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I've been playing through the game for the first time, and restarting the level when I get "detected." I'm not actually seeing any reason to do this, I just had the impression that being detected equals some kind of failure, and warrants a restart. Am I wasting my time? More importantly, is there some kind of fun I'm missing out on?

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Not being detected just makes you feel like a complete badass when finishing a mission. – Marco Geertsma May 2 '13 at 12:16
There are some game modes where detection equals failure, but for the most part it's just way more fun to do an entire mission, killing everyone, undetected. – SaintWacko May 2 '13 at 14:28
Should play Deus Ex : HR.. there you get an achievement for it :P – user28015 May 2 '13 at 15:33

Apart from a few PEC challenges and the added challenge/satisfaction of completing a mission without being detected, you are not missing out on anything.

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If you have to go undetected, it will be made clear to you as a failure condition, but this is on a per mission basis. – NiteCyper May 2 '13 at 16:01
Cool. I think, for whatever reason (maybe a Let's Play I saw or something), I thought going undetected was something like Silent Assassin in Hitman, where it was somewhat more a core part of the gameplay. – Pete Rockwell May 3 '13 at 3:29
If only it was. – kotekzot May 3 '13 at 6:29

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