|  The designation of a genre of game as "Action" is rather seldom used without addition as this concept very wide and to it is possible to characterize more than half of all ever the left games. In this category appear shooters, fighting, running arcade, etc. Quite often a word "action" is substituted to initial genre of game. For example, action-rpg - a role playing game includes typical action-elements, uncharacteristic for classic role playing games.
Stealth-action is a sub-genre of videogames where player constantly needs to hide, avoid direct fights and detection, to complete mission. In spite of the fact, that this genre rather old, at present exists almost no games that can be classified as a stealth-action. There are games rather containing some elements of stealth. The genre has received the greatest popularity owing to series Metal Gear and Splinter Cell. Nowadays Elder Scrolls series can brag about rich stealth storyline.
The very first game about a stealth elements considers Castle Wolfenstein (to not confuse with Wolfenstein 3D), went out in 1981 by Muse Software. Much more known title became Metal Gear, published by Konami in 1987 for MSX2 and later for NES. More than one million copies were sold. Many modern stealth titles took its successful elements.|