Stealth Games are a somewhat recent sub-genre, sometimes referred to as “sneakers” or “creepers” to contrast with the action-oriented “shooter” sub-genre. These games tend to emphasize subterfuge and precision strikes over the more overt mayhem of shooters. Most have first- or third-person shooter elements.
Here are the top 5 Stealth Games:
Thief: The Dark Project
Set in a medieval steampunk metropolis called the City, Thief follows Garrett, a master thief trained by a secret society, the Keepers. With two opposing religious orders known as the Pagans and the Order of the Hammer, or “Hammerites”, Garrett takes up missions that weave an epic story between them and the Keepers ultimately leading to personal sacrifice and revelations.
Thief was the first stealth game to use both light and sound as gameplay mechanics, and the first to always feature a first-person perspective. Its use of this perspective for non-confrontational gameplay challenged the first-person shooter market.
Eidos Montreal is rebooting the game with that latest technology and gameplay, set to release in early 2014 with a ton of anticipation.
All the Thief Games
- Thief: The Dark Project – Looking Glass Studios (1998)
- Thief II: The Metal Age – Looking Glass Studios (2000)
- Thief: Deadly Shadows – Ion Storm (2004)
- Thief – Eidos Montreal (2014)
Set in the fictional, plague-ridden industrial city of Dunwall, Dishonored follows Corvo Attano, the Empress’s legendary bodyguard. He is framed for her murder and forced to become an assassin, seeking revenge on those who conspired against him.
Corvo is aided in his quest by the Loyalists–a resistance group fighting to reclaim Dunwall, and the Outsider–a powerful being who imbues Corvo with magical abilities.
The story and missions are changed in response to the player’s violent actions or lack thereof. Magical abilities and equipment are designed to be combined to create new and varied effects.
The development team researched unexpected ways the player could combine Corvo’s special powers, such as combining a high jump with the ability to teleport in order to travel greater distances than either ability allowed independently.
- Dishonored – Arkane Studios (2012)
- Dunwall City Trials – Arkane Studios (2013)
- The Knife of Dunwall – Arkane Studios (2013)
- Void Walker Arsenal – Arkane Studios (2013)
- The Brigmore Witches – Arkane Studios (2013)