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What Games Are Like Hitman?
The Hitman franchise has always been about giving freedom to the players. There are countless ways to tackle a situation. You can go in all guns blazing or wait for the right moment to sneak in undetected.
Now that the publisher and the developer have parted ways, the future of Agent 47 looks more uncertain than ever. The good news is, IO Interactive, the studio behind this acclaimed game, has gone full indie while managing to retain all the rights to this franchise. Their recently released sequel to 2016's Hitman has garnered a lot of praise. Unfortunately, it has not fared so well in terms of sales. It seems as if Agent 47 might hang up his boots for real.
Update - The good news is, Hitman 2 and 3 has gone on to do really well for IO Interactive. Hopefully, there is more to come.
While you wait for the ruthless assassin to get back to work (hopefully), let’s take a look at some other games like Hitman that’ll keep you busy for a while.
11 Games Like "Hitman"
- Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution
- Thief: Deadly Shadows
- Splinter Cell: Blacklist
- The Saboteur
- Death To Spies Series
- Metal Gear Solid 5
- Velvet Assassin
- Sniper Elite 4
1. Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
Usually, I wouldn't recommend anything published by Ubisoft. With their renewed focus on open-world, multiplayer games, it’s hard to recommend anything they touch these days.
Believe it or not, they used to make some amazing single-player games. Released across all major consoles and PC back in 2005, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory still remains one of the best stealth games from this company.
Unlike the successive games that followed this gem, you can't just shoot the joint up. You have to solely rely on stealth to complete all the missions, making for a tense experience all the way through. If you’re looking for some great stealth games like Hitman, Chaos Theory won’t disappoint you.
Due credit should be given to Arkane Studios, the developers behind the Dishonored series, for redefining the stealth genre. You play as Corvo Attano, a former bodyguard of the empress, who’s now accused of murdering her. In his quest to avenge the murder, he becomes a ruthless assassin.
If chaos, murder, and unrest is your thing, there is nothing stopping you from pulling out your sword and killing everyone in sight. But if you don’t like it noisy, you can always rely on stealth to help you sneak past everyone and get the job done. Heck, you can finish the whole game without murdering a single soul. How awesome is that!
If you liked the first game of the series, you must check out Dishonored 2 as well. It’s just like the first one, but with better mechanics and more options than its predecessor. You get to choose between two protagonists, each equipped with a different set of skills.
My only gripe is the mediocre PC port. They still haven’t fixed some pervasive issues plaguing the PC version of this otherwise amazing video game. Buy it for your PS4 or Xbox One.
3. Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Set as a prequel, Deus Ex: Human Revolution is an action RPG set in 2027 where augmentation is the new fad.
You play as Adam Jensen, a man equipped with a lot of augmentations, who uses his abilities to take down secret societies and evil corporations. The gameplay mechanics are simple enough at first. However, as you start progressing further in the game, it keeps getting more complex. You have to choose your upgrades, weapons, and augmentations carefully. Again, the option to let your presence be known, or remain in shadows, is up to you.
There are always more than a few ways to compete in a mission. If you pay close attention to the world, you are bound to find secret pathways and other alternative routes to do your job. Thanks to the overwhelming options, Human Revolution has some serious replayability value. Once you’re finished with the story, be sure to check out the “New Game+” mode where you can play all the missions from the beginning with unlocked augmentations and upgrades.
4. Thief: Deadly Shadows
Thief: Deadly Shadows is the third game of the series and unarguably the best stealth game to this date. This entry didn’t get as much praise as the first two games, but it looks and plays better than them. Though it’s dated, its clever level-designing still gives contemporary stealth games a run for their money.
You play as Garret, a thief with a gift of being able to sneak past any guard, pick any lock, and get whatever he wants. Using the darkness to his advantage, he steals from the wealthy and helps himself. You’ll have a bow and a few other tools at your disposal to accomplish your mission. In most of the scenarios, you won’t even need to use it.
You have an entire city filled with guards to sneak past or kill, people and locations to loot, secret alleys to find, and so much more. Be patient even when you die a couple of times in the beginning. The learning curve is steep, but sticking to the game is rewarding after a while.
5. Splinter Cell: Blacklist
Blacklist is the latest in the series of Splinter Cell games to arrive on PS3, PC, and Xbox 360. To be frank, I’m not a huge fan of the way it suggests violence all the time. Now, there is an option to take the stealthy route in most scenarios, but it keeps begging you to pick up a gun. I understand that it might be appealing to some fans, but hardcore gamers will be a little disappointed here.
Don’t mistake my ranting for a mediocre game. In fact, there are some tense sections that’ll require you to be at your best if you want to survive. Some parts, however, just demand that you sneak up to an enemy, press "E" and be done with him.
Whatever my opinion regarding its stealth sections might be, the action sequences will always leave you on the edge of your seat.
6. The Saboteur
Developed by Pandemic Studios and published by Electronic Arts, The Saboteur is an open-world action game set in the World War 2 era. Taking place in Nazi-occupied France, you’re placed in the shoes of Devlin, a protagonist with a troubled past who just wants to drink away his mistakes.
Although the main storyline is intriguing and gets better with time, you can choose to wander off and go on a killing spree instead. His set of skills allows you to try different combinations of possibilities with NPCs and enemies alike. For me, it was fun to get into a brawl with random NPCs and bombing Nazis.
The graphics and gameplay are somewhat dated by today’s standards, but it’s still an excellent game.
7. Death to Spies
Death to Spies is the closest you’ll ever get in your quest to find a game similar to Hitman in aesthetics and gameplay. The locations in this game aren’t as wide open and you won’t have as many options to kill your target. On top of that, all the missions here are instant-fail. If you are recognized through your disguise, you'll have to start all over again. It can be frustrating at times, but a hardcore Hitman fan wouldn't be deterred by its steep learning curve.
It’s a shame that the third game of the series never made it to the shelves, but there’s a demo available for those who'd like to try it. Just witness for yourself how good this third installation could have been. Nevertheless, you have two amazing, underrated games of the series to churn through. It should be sufficient to keep you occupied for a while.
8. Metal Gear Solid 5
I could have mentioned any game from this series, but I have to recommend the latest and unarguably the finest of the franchise. Metal Gear Solid 5 takes you to Afghanistan and Angola-Zaire where the final piece of the story in this franchise unfolds.
If you’re new to the series, the storyline can feel puzzling at first. I have been following this franchise since the release of Metal Gear Solid on PlayStation 1 in 1998, and I still haven’t quite wrapped my head around it. Even hardcore fans have a hard time keeping track of its always expanding storyline. Try not to worry too much about the story. The stealth action gameplay set in a huge, sprawling open-world is the main draw, and that’s what you should be focusing on.
The game drops you into a big open world and lets you handle things your way. If taking things head-on is your playstyle, there's no stopping you. If you prefer to sneak your way around the whole thing, it's much more difficult.
You can use a variety of combinations on these missions. For instance, you can choose to progress with a non-lethal approach and stay hidden. Kill everyone without getting noticed or just balloon them up to your "motherbase" to build your own private army of capable people; it’s all up to you.
Developed and published by Rockstar back in 2004, Manhunt is a brutal, unforgiving experience—one I remember to this day. Though not billed as a horror game, this game is sickening and horrifying to the core. Never before had I played something like this where I panicked so often.
You wake up to find yourself in the middle of nowhere, with no knowledge of what happened to you or how you got there. Your only goal is survival, at any cost. If you have to plunge a knife down someone's throat, do it. This game never shies away from being a cruel affair.
If this sounds like your cup of tea, go for it. Embrace its disconcerting affairs and let it wash you over with its unholiness.
10. Velvet Assassin
You play as a sleeper agent in the middle of World War 2, with a mission to infiltrate the Nazi camp and decimate their efforts.
You sneak around the bushes and witness the unflinching brutality being unleashed on innocent people while going about your usual assassination business. In a place ravaged by war, the shadow is your only friend.
All of the 12 missions you partake in provide you with ample options to sneak around and get the job done. With almost everything engulfed in darkness, the whole map becomes a potential playground to show off your stealth skills. Since it's not a huge blockbuster game, most of the missions are linear, with only a few alternate ways to go ahead. Like I stated, however, you're allowed to be creative with your missions.
AI can act a little stupid and slow at times, but a strong story helps smoothen an otherwise uneven ride.
11. Sniper Elite 4
Sniper Elite 4 addresses some of the pressing concerns of the previous iteration, which is maintaining authenticity while shedding the redundant fluff. The result is an accessible, realistic third-person shooter that instantly immerses you in its rich, war-ravaged expanse.
Casual players needn't fret. If you're just a layman, crank down the difficulty to its lowest, and you're good you go. Pro gamers, however, should turn it all the way up. Every step, every shot you take becomes a quest for survival. When you take the wind speed, movement, angle, and your heart into account before taking a shot, it suddenly transforms into a survival sim.
At harder difficulties, it's almost impossible to escape when you miss a stealth shot and blow your cover. Unlike the easier difficulty settings, gunning down everyone is not an option anymore.
Then again, you're the one in charge here. If it's too much whooping, turn the difficulty down a notch. However you play it, Sniper Elite 4 is a fun, engaging journey all the way through.
These Games Are a Hit, Man
The Hitman franchise gives the player the opportunity to shape their game as they please. Whether you want to take the stealthy route or make as much noise as possible, these games offer the freedom to choose.