I enjoy stealth in games and it’s even more fun when you can incorporate a player two. Nothing screams enjoyment more than assassinating enemies together or looting heist style without alerting enemies. This list features a range of different games but all with the overarching element of stealth. Join me as I count down on a variety of stealth-based games and add them to your backlog to experience with a friend.
5. Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
Co-Operative play in Splinter Cell: Choas Theory follows a two-player campaign. The cooperative campaign does not follow the single-player mode directly as the gameplay features different tasks and structures. The main aim is to secure four Russian EMP warheads. Nicknamed Agent one and Agent two, work together to stealthily carry out this task.
The form of gameplay is linear and the actions laid out can only be completed by two players. For example, dual actions such as step jump and coordinated kills allow for some fun gameplay which otherwise would have been done in the solo campaign. Having someone to laugh and joke around within one breath and be serious in the next makes this an interesting addition to stealth focussed Cooperative game.
Overall, if you’re looking for a new way to experience Splinter Cell grab a friend and check out this title. Other Splinter Cell cooperative games which also focus on stealth include Splinter Cell: Double agent, Splinter Cell: Conviction, and Splinter Cell: Blacklist
4. Styx: Shards of Darkness
This installment of the Styx series is a sequel to Styx: Master of Shadows. Working with a friend in a world where combat is discouraged and sneaky assassinations are the way forward, join Styx. Interesting gameplay with a variety of new abilities and weapons helps cement this as number 4 in this list.
Playing alongside a friend at any moment leads to exciting fresh opportunities but also has an element of risk as you are more likely to get caught! The entire campaign can be played cooperatively. Therefore, allowing for the story to be experienced with someone. There are no limits to what the co-op player can do and they have the same abilities, gameplay as the main player. Communication is key as even being spotted once can fail the mission if losing the physical altercation that ensues. The game is encouraging you to coordinate kills and coordination of the interaction with environment items such as chandeliers.
Overall, the installment is an exciting way to experience the sequel and allows for hours of fun. Check out the trailer below and see if you will be recruiting a player two to check it out as I did!
3. Sniper Elite 4
Sniper Elite 4 is another game focused on stealth that allows for the entire campaign to be played cooperatively. Sniper Elite boasts stealth in the form of sniping. Play as Karl Fairburne in world war 2 as he attempts to liberate Italy from the pursuing Nazis.
Tactical and strategic communication between the player and the cooperative player allows for an interesting test of compatibility as a cooperative duo. Players must coordinate stealth attacks and use the environment to their advantage. For example, a plane flying overhead can be used to mask the sound of a shot if timed right. Working with your duo, it’s imperative that they know where you are, who you’re targeting, and how the plan is working out. The game promotes coordination, communication, and collaboration. Something, I personally feel all cooperative games should strive to promote.
Overall, this game is great to sink your teeth into whether you are new to the series or a returning fan. Playing with a friend will help enhance the experience and carrying out perfect longshots in sync will only strengthen the bond as a duo.
Aragami is a charming shinobi-based stealth co-op game. Join another player and takedown guards in beautiful scenes. However, that’s not the best part. The main character whom both players play has a range of supernatural abilities to aid them in their sneaky quest. This includes teleportation which envelopes the player in a cloud of black smoke and allows them to effortlessly traverse the rooftops, rafters, and statues of the areas. Earn coins and medals to level up these abilities.
Stealth is a big part of the game for both players and this is ensured if someone is caught. Hand-to-hand combat like in most stealth games is discouraged and you have a better chance of completing the mission if you do so without any alerts or aggro. Players can carry out synchronized assassinations together and steal loot such as currency to level up thus, creating a rewarding experience.
Overall, if you’re looking for stealth focussed cooperative game with an outstanding, unique art style and intriguing story then check out Aragami in the trailer below and recruit a friend to experience it with you.
1. Hood: Outlaws and Legends
Hood Outlaws & Legends is a primarily focussed stealth multiplayer game that has an imperative need for cooperation. Playing as a band of thieves modeled after Robin Hood and his gang, delve into this medieval fantasy where you rob from the rich and can give to the poor. The aim of the game is to work with your team in order to grab loot from the sinister sheriff. Stealth is essential as direct combat usually results in death unless it’s in the final element of the round where you have to stand off against the enemies coming for your precious loot.
The characters are intriguing to play as:
- Robin (Archer, of course!)
- Marianne (Assassin)
- John (Tank, not so little John!)
- Tooke (Healer)
Each player can pick a character that reflects their strengths and works collaboratively with the rest of the team to deliver the goal of achieving the loot. Having a well-balanced co-op team can make the game a lot easier. Play against the AI or engage in PVP with other players. No matter what way you play it, Hood: Outlaws and Legends is a great experience combining stealth and cooperative play.
Overall, Stealth wins the day in this game and makes it a fun experience with friends. Not many multiplayer games focus on stealth but this is a good addition to the genre. Check out the trailer below and see if you will be assembling a band of merry men to check this out.
Thanks to everyone reading and for checking out my opinionated piece on the top 5 stealth games with co-op. If you disagree or agree leave a comment below and let’s start a discussion. I’m happy with any recommendations our readers may have.
26, Indie Game connoisseur. Also a hamster mum, fiancée & working in the addiction field. Gaming and writing are my escape and comfort for when the world gets too much!