8 Amazing Stealth-Adventure Games Like "Dishonored"
Dishonored is a rare game. If I had to rate all the games I have ever played, it would definitely be in the top 10.
The game takes place in Dunwall, a city afflicted with a plague that turns people into zombie-like bloodthirsty creatures. You play as Corvo, who was once the protector of the Empress of Dunwall before her assassination.
Now, his mission is to avenge her. Throughout your journey, you will be sneaking past guards, impersonating people, and hopping from one place to another in an attempt to find those who conspired against the Empress.
It’s a beautiful journey. If you have played this masterpiece, it only natural to search for some similar games. Being a huge fan of this game, I have compiled a list of some Dishonored alternatives. Check it out.
8 Games Like Dishonored
- Thief: Deadly Shadows
- Thief (reboot)
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution
- Bioshock: Infinite
- Hitman: Absolution
- Bioshock 2
- Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines
- Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
How many stars would you give "Dishonored"?
1. Thief: Deadly Shadows
With games like Splinter Cell: Conviction and Hitman: Absolution, the stealth genre has gravitated more towards action. You always have an option to run in “guns blazing” if you don't prefer stealthy gameplay. Thankfully, there are some classics like Deadly Shadows that can quench your thirst for a hardcore stealth game since they're not trying to be a stealth-action game.
There are no guns you can pull out to get you out of a precarious situation. You’ll have to rely on your archery skills here as you are only equipped with a bow and a few arrows. When guards see you, they're not going to go back to their normal patrolling until they find you or you knock them out.
Citizens wander around in the open with their fat wallets dangling from their waists. They know that guards are watching over them, so they feel safe. Are they safe from our sneaky protagonist who has mastered the art of stealing things from other people?
Wait for the right moment and strike when there are no guards nearby. Stealing is risky, but it’s rewarding. The more you steal, the more gears you can afford to buy from the black market.
My only complaint is that these shops are difficult to find. They are scattered all around the city though, so it won’t take you long to get what you need and continue on your way to stealing more things.
With some excellent voice work, a dark tone, and an alive city, Thief: Deadly Shadows cements itself as one of the best stealth games like Dishonoured. Yes, it takes some time to pick up the pace, but it grips you once you give it some time.
2. Thief (Reboot)
When Eidos Montreal announced that a reboot of the legendary franchise was launching in 2014, rumors abounded that it was going to be more action-oriented and less hardcore than what the Thief series is known for. Thankfully though, nothing like that happened.
While some tweaks and changes might annoy hardcore players who don’t like any hand-holding, they do have the option to customize the difficulty level to their liking. Don’t like the marking system? Don’t like the help with navigation? Just turn them off! Thief has something to offer for every type of player.
Thief features a bigger, better, and richer city for you to explore and steal things from than its predecessors. After a linear tutorial, the game opens up in fashion. It's up to you to wander around and do quests at your own pace.
If you have played Dishonoured, you’ll feel right at home here as Thief features almost the same settings and a distinctive art style. Just like Dishonoured, the entire game takes place at night, but it’s still colourful enough to distinguish different areas and give it a real sense of place.
Stay out of sight of the guards and you’ll do just fine. They have multiple levels of awareness. If you are seen by them, look for the nearest hiding spot. Just make sure that they don’t see you hide. These tense hide and seek games with guards and the fun of exploring the whole city cements Thief (Reboot) as one of the best stealth games like Dishonored.
3. Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Deus Ex games are renowned for letting you approach your objectives in whatever way you prefer. Go all guns blazing on your foes if you like violence, or sneak up on them if you prefer a low-profile. The Deus Ex series is fun either way.
is another worthy addition to this legendary franchise. It takes place in 2077, at a time when augmenting your body seems to be the latest trend. People are replacing their body parts with high-tech prosthetics. Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Our protagonist is not too behind in following this trend. By the time you start controlling him, he's already had several body parts augmented. As you progress through the story, you’ll be able to take augmentation to extreme levels.
The main hook of Human Revolution is its multi-layered level designing. They are designed in a way that accommodates different types of gameplay. If you want to sneak past a heavily guarded door, you can always find a man-sized air vent or a narrow gap nearby to help you do that.
If you are bored with sneaking around, you can always open fire on your enemies. On the other hand, if your ears are still ringing from the last gunfight, you can take it easy and choose a quiet approach. The freedom of doing things at your own pace is what sets this game apart from other stealth games.
4. BioShock: Infinite
BioShock: Infinite puts you in the shoes of Booker DeWitt, a former investigator who has been hired to retrieve “The Girl." They never tell you about who hired you or the nature of your investigation, and to be honest, it doesn't matter.
Your journey starts when you come across a mysterious lighthouse. At the top of that lighthouse, you find a chair that launches you into the stratosphere. Very soon, you find yourself floating in "Columbia," a city built in the sky. And your missions start from there.
BioShock: Infinite is a first-person shooter, and it’s worth $60 just for its amazing art-style and a fascinating city. I was totally in love with the city and its people from the moment I stepped in.
As I was spending my time just wandering around the city, I had almost forgotten that I had a job to do. The girl was still in the city somewhere. So I headed right towards my mission to save her. I knew things would get ugly, but I never expected Bioshock: Infinite to get so ugly so fast. A peaceful and mesmerizing city was suddenly the darkest place on the earth, with everything engulfed into chaos.
I'll bet you won't be ready for it. Don’t worry though. Nothing can withstand your big-ass shotgun. You will also have access to some magical powers to help you take down increasingly difficult foes.
While BioShock remains a first-person shooter at heart, it plays like an adventure and exploration game as well. There are puzzles to crack, mysteries to solve and a lot of hidden areas to be explored. What’s not to like?
You will find it hard to tear yourself away from Columbia. If you are looking for some games like Dishonored, but with more action and drama, you'll love this game.
5. Hitman: Absolution
Agent 47 is a ruthless, cold-hearted assassin who can get the job done and come out unscathed against all odds. If you've played previous Hitman games, you know what I'm talking about.
The Hitman series has always been about dropping you in hostile places, equipping you with a sniper rifle and some handy tools, and leaving it all up to you to carry out your assassination contract. Unlike Dishonored, though, you don't have the option to spare your target. However, you can choose your own way to finish them off.
Unfortunately, is more of an action game than a stealth one, but it feels good as a third-person shooter as well. You have pistols, shotguns, and sniper rifles with you all the time hidden somewhere in your suit. Hitman Absolution
Although you shouldn't rely on stealth all the time, there is nothing stopping you from popping them out one-by-one if your position is compromised. You should always be careful to not let these guards gang up on you though since it can get overwhelming. Stay undercover and wait for the right moment to strike. It’s not Call of Duty where you can go Rambo style and outgun everyone without getting a scratch.
The whole campaign lasts around 10-12 hours, but if you want more, you can challenge your friends through player-created missions and see if they can do the job more efficiently than you did. It’s a fun way to extend the life of this game by a good couple of hours. Even if you are not much into playing with friends, the campaign is fulfilling on its own.
6. BioShock 2
I must confess that a sequel to the original BioShock is a horrible idea. I thought BioShock 2 was a mistake. As much as I loved the original, I was worried about how BioShock 2 would turn out to be. Just take a moment to consider how weird this game’s setting is? A game taking place underwater? What a weird idea!
I realized how wrong I was as soon as I stepped into "Rapture," a beautifully crafted underwater city that is full of life. It’s been three years since I played BioShock 2, but I still remember visiting some of its haunting corners. It really is a wonderful sequel to the original.
BioShock 2 introduces a few new characters and settings, which loosely connect with the original BioShock. It’s certainly at least a few steps ahead from the original game in every way. The setting is better, the weapons are better, and for the most part, the storytelling is better.
7. Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines
If you are going to judge Masquerade Bloodlines based on first impressions, you are going to miss out on playing one of the best vampire games ever, since the opening moments of this game are really bad. Fortunately, the game is pretty solid despite its technical issues. After the horrible first few minutes, it becomes pretty apparent that Bloodlines is a first-rate RPG.
Everything you knew about vampires is poppycock. You don’t have to worry about somebody wafting garlic at you. They won't do any damage. Don’t just stand there when the same guy pulls out a shotgun though. Unlike what you see in movies, a vampire can die from gunshot here.
You are a newly sired vampire, having slept with someone who was not as human as you thought. Don’t worry though; your mentor will guide you through all the way. You will soon be sucking the blood out of people without them even knowing. It doesn't take long before you are dragged into vampire politics.
The only mark against Bloodlines is the fact it's really old. It came out back in November of 2004. Yeah, it’s been more than 14 years! Don’t let it stop you from playing, though.
8. Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
It’s not often you see a game series improving not only visually, but adding a lot of exciting new elements at the same time. Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, the sequel to Pandora Tomorrow, is what I am talking about. It’s impressive to see a range of new modes like co-op and multiplayer being squeezed into this title. What’s even more impressive is that they work really well together, which makes Chaos Theory a great stealth game.
Sam Fisher is back to hop from one place to another doing the dirty jobs of the American government. He is the dude the government goes to, since even when there's no hope, he can come out unscathed of the most hostile situations and get the job done.
If you ever get bored playing alone, you can always bring your friends in co-op or multiplayer mode. They are equally as fun as the campaign.
Other Splinter Cell games from this series are good as well, but this one stands out from the rest.
Dishonored: An Honorable Title
Dishonored is a one-of-a-kind stealth adventure game that can hardly be beaten—but these games come pretty close. Which one are you going to play next? Or have you already checked them all out? Let me know in the comments below!
© 2014 Rahul Parashar