I had fun with an extended ‘stealthy’ quest area, the Hatching Pools in Shadowfen in Elder Scrolls Online. As well as the main zone quest that took me to the area, there were a few side quests to do. Like other areas in the game, in Hatching Pools there’s a disguise that your character can wear to turn most mobs neutral (to avoid having to fight them).
The tigers in the area remain hostile, so there’s enough of a threat to make the area interesting to navigate. Jumping over corners to get up stairs or wall-walking without setting of a tiger guard became quite the thing.
In contrast to stealth gameplay, I find ‘disguised’ gameplay is more relaxed and better paced (since stealth is slower movement). I could I suppose have just as easily brute-forced my way through the area by fighting everything, but I prefer to have a change of pace on occasion from slaughtering all the mobs.
It’s especially nice in ESO when you need to take time out of fighting-all-the-things in a hostile to read the many books and quest-related texts – having a pause in the action makes it more enjoyable to read these.
What about you readers, do you like the use of disguises in MMORPG content?