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The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time

Updated November 17, 2020 10.6k votes 1.7k voters 80.5k views64 items

Slip on your ninja slippers for a list of the best stealth-based games of all time, including every console or system. These highly-rated stealth games are ordered by popularity according to votes from slippery, stealthy gamers just like yourself, so only the greatest stealth games make it to the very top of the list. Spanning the entire history of the genre, these stealth-based games are considered the most inventive and well-executed sneaky video games ever made.

This list includes all the most challenging and rewarding stealth games ever to line the shelves, so it doesn't necessarily have every obscure game that happens to be your personal favorite, but you can make like Solid Snake and infiltrate the list by adding any should-have stealth adventures yourself. If you're all about franchises like Batman: Arkham Asylum, Assassin's Creed, or Metal Gear Solid, you'll be able to vote up the most worthy games that rely on superior wit and guile rather than the brute force of the average first person shooter.

This list is designed to answer the questions like, "Hey, what are the best stealth-based games?" and "What is the greatest stealth game game of all time?" So bust out the night vision goggles and start voting.

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  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory1

    DeveloperGameloft, Ubisoft Montreal

    PlatformPersonal computer, Nintendo DS, GameCube, PlayStation 2, Mobile phone

    Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory is a stealth game developed by Ubisoft and released...  more
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  • Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater2

    DeveloperKojima Productions, Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo, Bluepoint Games

    PlatformPlayStation 2

    Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater is an action-adventure stealth video game directed by Hideo...  more
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  • Metal Gear Solid3

    DeveloperKonami Computer Entertainment Tokyo, Konami

    PlatformGame Boy Color, PlayStation, Microsoft Windows, Dreamcast, PlayStation Portable

    Metal Gear Solid is an action-adventure stealth video game developed by Konami Computer...  more
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  • Batman: Arkham City4

    DeveloperRocksteady Studios

    PlatformPlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Wii U, OS X

    Batman: Arkham City is a 2011 action-adventure video game developed by Rocksteady Studios and...  more
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  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell5

    DeveloperGameloft, Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft Shanghai

    PlatformOS X, Mobile game, GameCube, N-Gage, PlayStation 2

    Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell is a stealth video game, developed by Ubisoft Montreal and built on...  more
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  • Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty6

    DeveloperKonami Computer Entertainment Tokyo, Success, Bluepoint Games, Konami

    PlatformPlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows, Xbox

    Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty is an action-adventure stealth game directed by Hideo...  more
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  • Batman: Arkham Asylum7

    DeveloperRocksteady Studios

    PlatformPlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, PlayStation 4

    Batman: Arkham Asylum is a 2009 action-adventure video game based on the DC Comics superhero,...  more
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  • Hitman 2: Silent Assassin8

    DeveloperIO Interactive

    PlatformGameCube, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox

    Hitman 2: Silent Assassin is a stealth video game developed by IO Interactive and published by...  more
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  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain9

    DeveloperKojima Productions

    PlatformMicrosoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One

    Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is an open world action-adventure stealth video game...  more
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  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow10

    DeveloperUbisoft Shanghai

    PlatformMobile phone, GameCube, Xbox, Personal computer, PlayStation 2

    Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow is a stealth game, developed and published by...  more
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  • Dishonored11
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    DeveloperArkane Studios

    Dishonored is a 2012 stealth action-adventure video game developed by Arkane Studios and...  more
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  • Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots12

    DeveloperKojima Productions

    PlatformPlayStation 3

    Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is an action-adventure stealth video game developed...  more
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  • Thief: The Dark Project13

    DeveloperLooking Glass Technologies, Inc., Looking Glass Studios

    PlatformMicrosoft Windows

    Thief: The Dark Project is a 1998 first person stealth video game developed by Looking Glass...  more
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  • The Last of Us14
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    DeveloperNaughty Dog

    PlatformPlayStation 4, PlayStation 3

    The Last of Us is an action-adventure survival horror video game developed by Naughty Dog and...  more
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  • Assassin's Creed II15

    DeveloperUbisoft Montreal

    PlatformMicrosoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3

    Assassin's Creed II is a 2009 historical fiction action-adventure open world stealth video...  more
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  • Thief II: The Metal Age16

    DeveloperLooking Glass Technologies, Inc., Looking Glass Studios

    PlatformMicrosoft Windows

    Thief II: The Metal Age is a 2000 stealth game developed by Looking Glass Studios and...  more
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  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution17

    DeveloperEidos Montreal

    PlatformPersonal computer, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3

    Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a cyberpunk-themed first-person action role-playing stealth video...  more
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  • Assassin's Creed18

    DeveloperUbisoft Montreal

    PlatformPlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, iOS

    Assassin's Creed is a 2007 historical fiction action-adventure open world stealth video game...  more
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  • Hitman: Absolution19

    DeveloperNixxes Software BV, IO Interactive

    Hitman: Absolution is a stealth video game developed by IO Interactive and published by Square...  more
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  • Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker20

    DeveloperKojima Productions, Kojima Productions

    PlatformPlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3

    Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is an action-adventure stealth video game produced by Konami...  more
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  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist21

    DeveloperUbisoft Montreal, Ubisoft Shanghai, Ubisoft Toronto

    Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist is an action-adventure stealth video game published by...  more
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  • Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood22

    DeveloperUbisoft Montreal

    PlatformXbox 360, Macintosh, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3

    Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is a 2010 historical fiction action-adventure open world stealth...  more
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  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag23

    DeveloperUbisoft Ukraine, Ubisoft Romania, Ubisoft Quebec, Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft Montpellier

    PlatformPlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U PlayStation 4,PC, Xbox One

    Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is a 2013 historical fiction action-adventure open world...  more
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  • Thief: Deadly Shadows24

    DeveloperIon Storm

    PlatformMicrosoft Windows, Xbox, Mobile phone

    Thief: Deadly Shadows is a stealth game developed by Ion Storm for Microsoft Windows and Xbox...  more
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  • Assassin's Creed III: Liberation25

    DeveloperUbisoft Montreal, Ubisoft Sofia

    PlatformPlayStation Vita

    Assassin's Creed III: Liberation is a historical action-adventure open world stealth video...  more
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