Generally, we like to go loud in games. But stealth does often have its uses.
Of course, the best stealth games let you achieve your goal how you see fit. It’s not fun being presented with a game over screen just because you’ve been seen, and it doesn’t lead to believable gameplay, either. It’s rewarding to see just how far you can with stealth, sometimes resorting to brute force if there’s no other option. And there are lots of great stealth games on PS5 that allow you to do that.
If you’re after the best stealth games on PS5, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together a short list of games that will provide you with all the sneaking that you need.
Even better, even though they’re all focused on stealth, they each offer their own unique setting and gameplay elements. So, whether you want to work with others to achieve your goal in a feudal Japan, or snipe Nazis while masking the sound via a plane travelling overhead during World War 2, you’ll finding something here to enjoy.
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1. Sniper Elite 5
The World War 2 setting of the Sniper Elite series is getting a little tired now. But it doesn’t stop Sniper Elite 5 from being hugely enjoyable to play. Once again putting players in control of Karl Fairburne, it challenges them to stop yet another evil plan being cooked up by the Nazis. Cue lots of sneaking and sniping, and firefights when things go wrong.
The first Sniper Elite game released on current-gen consoles, Sniper Elite 5 looks great on PS5 thanks to its detailed textures. Even better, it performs well, too, and has worthwhile DualSense features. Thrown in a fun new invasion mode, and the option of playing the campaign in co-op, and you have what is certainly one of the best stealth games on PS5.
2. Hitman 3
Hitman 3 could quite possibly be the last Hitman game. There certainly won’t be another one for a while, anyhow. Not with IO Interactive currently making a new James Bond game. In any case, Hitman 3 is great, and with you able to carry over the levels from Hitman and Hitman 2 if you own them, there’s plenty to go at.
What’s great about Hitman 3, apart from its stunning visuals, is the fact that there are so many ways to achieve your goal. You can play through each mission numerous times, and still find a new approach that makes it rewarding. If you’re after the best stealth games on PS5 it’s an absolute must-have. Especially considering IO Interactive has supported it well since launch, meaning there are even more stealth opportunities to capitalise upon.
From Arkane, developer of titles such as Dishonored and Prey, comes Deathloop, a game that finds you stuck on an island destined to replay the same day over and over again. Only, while it is indeed the same day, you don’t have to do the same things. In fact, if you want to break the cycle and be free, you’ll need to work hard to engineer an opportunity to kill a number of key targets in that one day. It’s something that will take a lot of legwork.
While there is a lot of action in Deathloop, it’s a stealth game at its heart; many things it tasks you with are easier to achieve if you’re skilled at being sneaky. What’s more, being designed for PS5 it’s a good-looking game that makes great use of the DualSense controller. For those after the best stealth games on PS5, it’s worth picking up just for the fact you can kick people off ledges. That’s something that never gets old.
4. Aragami 2
If you like your stealth a little more old-fashioned, then Aragami 2 is the game for you. Think back to classics such as Tenchu and you’ll have an idea of what to expect. Though that’s not to say that Aragami 2 has its feet firmly in the past. The fact that you can play it in co-op with friends should give you an indication that it also has some more modern elements.
We weren’t blown away by Aragami 2 at launch. It’s been improved since, though. Even a classic mode has been added to make it more like its predecessor mechanically. In any case, if you want to visit feudal japan and create your very own ninja, Aragami 2 is the game for you. It even has a range of supernatural special skills for you to acquire and master.
5. A Plague Tale: Innocence
If you have an aversion to rats, you might want to avoid A Plague Tale: Innocence. Concerning itself with the plague, it’s absolutely full of them. There’s also a strong story here, though. One that follows a brother and sister, Hugo and Amicia, as they’re hunted by Inquisition soldiers in 1349 France.
As there’s no hope in facing soldiers head on, or wading into swarms of rats, you must use stealth and cunning to succeed. That means using your catapult to attract the attention of guards, and using fire as a valuable tool. Needless to say, your stealth skills will be tested, and also your heartstrings as the story reaches its climax. Not just one of the best stealth games on PS5, A Plague Tale: Innocence is also one of the best story driven adventures.
6. Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2
There may already be a game with the word “Sniper” in its title on this list, but Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 feels different enough to be included. For one, it’s much more focused on actually sniping. Here, stealth is mainly employed as you move from one prime sniping spot to another. And when you do reach a nest, it’s time to make use of your scope and take out targets effectively at long range. Preferably without being detected.
If you like the idea of being a sniper, then, Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 will serve you well. That’s why we’ve included it in our list of the best stealth games on PS5. Well, that and the fact that there’s plenty of sneaking to be done in between maiming targets with sniper rifles. It’s brutal, too; you can blow limbs off if you make use of the high powered rifles in the game. Yuck.