The Best PlayStation 2 Stealth Games

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Games don't have to be console exclusive, as long as they were released for PlayStation 2 at some point.

If you owned a PS2 at any time during your life, then it's safe to say there were probably a few Stealth games in your collection. Sneaking up on your opponents like a silent assassin, taking out the enemy without making a sound—yup, that's what stealth games are all about. With so many great options to choose from, there was never a shortage of games to play for fans of the genre. But since some games were much better than others, we've decided to rank the best PS2 Stealth games of all time.

This list features the most popular and best-selling stealth games that were released for PlayStation 2. While many of these games were console exclusive, we're allowing non-exclusives to be a part of the list as well. Popular games on this list include Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Deus Ex, and more. Vote for your favorite video games below.

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  • Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
    • Developer: Kojima Productions, Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo, Bluepoint Games

    Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater plunges players into the heart of a Cold War-era jungle, navigating around enemy soldiers and wildlife to complete covert operations. The game upped the ante in stealth gameplay by introducing a camouflage system that forced players to switch outfits to blend in with their environment. Snake Eater has left a lasting impact on gaming with its unforgettable story, iconic boss battles, and soundtrack.

    • Developer: Gameloft, Ubisoft Montreal

    Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory dropped gamers into the boots of Sam Fisher: a stealthy, highly trained operative tasked with preventing a high-tech information war. The game combined tense stealth gameplay, strategic planning, and interactive environments – a cocktail that quickly stirred captivating gaming experience. Chaos Theory has distinguished itself in the pantheon of stealth games for its impeccably designed levels and intricate AI behavior.

  • Hitman: Blood Money
    142 votes
    • Developer: IO Interactive

    Hitman: Blood Money follows Agent 47, an emotionless assassin, across various locations to eliminate high-profile targets - all for the right price, of course. The game's most captivating element is its open-ended gameplay approach, allowing players to whack targets in countless creative ways. Blood Money's impact is seen in the benchmark it set for stealth games with its player freedom, level design, and narrative bravado.

  • Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence
    • Developer: Kojima Productions

    Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence took the foundations laid by Snake Eater and added an online multiplayer element heightening its stealth-based gameplay. This iteration garnered praise for introducing new modes, elements, and a change of camera view, stirring the “miso soup” of this espionage saga. Subsistence offered players a fresh perspective on an already beloved tale, solidifying its place in video game history.

    • Developer: Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo, Success, Bluepoint Games, Konami

    Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty presents an intricate narrative of political conspiracies that ties players up in more knots than a sailor could handle. It blends stealth-based gameplay mechanics with high-octane action sequences and introduces a seemingly mundane protagonist, Raiden. Sons of Liberty sparked a lot of debate for its complex story and unconventional protagonist choice but delivered a compelling gaming experience nonetheless.

  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell
    118 votes
    • Developer: Gameloft, Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft Shanghai

    Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell redefined the stealth-action genre with its literary tie-in to Tom Clancy's world of Cold-War espionage. The game's mechanics reinvented stealth gameplay, focusing on darkness/blinding light techniques, and left gamers chewing their nails to the quick. Splinter Cell's influence is seen in today's gaming landscape with its focus on intelligent, stealth-based tactics.