For all the gun-blazing, whip-cracking, all-out action and mayhem there is to enjoy in video games, sometimes a change of pace is needed. All that one-note violence can get boring, no? Why not eliminate that patrolling guard or spittle-covered demon in a more sophisticated manner; something more understated than a rocket launcher to the face?
Fortunately, there's a wealth of stealth games on Switch for the gentil assassin; players who prefer their ultraviolence a tad more calculated and classy — just the thing for when all those Glory kills have lost their glory.
Below you'll find our picks of the best stealth games on Nintendo Switch. There are a variety of different styles, from 3D action games to turn-based tactical titles, but each one lets you live out your desires to be a stealthy agent infiltrating installations and dispatching enemies in the shadows with a subtle silencer, some cheese wire or a swift judo chop. Ow!
Of course, there's a certain purveyor of tactical espionage action missing from Switch at the moment. Snake's appearance as a fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate aside, Konami's Metal Gear Solid series hasn't yet shown up on Switch in any form (that is unless it's just doing a really top-class job of going unnoticed... have you checked all the boxes?). There are, however, plenty of other games on Nintendo's current console that see you a-creepin' and a-sneakin' while we wait for Snake, solid or otherwise, so slip onto Switch.
So, let's take a look — in no particular order — at the best stealth games on Switch.
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With a neat, if limited, core concept combined with some superb retro presentation, Serial Cleaner is held back by design choices that are at best curious and challenging, and at worst infuriatingly obtuse; a good game rather than a great one, but worth investigating if you're a fan of vision cones and blood-drenched '70s décor.