Whether you’re a seasoned gamer or just getting into the hobby, there’s no doubt that you’ve at least heard of adventure games. These are titles that typically emphasize narrative and exploration over action, making for a unique and exciting experience. While the genre is somewhat difficult to define, it’s unmistakable when you play one of these games. In this list, we’ll take a look at some of the best adventure games available today. So put on your adventurer’s hat and get ready for an incredible journey!
Elden Ring is an action role-playing game developed by FromSoftware and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment, based on the “Soulsborne” series of video games. The game is described as “a dark and epic adventure through an intertwining world of breathtaking landscapes and experiences”, with players taking control of a custom protagonist, who chooses from one of FromSoftware’s signature classes: swordsman, bowman, or sorcerer. Elden Ring is set in the world of the Ringed City in the year 11948 of the Age of Fire.
The game features an open-world environment and introduces a new ringed world structure, allowing players to explore freely and encounter various enemies along the way. The game also introduces a new combat system, which allows players to use both melee and ranged weapons in battle.
Shadow of the Colossus is an action-adventure game developed by Team Ico and published by Sony Computer Entertainment, released for the PlayStation in 2005. The game’s objective is to find and destroy sixteen giants—colossi—in order to restore the life of a girl named Mono. The player controls Wander, the protagonist, as he travels across a vast expanse on horseback, searching for the colossi.
The game is unusual within the action-adventure genre in that there are no towns or dungeons to explore, no characters with which to interact, and no real puzzles to solve. Shadow of the Colossus has been praised for its art direction, gameplay, and atmosphere.
The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series is an episodic point-and-click graphic adventure video game based on Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead comic book series. The game was developed and published by Telltale Games, released for the PlayStation in 2012.
The game is set within the universe of The Walking Dead, with players taking control of Lee Everett, a convicted criminal who escapes from prison during the outbreak of a zombie apocalypse. The game features an emphasis on player choice, with choices made by the player affecting the course of the game’s story.
Life is Strange: True Colours is an episodic adventure game developed by Dontnod Entertainment and published by Square Enix, released for the PlayStation in 2020. The game follows the story of Alex Chen, a young woman who discovers she has the power to manipulate emotions.
The game is set in the fictional town of Haven Springs, and features an open-world environment that players can explore. The game also introduces a new mechanic called “Emotional Attunement”, which allows players to see and feel the emotions of other characters.
The Last of Us: Part II is an action-adventure game developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment, released for the PlayStation in 2020. The game is a sequel to The Last of Us (2013), and follows the story of Ellie, a young woman who sets out on a journey to find and kill a group of people who have wronged her.
The Last of Us: Part II features an open-world environment, and introduces a new combat system which allows players to use both melee and ranged weapons in battle. The game is noted for its graphic violence, emotional depth, and exploration of mature themes.
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