Review: Stealth Inc. Ultimate Edition (PS4)
Content Warning: There is some blood when your clone dies but nothing else of note.
Stealth Inc is another game ported from PS3 to the PS4 but this version comes with the two DLC’s (The Teleport Chambers and The Lost Clones). I had admittedly never heard of it before but it intrigued me like not many indie games do.
The objective of Stealth Inc is quite simple… Get to the exit. With such a simple premise means that actually accomplishing your goal will be more and more tough as the game progresses. In the beginning it starts simply enough, but after only a few levels you will really need to use your head to get past all of the devious traps that stand between you and the exit. The game really shines when you have those what the heck moments. Sometimes I would die and have no idea how to avoid seemingly certain death happening to me again. In Stealth Inc, shadows are your friend. The shadows keep you hidden and undetected. As long as you are hidden and undetected then a lot of traps will not be activated. Sometimes traps are just trial and error since to progress in some levels, you have to activate them yet avoid them at the same time. There is a true sense of accomplishment here when finally beating a level that has been kicking your butt over and over again. At the end of every level you are graded on how well you performed. The ranking structure is from S all the way down to D. The grade suffers from how long you take, how many times you die, and how many times you are spotted. I am glad they incorporated this element since it adds good replay value. Completing levels and getting good ranks unlocks more for your clone such as, camouflage, decoys, and more. There are also leaderboards for each level that show you who in the world has completed the same levels more quickly than anyone else. Also as an awesome bonus, there is a level editor available right away that you can use to frustrate yourself and friends with your clever level designs.
Graphics and Sound
Visually, Stealth Inc won’t do anything that could not of been done on a lesser console. However, the graphical style is done fairly well and never had me thinking that the game needed more polish. Everything you see and hear adds to the overall atmosphere of the game. You are in a research center that seems to be rooting you on but also laughing at you when you fail. It reminds me of Glados from Portal but not so much that it feels too familiar. Overall there isn’t much to say since the gameplay is clearly the star in this game.
Overall Stealth Inc is an awesome indie game that frustrates yet excites you as a gamer. If you fail then it is you that is failing, not bad controls. With so many levels (around 120 I believe) and re-playability, this game deserves your gaming dollar.
Review was completed on the PS4. Review copy provided by Curve Studios.
+ LOTS OF CONTENT
+ Level Designs
+ Level Editor
- Research center seems like a knock off of Glados