One of my first childhood dreams was to be a secret agent. So stealth characters have always appealed to me.
Watching Goldeneye at 7 years old and then proceeding to work through every single one of the James Bond movies, starting with Sean and ending with Pierce, led me to playing games such as Metal Gear Solid, Goldeneye, Perfect Dark, Splinter Cell, Hitman, Deus Ex, Assassins Creed etc, etc. For me there was nothing more satisfying than taking out your opponent without a sound, in true spy style.
So, who are the best spies out there in the gaming world?
Allow me to introduce my top 5 stealth characters.
An obvious choice. His stealthy entrance into the facility level (covered here) was flawless, right from the point of peering down a vent and wiping out the Russian soldier going about his business.
Admittedly not quite as “secret” in Agent Under Fire (2001), another of my favourite yet understated games, but he was back on form in The World is Not Enough and 007 Nightfire, with some pretty stealth-focused missions in both.
Charming, good looking and deadly, James Bond is the ultimate “old school” secret agent. He’s been a major player in video-games since 1983, debuting in James Bond 007 on the Commodore 64.James Bond Goldeneye from Rare
Personally, I found Sam Fisher’s adventures brilliant, but occasionally very tedious. Rather than stealth it was often more about timing, and whether or not you got around that corner in the nick of time. However, the gadgets available more than made up for this, from silenced sniper rifles, to hacking and explosives. Oh, and not to mention those funky three spec luminous green glasses.
Sam was cool. The fact he was a single Dad dealing with these pressures puts him in the top 5.
No stealth post would be complete without this guy. My fondest memories were of Metal Gear Solid 2, and in particular that first level on the ship. If you played this game on the hardest difficulty it totally changed the dynamics and getting through that first level was a whole new beast unto its own.
A slick and savvy character indeed, even if his story has become rather convoluted.
I love the Assassin’s Creed series. It’s like history, but fun and elaborate. In my opinion playing as the head honcho of the order was the most fun; after all, nobody likes to be second best. In terms of assassinations Altair beats even Bond for efficiency. He doesn’t need a gun, and distance (at least in height) is not a problem. If he’s above someone he can take them out in whatever style he sees fit. A true master spy amongst other things.
Why on earth wasn’t Perfect Dark (the first one) made into a feature length film? I remember rumours of Carrie Anne-Moss (The Matrix – Trinity) being highly sought after to the play the role. Another classic game from Rare that I spent my fair share of hours playing and replaying. A gem of a game, Joanna Dark went through a variety of missions before battling the Skedar with the help of a grey alien. It’s better than it sounds.
She’s since become over-sexualised, which is a shame, as she was a stronger character in the original.
If I wanted an infiltration team, here they are. What a squad! Can you beat them?