Top 5 Stealth Games of All Time

Top 5 Stealth Games of All Time

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



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)

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Adam Colon
Adam Colon
Technophiliac, Geek, and proponent of logic & consistency in games... I am a critic with no patience for nonsense.

Tenchu Series anyone?
  or how about games that stealth can be a lifestyle choice.....Skyrim, or Elder Scrolls series to be exact


AC is NOT a stealth serie... it has 0 element of stealth in it, when you get caught you restart at the checkpoint : there is no strategy involved, no running for cover, just a plain checkpoint. And this is when the game actually ask you to go "stealth", although the gameplay is not deep enough to really allow you to do it.

Thief 2 is my personal number 1. The level design is incredible! It's kinda sad to see that the AI hasn't much improved ever since. And if I should do a top 5 :

5 - Dishonored

4 - Hitman Blood Money (if you do play stealth)

3 - Mark of the Ninja (very impressed by this one)

2 - Splinter Cell 2

1 - Thief 2

MGS are incredible games, but not quite the best stealth games I've ever played.


Everybody complaining about MGS, it HAS stealth elements, but is an action game, but is more stealth than AC though. In order of being solely based on stealth, I'll put my list this way:

4- Dishonored

5- MGS

3 - Hitman

2 - Splinter Cell

1 - Thief 


You put Hitman over MGS? LOL


My favorite stealth game series was Tenchu Stealth Assassins. Tenchu 1 & 2 were fricken awesome. I wish they would of made a good one for PS3 or Xbox 360. Tenchu Z sucked. I'm hoping somebody reinvents that series on nextgen. If they did it right it, could be an epic game. And you guys are right, where the hell is Metal Gear? 


MGS is a must in my opinion


@Ixion  Pandora Tomorrow [Splinter Cell 2] was fucking amazing. I loved that game. Thief 2 def. belongs in Number 1.... just like Smitty Werbenjagermanjensen