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The Best Stealth Games on Xbox

Best Stealth Games on Xbox

Going in all guns blazing is one option, but sometimes it’s better to take the stealthy approach. In fact, some games make it necessary. Stealth games require quick thinking, patience, and also sometimes a little ingenuity. Often you can’t rely on your brute force in them, requiring you to isolate and pick off enemies one by one if they’re in your way. Or, better still, find a way past them without even being noticed. But what are the best stealth games on Xbox?

Whatever your approach to stealth is, you’ll find a game on Xbox to suit you. There are games in which your stealth abilities are truly tested, and others where stealth is simply an option. So, take a perusal of our list of the best stealth games on Xbox and perhaps discover the next game you’re going to play.

1. Hitman: World of Assassination

Hitman

When it comes to the best stealth games on Xbox, you really can’t get much better than the Hitman series. Hitman: World of Assassination bundles up Hitman 1, 2 and 3 into one ultimate collection, giving you dozens upon dozens of hours of tense, stealth action across 20 locations.

Stealth isn’t just optional in Hitman: it’s the only way to go. Sneaking and subterfuge is the name of the game, but what we love most is that you can tackle missions however you see fit. Steal someone’s uniform and infiltrate a location, maybe. Or simply snipe your target from a distance. There are endless options, and success always feels very, very sweet.

Read our review of Hitman 3

2. Deathloop

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There’s more to Deathloop than just stealth, but it is a big part of the game. This timeloop adventure from Bethesda puts players in the shoes of Colt, a founder of the mysterious island of Blackreef. Unfortunately, he’s found himself in quite a predicament: he’s stuck in a loop, reliving the same day again and again, waking up on the shoreline of the island each time he dies. To free himself, he’s going to have to kill eight Visionaries. But he’s going to have to do it all in the same day, otherwise he’s back to square one.

It’s no easy task, then, but making your way through the challenges that Deathloop throws up is an absolute joy. You can approach missions all-guns-blazing if you really want, but it’s really not advised: you’re going to have a much better time if you put your best stealth head on and approach everything slowly and calmly.

Read our review of Deathloop

3. Assassin’s Creed Mirage

Assassin's Creed Mirage

The latest game in the Assassin’s Creed series, Assassin’s Creed Mirage, somewhat returns to the series’ roots. That means a smaller world, tighter missions and, most importantly, a return to stealth. Yes, like the classic games in the series, success in Assassin’s Creed Mirage means sneaking up on your foes, silently assassinating them when they least expect it. And it feels good.

Okay, you don’t have to be a stealth master in order to play Mirage. But it certainly helps. Get seen by your enemies and you’ll find yourself in a sticky situation before long. Keeping in the shadows and hiding in plain sight is the best way to ensure your success, making this one of the best stealth games on Xbox.

Read our review of Assassin’s Creed Mirage

4. Desperados III

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Mimimi Games’ strategy-focused Desperados III is a must-have if you a penchant for the Wild West and like sneaking around. You’ll need to manage your squad effectively if you’re going to emerge from each mission unseen, making it one of the best stealth games on Xbox.

What makes this wild west adventure stand out from the crowd, though, is that it plays out in real-time: you’ll need to think on the spot in each mission, truly learning the ins-and-outs of the world if you want to come out on top. That means you’re going to fail sometimes, but each mistake brings you closer to success. And nailing a mission in Desperados III, truly mastering the art of stealth, feels rather incredible.

Read our review of Desperados III

5. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

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Undoubtedly one of the best stealth games on Xbox, if you don’t have Metal Gear Solid V in your library we don’t know what to say. It may be a little long in the tooth now, but stealth games really don’t get better than this. Cinematic, epic and filled with unexpected action and adventure, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is hard to put down once you get started.

Whether or not you’ve played the previous games in the series or you’re new to the franchise, if you’re a stealth fan you’ll find a lot to love here. As we said in our review, this game is “the work of someone with an unbelievable degree of obsessive attention to detail and everyone should envelop themselves within its huge, sweeping folds”. Eight years later, it’s still true – and nothing else has quite come close.

Read our review of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

6. Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun

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Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is a little bit different from all the other games on this list: it’s more of a strategy game than a stealth game. But don’t let that put you off: stealth is still a very important aspect. It’s all about learning enemy patterns and figuring out the lay of the land, taking your time to play out the perfect attack.

You’ll need to ensure you’re using the right character with the right skills, perfectly matched for each situation: this isn’t the type of game you can simply rush through. And so, for players who relish in thoughtful, meticulously planned gameplay, Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is one of the best stealth games on Xbox.

Read our review of Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun

7. A Plague Tale: Innocence

A Plague Tale: Innocence

Not only is A Plague Tale: Innocence once of the best stealth games on Xbox, it also has one of the most phenomenal stories. Putting players in control of Amicia and her younger brother Hugo, you’ll find yourself embroiled in a fantastical narrative set during the time of the Black Death. Rats are your enemies, then, with plagues of thousands of the critters waiting for you in the dark. But they aren’t all you have to worry about: with Hugo being something of a special little boy, there are many people out to get him.

Sure, there are action sequences to make your way through in A Plague Tale: Innocence. But you’re also going to have to employ stealth if you want to succeed. Sneaking away from swarms of rats and from the guards on the lookout for Hugo is often the only way to survive. And making clever use of Amicia’s slingshot, shooting from cover, is often your only defence. You don’t need to be a stealth expert here, then, but it certainly helps.

Read our review of A Plague Tale: Innocence

8. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

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Somewhat a successor to FromSoftware’s Tenchu series, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice blends challenging action with stealth like no other game before it. It might be a bit of a departure from From’s Dark Souls series, but it carries the same rich, detailed world that we’ve come to expect from the developer. Whether you’re making your way through a tattered village or a mountaintop temple, you’ll want to keep out of sight by sneaking over rooftops and staying in the shadows.

Everywhere you turn in Sekiro, you’re met with awe-inspiring set pieces. Whether you’re in the jungle or in a poison-soaked cavern, this is a game that impresses with its visuals. It is challenging, though, and so we’d only recommend jumping into this one if you’re already adept at stealth. A stealth master if you will. It means succeeding here really does feel like something to be proud of, though.

Read our review of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

9. Dishonored 2

Thanks to the supernatural abilities it grants you, Dishonored 2 is one of the more unique stealth games available on Xbox. Developed by Arkane Studios and a follow-up to the excellent Dishonored, it follows very much in its footsteps. It’s much bigger and broader in scope than its predecessor, though, giving players much more choice in how they approach situations.

Yes, it means you don’t have to be stealthy if you’d rather not, but this is a game that’s still very much geared towards sneaking around and remaining undetected. Play more boldly, and you’ll find yourself having a much tougher time. Staying in the shadows is the way to go, then, making use of your supernatural powers if you decide. The choices at your disposal leave Dishonored 2 feeling like a much more personal adventure than the first game in the series, and we love it because of that.

Read our review of Dishonored 2

10. Sniper Elite 5

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Sniper Elite 5 may be all about shooting people, but it’s also about doing it as stealthily as you can. The latest – and arguably best – game in the long-running Sniper Elite series from Rebellion, it’s best known for over-the-top headshots and grizzly x-ray kill-cam shots. And so yes, you’ll need a strong constitution to play Sniper Elite 5, but there’s also a lot of strategy and stealth to be employed to get the most out of the game.

You’ll need to stay out of sight as you line up the perfect shot, seeking out your enemies from your advantage point. Scoping out a new environment is suitably tense, and once you land that killer shot, watching it play out is endlessly rewarding. This is one of the best stealth games on Xbox, particularly for those who don’t mind a bit of blood and gore.

Read our review of Sniper Elite 5