The best Stealth
Video games aren't always about running and gunning. Some of us get our blood pumping by avoiding enemies. Stealth games come in various flavors, from social stealth and hiding in plain sight to the more traditional stealth tactics like evasion and never being seen at all. Whether you're looking for heavy stealth games with a strong emphasis on the tactic or a more action-oriented game with stealth elements, PlayStation has you covered.
An immersive sim with meaningful choices and systemic gameplay, Dishonored 2 gives players plenty of options to tackle a mission as they please. You can play the entire game without being seen or killing a single soul... or murder everyone in sight. The kicker here is that the more you murder, the more chaos you unleash, leading to a darker outcome overall and a plague-ridden city on its knees.
Dishonored 2 lets players choose between playing as Corvo, from the first game, or Emily, and each character has their own unique set of supernatural abilities. When Emily's throne is usurped, and the non-player character turned to stone, it's up to you to travel across the Empire of the Isles and get reclaim the throne. Exploring every nook and cranny is well worth the effort because you never know what you'll find.
Journey through the Empire of the Isles and take back your throne with the help of some otherworldly powers. Dishonored 2 can be played from start to finish without being seen by a single enemy. For an extra challenge, you can play through it without killing anyone, too.
It's never a good day when a Xenomorph is on the loose. Play as Ellen Ripley's daughter as she investigates the disappearance of her mother aboard the Nostromo. When the ship's flight recorder is located in an abandoned space station, no one expects to find an Alien onboard. Remember, in space ... no one can hear you scream.
Avoid the Alien with your wits and a motion tracker, but don't use it too often because it alerts the Alien to your position. This is one wicked game of cat and mouse that isn't for the faint of heart. With a seemingly unkillable Xenomorph hot on your tail, you'll need every tool at your disposal to make it out alive.
After the absolute disaster that was Aliens: Colonial Marines, it was nice to get a stellar Alien game. This one's a twofer because you get some survival horror elements and try to stay one step ahead of the Xenomorph. Good luck.
Hitman 2 takes players across the globe as Agent 47, who seeks to eliminate criminals for the International Contract Agency (ICA). There are only about eight campaign missions total, but they take some time to get through if you want to get the job done right. Agent 47 is a master of disguise, and you'll need to hide in plain sight even to get close to your targets.
Hitman 3 may have been built for current-generation consoles but it still runs great on PS4, so it's definitely worth grabbing right now. Hitman 2's ending left players with more questions than answers, and this conclusion to the trilogy is a ride you'll want to see through to the end. Even if you're not in it for the story, then pick it up solely for the wacky and hilarious costumes you can walk around in.
Hitman 3 brings new meaning to the phrase "hiding in plain sight." Agent 47 has new targets in his sight, and nothing will stop him from completing his objectives across the world.
A Plague Tale: Innocence
I admittedly thought this was a standard game about a rat plague, but don't make the same mistake as me. A lot lurks beneath the surface in A Plague Tale: Innocence, including a centuries-old supernatural curse. With Inquisition soldiers hunting you down and a deadly rat plague devastating the land, you'll need to avoid conflict at every chance you get.
With little to no weapons to use — at least few that will kill your enemies — a good majority of this game is straight-up stealth, with some puzzle-solving thrown in for good measure. Luckily, there are some tools at your disposal to distract and disperse enemies, which comes in handy when you're seemingly surrounded.
A Plague Tale: Innocence
On the surface, A Plague Tale: Innocence might look like a standard story about the plague, but as you play through it, you discover that it is so much more, with a centuries-old supernatural curse coming into play.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is a follow-up to Human Revolution starring Adam Jensen, a cybernetically enhanced human whose ultimate goal is to expose the Illuminati (yes, you read that right). Wherever the Illuminati show up, you can bet conspiracy is sure to follow. When the Augmented Rights Coalition (ARC) leader is killed, Adam needs to navigate the civil unrest it caused while searching for an answer.
Like other games on this list, you aren't strictly confined to stealth tactics. You can tackle a lot of these missions through sheer brute force, but having the option to sneak through enemy lines undetected is much more fun, I have to say, especially when using Adam's augments and the wide variety of tools at your disposal.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Clumsily handled story aside, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided provides a superb stealth experience. Non-lethal and lethal weapons at your disposal make for an experience that suits a variety of playstyles.
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Jennifer Locke has been playing video games nearly her entire life. You can find her posting pictures of her dog and obsessing over PlayStation and Xbox, Star Wars, and other geeky things.