Review: Stealth Inc: A Clone In The Dark Ultimate Edition PS4

Stealth games are awesome. Hiding from The Man, skulking in shadows, the thrill of unseen infiltration. But why do they have to be so… slow? Stealth Inc. is a fast-paced stealth platformer featuring brutal hazards, ruthless enemies, fiendish puzzles and red pixels galore. Armed with only your wits and a pair of top of the range Stealthing Goggles, it’s your job to sneak your way through a deadly facility that’s determined to extinguish your fragile little life. With no weapons and no armour, being seen means instant death.

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Pros:

  • Lovely graphics that look even better on the big screen, Excellent lighting effects coupled with some really detailed animations. The update on PS4 looks a lot better which is surprising only because it look brilliant in the first place.
  • puzzle platformer with a insta kill mechanic. Guide your character through ever increasing levels of difficulty. Avoid being seen by the security cameras and find the exit.
  • All levels are timed and is only used for leader board purposes.
  • Over 60 levels in the base game. The game is made up of 8 areas with 8 levels within each, 7 actual levels and the final one being a boss.
  • PS4 comes bundled with all DLC released for the game so you now get even more content for your money.
  • Unlock new costumes/abilities that can make subsequent playthrough’s easier and allow you to tackle levels in new and varied ways.
  • Epic boss battles that do nothing except ramp up the pressure and joy from playing the game.
  • Clear indication of how well your hidden, Both written on screen with your status and of course the goggles. The goggles will go red when your visible and green when your in a safe place, usually shadows.
  • Leaderboard support. Can be filtered by friends and the world and can be split into types: with equipment (upgrades/new costumes) and without equipment.
  • Catchy techno inspired soundtrack that add to the drama and is a good fit for the game. Listening to it through headphones on the Vita is the best way to experience it.
  • You get a set number of tokens which can be used to skip levels you may get stuck on, ensuring your playthrough is uninterrupted.
  • The game is fun as much as it is hard. It will have you pulling your hair out one minute, and laughing the next.
  • Hidden collectibles called Helices are scattered through out the game and are in some really clever places. Explore the levels carefully and pay attention.
  • Addictive gameplay that brings the “one more go” ethos to the forefront of this experience.
  • Completing levels gives you a rank at the end that is based on times spotted,deaths and completion time. Ranks are on a S,A,B,C,D system with S being the best.
  • Has a full on level editor/creator with some powerful tools at your disposal. Make huge sprawling levels to tight enclosed mini levels. Your only limitation is your creative mind.

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Cons:

  • The game can and will make you feel stupid at times.
  • The music choice is not to everyones taste.
  • Not a quick trophy chasing game. Prepare for the long haul.
  • They changed the name from Stealth Bastard which although is understandable, It kind of detracts from the name.
  • Its the same base game as Stealth Bastard Deluxe which is avaible for a lot cheaper on PC.
  • You cannot upload or download user created levels which feels like a missed trick.
  • Unlocked equipment/costumes can only be used on the level they were unlocked in.
  • No cross buy with previous versions but they do add DLC but it will still sting a bit.

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In Summary, The PS4 version proves again that games that look really good on the Vita screen, But can still be improved for the big screen. Using the DS4 is nice and really responsive. Would of liked to see some sort of discount for owners of the previous versions but having all DLC bundled in takes the edge off some what. Unless of course you already own the DLC. Being able to record gameplay and Twitch streaming help newer players alot, In other words, These features allow more how to videos to be made! Overall if you havent played the game yet then this is a good version but lack of Vita cross buy may put you off. Depending on your system ownage (new word) depends which version will suit you better.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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