The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time

Although the very best stealth games may never be as popular as shooters, action adventures, or sports games, it’s home to some of the most immersive, inventive, and smartest storylines on the market. They also often feature exquisite game design and expansive levels.

With so many good titles on the market, we’ve decided to look at some of the best titles the genre has to offer. 

Whether it’s an assassin sneaking in the dark, waiting for the perfect time to pounce, or a soldier needing utmost stealth to get out of a hairy situation, stealth games have it all. So, let’s look at some of the best stealth games of all time. 

Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

When it comes to stealth games, there is no bigger franchise than Metal Gear Solid. Although the first installment in the series is worth your while, it is a generation behind. With the latest installment, though, the developers took the franchise to a new level.

In the game, you play as Naked Snake, who is deep behind enemy lines in a jungle filled with crocodiles, snakes, and bats. To survive, you must sneak around the jungle to get out. 

Arguably the best feature of the game, its camouflage system requires you to dress differently based on the environment, So, in grass, you need to dress in camo. Likewise in the dark, night camo will protect you.

This requires some experimentation to get right, but ultimately contributes to the excitement of the game. 

Hitman 3

The Hitman franchise is well-loved in stealth gaming circles. First launched in 2000, it has spawned no less than 10 sequels and spinoffs. However, the latest entry, Hitman 3, takes its immersion and gaming to a new level. But why? For one, when playing the game, you’ll need to navigate many large-scale levels that consist of multiple floors in a variety of real-world locations like Dubai or England. 

In every stage, you’ll need to eliminate at least one target. And this is where the excitement comes in because, how you do this, is totally up to you. 

So, you can totally disregard security, stealth, or discretion and go in all guns blazing. Or it’s even possible for you to stage the scene so that it looks like an accident. The possibilities are basically endless. 

This, ultimately, means that the game has almost endless replayability because you’ll be able to experiment with the various ways to complete each of your objectives. 

And don’t forget about its design. It’s exquisite, with very few other games that can match it.

Dishonored 2 

Dishonored 2 may well be one of the most underrated stealth games in recent times. In the game, you can play with either of the main characters, Emily and her father Corvo. 

Each of them has their own unique abilities you can use in the game. You’ll also have the option of getting through the game by using stealth or not. This allows for a fair amount of experimentation to find the best way through or find out what the abilities of each character are.

One of the best aspects of Dishonored 2, though, is the dense, wonderfully crafted, levels. Like many other stealth games, it has massive levels that you can navigate, each offering various ways for you to get through. This means you can explore to your heart’s content to see every detail part of every level.

Ultimately, Dishonored 2 rewards experimentation, and if you take your time in finding the best ways through, you’ll have a lot of fun.

The Last of Us Part II

Although The Last of Us Part II isn’t primarily a stealth game, it does require you to sneak around quite often. It’s a survival horror game, and as is the case with many of these titles, you’ll often be low on supplies, and you’ll need to avoid being seen to preserve ammo. 

In the game, you can play as one of several characters through various expansive levels which elaborates on the story of the first game. This in itself adds to the replayability of the game. 

While The Last of Us Part II may possibly be the greatest game to ever feature on PlayStation 4, it has some shortcomings. Because of its lack of a robust stealth system, it falls short of other titles that have a heavier focus on stealth gameplay.

Conclusion

There you go, if you’ve ever wondered what the best stealth games are, you now know. The only thing left to do is for you to dig in and start playing. 

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