Good Stealth Games?

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#1 Posted by PhilosophiCon (43 posts) -

Does anyone know of a good "stealth" game, short of MGS?

Like, sneaking around, not getting caught, being very... Well, stealthy.

But, I would like a game like this that has some depth. Some story and such.

Just a good stealth game for the PC.

Any recommendations appreciated =]

EDIT: Also, figured I'd mention, I don't have the best PC in the world.

Nvidia Geforce 6200 w/ 256 MB RAM, AMD Sempron 3300+, 2GB RAM.

#2 Posted by shalashaska88 (3094 posts) -
I have just the games for you. The thief series. It's definitely not heavy on your pc. You can also try Prisoner of war.
#3 Posted by Herrick (4468 posts) -

According to the Gamespot review for No One Lives Forever 2, stealth can be used a lot in the game. I just got it earlier tonight but I have not had a chance to play it yet. I'm not sure if it's a proper stealth game.

Edit: Definitely check out the Thief games, as the above poster suggested 8)

#4 Posted by flipin_jackass (9729 posts) -

Theif: Deadly Shadows

Splinter Cell

No One Lives Forever 2

Assassin's Creed

#5 Posted by flipin_jackass (9729 posts) -

According to the Gamespot review for No One Lives Forever 2, stealth can be used a lot in the game. I just got it earlier tonight but I have not had a chance to play it yet. I'm not sure if it's a proper stealth game.

Edit: Definitely check out the Thief games, as the above poster suggested 8)

Herrick

yea, i just go it too the other day. it's got a lot of stealth but is optional in most missions.

the biggest difference between it and MSG is that it's in first person mode rather than third.

#6 Posted by PhilosophiCon (43 posts) -

Thanks, guys =]

I'll definitley check out the Thief games, and No One Lives Forever 2.

#Flipin

I used to have Splinter Cell 2 on the Playstation, I think =]

I'll check that out, and see how far the series has gone and how it looks on PC.

Also, I have Assassin's Creed on 360, and there's no way I could run it on my PC :P (and I don't consider it a stealth game, with the way I play it =] )

Thanks, guys.

#7 Posted by zebruter (182 posts) -

NOLF 2 has stealth in some missions. but it is not needed to make it through the game really. it is a great game and i highly recommend it. just know that many missions have no stealth requirement and it's not even an option in some (i.e. daylight, open spaces).

z

#8 Posted by fireandcloud (5118 posts) -

the game that has the best stealth system is chronicles of riddick, imo. vampyre: the masquerade - bloodlines utilizes stealth pretty effectively as well.

some have mentioned the nolf series, but as much as i love nolf, i kinda dislike its stealth system; it can get pretty frustrating, especially in nolf.

#9 Posted by foxhound_fox (90605 posts) -
I am depressed to see mention of Deadly Shadows and yet no mention of either of the first two games. The first two Thief games have pretty much, undoubtedly, the greatest stealth gameplay in existence. You stalk the shadows and avoid combat at all costs and still get away with the loot.
#10 Posted by Jinroh_basic (6413 posts) -
while other games allow stealth gameplay, the Thief series are ALL about stealth. coupled that with great atmosphere, fantastic level design and a gripping story, you have the absolute best stealth games in the industry, bar none.
#11 Posted by death5ter (1001 posts) -

Call of Cthulhu

#12 Posted by Spunky1119 (93 posts) -
if you download gametap you can play theif for free
#13 Posted by 1carus (1454 posts) -

Thief 1 & 2 are perfect for everything you're talking about. It's not intense (both games were made in 1998 and 2000 respectively), the stealth is considered the best (not to mention it practically began the Stealth FPS genre). The game is very deep, and the story is gripping, and beautifully told through some dark narration and stunning artwork cinematics.

These two games, I think, are exactly what you're looking for. They really have better AI than most games today.

#14 Posted by Planeforger (16221 posts) -

The Thief series is easily the best, and NOLF 2 is pretty good, so definitely check those out.

I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned the Hitman games yet - they were awesome. You might also want to try:

  • Beyond Good and Evil
  • Oddwolrd: Abe's Oddysee/Exoddus
  • Vampire Bloodlines (one of the playable clans is entirely focused on stealth, and the game rewards you for completing missions stealthily)
  • Deus Ex
  • FarCry
  • Dark Messiah of Might and Magic
  • Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth (there are a few unarmed stealth sections)
  • Chronicles of Ridd*ck: Escape from Butcher Bay
  • Call of Juarez
#15 Posted by Tresca_ (869 posts) -

As mentioned by Planeforger, you might also be interested in the Hitman series.

The first 2 are free on gametap.

#16 Posted by thusaha (14495 posts) -
Thief series, Splinter Cell series, Deus Ex and NOLF series.
#17 Posted by Khaine775 (8181 posts) -
Splinter Cell! :D
#18 Posted by biggest_loser (24142 posts) -
Thief 1-3: They are all fantastic games with great storylines. If you are going to start with the first one make sure you get Thief: Gold because it contains 3 extra missions!!
#19 Posted by foxhound_fox (90605 posts) -

Thief 1-3: They are all fantastic games with great storylines. If you are going to start with the first one make sure you get Thief: Gold because it contains 3 extra missions!! biggest_loser

I don't think it really matters which version you get considering the massive amount of community maps that have been made for the games.

#20 Posted by IZoMBiEI (6477 posts) -
ah yeah, like someone mentioned playing as a nosferatu in vampire the mascarade is awesome, you literally cant ever let any of the towns people see you.
#21 Posted by PhilosophiCon (43 posts) -

Amazing guys, thanks =]

I've got Theif - Deadly Shadows from Gametap (I didn't know they gave away free full games. Thank you guys so much for telling me that, that's amazing), and I'll definitely check out all other suggestions.

Thanks much =]

#22 Posted by HenriH-42 (2113 posts) -
I just have to say that the first two Thief games are a whole lot better than Thief Deadly Shadows, plus they have hundreds of user created missions. ;)
#23 Posted by ferret837 (1942 posts) -
The splinter cell series, or theif.
#24 Posted by Colonel_Cool (1335 posts) -
The Splinter Cell games are great. The first 2-3 splinter cell games shouldn't be too computer taxing.
#25 Posted by mracoon (967 posts) -
Splinter Cell series is quite good.
#26 Posted by Macutchi (4246 posts) -
splinter cell chaos theory is one of the best for me personally
#27 Posted by Qixote (10786 posts) -
If there is no taffing about, then it's not a true stealth game.
#28 Posted by biggest_loser (24142 posts) -

I just have to say that the first two Thief games are a whole lot better than Thief Deadly Shadows, plus they have hundreds of user created missions. ;)HenriH-42

How is Deadly Shadows any worse than the other games? It follows the same formula largely.

#29 Posted by HenriH-42 (2113 posts) -

[QUOTE="HenriH-42"]I just have to say that the first two Thief games are a whole lot better than Thief Deadly Shadows, plus they have hundreds of user created missions. ;)biggest_loser

How is Deadly Shadows any worse than the other games? It follows the same formula largely.

Sigh this has been discussed so many times at TTLG but here's a few;

- They removed a LOT of features, like rope arrows and swimming

- HORRIBLY small levels, due to horrible game engine (Dark Engine > all) and because of multiplatform development on Xbox, it just feels a lot more consolized

- Leaning sucks, and no more leaning forward (I know, minor thing but still affects gameplay)

- Has very few fan missions, whereas Thief 1 & 2 have like what, 500?

It did a few things right though, I loved sneaking around the city, allying with hamemers or pagans and the Cradle was the most atmospheric level I've ever seen.. I'm not saying it's bad, it's a great game and a much MUCH better sequel than that horrible abomination Deus Ex Invisible War was... But it's still not as good as TDP and TMA, IMO.

#30 Posted by biggest_loser (24142 posts) -

Sigh this has been discussed so many times at TTLG but here's a few;

- They removed a LOT of features, like rope arrows and swimming

HenriH-42

You don't even need the rope arrows since you have the climbing gloves and there weren't any points in the game that I said that wished I had them. Swimming, meh, again not many areas you would actually need that

- HORRIBLY small levels, due to horrible game engine (Dark Engine > all) and because of multiplatform development on Xbox, it just feels a lot more consolized

HenriH-42

While the levels are broken into two, there is much content in either half. I really don't mind it in this game since all that breaking it up is a brief load screen. They are bigger than IW certainly. I don't care if it was released on console or not, at least they are getting to play Thief. The engine looks a lot better than the Dark Engine obviously due to the dynamic light effects etc. I suspect that this is the reason why the levels are broken up because it would take a lot more power back when it was released to have that kind of graphical quality in larger levels - it really doesn't affect the game that much having them split in two by a brief load screen IMO.

- Leaning sucks, and no more leaning forward (I know, minor thing but still affects gameplay)

HenriH-42

Bit of a exaggerated complaint to put as much you know what on the game as possible.

- Has very few fan missions, whereas Thief 1 & 2 have like what, 500?

HenriH-42

Thats not the developers fault lol, thats the fans my friend.

#31 Posted by HenriH-42 (2113 posts) -
Most people usually like the old Thief more, but meh, nothing wrong with liking TDS as I said it's a great game - but most fans would agree that it pales in comparison to the originals. The originals were something special, once in a decade kind of thing, Deadly Shadows is "just" good.
#32 Posted by asad_azam (68 posts) -
Play Splinter Cell and Hitman.
#33 Posted by Vfanek (7719 posts) -
Thief: DS felt more like a.. mainstream game, it's more to the poinbt of what you should do etc. While the first two Thiefs' put you in a levle and let you do as you like while still keeping the story intact. I personally like Thief: DS the most, because it feels like my kind of game. This might be because I tried the other two thiefs after that game though.. But well, they're all great.
#34 Posted by Qixote (10786 posts) -
[QUOTE="biggest_loser"]

[QUOTE="HenriH-42"]I just have to say that the first two Thief games are a whole lot better than Thief Deadly Shadows, plus they have hundreds of user created missions. ;)HenriH-42

How is Deadly Shadows any worse than the other games? It follows the same formula largely.

Sigh this has been discussed so many times at TTLG but here's a few;

You have to pardon biggest_loser. He has a nasty habit of questioning everyone that doesn't like Deadly Shadows as much as he did.

#35 Posted by Qixote (10786 posts) -

You don't even need the rope arrows since you have the climbing gloves and there weren't any points in the game that I said that wished I had them. Swimming, meh, again not many areas you would actually need that

biggest_loser

There weren't many points that would have benefitted from rope arrows because all missions had much smaller areas to scale than the previous games. There simply wasn't as much to explore. And climbing gloves. . . LOL. I still can't believe you like Ion Storm's cheap replacement of rope arrows since their game engine could not support them.

[QUOTE="HenriH-42"]

- Has very few fan missions, whereas Thief 1 & 2 have like what, 500?

biggest_loser

Thats not the developers fault lol, thats the fans my friend.

Nope, it is indeed Ion Storm's fault. Despite the desperate pleas from the Thief fanbase, they didn't release a game editor when Deadly Shadows was released. They did finally release one about a year later, but it is much harder to work with than editor for the older games. And the game engine is much more complicated, yet limited, to work with so not many fan missions have been made. Funny, people are still making more Thief 2 fan missions than for Deadly Shadows.

#36 Posted by biggest_loser (24142 posts) -
[QUOTE="biggest_loser"]

You don't even need the rope arrows since you have the climbing gloves and there weren't any points in the game that I said that wished I had them. Swimming, meh, again not many areas you would actually need that

Qixote

There weren't many points that would have benefitted from rope arrows because all missions had much smaller areas to scale than the previous games. There simply wasn't as much to explore. And climbing gloves. . . LOL. I still can't believe you like Ion Storm's cheap replacement of rope arrows since their game engine could not support them.

[QUOTE="HenriH-42"]

- Has very few fan missions, whereas Thief 1 & 2 have like what, 500?

biggest_loser

Thats not the developers fault lol, thats the fans my friend.

Nope, it is indeed Ion Storm's fault. Despite the desperate pleas from the Thief fanbase, they didn't release a game editor when Deadly Shadows was released. They did finally release one about a year later, but it is much harder to work with than editor for the older games. And the game engine is much more complicated, yet limited, to work with so not many fan missions have been made. Funny, people are still making more Thief 2 fan missions than for Deadly Shadows.

There was heaps of exploring! There is as much content in the missions as the other only that it was split in half by a load screen.

I don't care about the editor. To me at least it is still a great game. But each to their own.

#37 Posted by SIN55 (222 posts) -
I thought Far Cry was a pretty fun stealthy game. Although it falls way short on the story side, sneaking around tropical islands and picking off mercs from the bushes was really fun.
#38 Posted by fatshodan (2886 posts) -

So many posts, and only two mentions of Escape from Butcher Bay? For shame, my PC gaming brethren.

For shame.

#40 Posted by guildclaws (7907 posts) -

Try Assassin's Creed

#41 Posted by l0ve (3173 posts) -
Chronicles of Riddick for sure, also Hitman Blood Money is a fantastic game, so many ways to go about a level its awesome.
#42 Posted by TheGrayEye (2578 posts) -

[QUOTE="Qixote"][QUOTE="biggest_loser"]

Thats not the developers fault lol, thats the fans my friend.

biggest_loser

Nope, it is indeed Ion Storm's fault. Despite the desperate pleas from the Thief fanbase, they didn't release a game editor when Deadly Shadows was released. They did finally release one about a year later, but it is much harder to work with than editor for the older games. And the game engine is much more complicated, yet limited, to work with so not many fan missions have been made. Funny, people are still making more Thief 2 fan missions than for Deadly Shadows.

There was heaps of exploring! There is as much content in the missions as the other only that it was split in half by a load screen.

I don't care about the editor. To me at least it is still a great game. But each to their own.

Biggest Loser, I agree with you. I did not feel that the game was very dumbed down compared to the first 2 (unlike deus ex). The gameplay is still great, if anything it's enhanced (imo) due to slightly open world feeling. People love to complain about sequels for stupid reasons. The atmosphere was just as amazing as always in the game (one of the most important parts of a thief game). I'd rather have smaller, but more detailed and better looking levels, than wider and more empty looking levels.

On another note: For a game that came out in what- 2003? I still think the graphics are pretty amazing, the lighting and soft bloom effects in particular. I still love the whole thief series though, so don't get me wrong.

#43 Posted by Crimsader (11672 posts) -

Assassin's Creed! ...and the Splinter Cell series.

#44 Posted by jpph (3337 posts) -

Hitman Blood Money. you cannot i say, cannot afford to miss this game

#45 Posted by morpheus077 (1095 posts) -

I hear alot of hype behind the theif series, sadly Ive never played them. I reccomend splinter cell, 1,2,3, hitman 2 and blood money, Oblivion actually has some decent stealth in it and when you enhance it with mods it can be an amazing stealth adventure.

#46 Posted by Morphic (4345 posts) -

The Thief series is the best stealth game ever IMO. I love them. I ve played every one countless times. THe most recent one is kinda ehhh but the first two are gold.

#47 Posted by biggest_loser (24142 posts) -
I'd like to add Batman to this ol' thread :D
#48 Posted by YetiMouNtain (5 posts) -
Age Of Mythology, Rise of legends, r both great. war of the ring is ok
#49 Posted by Treflis (11801 posts) -
You should try the Thief series.
#50 Posted by fudgeblood (3165 posts) -

Try Assassin's Creed

guildclaws
Necro-bump ftl, And Assassin's Creed is hardly a stealth game.