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The sneaky history of stealth games


Shinobido: Way of Ninja – 2006
Missions in this primarily stealth-based ninja game range from assassinations to theft. You’ll utilize rooftops, sneaking through canals and crouching behind ledges in order to pick off your opponents to even the odds.


Sneak King – 2006
Burger King’s insanely creepy stealth game designed specifically for the Xbox 360. Play as the King and sneak up on people… to give them food.


Family Guy – 2006
During Brian the dog’s levels, you need to avoid detection of those searching for you. Don a disguise and memorize the simple guard patterns in this ho-hum cash-in. Did we mention that if you wait too long to move that Brian will piss on something?


Call of Duty 4 - 2007
An extended segment in this war FPS has you crawl through a grassy field while soldiers patrol alongside tanks. One of the tensest missions ever in one of the tensest games.


The Simpsons Game – 2007
More like a parody of every big-name game ever, The Simpsons Game wasn’t terribly well received. However, you’re here for the stealth info. During the “Medal of Homer” mission, you sneak around a French village and take out guards.


Assassin’s Creed - 2007
Parkour across rooftops, blend in with saints, pick pockets and skillfully toss knives at a guard’s jugular. Play as Altair, a skilled assassin in old-school Jerusalem with a new-school futuristic twist.


Crysis – 2007
From the developer of Far Cry 1 comes another island-stealth-superhuman enemy AI. This time you fight Koreans, but that sneaky stuff disappears once you start floating around an alien spaceship.


BioShock – 2007
Playing like a FPS/survival horror hybrid, you’ll need to sneak past security turrets, cameras and the occasional lunatic in an underwater anti-utopia.


Team Fortress 2 – 2007
One of the nine classes in this ultra-popular tactical FPS is the dreaded Spy. Armed with backstabbing knife, invisibility cloak and revolver, the Spy can impersonate anyone on another team and skillfully pick them off one by one. What an asshole.


Vampire Rain – 2007
Do you like Splinter Cell? Do you like Metal Gear? Good. Go play those games and not this “stealth”-based vampire clunker. Terrible.


Dark Sector – 2008
One ability learned later in the game enables you to go all Predator-like (turn invisible) and creep through a laser-filled room. Hell, you can earn an achievement by killing someone this way!


Fallout 3 – 2008
Bethesda’s work from the Elder Scrolls carries over into one of 2008’s best games. Again, you can basically tackle the bombed-to-shit world any way you want, including doing so sneakily.

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49 comments

  • paulo-junior - January 9, 2012 3:48 p.m.

    Great list. Only it missed Shadow of Rome.
  • crazyqazqaz - February 7, 2009 4:50 p.m.

    Oh come on!! All Ghillied Up in CoD 4 was amazing! I've played that level at least 20 times!!
  • deathrebellion - February 5, 2009 10:18 p.m.

    Awesome list though U did include useless titles
  • TastyCakesMcgee - February 5, 2009 3:36 a.m.

    TF2 forever!
  • game_over - February 4, 2009 10:57 p.m.

    GoldenEye64 has co-op? Yes.
  • noobeater - February 4, 2009 10:16 p.m.

    great article....i really want to play shadow of collosus or watevere its called since i began looking at this mighty website anyway one you missed was SOCOM:us navy seals...i only played first one but get on ship...shoot out lights...silently knife people...every gun having a silencer getting intel or hostages means getting there quietly or the run/get destroyed/killed also in prison lvl u can make an diversion by setting a bomb at the wall and then running to the prison add it...i wanna be a part of it lol great article all the same most of these games=legends in their own right
  • Jbo87 - February 4, 2009 6:09 p.m.

    I really enjoyed Sniper Elite. As mentioned pulling off a brilliant shot was ultra satisfying and if you could time your shot to an artillery blast then the other enemies wouldn't hear it, hard to do but it felt like a real achievement. It also had a coop mode which worked really well. Getting both players into good positions and picking off guards at the smae time was quality. Definitely a game that could do with a sequel. Next-gen sniping, with explosive headshots would be awesome.
  • game_over - February 4, 2009 6:09 p.m.

    Goldeneye64; Has anyone else, ever, played the co-op mode that was built into the game?
  • aequitas13 - February 4, 2009 2:04 p.m.

    Going through the list again... In addition to Thief, kudos for NOLF, Riddick, SotC, RE4, Bioshock, and Commandos (should read 1998 - 2003...no love for Commandos 2 or 3?)
  • Sash - February 4, 2009 1:43 p.m.

    Wow, its either very good or very sad that I have played ALL of these games o.o
  • GreyGhost - February 4, 2009 1:31 p.m.

    Good list but ... You forgot Stolen for the PS2 ... Fun game ...
  • averagejoe - February 4, 2009 3:47 a.m.

    Didn't Eternal Darkness have an invisibility spell? And I seem to remember some sneaking about in Chrono Trigger (the prison) and certainly there are stealth elements in Mirror's Edge. Heck, Mario 64 even had stealth to some degree: he could sneak up on sleeping piranha plants or turn invisible to evade enemies with the vanish cap. So..... there!
  • AMayer - February 4, 2009 3:16 a.m.

    I remember I used to play GoldenEye for so long that shotting people in the back of the noggin became second nature.
  • game-thugsta - February 4, 2009 1:34 a.m.

    Snake is and always will be the king of stealth... and in general the best video game character ever.
  • Red - February 4, 2009 1:11 a.m.

    If I had to pick two things that I absolutely hate about games, it would be mandatory stealth sections and mandatory protect the NPC missions. Games that force you to stay hidden AND keep your companions alive/hidden are the wosrt of all. There's almost nothing more irritating than being almost finished with a mission/level only to turn around and find your dumbass companion standing out in the open. MISSION FAILED.
  • cart00n - February 4, 2009 12:47 a.m.

    Not usually a big fan of "stealth games" - there are far too many other, cheaper ways to aggravate myself! However, BG&E was awesome. Assassins' Creed was a whole lot of fun, too.
  • Montag - February 4, 2009 12:39 a.m.

    No System Shock 2? Good call on Deus Ex tho..... Stealth if you like, not because you have to... nice
  • WaldoOfWhere - February 4, 2009 12:22 a.m.

    OMG What About Rainbow Six Vegas or did I miss IT.
  • AnonymouZ - February 3, 2009 11:12 p.m.

    gigglesnort* sneakily
  • rocketfuel - February 3, 2009 10:16 p.m.

    Another game I know is missing from that list is Shadow of Rome. When you took a break from chopping off limbs you'd play as octavian and sneak around hiding from Roman soldiers or killing them and stealing their outfits but otherwise great list. I'm a huge fan of bethesda and the stealth in their games.

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