Must Play Xbox One Stealth Video Games

Note: Article was updated in August of 2018.

From carefully planning out your kills to sneaking across a heavily guarded area, stealth games continue to flourish the market. In this list we’re looking at some of our personal favorite stealth video games to have released on the Microsoft Xbox One platform. In the list you’ll find classic franchise installments such as Metal Gear and science fiction settings such as Alien: Isolation. We’re always on the lookout for new stealth titles so we’ll continue to update this list in the future.

Without further ado, here is our picks for the best Xbox One stealth video games. We of course would like to know your favorites as well, so once you reach our last pick, leave us a recommendation within the comment section below!


Alien: Isolation

  • Developer: Creative Assembly
  • Publisher: Sega
  • Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, X360, XBO
  • Release: October 7, 2014

Alien: Isolation is set fifteen years after the events of the film Alien, where players will take on the role of Amanda Ripley, the daughter of Ellen Ripley who is on an investigation of tracking down the mysterious disappearance of her mother.

Much like the old school survival horror titles, Alien: Isolation has an emphasis on players avoiding the hostile alien enemy. Instead, gamers must rely on some stealth mechanics to maneuver around the game.


Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

  • Developer: Eidos Montreal
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: August 23, 2016

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided takes place in 2029, exactly two years after the events of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Players will once again step into the shoes of Adam Jensen as he seeks out the Illuminati, a group that was responsible for the Aug Incident of Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

Adam Jensen is an augmented former private security officer that is now working with a special Interpol unit known as Task Force 29. Set to seek out terrorist groups, players will use their augmentations to stealthily take down the enemy or enter restricted areas undetected.


Hitman

  • Developer: IO Interactive
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: January 31, 2017 (Complete Season)

Hitman, from developers IO Interactive, is the sixth entry in the Hitman series, and outside of the prologue, the video game takes place seven years after the events of Hitman: Absolution. Furthermore, this is an episodic video game title that holds a total of six episodes, with the first season containing all of the episodes available today.

Much like previous installments, players will be taking on the role of Agent 47, a genetically enhanced assassin, as he travels to international locations to eliminate specific targets. Each episode is more of an open-world sandbox environment where players will have to explore, infiltrate, eliminate a target, and leave without being noticed or killed.


Dishonored 2

  • Developer: Arkane Studios
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: November 11, 2016

Dishonored 2 is an action-adventure stealth video game title that takes place fifteen years after the events of Dishonored.

Within Dishonored 2, Empress Emily Kaldwin is deposed by an otherworldly usurper. Players at the start of the video game will have the option to go through the video game as either Emily Kaldwin or her father and bodyguard Corvo Attano.

Both characters will have abilities which can be forfeited as the game story will offer a wide variety of ways to progress through the game. Players can opt to go with a more stealth or action-filled approach as they attempt to reclaim the throne to its rightful owner, Emily Kaldwin.

However, the game is a bit more rewarding and oftentimes easier to keep a low profile and quietly take out your enemies. This will require the use of sneaking around corridors and planning out your kills.


Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

  • Developer: Kojima Productions
  • Publisher: Konami Digital Entertainment
  • Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, X360, XBO
  • Release: September 1, 2015

Taking place after the events of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, players can enjoy the last installment of the beloved franchise in which was directed under Hideo Kojima. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain follows Snake as he goes through a new mission that takes him to a Soviet-occupied Afghanistan territory.

During the journey, Snake seeks his revenge on those who destroyed his forces during the ending of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, however, to do so, Snake will be exploring an open world environment.

While players have a large environment to roam around, the bases and missions will have a number of foes to take down. How you choose to get rid of them is up to you, but there is a variety of tools and weaponry available which compliments stealth gameplay.


Tomb Raider Series

  • Developer: Crystal Dynamics
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: March 5, 2013

Tomb Raider has been around for years since its release on the original PlayStation. However, developers Crystal Dynamics gave the video game title a proper reboot showing Lara Croft as a vulnerable young woman trapped alone on a hostile island.

It’s through this adventure title that Lara Croft becomes the famed tough Tomb Raider who must stop supernatural entities and opposing forces while using the element of surprise to her advantage.

Rise of the Tomb Raider tells the story of Lara Croft who has become labeled insane with the organization Trinity covering up the events that took place in Yamatai. Now to prove she’s not insane, Lara Croft must make her way into the ancient city of Kitezh.

What the city contains may prove to be something of use in order to prove to those who’ve doubted her. Unlike Tomb Raider, this latest installment has Lara Croft with a few well-tuned skills in which she can put to use.

Furthermore, the latest upcoming installment, Shadow of the Tomb Raider is set to release in September of this year.


Thief

  • Developer: Eidos Montreal
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, PS3, XBO, X360,
  • Release: February 25, 2014

The Thief series of games is classically set in a steampunk setting called The City, where players take on the role of Garrett, the master thief, who becomes embroiled in the political goings-on in the city.

This is a reboot to the series and offers more of the ability to take different approaches to complete a mission throughout the levels, though of course, there is still an emphasis on being stealthy in order to avoid being detected.


Styx: Shards of Darkness

  • Developer: Cyanide
  • Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: March 14, 2017

Styx: Shards of Darkness is a stealth focused video game developed by Cyanide. Set as the third installment to the Of Orcs and Men series, players will take on the role of protagonist Styx. Overall, the narrative goal of the game is to infiltrate the Dark Elven city of Korangar in order to discover the reason between the new alliance of dark elves and dwarves.

If you enjoyed previous installments to Styx then you’ll find most of the gameplay elements have returned in this latest release. Styx will be able to turn invisible briefly, lay down traps and even clone himself in order to take out nearby enemies.


Assassin’s Creed Origins

  • Developer: Ubisoft
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: October 27, 2017

Assassin’s Creed Origins is the latest installment within the Assassin’s Creed series. Players are taken to the end of the Ptolemaic period in Egypt as they witness the origins of the conflict that is the Brotherhood of Assassins and the Templar Order.

Being an Assassin’s Creed game, you can expect a heavy emphasis on stealth and because this latest title has a big open world and several quests, players will be able to put good use in their sneaking around abilities.


Batman: Arkham Knight

  • Developer: Rocksteady Studios
  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: June 23, 2015

Batman: Arkham Knight is one title not to miss out on. The video game acts as a sequel to the Arkham City release where the game picks up one year following the previous title events.

Within the game, Scarecrow had unleashed an attack on Gotham City causing a massive evacuation. Teamed up with a mysterious enemy known as the Arkham Knight, Batman is left within a barren city filled with his greatest foes.

Much like Batman: Arkham City, Arkham Knight allows players to freely transverse through the world map and take on additional side missions. As the Dark Knight players will stick to the shadows with the game taking place during the night.


Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun

  • Developer: Mimimi Productions
  • Publisher: Daedalic Entertainment
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: August 1, 2017

If you enjoy tactical stealth games then Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is one title that you won’t want to miss out on. The game takes place during the Edo period in Japan where players will control a variety of deadly warriors who must sneak through the levels and eliminate enemies. Taking a stealth approach isn’t just an option as you’ll greatly depend on it for your survival. Ultimately, you’ll need to think carefully how to execute your mission and perform things a bit patiently.

Likewise, the game not only is full of Japanese history but the cast of characters you’ll meet along the way have their own unique characteristics that make the overall narrative a joy to see unfold. We even gave a breakdown as to why you shouldn’t pass up on this game which you can read right here.