Top 15 Ultimate Best Stealth Games

From the shadows!

Hiding in the shadows. Blending in with the crowd. Sneaking through alleys. Scaling rooftops. Striking unsuspecting enemies with surprise, or completing your mission without anyone ever knowing you were there. If you can say yes to any of these, you’re probably a stealth lover. Here are the 15 best stealth games of today.

15. A Plague Tale: Innocence

A Plague Tale: Innocence – 2018 E3 Trailer

1349. As the plague ravages the kingdom of France, you follow the grim tale of the young Amicia and her younger brother Hugo. Hunted by Inquisition soldiers, and surrounded by disease-riddled rats, the two siblings have to stick together to overcome the almost impossible odds stacked against them. Staying out of sight will be crucial. What makes A Plague tale: Innocence awesome:

  • Nerve-wracking stealth gameplay.
  • Deeply engaging storyline.
  • Fantastic atmosphere and voice-acting. 

All alone: Fight for your survival in a world full of diseases and enemies.

Through the darkness: You never know what lurks around the next corner.

14. Shadow Of The Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider TV Spot: Become the Tomb Raider [ESRB]

Experience the thrilling story of how Lara Croft became the well-known Tomb Raider. Living in the jungle you have to adapt to your environment, master crafting of essential equipment, and outsmart your enemies with what nature provides you if you wish to stay alive. Discover forgotten ruins, tombs, and underwater caves in an engaging story by Square Enix. What makes Shadow Of The Tomb Raider awesome:

  • 3rd person, action-adventure with a huge world to explore.
  • Use nature to your advantage. Hide in trees, bushes, and even mud. 
  • Beautiful graphics and scenery.

 

Hit and run: Strike down your unexpecting foes with guerilla warfare. 

Amazing view: The game is packed with breathtakingly gorgeous mountain formations, colorful dense jungles, and mysterious underwater caves.

13. Sekiro™: Shadows Die Twice

SEKIRO: SHADOWS DIE TWICE TGS Trailer【2018 TGS】

By the developers of Dark Souls comes another take on the brutal fighting system that made FromSoftware so famous in the game industry. SEKIRO revolves around a shinobi known as the “one-armed wolf”. Trying to save the lord he swore to protect, he has to navigate a world filled with demons, monsters,  and enemies with nothing but hatred for him. What makes Sekiro™: Shadows Die Twice awesome:

  • Sharp, precise sword-fighting mechanics.
  • Dispatch enemies quickly and silently through stealth takedowns. 
  • Face off against horrific demons and giant monsters from ungodly worlds. 

Resolute: Strike fear into the heart of your enemies as you hit them from the shadows.

Fearless: Stand your ground against the demons and monsters trying to stop you from honoring your promise as a shinobi.

12. Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist

Splinter Cell Blacklist | World Premiere Trailer [NORTH AMERICA]

Splinter Cell, a franchise well-known for emphasizing stealth-gameplay. Blacklist takes this to a new level, streamlining the choices within the game for the player. Are you a ghost, slipping by enemies unnoticed? Are you an assaulter, blowing up, and killing everything in your path to complete the objective? Or are you a panther, a silent assassin who kills in the most careful and elaborate way? The choice is yours. What makes Splinter Cell Blacklist awesome:

  • Dictate your own approach and the game will reward you for it.
  • Coop with a friend gives the game a much deeper sense of teamwork.
  • The famous game-mode Spies Versus Mercs return in multiplayer.

Pick your play: Complete a mission however you want. Guns blazing or silent like the night.

Helping hand: Bring in a friend for a solid stealth or action experience.

11. Assassin's Creed® Syndicate

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate E3 Cinematic Trailer [EUROPE]

As a young and upcoming assassin, you strive to establish yourself as a gang leader of a syndicate, bringing together London’s underground by rallying rival gangs. Living in the heart of London during the industrial revolution, your end goal is to take the fight to the Templars who have seized control of the capital. What makes Assassin's Creed® Syndicate awesome:

  • A vast open world riddled with historical figures like Darwin and Dickens.
  • Newly updated, dynamic fighting system and an expanded arsenal of weapons.
  • Well-executed free-running lets you traverse the city like never before.

Hay there: Use any means necessary to take out your enemies

Creating an entourage: Free, help or threaten people to join your Syndicate.

10. Hitman 2

HITMAN 2 Announce Trailer

You are “47”. The most lethal assassin in the world. Your skills and competences in terms of murder our second to none. Through dozens of intricately complex missions, you are left with an unprecedented amount of freedom, left to approach every target in the game target almost exactly how you want to. How you take them down, is completely up to you.
What makes Hitman 2 awesome:

  • A game that plays out like spy-thriller, with you as the protagonist.
  • Amazing AI that keeps you on your toes at every step.
  • Dozens, if not hundreds, of ways to eliminate every target.

Silently: Do you take out your target in a quiet, surgical manner?

Target down: Or do you go on a rampage, tearing down everything in your path?

9. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN | E3 2015 Trailer [Long] (US)

From Konami comes a game from a series that needs no introduction. A series I have devoted countless hours, and most of my teen-years to. Metal Gear Solid V takes the linear experience of the previous games and introduces them to an open world environment. Almost everything is customizable now, from your outfit to your equipment, arsenal, transportation, and even your sidekick. What makes Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain awesome:

  • Satisfying grind for completing every mission on an S ranking.
  • Endless and endless unlocks.
  • The open-world lets you sneak, blast and bomb your way through every mission.

Mine now: Sneak in behind enemy lines and steal their equipment (or personnel) and use them for your own gains.

Got your back: MGS V introduces a partner system, allowing you to bring along a trusty sidekick who each will aid you in numerous ways.

8. Mark of the Ninja

Mark of the Ninja: Remastered Launch Trailer (Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, Steam)

This is an underrated gem, hidden in the sand. A lot of people dismiss this game because of its 2D style. But I urge you to reconsider! Mark of the Ninja is an absolutely brilliant game that allows the player to live out their inner ninja, owning darkness and shadows. Outsmarting guards, letting them kill their own friends in a panic, or cleverly subverting their attention before striking them down is so immensely satisfying! What makes Mark of the Ninja awesome:

  • Grants you the possibility to be a shadow or a lethal killing machine.
  • Extremely diverse opportunities for deceit and murder.
  • Smooth and fluid control lets you dance through the darkness.

Set yourself up: Chose your approach, equipment and let the fun begin.

Say goodnight: Doing lethal takedowns has never been more satisfying.

7. Dishonored

Dishonored - Debut Trailer

With a trailer that took the world by force, Dishonored is a well-known, well-liked, first-person, stealth-action game. With deep mechanics allowing for several playstyles, whether it is mobile, lethal, sneaky or explosive, the game provides the player with not only choices in terms of personal skills, but also the route they choose to approach (and exit) a mission. What makes Dishonored awesome:

  • Satisfying spell and weapons.
  • Limitless possibilities in terms of completing missions. 
  • Beautiful graphics accompany a compelling story.

Through the flames and fire: Master a wide variety of spells and abilities to take on your foes.

Gotcha: Strike from the darkness with arrows, knives, guns or even magic.

6. Aragami

Aragami - Shadow Techniques Gameplay

Running on the Unity engine, created with a gorgeous palette of colors, Aragami is a third-person stealth game. You take control of a ninja who is able to manipulate shadows. Like other games on the list, you can choose whether to your abilities with full lethality or if you want to remain a ghost, hidden in the dark, never to be seen. What makes Aragami awesome:

  • Master shadows, manipulating them at your will.
  • Unique graphics and art style. 
  • Atmospheric music. 

From the darkness: Master the ability to strike from the shadows, with monsters from other worlds helping you take down your foes.

In the shadows: Or use your ability to manipulate darkness to fool and deceive, never allowing the enemy to lay their eyes on you. 

5. Batman: Arkham series

Batman: Arkham City Gameplay (PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii)

Known for breaking grounds in terms of game mechanics, namely crowd-fighting dynamics and stealth. Batman Arkham City is widely regarded as the best game of series, taking the player into an open-world with access to Gotham City. Being the Batman himself, the player can use stealth, fear, and intimidation to their advantage in the fight against crime.
What makes Batman: Arkham series awesome:

  • Brutally satisfying and addictive chain-combo, crowd-fighting, game mechanics.
  • Enough gadgets and equipment to maintain a small army.
  • You’re Batman. Come on?

 

Wombo combo: Chain together multiple hits between bad guys as you take them down in style.
 

Swift justice: Strike fear into the heart of the crooks roaming Gotham City.

4. Dead By Daylight

Dead by Daylight | Launch Trailer

Playing out like the cult-classic the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Dead By Daylight provides intense scares for you and your friends. Either, you are an unlucky guy, caught in the sights of a merciless killer, OR, you are said killer, looking for the previously mentioned unlucky guy. Guess what happens if the two were to suddenly meet? What makes Dead By Daylight awesome:

  • Agonizing hide and seek gameplay.
  • Getting chased by the killer is absolutely terrifying. 
  • Catching one of those pesky survivors is immensely satisfying. 

 

Cat and mouse: Stay well out of sight of the killer.
 

Hooked on terror: Otherwise, you might end up in pieces.

3. Alien: Isolation

Alien: Isolation Official Announcement Gameplay Trailer -- "Transmission" [US]

One of my personal favorites. Taking place in the universe of Ridley Scott that many science fiction lovers absolutely adore. But, besides that, at the core, it is a well-polished and deeply intriguing survival game. You play as Ripley, doing your best to survive on a space station, as a terrifying monster stalks your every move. Hopefully, you can make it off the station in one piece. On a closing note, if you’ve ever seen the original movie, the first Alien, then this trailer will make your blood run cold. What makes Alien Isolation awesome:

  • Fantastic and terrifying stealth/survival gameplay. 
  • Impressively immersive. Never trust an empty hallway. 
  • Beautiful graphics and detailed models.

 

Scan all frequencies: Keep your eyes on the motion detector, but don’t get too comfortable with it - the Alien can hear it. 

Not this time: Trick the Alien by throwing noise-makers and give yourself enough time to run away. 

2. The Saboteur

Saboteur [Trailer / 2009] E3

You are Sean Devlin, an Irish resistance member in occupied France. With a stern determination, you embark on a journey to push out the nazi forces. Only by inspiring the regular people, by disrupting the German war machine, can you turn the tides and finally give France its independence. 
What makes The Saboteur awesome:

  • RPG-like upgrades of skills and equipment.
  • Satisfying sniper combat.
  • Disguise yourself as a nazi to infiltrate the enemy.

 

On top of things: Take to the rooftops to stay out of sight of the Germans.
 

Keen eye: And then strike them from afar, hitting previously placed dynamite to take out multiple people with a single shot. 
 

1. Thief Simulator

Thief Simulator - Official Trailer

A viral sensation sweeping across the internet, Thief Simulator puts you in the shoes of a regular, every-day thief. Your mission is to break into peoples houses and ruin their day by stealing everything of value they possess. This means circumventing security guards, security systems, unlocking doors, windows and much more. What makes Thief Simulator awesome:

  • Deeply immersive stealth and stealing gameplay.
  • Getaway with your stolen goods is highly satisfying.
  • Has an unbelievable amount of replayability. 

Learn to share: Break into houses using your skills and abilities to get the big money.

Career move: Level up your skills to be able to take on even bigger heists.

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