24 Games Like Thief

Games Like Thief Our list of stealth games like Thief offers a wide array of similar games where you’ll use your skills to explore, sneak and kill.

Thief is one of the classic games within the stealth gaming genre, starting in 1998 it was one of the early games to offer a solely stealth experience and mixed in a unique fantasy, steampunk setting that itself was well ahead of its time in gaming. Combined with multiple pathways to approach your objectives the original Thief was a popular title with the features and mechanics expanded in subsequent titles.

One thing that remained the same through these Thief releases was the focus on sneaking around enemies to avoid direct fights. Utilising the dark corners of the environment players can explore their setting to ultimately find a path forward as they turn off light sources, manage their sound profile and steal objects from the world.

The selection of games like Thief here features other games that focus on stealth elements across realistic and fantasy settings. While some of these games start you off as a master thief similar to the Thief franchise others will see you improving your stealth abilities as you progress through the game.
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System Shock 2

System Shock 2 is a role playing horror game available for Windows and Mac that launched in 1999. The game uses hacking and psionic abilities as core elements alongside first person shooting. The game is often cited as influencing future games that combined FPS and RPG elements such as BioShock. System Shock 2 is set in the future (2114) with players jumping into the boots of a soldier as they attempt to fight off a genetic outbreak that is taking control of a starship. Players will be able to e...[Read Review]

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Deus Ex

Deus Ex is an older game with a cyberpunk theme which blends action, role playing, stealth and first person shooting into a single story heavy adventure. Highly rated amongst fans and critics the success of the first game has seen the lore, world and mechanics revived in a number of subsequent games in the Deus Ex universe. Deus Ex is set in a futuristic world during 2052 where conspiracies and a number of different government agencies are threatening to tear the world apart as they fight for co...[Read Review]

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Assassin’s Creed II

Assassin’s Creed II continues the historical based action adventure series and sends players into 15th century Italy. The game features the same large open worlds and focus on stealth as the original game. Players will again take control of Desmond Miles as he enters the new and improved Animus 2.0 that lets him relive genetic memories. This time around players will be experiencing the memories of nobleman living in Italy during the Renaissance period. This nobleman (Ezio) decides to turn into a...[Read Review]

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Dishonored

Dishonored is an action adventure game set deep in a fantasy dystopian society that is currently experiencing a plague outbreak. With a wealth of missions that require you to uncover information or assassinate targets you’ll be free to achieve these objectives in your own unique balance of stealth and aggression that utilise your selected powers. Dishonored takes place in a fictional setting that is similar to London in the early 1900s and blends the industrial age with magical elements. M...[Read Review]

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Assassin’s Creed: Revelations

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations is the fourth game in the popular stealth series of Assassin’s Creed games. It is the final game that follows Ezio Auditore da Firenze and his battle against the Templars. Just like the previous games players will be stepping into the Animus machine as Desmond Miles and exiting it as a historical protagonist. Your goal is to fight against the Templar order to find a way to prevent the modern day apocalypse that the world faces. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations takes yo...[Read Review]

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Assassin’s Creed

Giving birth to a long running franchise the original Assassin’s Creed provides players a high quality stealth focused open world adventure which continues to serve as the foundation of the franchise in the modern day. Launching in 2007 the franchise has now expanded to over a dozen core game and spin-off titles with an almost yearly release cycle. This original Assassin’s Creed takes players fare into the past as they find themselves in the depths of the Holy Land during the time of the Crusade...[Read Review]

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Aragami

Master lurking in the shadows with Aragami an action adventure title with stealth as the core gameplay. Available across all major platforms this ninja inspired experience allows players to fight as the Aragami, an assassin of great power that also wields unnatural abilities in order to achieve their goals. Summoned into existence by Yamiko, a girl who has been captured by Kaiho who are masters of utilising the powers of light. These masters of the light are also the conquerors of the land which...[Read Review]

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Hitman: Blood Money

Hitman: Blood Money is the fourth game in the popular series of Hitman stealth video games and lets you jump into the shoes of Agent 47 once again. Just like in previous iterations of the series players will accept a number of hits as Agent 47 that come from a number of different clients. These range from simple hits like your first assignment against an amusement park owner to more high profile hits as you advance through the game. Each hit intertwines with your own story and eventually has you...[Read Review]

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Deus Ex: Human Revolution is the third and long awaited game in the series. The game is a prequel and is set 25 years before the first Deus Ex game, this allows newcomers to the series to easily pick up the story even if they haven’t played the other games. In Human Revolution you’ll play as Adam Jensen, a leading member of the security team at Sarif Industries (one of the many growing firms dealing with biotechnology). This biotechnology has the power to reinvent the human body by replacing par...[Read Review]

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Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood belongs to the stealth adventure series, Assassin’s Creed. The game was released in 2010 and continues the adventure from the second game. In Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood players will again be living out the memories of Ezio Auditore da Firenze in Italy thanks to the power of the Anumus machine. The game is the second part in a three game trilogy involving Ezio and his struggle to fight the Templar order and revive the Assassin order. Rome is the main setting for A...[Read Review]

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Hitman: Absolution

Hitman: Absolution is a stealth based game that belongs to the popular Hitman series. The game will have you slowly calculating your next move in a variety of assassination style missions. The game world is set in the aftermath of the previous game (Hitman: Blood Money). Players will play as Agent 47 as they hunt down their old handler Diana Burnwood and then fulfil her dying wish by protecting Victoria from The Agency. From here the player goes rogue themselves and continues their role as a hit...[Read Review]

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Death to Spies: Moment of Truth

Death to Spies: Moment of Truth is a very difficult stealth based third person game that promises a challenge to any fan of stealth gameplay. Set in a World War II setting you’ll have plenty of mechanics to use and master in this experience. The game launched in 2009 off the success of the first game released in 2007, it has similar gameplay mechanics but many improvements that make it a much better experience. This includes new mission locations, more vehicles and weapons along with a better in...[Read Review]

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Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

The sixth release in the Assassin’s Creed franchise takes the series to the high seas. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is also a launch title for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. In this Assassin’s Creed game players will be reliving the memories of Edward Kenway, a pirate in the Caribbean during the 18th century that eventually becomes part of the Assassin Order. During their adventure the player will get to encounter many real life pirates of the day including Blackbeard. Gameplay in Black Flag...[Read Review]

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Assassin’s Creed Unity

The Assassin’s Creed franchise continues its historical based adventure series with the 2014 release in the series called Unity. Taking players deep into Paris to play a key role in the French revolution players will explore the DNA memories of Arno Dorian as they unravel the true story and motives behind the famous historical revolt. While Unity pushed the limits of hardware of the day to deliver it’s stunning graphics the age of the title now puts it in easy reach of modern hardware. Arn...[Read Review]

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Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines

Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines is an action orientated role playing game that explores the rarely touched vampire fantasy for a video game setting. Offering deep role playing mechanics players customise their recently converted human to design their own playstyle through the vampire filled world full of story, choice and challenges. Set in a modern day Los Angeles players explore four unique game areas that include downtown, Santa Monica, Hollywood and Chinatown that each have their own myst...[Read Review]

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Styx: Master of Shadows

Styx: Master of Shadows serves as the prequel and second game in the series occupying the same world as that Of Orcs and Men (2012). Unlike the first game though Styx: Master of Shadows pulls out Styx the goblin as the main character and focuses more on stealth than the fantasy action of the original. This new refined focus on stealth is pushed even further through a combat system that disincentives engagement by making it exceedingly difficult and even tedious to fight enemies making it suitabl...[Read Review]

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Styx: Shards of Darkness

Styx: Shards of Darkness builds tremendously on the previous title in the series, addressing key player concerns while also improving your arsenal of stealth tools. Most notably players will no longer be locked into combat when located and can instead attempt to parry enemy attacks or attempt to flee and re-engage stealth gameplay. The story this time around sees Styx attempting to infiltrate a Dark Elven city of Korangar in order to determine why the dark elves have aligned themselves with dwar...[Read Review]

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Assassin’s Creed III

Despite its name Assassin’s Creed III is actually the fifth core game in the popular history based series. The game was released in 2012 and offers the same action and adventure mix as the previous games. Players familiar with the series will recognise the Animus machine that allows players to relive memories from their ancestors. This time around Desmond Miles will hop into the Animus machine to find a method to stop the upcoming apocalypse. The journey takes him to the 18th century and the Ame...[Read Review]

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Velvet Assassin

In Velvet Assassin you play Violette Summer, a World War II British Assassin sent alone into German territory with no official backing to disrupt the Nazi plots and help the allies win the war from behind the scenes. Velvet Assassin is inspired by the true story of British secret agent Violette Szabo who was captured during World War II and deported to Germany from the German controlled territory she was captured. Velvet Assassin begins with you in a hospital bed, with morphine syringes scattere...[Read Review]

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Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory

The third game in the Splinter Cell franchise with Tom Clancy’s name is Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory and is just as stealthy as the other games in the series. Following Sam Fisher who works as an agent in the covert-ops branch of the NSA known as the Third Echelon. Opting for a much darker atmosphere than other games in the franchise this mature approach was a definite hit amongst fans and newcomers. Set in 2007 Chaos Theory explores rising tensions between the Asian nati...[Read Review]

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Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time

For the fourth time players can venture into the world of Sly Cooper with Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time. The game continues on the stealth and platform roots developed by previous games in the franchise. For those unfamiliar with the game setting players will be assuming the role of Sly Cooper as they explore a world inhabited by anthropomorphic animals. Sly himself is a racoon who belongs to a very long and prestigious line of thieves, after a villain tampers with the family history book players ...[Read Review]

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Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes continues the franchises mixture of stealth, action and adventure on a large selection of platforms. Marking lucky number 8 in the franchise you’ll find similar gameplay fundamentals to the past releases while exploring a story designed to be the prologue Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. In this stealth adventure players will take on the role of Snake as he infiltrates Camp Omega on a mission to rescue the Cipher agent known as Paz Ortega Andrade and ...[Read Review]

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Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction is the 2010 addition to the long term franchise and completely reinvents the franchise with all new mechanics and a great level of polish. Continuing on from the previous game in the franchise players will quickly find themselves in familiar territory. If this is your first time playing a Splinter Cell game you won’t feel out of place either with a quick introduction to the game that brings everyone up to speed on the current situation. The campaign follows...[Read Review]

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No One Lives Forever 2

No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.’s Way (NOLF2) is a first person shooter that encourages players to use stealth to achieve their goals. Launching in 2002 off the success of the original this game promises a good experience for players both new and old. The game follows your adventures as Cate Archer, one of the top spies in UNITIY who is chasing the criminal organisation of H.A.R.M. to try and find out what they are up to. The game takes you across a good range of locations from Syberia...[Read Review]

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