The Best Action challenging difficult Games for Xbox One

Update : Moonscars added at rank #5.
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Hyper Light Drifter (2016)

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Hyper Light Drifter is an atmospheric action RPG set in a gorgeous pixel art world with a superb score. You are a Drifter fighting your way through enemies while piecing together the story of the world around you.

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What we like:
  • Atmospheric soundtrack
  • Gorgeous visuals
  • Superb gameplay
  • Unique Zelda-like experience
What could be improved:
  • Difficulty spikes when there are too many enemies around you

  • pixel
  • boss
  • boss-fight
  • combat
  • post-apocalyptic
  • narrative
  • exploration
  • dungeon
  • rpg
  • difficult
  • action
  • platform
  • battle
  • challenging
  • retro

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Lords of the Fallen (8800)

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A vast world awaits in all-new, dark fantasy action-RPG, Lords of the Fallen. As one of the fabled Dark Crusaders, embark on an epic quest to overthrow Adyr, the demon God.


  • boss
  • rpg
  • fantasy
  • souls
  • boss-fight
  • combat
  • action
  • fight
  • difficult
  • dark
  • exploration
  • challenging
  • battle
  • cooperative
  • arpg

3

Verlet Swing (2018)

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Verlet Swing is a curious game where you must swing and manoeuvre through obstacles towards a shimmering goal in order to escape. Target something, then use the left thumbstick to guide you through the air, timing your swings correctly to avoid obstacles and crashing into the ground. With 100 levels to clear, each with their own online leaderboards, it provides plenty of challenge and satisfaction.


What we like:
  • Unique concept
  • Interesting visuals
  • Exhilarating experience with sound of air rushing around
  • Reasonable price considering the amount of gameplay
  • Chilled out vibe with themed levels
What could be improved:
  • Repetitive tasks
  • Some stages can feel unfair

  • fast-paced
  • surreal
  • editor
  • level
  • abstract
  • 3d
  • action
  • first-person
  • challenging
  • replay-value
  • difficult
  • platform
  • manipulation
  • sport
  • corridor

4

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (2019)

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In Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, you are the one-armed wolf protagonist, tasked with fighting off demonic roosters, drunken ogres and other foes in a purgatory-like world. You will need to use your grappling hook and stealth skills to survive the difficult encounters that await you.

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What we like:
  • Challenging yet fair gameplay
  • Unique blend of stealth and action
  • Verticality introduced via grappling hook
  • Vibrant love letter to Feudal Japan
  • Posture system adds new dynamic to combat
What could be improved:
  • No online integration
  • Difficult bosses require skill and technique to beat
  • Dragonrot disease affects NPCs upon death - halting their questlines until you cure them

  • stealth
  • boss
  • ninja
  • boss-fight
  • combat
  • fight
  • battle
  • difficult
  • skill
  • challenging

5

Moonscars (2022)

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Moonscars is a 2D souls-like, non-linear platformer that marks the debut of developer, Black Mermaid. Play as Grey Irma, a "Clayborn" with a head full of questions and an eyeful of stunning pixel art. Experience the mystery of Moonscars while exploring themes of identity. Enjoy fluid and gratifying combat with melee moves, special attacks, witcheries and amulet stones.


What we like:
  • Beautiful pixel art
  • Well written story
  • Excellent voice work
  • Satisfying parry system
  • Great use of light to create silhouette-like foregrounds
  • Unique enemies with visual cues
  • Stunning soundtrack with choir vocals
  • Replay value through side quests and trophy hunting
What could be improved:
  • Trial and error approach can make some boss fights difficult

  • souls
  • boss-fight
  • platform
  • boss
  • metroidvania
  • 2d
  • combat
  • pixel
  • gothic
  • fight
  • action
  • challenging
  • difficult

6

Mega Man 11 (2018)

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Xbox One PC Windows

Mega Man 11 is the long-awaited sequel to the classic 8-bit series. With an updated visual and accessible gameplay, you can enjoy a story of rivalry between Dr. Light and Dr. Wily, challenging levels and memorable bosses, while using the new Double Gear System to slow down time and increase your power.

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What we like:
  • Accessible for fans and newcomers alike
  • Updated visuals
  • Story of rivalry between Drs Light & Wily
  • Adjustable difficulty level
  • New Double Gear System
What could be improved:
  • Might be too easy for hardcore fans
  • Difficulty increases with levels
  • Short circuit consequences when overusing Double Gear System

  • boss
  • platform
  • robots
  • classic
  • retro
  • boss-fight
  • battle
  • difficult
  • action
  • card
  • old-school
  • rpg

7

DARK SOULS: REMASTERED (2018)

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Dark Souls: Remastered is an improved version of the classic action role-playing game from the last generation. It includes all the content from the original game, as well as some additional features such as improved visuals and dedicated servers for smoother online play. You can expect intense bosses, beautiful areas to explore, and an incredibly rewarding experience.

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What we like:
  • Improved visuals
  • Dedicated servers for smoother online play
  • Additional content in Artorias of the Abyss DLC
  • Matchmaking system closer to Dark Souls III
  • Supports 32:9 aspect ratio on PC
What could be improved:
  • Cutscenes slightly zoomed in compared to original version

  • boss
  • boss-fight
  • rpg
  • fantasy
  • difficult
  • combat
  • dark
  • action
  • souls
  • online
  • battle
  • challenging
  • fight
  • exploration

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Rider Ketchapp (2017)

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Feel the rush of riding our most extreme bikes, with x2 and x3 speed; pump the NITRO and get those extra HP you need to complete every single level with a perfect score. Here, you can choose your own favorite motorcycle and become master rider in flipping your bike. Features Complete Many Challenges Collect over 10 Awesome Bikes and moto rbike (including 4 Secrets) Complete all Levels Unlock Themes Compare your highscore with players worldwide Make insane stunts!


  • vehicle
  • entertainment
  • arcade
  • action
  • skill
  • challenging
  • difficult

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Hungry Shark World (2016)

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Glutwell is back with a vengeance and this time they're targeting Baby Sharks. Use your skills to fend off Glutwell and rescue Baby Sharks before it's too late! Unlock GAIA and unleash a field of mines with the new ability: Petal Bloom!


  • underwater
  • arcade
  • boss-fight
  • entertainment
  • endless
  • adventure
  • casual
  • edutainment
  • action
  • dinosaurs
  • cartoony
  • difficult
  • boss
  • challenging

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Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King (2019)

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The Disney 16-bit classics Aladdin and The Lion King return!

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  • classic
  • platform
  • mystery
  • privacy-policy
  • adventure
  • retro
  • best-selling
  • real-time

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