The Lord of the Rings is a very prolific series and we have noticed one of the most conflicted characters in The Lord of the Rings: Gollum. In this original story, you become Smeagol, a Hobbit transformed, and survive as a creature called Gollum.
For the sake of the One Ring and self-preservation, Gollum must covertly traverse many famous locations in Middle-earth. This is a definite challenge, as Gollum has no reliable form of defense and must rely on stealth. But he’s certainly not alone, and there are other games out there that will make you rely on shadows for success.
8 Styx series
Gollum is known as a diminutive fearsome creeper, but Gollum isn’t the only character with that title. There are two fantasy games centered on Styx, an exceptionally long-lived goblin character. This time, he learned how to use his body and shadows to become a skilled assassin.
Since he’s a goblin, you’ll have to sneak up on him and do whatever he can to take down the giant armored humanoid. Stealth and stealth are his bread and butter, but he also has tools and enchantments that give you more options.
7 Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Spider-Man games always perform well. Upstart hero Miles Morales and his protégé Peter Parker have improved speed and strength, but their core abilities are slightly different. Spider-Man has never been the most powerful foe when it comes to ranking heroes, so he often relies on stealth, and Miles’ powers make up for it well.
His venom strike can stun enemies from a distance and has the power to literally render them invisible. Miles is tough but still a child, so he must use his mobility and strength to infiltrate and take out as many enemies as possible.
6 ghost of the story
An indie title that hasn’t caught a lot of attention, Ghost Of A Tale doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. In a gloomy fantasy world, you play as a rat imprisoned in an isolated prison guarded by rats. Your goal is to escape the prison while exploring the prison and surrounding areas in search of news of your missing wife.
Naturally, this will require you to use your rat-like height and agility to evade detection while taking down rats as a last resort. It’s a scenario where you rarely feel safe and you would never want a rat coming down on you.
Following the success of Limbo, the developers at Playdead realized there was one thing they were very good at. That’s the stealth mechanic they introduced to Inside. Once again, you play as a child in a bleak, dystopian world. Other than the simple need to escape and survive, little is revealed at first.
There’s a fair amount of platforming, physics, and puzzle solving, but also solid stealth elements. There are several hostile entities whose sights are only set on you, so move quickly and hide so you always have an escape route.
4 Mark of the Ninja
Ninjas have been twisted and altered by the media in almost every way possible, making their true portrayal novel. Mark Of The Ninja takes some liberties, but strives to be precise in many ways. The game follows the process of a ninja from an ancient and unnamed tribe receiving tattoos that are said to give them enhanced powers and mystical powers.
Afterwards, his clan is attacked by technologically enhanced PMC troops. Armed with a blade and a few tools, you’re a sturdy but unprotected ninja body that won’t help you much against bullets. It tests if you make sharp movements, hide quickly, and leave no trace that you were there.
three Epidemic Story Series
Nothing boosts your survival instinct more than being forced to flee or having someone to protect you. The Plague Tale game has two games to play with the character Amicia. The daughter of a knight, her home is invaded and destroyed by fanatical forces who kidnap and study her younger brother, Hugo.
While on the run, Amicia must rely on her resourcefulness, stealth, and slinging skills to guide herself and Hugo to safety. You’ll eventually get some pretty cool weapons and abilities, but they won’t replace a good friend hiding in the bushes and making distracting noises.
2 Invisible Inc.
After trying their hand at Ninja, the Mark Of The Ninja folks are back to try their hand at Spy. These aren’t just spies, they’re corporate spies working for Invisible, Inc. As the leader of your own spy business, your tasks include infiltrating other businesses to steal their secrets and conduct secure extractions.
It’s interesting because it combines stealth gameplay with turn-based strategy and gives you access to a whole team of more diverse characters. Some people are better at hacking, others are better at dealing with security, and some are great at staying hidden.
One shadow of the series
Gollum is all about stealth and tries to remain invisible, but he’s not the first LOTR character to rely on it. Years ago, Shadow Of Mordor introduced us to Talion, a ranger who was killed defending the borders of Mordor. He is promptly resurrected by Celebrimbor, an elven creator in the form of a wraith who created the ring. Together, the two make a formidable duo both in and out of battle.
Jumping into the middle of an orc banquet hall and starting a duel with everyone there is perfectly fine, but stealth is far more satisfying. You can crouch, climb, dive, sneak, set off explosives, poison consumables, use arrows, and blast a variety of wild animals, or sneak up and stealthily kill them. Gollum is an expert on the sly, but the Talion-Celebrimbor ranger has far more range.
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