Whether it’s a stealth action game or a pure stealth experience, it takes a special kind of character to make a stealth game exciting and memorable. Stealth games have their own unique appeal and often you get immersed in the level design and stalking of enemies, but the experience is accentuated by a strong protagonist. These are my favorite stealth game characters:
5. Sly Cooper (Sly Cooper series)
Sly Cooper is a character that grows on you through his charm, expertise and developing skills in the Sly Cooper series. Sly discovers the skills of his ancestors and fights against the evil mechanized owl Clockwerk, along with the help of his friends Bentley and Murray. No matter the situation, Sly is always fun to play as, utilizing his ninja-like skills and excellent close combat abilities. It’s also fun to take down enemies from behind or loot their pockets, features typical of a stealth game.
4. Ezio Auditore (Assassin’s Creed II, Brotherhood, Revelations)
A quest of vengeance for his family turns into a long journey to discover the secret behind the ‘Apple of Eden’. Ezio Auditore’s transformation from young errand boy into master assassin is an exciting ride, filled with danger and revelations (no pun intended). He’s charismatic, clever and a natural-born leader, able to fight his way through hordes of enemies or completely avoid them if necessary. Solving the puzzles in the Assassins’ tombs was one of the funnest parts of Assassin’s Creed II and commanding a unit of Assassins in Brotherhood was very satisfying. Out of all the Assassins in the AC series so far, Ezio is by far the most iconic.
3. Solid Snake (Metal Gear Solid series)
It takes a whole lot of bravery and a whole lot of risks to be Solid Snake. The type of soldier that Snake is represents not only a duty to his country but also a duty to humanity and preserving all that is right and just. Solid Snake is very cool in a lot of ways but also very human, having made some mistakes and miscalculations along the way. In each Metal Gear Solid game you can always expect some long, detailed speech about something to do with society or technology, which shows his experiences and beliefs. Solid Snake isn’t necessarily perfect, but he’s definitely a hero.
2. Sam Fisher (Splinter Cell series)
A man of conviction; Sam Fisher is a super spy who uses every bit of technology and resources available to him to complete his mission. His story is a long and dark one, with Sam having to commit actions that he will always regret and others that are morally questionable. What makes Sam so unique in this list is how he exists in the real world, a world without sci-fi technology like nanomachines or superhuman strength, yet he still manages to be like a ghost: invisible yet deadly. Though he tries to keep his personal feelings out of it, people he cares about often become involved with a crisis, leading him to go to great lengths to ensure their safety. Like a modern-day ninja, Sam Fisher is intelligent, fully capable and always lurking in the shadows.
1. Prophet (Crysis series)
The ultimate super-soldier. Prophet’s nanosuit is the accumulation of years of technology and research to create soldiers capable of adapting to any circumstance and environment. With the ability to jump to incredible heights, strength to lift and throw big objects, speed unmatched by any human being, tactical visual information and the very cool power to become invisible, Prophet is the complete package. The Crysis series is known for letting you tackle objectives however you want, so having these several nanosuit abilities makes playing the game very exciting. Prophet’s goal to stop the alien Ceph is one that takes him to the edge of his humanity as his suit becomes more and more powerful. Also, nothing beats stalking an enemy from behind while invisible and ready to ruin their day.
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