind Divided and within 10 minutes of starting my MDK total was already well into double figures :)

If you're going to do games stealthily then do it on a second play through, not the first.
goldstar0011 25th November 2016, 14:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by Hustler
Playing games in 'Stealth mode' bores me to tears TBH, it's just too much trial & error repeating yourself.

If you're going to do games stealthily then do it on a second play through, not the first.

I've never been able to play stealth, I don't have the patience, Assassins Creed was a test! I usually had to go on a killing spree after a while.

Although, I'm due to play Alien Isolation, I love the franchise so this might be worth the stealth needed
Omnislip 25th November 2016, 14:59 Quote
Stealth can be wonderful and full of tension (VR will work particularly well with these games) but it's madness in this game - you have to deliberately avoid most of the game's designed features if you commit fully to this path!
supermuchurios 25th November 2016, 15:38 Quote
I am playing Deus Ex in stealth mode and it is massively more enjoyable.
I play Doom if I want to blam things in the face.
supermuchurios 25th November 2016, 15:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by goldstar0011
I've never been able to play stealth, I don't have the patience, Assassins Creed was a test! I usually had to go on a killing spree after a while.

Although, I'm due to play Alien Isolation, I love the franchise so this might be worth the stealth needed

You HAVE to play by stealth otherwise you will get munched by the alien...a lot.
Paradigm Shifter 27th November 2016, 10:55 Quote
I don't think I've actually completed a high chaos run in Dishonored. I seem to get about the same distance in each time since my second run through and lose interest.
GravitySmacked 27th November 2016, 12:47 Quote
I'm not a big stealth player, quite the opposite in fact, but Dishonored (and Deus Ex) are so much fun playing stealthily. I love sitting above unsuspecting guards and silently plotting my next move :) It just seems wrong to go in runing and gunning.
liratheal 27th November 2016, 14:39 Quote
I've tried on several occasions to play a stealth run of Dishonored. I always drop the ball at a random point, and lose the will to carry on. I think the last time I made it to the bridge section before I cocked up and stopped.
Speed 27th November 2016, 20:56 Quote
I always play games like this with at least two runs going to the extremes of each. First time usually go in and kill everything, have fun, second run I do a no kill stealth run. Keeps things interesting.
matt... 27th November 2016, 22:28 Quote
Who says high chaos and stealth cant work hand in hand - I loved finding fun ways to kill rooms of people and have their corpses turn to ash in the original game with Shadow Kill II
XXAOSICXX 28th November 2016, 12:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by matt...
Who says high chaos and stealth cant work hand in hand - I loved finding fun ways to kill rooms of people and have their corpses turn to ash in the original game with Shadow Kill II

Exactly this. Everybody dead, with no alarms raised. My play-style :)
cjmUK 1st December 2016, 14:02 Quote
I'm a natural stealther, but one blessed with little patience. Consequently, I sneak by default, but throw in the odd bloodbath along the way when I need to.

Don't have Dis2 yet, but when I do, I'll revert to type. I'll sneak where I can, but I won't get caught up repeating the same section 47 times looking for perfection.

Consequently, I benefit greatly from NPCs lack of longer-term memory. Sure they'll be on alert fro a minute or two after a major dust-up, but they'll soon forget when I fade back into the shadows.
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