Best Buy Adventure BannerIf 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

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 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.

Adventure GamesModern adventure games

Modern examples like Call of the SeaLife is Strange, Outer Wilds, 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.

Indie hits like Disco ElysiumFirewatch and What Remains of Edith Finch are essential plays, especially if you love great storytelling.

Must play adventure games out now

Life is Strange

Life is Strange True Colors 

Release Date: Available now on PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and Nintendo Switch

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.

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Updated Action Adventure Games UnchartedAction-adventure

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 CreedGod 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 Adventure1st 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.

Top 1st person action adventure games out now

DeathloopDeathloop 

Release Date: Available Now
Full Review | Overall Rating: 4.6/5 (91%)

It’s up to you stop villains who are manipulating time travel. Every time you die the game hits reset and you are looped back through the experience. Learn from your mistakes or be doomed to repeat them over and over again.

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Dying Light 2Dying Light 2: Stay Human

Release Date: Available now on PS4, PS5 and Xbox One + Xbox Series S|X

In the infected and unforgiving world of Dying Light 2 Stay Human, you are the city’s last hope for survival. Take on the role of Aiden Caldwell, a powerful survivor with unique abilities, and single-handedly change the fate of the modern age. Go head-to-head against the criminal factions and infected individuals as you save the city from certain destruction.

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3rd Person Action Adventure3rd 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 ZeldaTomb Raider and the Uncharted Series.

More recent releases like Assassin’s Creed: ValhallaControl, 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.

Top 3rd person action-adventure games out now

Horizon Forbidden WestHorizon Forbidden West

Release Date: Available now on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4
Full Review | Overall Rating: 4.9/5 (98%)

Delve into an epic adventure with Aloy as she braves the Forbidden West – a majestic but dangerous frontier that conceals mysterious new threats. Explore distant lands, fight bigger and more awe-inspiring machines, and encounter new tribes as you return to the far-future, post-apocalyptic world of Horizon.

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LEGO Star Wars The Skywalker SagaLEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

The galaxy is yours as you play through all nine Star Wars saga films in LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. In this LEGO video game unlike any other, you’ll go on humorous, fun-filled adventures to some of the saga’s most legendary locales as you immerse yourself in the LEGO Star Wars universe.

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Ratchet and ClankRatchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Release Date: Available Now
Full Review | Overall Rating: 4.9/5 (98%)

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.

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ReturnalReturnal

Release Date: Available now on PlayStation 5

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.

ULOFCUncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection

Release Date: Available now on PlayStation 5
Full Review | Overall Rating: 4.4/5 (88%)

Seek your legacy and leave your mark on the map in Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection for PlayStation 5. Experience Naughty Dog’s cinematic storytelling and the iconic franchise’s blockbuster action set pieces. It includes the single-player stories from both Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, remastered for the PS5 console with improved visuals and framerate.

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Action adventure games out now

MetroidDreadMetroid Dread

Release Date: Available exclusively on the Nintendo Switch  
Full Review | 
Overall Rating: 4.3/5 (86%)

Metroid Dread is the epic conclusion to the five-part Metroid saga and one of the best games in the series. Join bounty hunter Samus Aran as she tries to escape a deadly alien world plagued by a mechanical menace. Experience the pulse pounding combat for yourself and feel the dread of being hunted by an alien enemy.

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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD

Release Date: Available now on Nintendo Switch
Full Review | Overall Rating: 3.9/5 (78%)

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!

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Upcoming action adventure games 

A Plague Tale RequiemA Plague Tale: Requiem

Release Date: Coming Soon

Continue the story of siblings Amicia and Hugo in A Plague Tale: Requiem for the PlayStation 5, a sequel to A Plague Tale: Innocence. When Hugo’s powers reactivate, the pair must flee, fighting foes and facing challenges as they search for safety. Their new destination? A prophesied island that they hope holds a cure for Hugo’s destructive curse.

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Hogwarts LegacyHogwarts Legacy

Release Date: Coming Soon

Experience the wizarding world in the 1800s in Hogwarts Legacy. In this immersive, open-world action RPG set in the world first introduced in the Harry Potter books, you play a student who holds the key to an ancient secret, battling against dark forces threatening the wizarding world. As you explore an open world, create your legacy and make history as it unfolds.

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Saints-Row-Key-Art-2Saints Row

Venture to Santo Ileso, a crime-infested city in the American Southwest, in Saints Row for PlayStation 5. There, you’ll band together with three friends as you launch your own criminal empire. As you explore the vast environment, you’ll face off against enemy factions, armed with an incredible weaponry from standard revolvers to massive rocket launchers.

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Action Adventure SuperheroSuperhero action adventure games

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 Guardians of the Galaxy and Spider-Man: Miles Morales. Both are incredible adventure experiences that dig deep into each character’s lore and pull you into their world.

Hitman 3Stealth Games

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. Whether on the go with your Nintendo Switch or playing at home on your Xbox, PlayStation or PC there’s always a new experience waiting. 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!

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Matthew has been involved in all things tech related since the start of the digital era. He shares his passion for technology in his day job as a teacher and via multiple media platforms. As a long-time veteran of the video game and tech industry, he's covered interactive entertainment and esports on the web, in video series, podcasts, and on international television. You can follow Matthew's tech-venture filled lifestyle on twitter, instagram @dapper_tux and his website www.dappertux.com

5 COMMENTS

  1. Last year my favourite game was Immortals Fenyx Rising. I still need to dig into the dlc more. I really hope we see more games from that world.

    I’ll definitely be picking up The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD later this year.

    Thanks Matthew, these are some great games!

  2. Looking forward to playing death stranding and God of war when I get the PS4 this holiday. Cyberpunk 2077 and last of us 2 will also be on my radar.

    • Hello Samay,

      Some absolutely fantastic picks you’ve made! Let us know what becomes your top adventure game when you pick up your PS4/PS5 this fall!

    • Hello Ian,

      The Legend of Zelda series is incredible! I remember my excitement to play Ocarina of Time on the N64, definitely one of my top games of all time. Hopefully you pick up that PS4 soon and can check out Ghost of Tsushima when it launches.

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