Gamers love to play games fromdifferent genres like racing, sports, first person shooter, role playing games, strategy, arcade, puzzle and many more. The one genre that makes every gamer sweat hard to progress to the next levelis the Stealth genre.In this genre, youre not aspace marine oran ex-cop firing upbulletsall around you. Instead, you must hold on to the shadows, watching your enemy movements and waiting for the right moment to strike. The fear of being caught with the thrill of the hunt, makes these games a tense experience.Its not all about firing bullets once you see your target, how to approach him? should be the first question in mind.These stealth games gives the players an extra dimension on how to approach the target,whether to sneak up behind enemies andtake them out with one hit orkill them silently without raising alarm. Also, there is the option where the players can entirely avoid enemies and complete the mission by moving from one point to another.Here, we have rated the best stealth video games released for all consoles. It is to be noted that only one game per series is taken into consideration, or else this whole list would be filled with eitherMetal Gear Solid or Splinter Cell or Hitman series.Honourable mentions to Batman series, Far Cry 3 and Assassin Creed series, even though they are not exclusively stealth basedgames,they offer as much as stealth as these listed games, but limited for certain missions.
#1 Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater tops the list in the best stealth video games released in all consoles. Metal Gear Solid series have always remained as a benchmark for all stealth based games, but this game in specific is unarguably the best game in the whole series. This game offersthe most complex, atmospheric and deep stealth compared to other games.
It is set in the Cold war era of Soviet Union, where the players take the role of Naked Snake, a FOX Operative who is sent to rescue theweapons designer, sabotage an experimental superweapon, and assassinate his former boss.MGS 3 was set in Jungle environment in wilderness, first in the series, instead of military buildings andhigh tech gadgets. The games issue is its very hard to playand the enemies are also tough in hard difficulty levels. Once spotted you have an extremely thin chance of escape.The story of the Snake Eater is told in cutscenes and in numerous radio conversations.
#2 Splinter Cell : Chaos Theory
Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory is widely regarded as the best game in the Splinter Cell series. Players take on role ofsuperspy Sam Fisher, who works for the covert-ops branch named Third Echelon. This game has adarker and anedgier plot than previous games. This game was the first to introduce theinnovative co-op campaign mode, that can be played along the main storyline, where two players plan the stealth tactics and progress through the story.
The game was notable for its dynamic lighting and an acclaimed soundtrack. In this game, the players aregiventhe choice to kill the victims theyinterrogate, rather than simply knocking them out. The game was critically acclaimed and garnered mostly positive reviews everywhere.
#3 Tenchu: Stealth Assassins
Tenchu : Stealth Assassins was released in 1998 for Playstation1. Tenchu was one of the first ninja games to incorporate stealth skill of ninjas. The game is set in feudal Japan, where the players take the roles of ninjas, who were themembers ofAzuma ninja clan. There are two playable characters in this game.These ninjas each have a grappling hook, which helps them to quickly reach the rooftops andrun along top of thebuildings to avoid contact.
The ninjascan sneak up behind enemies and slit their throats with their swords or engage them in open combat.This game might look old and rusty, but it washighly rated when it released.
#4 Hitman 2: Silent Assassin
Hitman series is famous for its protagonist Agent 47, who assassinates thetargets for money. Of all the five games released in this series, Hitman 2: Silent Assassinmade our list, becasue this game perfected the stealth gameplay. This game presented multiple opportunities or paths to complete each mission. Agent 47 can wear theoutfits he finds or recovers from his victims to dress-up and walk slowly or sneak past guards, though suspicion will be raised if he gets too close, or starts behaving inappropriately.
It was tough to choose between Hitman : Blood Money and this game, as Blood Money was similarly praised for its open-ended gameplay, but Silent Assassin demands a high level precision and planning which makes the player think of every possible move before executing.
Dishonored is a role playing stealth game, whichfeatures an engaging world, brilliant open level design, and a wide array of special powers and weapons.The players take the role ofCorvo Attano, bodyguard to the Empress of the Isles, who was framed for the empress death.Stealth is not the only way to play Dishonored, missions can be completed through either stealth orcombat or a combination of both. Exploring each level opens new paths and alternatives for accomplishing mission goals, and it is possible to complete all missions, eliminating all of Corvo's targets, in a non-lethal manner.
Dishonoredis equally satisfying played lethally and non-lethally, but the Chaos rating system which adjusts the number of enemies in the next level based on how many you killed in the previous level is an elegant refinement among many the game offers.
#6 Mark of the Ninja
Mark of the Ninja is a 2D platforming stelath based video game developed by Klei Entertainment. This game is theonly successful sidescrolling stealth games in history.The player is required to sneak through a series of environments while staying out of sight of guards and performing silent assassinations.The player adds up points for silent kills and sneaking past an enemy undetected and these points buy seals, which can be used to purchase extra skills.
Players take the role of an unnamedninjawith the goal of avenging his murderedclan.This ninja is extremely agile and can cling to walls or ceilings leading to multiple stealth approaches to complete theobjectives.You follow a strict ninja code the ninjas sword may only be used once per opponent: only to kill them.
#7 Thief - Deadly Shadows
Thief : Deadly Shadows is stealth video game developed by Ion Storm and released for Xbox and PC in 2004. Players take the role of Garrett, a master thief.This is the third game under the Thief series. It was very tough to choose between this game and Thief II : Metal Age, but this game offers more options in exploring the city and made the stealth nearly perfect when compared to earlier releases.
The lighting in the game is 100% dynamic and there are no ambient lighting systems.All the light comes from legit sources like fires, torches, electric lamps, the moon.The quality and reactions of light in the game made it look incredibly realistic to play.
The open-world levels comprised of several neighbourhoods of The City, which can beexplored forsmall side quests.You have to move from shadow to shadow andfind routes around the enemies to progress.
#8 Alpha Protocol
Alpha Protocol is a stealth based action role playing game developed by Obsidian Entertainment and published by Sega. Players control Michael Thorton, a CIA operative field agent who works for aservice called Alpha Protocol,established to perform covert operations that cannot be tracked backed to U.S. government. The game was well praised for its narrative and converstaion elements.
After the initial mission in Saudi Arabia, the game takes place in three locations,Rome, Moscow and Taipei, whichcan be played in any order and events that take place may influence interactions that occur other locations. The gamefeatures numerous NPC characters with whom Michaelinteracts and these conversations occur in real-time, giving the player a limited amount of time to respond at key "decision points" during dialogue. The decisions the players make in the conversations tend to affect the whole gameplay while progressing the missions. The game has two alternate endings, by either killingHenry Leland, President of Halbech and temporary commander of AP orhis former superior Yancy Westridge.
#9 Death to Spies
Death to Spies is a stealth third person shooter game produced by 1C Company and Haggard Games. The game was released in Steam on 2008. The game is set during the World War II, wherethe player is required to complete various tasks in enemy territory, such as killing targets and stealing documents. The players take the role of Semion Strogov,a captain in a Soviet counterintelligence company named SMERSH. The game is emphasized mainlyon stealth, as the player is greatly outnumbered by enemy personnel, and some missions will be failed if the alarm is raised.The game's missions are connected by cutscenes, taking place in 1951.
#10 Styx: Master of Shadows
Styx: Master of Shadowsis a stealth video game developed by Cyanide Studios and released for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The players take the role of the first Goblin, Styx, whowants to steal the heart of a World Tree, from thehuge and terrifying Tower of Akenash, where humans and elves hide and protect the tree. They very first of all Goblins, Styx isa master in the arts ofstealth,thievery, andmurder.
The player must keep fromshadow to shadow to survive inside the tower. The arcane abilities of the goblin can be used to escape from an area, like becoming invisible for a certian time and usingamber-vision to detect hidden foes inside the areas.Styx ability to clone himself through magical means offers opportunities forscouting without risk and creating a diversion. The players can assassinate the guards by many ways like luring him into secluded areas to assassinate or by arranging certain accidents.