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Low profile behaviours that include adopting a small soundprint.


Consequent Sound , Anticipation , Emotional Script .
Sound Suppressing , Sound Decoys , Eavesdropping .
Relates to:
Footsteps , Character Soundprint , Unaware NPC , Suspicious NPC , Seeking for PC .


Sound plays a special role in Stealth actions: the sound associated to the PC's actions is relevant for the gameplay (that means Consequent Sound), namely in terms of the reaction of the NPC. Games of the Stealth genre (or sub-genre) make an extensive use of such explorations.

Being able to perform Stealth actions implies that it is possible to adopt a low profile behaviour in order to avoid unwanted attention. That calls for a proper design of the Character's Soundprint, which, for instance, depends on the magnitude of the movements. Footsteps, in particular, are usually explored with that purpose.

Using modifiers to conceal the sound of the PC's actions (Sound Suppressing) may also be integrated as part of the gameplay.

Conversely, sound can also be used as tool to overcome opponents. Two examples are the use of Sound Decoys and Eavesdropping.

Ways to provide feedback to the player regarding the interest and state of awareness of the NPC towards the PC include designing explorations such as Unaware NPC, Suspicious NPC and Seeking for PC.

The nature of Stealth actions propitiates design opportunities in terms of the Emotional Script, such as the exploration of Anticipation.


Dead to Rights: Retribution:
Deadly Premonition:
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots:
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Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory:
Thief III: Deadly Shadows:
Papa Sangre:
Halo: Reach:

Additional Comments

Stevens, R., & Raybould, D. (2011, p. 122). The game audio tutorial a practical guide to creating and implementing sound and music for interactive games. Burlington, MA: Focal Press/Elesevier.