Below you will find the 25 best stealth games ever released on PC. There are sneaking missions, grand thefts, assassinations, escapes and infiltrations. Stay low, keep quiet and we’ll make it to the end.
RPS Feature Our favourite places to hide.
When Overkill Software first added TF2-like weapon crates to Payday 2 [official site], putting special gun skins with better stats in ‘safes’ unlocked by paying real money for ‘drills’, it went poorly. The vocal portion of the co-op heist FPS’s playerbase were riled, to say the least. Overkill backpedalled a little, making it so folks might randomly earn free drills while playing, but it was still pretty crummy of them. Now they’ve returned with a new set of safes, containing guns with new unique bonuses. Oh dear.
We can be fairly certain that affordable time travel won’t exist within our lifetimes because Payday 2 [official site] developers Overkill Software evidently haven’t travelled back to last week and erase their mistake of adding microtransactions to unlock more-powerful versions of guns. If they had, memories of CS:GO-style weapon crates and keys concealing a random selection of garish weapon skins with better stats would fade away. No, clearly we don’t have time travel, because instead they’re now fiddling with the heist FPS’s safe system a bit, trying to placate riled-up players.
Heisters can now earn keys (or ‘drills’, in its terminology) to unlock crates (‘safes’) for free as they play, rather than having to buy or trade for them. It’s a start.
Payday 2 [official site] has kicked off its latest Crimefest event to celebrate the co-op heist FPS series’s fourth birthday, and it has brought presents for everyone. You’ll need to pay extra if you want to open your present, though.
Doubtless inspired by Team Fortress 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive‘s weapon crate drops, Payday 2 will now randomly give players ‘safes’ containing unlockable colourful weapon skins with stat boosts – but which cost £2 to open. What’s unpleasant is that these paid skins’ stats can be straight-up better, and developers Overkill had previously said they’d never add microtransactions.
You know you’re doing well when your foes start breaking out custom equipment and specialists to stop you. For Big Boss, that may mean body armour and snipers. For the Payday 2 [official site] heisters, well, they’re already going up against heavily-armed and armoured police forces, so what could ever hope to stop them? Enter Captain Winters, a new mini-boss sort of enemy added yesterday with the FPS’s latest free update, The FBI Files.
Crime doesn’t pay, They say, so why should you pay for crime? This weekend, you can explore both sides of that as the full version of heisting FPS Payday 2 [official site] is once again free for everyone to try. Until 1pm PST (9pm UK time) on Sunday, y’all can join your pals to rob banks, malls, warehouses, night clubs, and other places money likes to hang out if you head on over to Steam.
The game’s on sale all weekend too, with a hearty 75% discount.
I swear, you can’t take that naughty Payday 2 [official site] gang anywhere! Take them to Las Vegas and do they marvel at the Neon Museum, swing by the Erotic Heritage Museum, flip out at the Pinball Hall of Fame, and get drunk watching the skies outside Area 51? They do not, I tell you.
The latest Payday 2 DLC heist launched last night, sending the crew in to rob a casino. Ambitious, certainly. To help them out, you can also get a new easily-hideable rifle, new melee weapons, and masks including an impressive Elvis shades & quiff combo. A new member is joining the crew too.
RPS Feature We gather here at the death of deals
I’ve grumbled enough about being overwhelmed by the torrent of Payday 2 [official site] DLC, and feeling overwhelmed by it, that I should point out a cool thing developers Overkill have done. Or another cool thing, I should say, given how many content updates they’ve released for free.
As so few games do, Payday 2 has permanently cut the price of its older DLC. Gosh, I wish this wasn’t so rare. I would like to play those Mass Effect 3 DLCs, for example, but not for $10 a pop – and it seems EA will never bundle them up into one wallet-friendly lot. Oh, back on Payday 2, a new update brought another free heist.
What if The Year of the Bow never ended? Maybe this is simply the modern state of video games: they have cool bows to pling arrows at faces. E3 2012 sparked YotB declarations between games like Tomb Raider, Far Cry 3, Assassin’s Creed III, and Crysis 3 but then the bows kept coming, through Shadow of Mordor, Eidolon, and more. Bows are a thing video games just do now.