Best stealth games ever, ranked

With stealth games, players have to rely on more than just agility and shooting accuracy to reach undiscovered levels. It takes careful planning and resourcefulness to figure out the optimal path that will avoid enemy patrols, security cameras, and other traps.

If you want to test your mettle and see if you have what it takes to be a real stealth ninja, try any of these top rated titles:

15. Tomb Raider

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The first stealth game on our list is the 1996 game Tomb Raider. In this game, players take on the role of Lara Croft, an archaeologist who must use her wits and agility to navigate dangerous tombs and ruins. The game has been praised for its innovative gameplay mechanics and immersive graphics, and is often considered as one of the best games ever made.

14. Aragami

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In Aragami, the player controls an undead assassin with the ability to control shadows. The objective of the game is to infiltrate different strongholds and eliminate specific targets. It features an open world environment and allows the player to deal with situations in multiple ways. The stealth mechanics are heavily influenced by the Ninja Gaiden and Metal Gear Solid series.

13. The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay

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Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay is set in the year 2547 and follows Richard P. Riddick as he attempts to escape from a maximum security prison known as Butcher Bay. The game features a number of stealth gameplay elements, such as the ability to see in the dark and the use of air vents to move around without being detected. It also features a number of action-oriented gameplay elements, such as hand-to-hand combat and gunplay.

12. Invisible, Inc.

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In this game, the player controls a team of spies who must complete missions while avoiding detection by enemy forces. It features multiple difficulty levels, branching stories, and a variety of unlockable characters. Invisible, Inc. received It received positive reviews from critics, praising the gameplay and stealth mechanics. However, the downside is the high difficulty level, which may be frustrating for some players.

11. The Last of Us Part Two

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The Last of Us Part II features some of the most intense and exciting stealth gameplay we’ve ever seen, as players have to carefully plan and execute their every move in order to make it through each encounter alive. It lacks replayability, but still the game is an absolute must for any fan of the stealth genre.

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10. Alien: Solitude

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Based on the bizarre sci-fi horror series, the game follows Amanda Ripley, daughter of Ellen Ripley, as she explores a space station in an effort to find her mother. The player must use stealth to avoid enemies, using techniques such as hiding under beds or inside cupboards and avoiding line of sight with security cameras and motion trackers.

One of the best features of the game is the excellent sound design that allows you to hear the aliens as they move across the station, giving you a real sense of dread and danger. On the other hand, its visual design isn’t quite as impressive, but it still looks good enough that it doesn’t detract from the game.

9. Shadow Tactics: Shogun’s Blades

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Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is a tactical stealth game set in Japan during the Edo period. The player controls a group of five ninjas with different skills and must use them to complete missions while avoiding detection. Its best feature is its complex level design, which allows for a great variety of styles and solutions. On the other hand, it lacks a coherent storyline.

8. Assassin’s Creed

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Assassin’s Creed is a series of stealth games that follows the lives and times of Altair Ibn-La’Ahad, Ezio Auditore dairenze, Connor Kenway, and Desmond Miles. It is known for its historical settings, open world exploration, and parkour gameplay. The player takes on the role of an assassin who must complete the tasks assigned to them by different historical figures. The games are set in the 12th, 15th, and 18th centuries, respectively. Each of them offers different stealth gameplay that is unique to their time period.

One downside to the series is that it has become increasingly more action-oriented as it has progressed. This has led to some fans feeling matches have lost their way. Despite this, Assassin’s Creed games are still some of the best stealth games you can play.

7. The Ninja Tag

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Mark of the Ninja follows the story of a ninja named Kiryu who, after being betrayed and left for dead, must take revenge on those who wronged him. It comes in seventh place because its mechanics focus heavily on stealth, with players able to use the environment to their advantage. or example, they can use shadows to remain hidden and they can use sound to lure enemies into traps. This can lead to some very tense moments, as one wrong move can mean you’re discovered and killed.

6. Thief: The Dark Project

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Released in 1998, Thief: The Dark Project is a stealth game set in a steampunk universe where the player takes on the role of Garrett, a master thief. The game is developed by Looking Glass Studios and published by Eidos Interactive.

Thief: The Dark Project is considered one of the best stealth games ever made and has been credited with popularizing the stealth game genre. The game mechanics and level design encourage players to avoid combat and instead focus on sneaking around without being detected. The game’s soundtrack also contributes to the suspenseful atmosphere, making it one of the most immersive hack-and-slash experiences.

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5. Deus Ex: Humans Divided

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Set in a cyberpunk world where technology has advanced to the point of creating powerful cyborgs called “augs,” Deus Ex: Mankind Divided casts you as Adam Jensen, who works with an international task force called Interpol. The game’s central plot revolves around the conflict between the Mugs and the Unworldly, and how Jensen gets caught up in the middle of it.

Mankind Divided has excellent design and stealth mechanics. The game gives you plenty of options to complete the missions, and it is up to you to decide how you want to approach each one. You can go guns blazing, or you can take a stealth approach and try to avoid combat altogether. There are also several different types of boosts that you can use to help you complete missions in different ways.

4. The Killer 3

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The third and final installment in the World of Assassination trilogy, Hitman 3 is the culmination of everything IO Interactive has learned about what makes a great stealth game over the years. Whereas its predecessors gave you a plethora of options to eliminate your targets, Hitman 3 goes one step further by giving you a full sandbox to play in. Each level is full of creative killing opportunities, whether it’s poisoning a drink, sabotaging a power line, or simply shooting your target with a sniper rifle from afar.

And if you’re looking for a challenge, the new Escalation mode will put your stealth skills to the test by requiring you to take down targets in increasingly difficult scenarios. Hitman 3 is the perfect stealth game for those who like to plan killings down to the last detail.

3. Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory

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The story of the game follows Samisher as he tries to stop a group of terrorists from starting a world war. The gameplay in Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory is based on stealth and Samisher has a variety of abilities that help him stay hidden from enemies. These abilities include the ability to see in the dark, use laser tripwires, and use noise-making devices.

Players have to be careful when they are playing against enemies who can easily spot Samisher if he is careless. The game also contains a variety of different types of enemies, each with its own unique abilities that players must learn to face.

2. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

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Nine years after the events of MGSV: Ground Zeroes and the fall of Mother Base, Snake aka Big Boss awakens from a nine-year coma in a hospital in Cyprus. He set out to rebuild his own army, the Diamond Dogs, and take revenge on the people who destroyed him.

In Metal Gear Solid V, you can use your environment to your advantage, using cover and hiding to stay undetected. There are also a variety of ways to get rid of enemies, from silent takedowns to all-out gunfights.

1. The insult 2

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Dishonored 2 ranks first on our list of the best stealth games of all time. In the sequel, you can once again take control of Corvo Attano or Emily Kaldwin, both powerful killers with a unique set of skills and abilities. The game takes place in the fictional city of Karnaca, and your goal is to overthrow the tyrannical ruler, Duke Luca Abel.

To do this, you will have to make use of all your stealth skills, as well as your creative thinking, to complete a variety of missions that will eventually lead to your goal. The game is incredibly rewarding and allows for a great deal of player choice and freedom. Whether you want to take a stealth approach or go all guns blazing, Dishonored 2 has you covered.

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Best Stealth Games of all time, Ranked