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Stealth Games You Need to Play

Updated on November 26, 2014
Concept art from Thief
Concept art from Thief

Introduction to the Stealth Genre

You may ask yourself "Why an introduction? I came here looking for stealth games, not for an explanation on what they are". I would ask that myself too, but some people tend to confuse stealth games with action games that have a pinch of stealth in it.

In stealth games you usually have to avoid enemies using, well...stealth. In games like this, trying to enter combat face-to-face will result in failing the objectives or the game will give you a challenge to get back into stealth again. For example, some bad guys found you in the game and you have to run away/hide to escape from them.

Now that you know what a stealth game is, let's start with the list.

Thief: The Dark Project
Thief: The Dark Project

Thief: The Dark Project

This game came out in 1998, it was developed by Looking Glass Studios and published by Eidos Interactive. The developers called it a "first-person sneaker", since it was the first stealth game that had a first-person view. It was also the first game to use light and sound as game mechanics, enhancing the stealth genre even more.

It's not the newest stealth game, but it can be considered as one of the best ones out there. The graphics are quite good for its release date, so if you don't mind that, go ahead and play this game. However if you are more interesting in games with better graphics and modern mechanics, then keep reading.

There are also 3 other games in this franchise, one of which I'll write about next.

In-Game Screenshot
In-Game Screenshot


If you were looking for a stealth game with good graphics and gameplay, then look no further.
Thief is the fourth game in the Thief franchise, developed by Eidos Montreal and published by Square Enix. It came out in 2014 so it's fairly new. The engine of the game is a modified version of the Unreal Engine 3. The game takes place in a town called "The City" and it's inspired by gothic and steampunk aesthetics.

The gameplay is really nice and smooth, graphics are beautiful and the stealth is immersive.
You can pickpocket enemies, distract them or just knock them unconscious, making you able to sneak past them in different ways or planning an entire objective in the game.
You can also climb in the game, of which there are two methods. One is when you move freely in first-person view, jumping over short walls, climbing up to windows, or even shooting a rope arrow to climb up to a higher point. The other method of climbing is when the game puts you into a third-person view, which lets you climb a taller building, like in Assassin's Creed.
The game also relies on light and sound mechanics, making even stepping on glass pieces heard by other people, or making you able to distract someone with water arrows that you shoot at torches to extinguish the flame.

Long story short, this game is just as good as the ones before in the franchise, but with more improvements in graphics, gameplay and light and sound mechanics.

In-Game Screenshot
In-Game Screenshot
Box Art
Box Art


Dishonored is not purely a stealth game, it's actually a stealth action-adventure game. It was developed by Arkane Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. Released in October 2012, this game got a lot of attention from gamers.
The graphics look smooth and nice, the engine here is again Unreal Engine 3.
It follows the story of Corvo Attano who is a bodyguard of the "Empress of the Isles" and he also got framed for her murder.

The game gives you choices when it comes to different objectives. For example, you can complete the entire game without harming anyone.
You can also combine different abilities in the game, which you can use for your advantage.

There isn't much climbing, but that's not really necessary in stealth games, if you don't mind that, and you like stealth games, give this one a go.

Corvo Attano
Corvo Attano
Assassin's Creed: Unity
Assassin's Creed: Unity

Assassin's Creed

While still a stealth game, this franchise is different from the other ones in this list. The other games have a first-person view, but Assassin's Creed on the other hand is in a third-person view, which might not be as immersive, but it still has that stealth game feeling to it.

The first game from the franchise was released in 2007 and since then it has a large community. Ubisoft's latest Assassin's Creed is Assassin's Creed: Unity which got released recently. It's not purely a stealth game, you can choose between having sword combat with multiple people, which is the fast and efficient way, the other one is to run and then hide somewhere until they leave the area. I've played some games from the franchise and you can do this in basically all of them.

If you'd like a game that combines stealth with action, choose this.

Assassin's Creed 2
Assassin's Creed 2

These are the games I recommend to other gamers who like the stealth genre. Tell me in the poll which game you'd play first!


Which game would you play first?

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