While gaming can sometimes be looked at as a medium all about combat and explosions, the stealth genre proves you don’t need those things to be a great game. Simply sneaking past enemies or up to them to knock them out is a lot of fun, too.
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During the Xbox One era, these sorts of gameplay mechanics really started to bleed into games. So, instead of just pure stealth games, you also had action-adventure titles that incorporated sneaking. As such, stealth-loving players were given a lot more options. Yet, out of all of the Xbox One titles to include stealth, which are the best ones? Here are some standouts.
7 A Plague Tale: Innocence
In the 14th century, France dealt with the Black Plague and the Hundred Year’s War. A Plague Tale: Innocence places you in that dark time as a young sibling duo. Amicia and her little brother Hugo are being hunted by soldiers from the French Inquisition who want to get their hands on the younger sibling.
As you’re two children, you can’t just fight them in even combat. So, you have to sneak through each area by creating distractions, stunning enemies, or using the plague rats to your advantage. When not sneaking around, you’re typically solving puzzles. All of this feels unique as do the two compelling lead characters.
6 Alien: Isolation
Out of all the best stealth game protagonists, Amanda Ripley from Alien: Isolation arguably has the best reason to hide. After all, she is stuck on a space station with a deadly Xenomorph that can’t be killed.
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So, you’re forced to cower behind boxes and inside vents, hoping the beast never gets its hands on you, as it will murder you instantly. Therefore, it’s both a stealth and very scary survival horror game. The ultimate goal in the title is to survive and find a way to escape, just like Amanda’s mother, Ellen Ripley, in the original Alien movie.
5 Rise Of The Tomb Raider
The original Tomb Raider games definitely weren’t stealth ones. However, the recent reboot trilogy titles have incorporated more sneaking around. This is because contemporary Lara isn’t as indestructible as the original version of the character.
Yet, she’s still very smart and crafty. In Rise of the Tomb Raider, you must use these traits to sneak past or stealthily take out your foes. If you’re spotted, the game momentarily transforms into a cover-based third-person shooter. So, it isn’t a pure stealth game, but sneaking around your adversaries is still a lot of fun. When enemies aren’t around, you’re typically solving puzzles or climbing things. Lara is doing all of this in an effort to find the legendary city of Kitezh.
4 Assassin’s Creed The Ezio Collection
During the Xbox One era, the Assassin’s Creed series generally put less emphasis on stealth. But The Ezio Collection contains remasted versions of three Xbox 360 Assassin’s Creed games, which are very stealth-focused. It contains Assassin’s Creed 2, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations.
All of them feature one of the gaming’s best Assassins, Ezio Auditore, going against the evil Templar organization. As an Assassin, Ezio generally strikes from the shadows. So, you have to blend into crowds, hide in hay bales, and skulk around on rooftops to stay hidden as you approach your targets and objectives. This social stealth feels different from what other games in the genre provide.
3 Dishonored 2
Dishonored 2 is a first-person game where you’re given plenty of freedom in how to go about your business. This begins by selecting the character you want to play as. As them, your goal is to bring down the witch Delilah Copperspoon, who has taken Dunwall’s throne by force.
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Each level is a mini sandbox where you can infiltrate places and complete objectives in multiple interesting ways. Stealth is very much one of the options. Sneaking around typically involves getting up high or finding cover to stay out of guards’ lines of sight. You also have exciting supernatural abilities that can help you with your stealthy approach.
Few series have made as big of an impact on the stealth genre as Metal Gear. The Phantom Pain is the most open game in the series. For each operation, you’re placed in an open-world-like area, and you’re encouraged to approach your objective from any direction you see fit.
The stealth options are plentiful. You use cardboard boxes, decoys, camouflage, or more to remain undetected. From there, you can go in close to take people out or shoot them from afar. The choice is yours. When you’re not in the field, you’re typically managing your new base and mercenary group. The last lot was destroyed, and the compelling story revolves around you trying to get revenge for them.
1 Hitman: World Of Assassination
In 2023, IO Interactive kindly transformed Hitman 3 into Hitman: World of Assassination. This new package includes the levels of all three of the Hitman games from the World of Assassination trilogy. So, this is three stealth games worth of brilliant levels in one.
Each of those levels places you in a highly detailed sandbox world and gives you an objective – typically, that objective is to kill someone. There are plenty of ways to complete this task, and most of them involve being stealthy. While stealth sometimes involves crouching behind things and peeking around corners, it’s mainly about disguises. You often need to find and equip disguises to get through densely populated areas incognito.
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