TOP TEN SNEAKY RASCALS
You never know who could creep up behind you, which is extra terrible if it’s any of these stealthy characters Daniella Lucas
10 Styx Shards Of Darkness Being silently stalked is never going to be someone’s idea of a fun time, but being followed by a sarcastic little goblin feels particularly awful. He may be small, but that won’t stop Styx from sneaking up behind you and punting you off a ledge or slitting your throat. He also likes to tamper with stuff – think you’ll be safe if you sound the alarm? Nope, think again – it’ll probably fall and crush you as he’ll have already paid it a visit. You’re best off quietly hiding in a box somewhere, ignoring your guard duty and having a nap. He can’t kill you if you don’t take part. Also, avoid drinking any open beverages – there’s a good chance he’s poisoned it with his own vomit. Mmmm delicious, thanks Styx.
9.Malaise Sniper Elite If you need to get a job done you should hire a professional, especially if it involves quietly dispatching Nazis from a distance. If you’re unlucky enough to be one of Karl’s targets it’ll be too late to be aware of it, you’ll be a crumpled heap dying of a gunshot wound to the gonads in no time. He’s not a Sniper Elite for nothing. Even if he runs out of bullets he’ll still come for you with force, opting for an upclose and personal touch that will still leave you with organs ineffective for living. It’s not just people he deals with though, he’s also great at sneaking into places to sabotage them for other purposes. Truly a multi-talented rascal.
8.Mimic PRey What’s worse than having someone come after you? Having something come after you. The worst thing about the mimic is that you’ll never even know what it is that will do you in. Capable of shape-shifting into anything, you could be undone by something obvious like a turret in your space science lab, but you could also be enjoying a cup of coffee at home when the mug in your hand dissipates into a mass of black smoke and suffocates you where you sit. It’s the perfect sneaking creature for this reason: death can take literally any shape in the Prey universe – don’t trust anything, especially in your kitchen.
7.Emily Kaldwin Dishonored 2 Easy to overlook, as who expects a head of state to be an expert at assassination and stealth, but that’s part of Emily’s subterfuge – you’ll never expect her to come for you with a plague of rats in the night. She’s skilled with both blades and pistols, but also has an arsenal of supernatural abilities at her disposal that she can deftly weave together to bring you into her grasp with ease. There is no escape from someone who can pull you towards them like a yo-yo for an efficient dispatch. You could be in a completely different building, minding your own business and still find yourself being forced through a window to your doom. Using skills over distance is next-level sneaking.
6.Kassandra Asassin’s Creed Odyssey All assassins are stealthy by nature – it’s part of the job description – though none are quite as proficient as Kassandra. Not only is she a skilled fighter who is proficient in multiple disciplines, she’s also incredibly charming. You’d never expect someone who walks right up to your face for a chat to be stealthy, but that’s also what makes that kind of approach effective – watch for a hidden blade to the gut while she’s smiling pleasantly at you. She’ll even sneak her way into your heart with her flirting skills if you’re not careful. You can’t defend yourself from someone who can entwine themselves with your love life. At least you know she’ll probably put you down quickly and gently if you ever cross her, though. 5.Batman Arkham series This is probably only a worry if you’re a supervillain or an unspecified goon that likes to hang out in abandoned warehouses at night – but there is no escaping the Dark Knight. Not only is Batman a master of shadow and stealth, he’s got an insane array of gadgets to help him take on even the most labyrinthlike of hideouts: foaming explosives to create new wall entrances or to create distractions before dropping from the ceiling, batarangs to hit distant targets, and smoke pellets to hide his escape. At least because of his one rule you know he’ll never kill you, but suffering multiple broken bones then being tied up for someone else to find your injured body doesn’t seem like the best way to spend an evening. 4.Sam Fisher Splinter Cell A true giant and hero of the stealth genre – skulking wouldn’t be as big as it is today without the influence of Sam Fisher in SplinterCell way back in 2002 on the original Xbox. With his iconic green night-vision goggles he’s a true professional sneak trusted with matters of national security. There’s nowhere he can’t break into by taking advantage of dark spots and ventilation shafts – bad news if you work for a secret government facility. Even if you’re just the guy making coffees for everyone, pass down the wrong hallway while Fisher is out prowling and you’re as good as dead. He’s also aged like a fine wine over the years, and his skills have matured. Here’s hoping the rumours that he’ll star in a new game soon are true. 3.Big Boss Metal Gear Solid series The other big, influential name in the world of stealth games, Big Boss, made the world aware of how much fun tricking guards is and how compelling uncovering double-crosses can be. There’s no secret plot he can’t uncover so don’t even think about lying about breaking your diet the other week by eating three CalorieMate bars at once. He’s so sneaky he even made someone else believe he was him with a lot of plastic surgery and mental reprogramming in order to keep his true identity and motives under wraps in MGSV. It’s impossible to outmanoeuvre a man with so many stealth-trained clones, body doubles and aliases… unless you’re one of those said clones of course.
2.Agent 47 Hitman Bold and bald, and the ultimate assassin capable of blending in anywhere, be that on a high-fashion runway among supermodels or a drugcartel infested jungle in Colombia. He can also turn anything into a weapon, and we mean anything. Guns of course, but also golf clubs, syringes, meat hooks, pool cues, and, uh, fish. If things don’t go to plan he’ll improvise on the spot, adapting his strategy to sneak around and find his target. It’s impossible for him to botch a mission as he’s so adept at thinking on the fly to get the job done. Like the Terminator, he won’t ever stop coming for you. He also gets bonus points for having a new adventure out this year. 1.Alien Alien: Isolation This is literally the worst thing you could possibly have following you. Powerful and quiet with cat-like reflexes, a barbed tail and acidic blood, it’s a nasty creature that will kill you in seconds if it finds you. You’ll have to be sneaky yourself if you want to avoid its gaze, but hiding and running won’t be enough. This Alien is also incredibly smart and will learn from your actions – think you’re safe hiding in lockers? Think again. Eventually the Alien will learn your preferences and start checking lockers for you. You’ll constantly have to mix things up to avoid it. But the worst part is you can’t even predict where it might be – its movements are entirely random. You might go ages without seeing it, or it might closely stalk you the entire time you’re on the Sevastopol. It’s the ultimate sneaky rascal in all of gaming: nothing is as intense as trying to escape its terrible influence.
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