The Best PS4 Stealth Games Available in 2019

By Dave Horobin, 7 months ago
What are the best stealth games available on the PlayStation 4? It's pretty rare for a 100% stealth-focused game to release these days, with most developers tending to include a range of different mechanics that allow you to choose how you want to play. Indeed, most games from our list below give you, the player, the option of sneaking around like a ninja or blasting your way in through the front door with all guns blazing.

If you prefer the arguably more skilful and challenging approach of sticking to the shadows and dispatching of enemies silently without alerting a whole base full of enemies that you have arrived, our list of the best PS4 stealth games available in 2019 is right up your street.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey

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Assassin's Creed Odyssey is an ambitious game that takes a huge leap in the right direction for the series by building on the solid foundations laid by Origins. The world is stunning, the combat feels better than it has in any other game in the series, and the inclusion of choices both big and small impacts the world and creates a much deeper narrative experience. There are still some rough spots then need addressing in future titles, and some of the new additions don't work as well as they should, but Odyssey sets a new bar for what an Assassin's Creed game can be.

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HITMAN 2

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It's certainly true that a lot of what Hitman 2 does well are things that Hitman from 2016 did well too, but much of what made that game great is taken a step further this time, making this new sequel the best Hitman game in almost 20 years. IO deserves praise for knowing their series so well and bringing the types of changes to this sequel that longtime fans will appreciate most of all. It's the most accessible Hitman to date thanks to improved information sharing, but it also runs deeper than anything before it, making it a game truly built for the fans that know Agent 47 best. No other stealth game plays like Hitman, and Hitman 2 is the best this unique series has ever been.

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

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The Phantom Pain is the kind of game that actually feels as if every seemingly insignificant gameplay detail actually has a real purpose. Every mission, side-op and minute spent assigning staff back at Mother Base makes a real difference to what can or cannot be achieved out on the field. At its core, it is still a stealth-action game, but it never ties you down to just being stealthy. Every mission can be approached in a multitude of different ways and it's left up to the player how to progress. The more manageable approach to storytelling may not seem true to the Metal Gear Solid series to date, but it fits in well with the game's more flexible approach, which lets people attack the game head on or play in smaller bites without needing to worry that at any moment they may have to set aside an hour purely to watch a surprise cut-scene

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Dishonored 2

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There is a unique satisfaction to playing Dishonored 2 in a quiet and merciful way that was totally different than the wanton assault in which you can choose to engage. Few games can elicit that dichotomy of emotion and experience. That factor alone makes Dishonored 2 a game worth playing. For those needing a more technical recommendation, however, Dishonored 2 represents a hallmark in level design and player freedom. While you're encouraged to play the game stealthily with a good measure of tactics and precision, it is by no means necessary. The detailed missions, versatile powers, and atmospheric storytelling will keep you coming back for multiple playthroughs if only to learn more about the world, play with the powers, and find every last thing to either steal or kill/subdue. Simply put, Dishonored 2 is a must play for stealth fans and an easy recommendation for most gamers.

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Batman: Arkham Knight

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Arkham Knight is an enjoyable finale to a series of games. Rather than resting on its laurels, it steps things up with a bunch of great new features, including a fully integrated Batmobile that meshes well as part of the Batman experience most of the time, except for in combat situations where it can be hit or miss. Batman is more desperate and more dangerous than ever before, even if the plot falls victim to predictability and the occasional cliché. Arkham Knight manages to capture Batman in his purest comic book form, with dark depths, good characters, fun but slightly goofy contrivances, and the occasional awkward gameplay and story moments sprinkled throughout.

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Metro Exodus

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To bring a traditionally linear game into an open world mold without breaking what made it special is a monumental task. Metro is a series known for its ability to capture a dreary underground with a sense of horror and desperation. These elements remain intact, but the new structure brings so much more to play that Exodus becomes a better game than its predecessors in every way. The level design is impeccable, seamlessly blending linear levels and open world design while giving you a choice in which way you'd like to go. By breaking out of the subway tunnels, the game also offers a far greater range of environments to explore. The world itself is wonderful to experience with tons of little details to enjoy and just the right amount of horror to keep you on edge. The only downside is the gunplay, with weapons that are hard to aim and that feel like peashooters, but luckily the game adds a stronger stealth element that makes for a fine alternative. Exodus is an overall excellent experience that succeeds at nearly everything it attempts to achieve.

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Middle-earth: Shadow of War

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Middle-earth: Shadow of War is one of the best Assassin's Creed-style games of its era. It's also a worthy successor to a game many called 2014's Game of the Year. The world is huge and full of tons of activities. The new fortress assault system creates awesome battles that feel truly epic. Then there's the return of the Nemesis system, which runs through every system the game has to offer. The system keeps combat fresh and it gives Shadow of War a much-needed splash of character and humor. Its faults are undoubtedly minor. One of the game's more prominent side activities, fight pits, are simply not very fun at all. Then there are the loot boxes, which aren't strictly necessary but will undoubtedly create a need to grind if you don't purchase them. Overall, Shadow of War is an excellent game that offers dozens of hours of enjoyable content. It's a game that's worthy of every minute you'll put into it.

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Alien: Isolation

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Isolation is an example of a licensed game done very well. Perhaps more than any game on this list, it demands you exhibit smart cautious decision making. The alien is alive and with unscripted AI it can get terrifying when you're hiding in a locker hoping it doesn't check for you. You have some recourses for defense, but just as the films showed us so many times, offensively you're pretty much screwed. So keep your flamethrower loaded, but don't expect it to kill the xenomorph. It'll only slow her. In the meantime, solve your puzzles or find a new hiding spot. She's adaptive and on the hunt and you're the unfortunate prey. This flips the stealth dynamic and not to the player's benefit from a self-preservation standpoint, though if you like stealth-horror, it's all very commendable.

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided provides an interesting and at times thought-provoking story which is set in a detailed and immersive world that is begging to be explored. The lack of character development in some of the enemies, the occasional technical issues, and the ending which leaves too many questions unanswered are blemishes, no doubt, but for anyone looking for a rewarding single-player experience the variety of gameplay and replay value on offer makes Mankind Divided an easy recommendation.

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Dave Horobin
Written by Dave Horobin
Dave is the TrueTrophies Social Manager and has been a Newshound since 2010. When he's not chasing developers and publishers for early review copies, he can usually be found on the TrueTrophies social pages discussing all things TT related.