If you are looking to embark on an incredible journey from the comfort of your couch, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got a plethora of recommendations lined up for you! From thrilling stories, puzzles and exploration there’s something for everyone.
We’ll also look at the genre’s close cousin, in the action adventure category. This blends story, skill testing combat and puzzles more evenly across the gameplay experience. Its chalk full of experiences that have redefined expectations for storytelling and visuals in the gaming industry.
No matter which style of adventure suits your gaming tastes, we’ll find a title that’s right for you. Let’s explore some of the best adventure games out now and hotly anticipated titles on the horizon.
Adventure games have a long rich history of storytelling stretching back to the 1970s with text based interactive experiences. Things have come a long way since then with legendary titles like The Secret of Monkey Island, Myst and Grim Fandango. For these titles story and the exploration experience come first, and foremost. These timeless classics have paved the way for modern day games that are must plays.
Modern Adventure Games
Modern examples like Call of the Sea, Life is Strange and Tell Me Why reinvigorated the genre with action and mysteries to unravel. The incredible storytelling paired with simplified gameplay gives both casual and hardcore players an unforgettable experience. These games are emotional rollercoasters with unforgettable characters and multiple story arcs depending on your choices.
Rockstar Game’s L.A. Noire is one of my personal favourites when it comes to adventure games. It puts you in the shoes of Cole Phelps, an LAPD detective battling the city’s seedy underworld. The acting, storytelling and gameplay are top-notch, relying more on your brains than brawn to save the city.
Indie hits like Disco Elysium, Firewatch and What Remains of Edith Finch are essential plays, especially if you love great storytelling. Each title has a different approach when it comes to graphics and presentation but are all must-plays.
Adventure games coming soon
Life is Strange True Colors
Release Date: September 10, 2021
Embrace your hidden powers to help reveal the dark truth behind a family tragedy. The popular Life is Strange series continues with new characters, settings and supernatural abilities. Your choices will shape the outcome of the game as you unravel mysteries around Haven Springs.
The action-adventure genre is far and away one of my favourites, melding high octane action with great stories and puzzle elements. Classic franchises like Assassin’s Creed, God of War and Uncharted are some “best in class” examples of action-adventure experiences. When it comes to action-adventure the Uncharted series tops my list. I’m a huge fan of the Indiana Jones film series and Nathan Drake and the Uncharted saga is the videogame equivalent.
The melding of all these experiences has made action adventure the genre that has helped propel the industry forward. Let’s classify some of the best action-adventure games out there:
1st Person Action Adventure Games
Get into the protagonist’s head space (literally) as you experience the adventure through their eyes. Top of class franchises that exemplify action adventure are the Bioshock, Dishonored, Far Cry, Half-Life and Portal series. Each features an absolutely stellar story bookended by unique combat and action sequences.
3rd Person action adventure games
These titles let you play out the character’s epic adventure via an over the shoulder perspective. Blockbuster titles that fall into this subcategory are Grand Theft Auto, Legend of Zelda, Tomb Raider and the Uncharted Series.
More recent releases like Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, Control, Immortals Fenyx Rising and Last of Us Part II should not be missed. Each feature riveting stories and a variety of gameplay experiences that are sure to keep you entertained for hours.
Hotly anticipated action-adventure games
Release Date: Coming Soon – April 30th, 2021
Explore an alien planet as a marooned astronaut in the upcoming third-person shooter Returnal. The roguelike will force you to fight for survival as you are stuck in a nightmarish time loop. Every “death” has you restart areas with the enemies and environment transforming each time.
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Release Date: Coming Soon – June 11, 2021
Get ready to manipulate time with the dynamic duo of Ratchet and Clank as they work to stop an evil empire. Battle through cross-dimensional worlds with an outrageous arsenal of weapons. New and old friends await on your adventure as you fight to protect your universe.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD
Release Date: Coming Soon – July 16, 2021
The classic Wii title is making its return on the Nintendo Switch with enhanced graphics, smoother frame rate and new control options. Step back in time with Link’s earliest adventure in the series as he battles to save his childhood friend Zelda. Experience the legendary adventure in a whole new way!
Superhero action adventure
One of the fastest growing genres in the action-adventure realm are superhero games. If you were wondering what it would be like to don the cape and cowl, or swing through New York like Spiderman, you are in luck. The superhero experience has had an incredible resurgence the last decade with games like Marvel’s Avengers and Spider-Man: Miles Morales. Both are incredible adventure experiences that dig deep into each character’s lore and pull you into their world.
If you like taking the methodical “hide in the shadows” approach to your adventure games, there are plenty of options too. Stealth games are all about avoiding direct combat with enemies or even completely avoiding them. Stealth based franchises that are worth infiltrating are Hitman III, Metal Gear Solid and Splinter Cell.
Satisfy your appetite for adventure!
With the gaming options above and their stellar calibre, you are sure to find an adventure worthy of your time. From battling armies to otherworldly demons, the adventure genre always has a fun challenge waiting for you.
Let us know in the comments below what your favourite action adventure game is!