Total Nerd The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time  

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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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Metal Gear Solid is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
1998
Metal Gear Solid is an action-adventure stealth video game developed by Konami Computer Entertainment Japan and first published by Konami for the PlayStation in 1998. The game was directed, ...more

2
468 142
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eate... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
2004
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater is an action-adventure stealth video game directed by Hideo Kojima. Snake Eater was developed by Konami Computer Entertainment Japan and published by Konami for ...more

3
392 257
Dishonored is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
2012
Dishonored is a 2012 stealth action-adventure video game developed by Arkane Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. It was released worldwide in October 2012 for Microsoft Windows, ...more

4
359 121
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Ch... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
2005
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory is a stealth game developed by Ubisoft and released across all sixth-generation video game platforms in March 2005. Though originally slated for release ...more

5
302 136
Hitman: Blood Money is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
shoma199812 added 2006
Hitman: Blood Money is a stealth video game developed by the Danish IO Interactive and published by Eidos Interactive. It is the fourth installment in the Hitman game series. It was released on ...more

6
278 141
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
2002
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin is a stealth video game developed by IO Interactive and published by Eidos Interactive. It is the second entry in the Hitman series and the sequel to Hitman: Codename ...more

7
287 134
Batman: Arkham City is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
PS3Gamer added 2011
Batman: Arkham City is a 2011 action-adventure video game developed by Rocksteady Studios and released by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 video game ...more

8
251 191
Deus Ex: Human Revolution is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
2011
Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a cyberpunk-themed first-person action role-playing stealth video game developed by Eidos Montreal and published by Square Enix, which also produced the game's CGI ...more

9
208 131
Thief: The Dark Project is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
vitor.castro added 1998
Thief: The Dark Project is a 1998 first person stealth video game developed by Looking Glass Studios and published by Eidos Interactive. Set in a medieval steampunk metropolis called the City, ...more

10
214 132
The Last of Us is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
Mabie1 added 2013
The Last of Us is an action-adventure survival horror video game developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. It was released for the PlayStation 3 on June 14, 2013; an ...more

11
262 143
Batman: Arkham Asylum is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
2009
Batman: Arkham Asylum is a 2009 action-adventure video game based on the DC Comics superhero, Batman. It was developed by Rocksteady Studios and published by Eidos Interactive in conjunction ...more

12
231 90
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of th... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
2008
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is an action-adventure stealth video game developed by Kojima Productions exclusively for the PlayStation 3 console. It was the sixth Metal Gear game ...more

13
246 115
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Li... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
2002
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty is an action-adventure stealth game directed by Hideo Kojima, originally developed by Konami Computer Entertainment Japan and published by Konami for the ...more

14
205 55
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
2002
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell is a stealth video game, developed by Ubisoft Montreal and built on the Unreal Engine 2. It is the first Splinter Cell game in the series. Endorsed but not created by ...more

15
168 108
Thief II: The Metal Age is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
AlisterKennedy added 2000
Thief II: The Metal Age is a 2000 stealth game developed by Looking Glass Studios and published by Eidos Interactive. Like its predecessor Thief: The Dark Project, the game follows Garrett, a ...more

16
167 44
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phanto... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
Camille Naidoo added 2015
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is an upcoming open world action-adventure stealth video game developed by Kojima Productions and directed, co-produced and co-written by Hideo Kojima, ...more

17
120 104
Deus Ex is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
vitor.castro added 2000
Deus Ex is a series of cyberpunk-themed first-person action role-playing video games. The series was developed by Ion Storm for the first two games and Eidos Montreal for later entries in the ...more

18
231 143
Assassin's Creed II is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
Mabie1 added 2009
Assassin's Creed II is a 2009 historical fiction action-adventure open world stealth video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. It is the second major installment in the ...more

19
199 91
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Bl... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
alim862 added 2013
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist is an action-adventure stealth video game published by Ubisoft. It is the seventh installment of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell series and is the direct sequel ...more

20
189 126
Assassin's Creed is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
Mabie1 added 2007
Assassin's Creed is a 2007 historical fiction action-adventure open world stealth video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. It is the first major installment in the ...more

21
182 126
Thief: Deadly Shadows is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
2004
Thief: Deadly Shadows is a stealth game developed by Ion Storm for Microsoft Windows and Xbox that was released in 2004, on May 25 in North America and on June 11 in Europe. It is the third ...more

22
156 108
Hitman: Absolution is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
PS3Gamer added 2012
Hitman: Absolution is a stealth video game developed by IO Interactive and published by Square Enix. It is the fifth installment in the Hitman game series, and runs on IO Interactive 's ...more

23
121 49
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pa... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
PS3Gamer added 2004
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow is a stealth game, developed and published by Ubisoft Shanghai, while Ubisoft Montreal, creator of the original Splinter Cell, was working on Chaos ...more

24
129 77
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
2010
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is an action-adventure stealth video game produced by Konami and Kojima Productions that was released for the PlayStation Portable in 2010. Peace Walker is the ...more

25
77 51
Alien: Isolation is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
jaden-long added 2014
Alien: Isolation is a survival horror game developed by Creative Assembly and based on the Alien science fiction horror film series. It was published by Sega and released for Windows, ...more