“Best stealth action game I’ve ever played”: PlayStation’s New CEO Puts Hideo Kojima’s Masterpiece Over Hitman and Assassin’s Creed

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain left a long lasting impression on Hermen Hulst.

Hideo Kojima Assassins Creed and Hitman
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  • PlayStation’s CEO, Hermen Hulst, listed his favorite PS4 games.
  • Hermen Hulst considers Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain as Hideo Kojima's masterpiece.
  • Despite being released in 2015, Metal Gear Solid V remains one of the top stealth action games.
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Stealth games have always held a special place in the hearts of gamers. In the past, the new CEO of PlayStation, Hermen Hulst, shared his top six PS4 games in an interview. The interesting thing about the list compiled by Hulst was the number of stealth games it included.


One genre that stood out among his top 6 games list was stealth-action games. He mentioned that Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain was the best stealth game he ever played. He preferred this title in the Metal Gear Solid series over other stealth games like Hitman and Assassin’s Creed. 

CEO Hermen Hulst’s top 6 PlayStation titles

Hermen Hulst will now lead the charge on Sony's first-party outings.
Hermen Hulst picks his top 6 games (via PlayStation Blogs)

Hermen Hulst, the CEO of PlayStation, has been an integral part of the gaming industry for years. In 2017, PlayStation Blog created a new program called Discover the Creators, where creators will be asked various questions and list their preferred PlayStation games. 


Hulst was tasked with listing his top six all-time favorite PS4 titles. These games left a lasting impression on him, and each one contributed to the rich tapestry of gaming experiences. Before listing his top 6 games, he said the following words: 

These are just a few of the many PlayStation 4 games that have managed to excite, impress or disturb me. They’re responsible for some of the most memorable gaming moments I’ve experienced in recent years.

Without further ado, here are Hulst’s top picks:  

  1. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  2. The Last Guardian
  3. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  4. Inside
  5. Until Dawn
  6. Street Fighter V
The Phantom Pain is one of the best stealth game
Metal Gear Solid V is Hideo Kojima’s Masterpiece

When discussing The Phantom Pain, Hulst said-


Hideo Kojima’s parting shot for the franchise is the best stealth-action game I’ve ever played, bar none. A celebration of everything that makes Metal Gear great.

He mentioned Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain again when listing his top PS4 games with beautiful worlds. The Phantom Pain‘s immersive environment and intricate design left a lasting impression on Hulst. As he put it, this game was Hideo Kojima’s masterpiece within the Metal Gear Solid series before his departure. 

The Phantom Pain still reigns supreme

Metal Gear Solid 5 was released in 2015.
The Phantom Pain is still one of the best stealth games.

When discussing stealth games, several titles come to mind, including the Assassin’s Creed series, Hitman 2Hitman 3, the Splinter Cell series, and the Metal Gear Solid series. Each of these series brings something new and unique to the table, making them a central talking point in the stealth-action genre.

Among all the stealth-action titles, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain always stands out. Its blend of open-world exploration, intricate storytelling, and deep gameplay mechanics make it a timeless classic. Whether you’re infiltrating enemy bases, recruiting soldiers, or riding a cardboard box down a hill, the game keeps surprising you.


Stealth games continue to evolve and each new entry brings something unique and new. But it is still a testament to Hideo Kojima that The Phantom Pain, released in 2015, still holds one of the top spots in the stealth genre. 


Written by Shubham Chaurasia

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Shubham is a tryhard gamer who loves to play and write about games/news. At first, writing was just a hobby but now its his profession. If he is not online lurking in Valorant or trying his luck in gacha games, you can find him binging on some anime series.