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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
Metal Gear Solid 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

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Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eate... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 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

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Dishonored is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
Dishonored 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

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Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Ch... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory 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

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Hitman: Blood Money is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
shoma199812 added Hitman: Blood Money 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

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Hitman 2: Silent Assassin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin 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

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Batman: Arkham City is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
PS3Gamer added Batman: Arkham City 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

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
Deus Ex: Human Revolution 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

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The Last of Us is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
Mabie1 added The Last of Us 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

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Thief: The Dark Project is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
vitor.castro added Thief: The Dark Project 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

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Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of th... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots 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

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Batman: Arkham Asylum is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
Batman: Arkham Asylum 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

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Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Li... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty 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

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Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell 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

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Thief II: The Metal Age is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
AlisterKennedy added Thief II: The Metal Age 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

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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 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain 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

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Deus Ex is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
vitor.castro added Deus Ex 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

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Assassin's Creed II is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
Mabie1 added Assassin's Creed II 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

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Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Bl... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
alim862 added Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist 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

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Hitman: Absolution is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
PS3Gamer added Hitman: Absolution 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

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Assassin's Creed is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
Mabie1 added Assassin's Creed 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

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Thief: Deadly Shadows is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
Thief: Deadly Shadows 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

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Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pa... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
PS3Gamer added Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow 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

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Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker 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

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Alien: Isolation is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
jaden-long added Alien: Isolation 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

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Mark of the Ninja is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
david.esotica added Mark of the Ninja 2012 Mark of the Ninja is a side-scrolling action stealth video game developed by Klei Entertainment and published by Microsoft Studios. It was announced on February 28, 2012 and later released for ...more

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Metal Gear Solid V Ground Zero... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
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The Chronicles of Riddick: Esc... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay 2004 The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay is a first-person action and stealth video game developed by Starbreeze Studios and published by Vivendi Games. Released for the Xbox and ...more

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Shadow of Mordor is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
Mabie1 added Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood 2010 Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is a 2010 historical fiction action-adventure open world stealth video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. It is the third major ...more

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Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven 2003 Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven is an action-adventure stealth video game developed by K2 LLC and published by Activision worldwide and From Software in Japan for the PlayStation 2 in 2003. It was later ...more

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Assassin's Creed IV: Black Fla... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag 2013 Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is a 2013 historical fiction action-adventure open world stealth video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. It is the sixth major ...more

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Assassin's Creed III is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
Mabie1 added Assassin's Creed III 2012 Assassin's Creed III is a 2012 action-adventure video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and Microsoft Windows. It is the fifth major ...more

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Styx: Master of Shadows is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
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Tenchu 2: Birth of the Stealth... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
Tenchu 2: Birth of the Stealth Assassins 2000 Tenchu 2: Birth of the Stealth Assassins is a stealth game developed by Acquire and published by Activision worldwide and Acquire in Japan for the PlayStation in 2000. The game is intended as a ...more

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Manhunt is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
Manhunt 2003 Manhunt is a stealth-based survival horror video game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. It was released in North America on November 18, 2003, for the PlayStation 2 ...more

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Assassin's Creed: Revelations is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
jaden-long added Assassin's Creed: Revelations 2011 Assassin's Creed: Revelations is a 2011 historical fiction action-adventure open world stealth video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. It is the fourth major ...more

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The Chronicles of Riddick: Ass... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena 2009 The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena is a science fiction first-person action game for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Mac OS X. The game is a sequel to The ...more

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Outlast is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
jaden-long added Outlast 2013 Outlast is a first-person survival horror video game developed and published by Red Barrels. The game revolves around a freelance investigative journalist, Miles Upshur who decides to ...more

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No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy ... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way 2002 No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way is a computer game developed by Monolith Productions, and published by Sierra Entertainment. It was released on September 30, 2002. It is the ...more

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The Saboteur is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
jaden-long added The Saboteur

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Assassin's Creed III: Liberati... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
Mabie1 added Assassin's Creed III: Liberation 2012 Assassin's Creed III: Liberation is a historical action-adventure open world stealth video game developed and published by Ubisoft, initially as an exclusive title for PlayStation Vita. Sony ...more

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Assassin's Creed Unity is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
Mabie1 added Assassin's Creed Unity Assassin's Creed Unity is a historical fiction action-adventure open world stealth video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. It was released in November 2014 for ...more

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Thief 4 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
Thief 4 Thief is a stealth video game developed by Eidos Montreal, published by Square Enix, and released in February 2014 for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows ...more

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Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
AndrewGreen added Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time 2013 Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, also known generally as Sly 4, is the fourth title of the Sly Cooper series of platform stealth video games. Thieves in Time is available on the PlayStation 3 and ...more

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Batman: Arkham Origins is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
Batman: Arkham Origins

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Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
vitor.castro added Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines 1998 Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines is a single-player real-time tactics video game developed by Spanish company Pyro Studios and published by Eidos Interactive. The first installment in the Commandos ...more

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Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Do... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Double Agent (pc)

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Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Do... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Double Agent 2006 Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Double Agent is an action-adventure stealth video game, developed and published by Ubisoft. The series, endorsed by American author Tom Clancy, follows the character ...more

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Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Stealth-Based Games of All Time
vitor.castro added Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine