The Best Exploration Games for Xbox Series X

Update, : RWBY: Arrowfell added at rank #15.
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Outer Wilds (2019)

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Xbox Series X/s Playstation 5 Xbox Series X PC Windows Playstation 4 Xbox One

Named Game of the Year 2019 by Giant Bomb, Polygon, Eurogamer, and The Guardian, Outer Wilds is a critically-acclaimed and award-winning open world mystery about a solar system trapped in an endless time loop.


  • exploration
  • mystery
  • discovery
  • puzzle
  • sci-fi
  • open-world
  • space
  • adventure
  • first-person
  • narrative

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No Man's Sky (2016)

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No Man's Sky is a game about exploration and survival in an infinite procedurally generated universe.

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  • inventory
  • exploration
  • survival
  • crafting
  • sci-fi
  • pirates
  • resource
  • discovery
  • trading
  • aliens
  • space
  • sandbox
  • combat
  • endless
  • narrative

3

Alba: a Wildlife Adventure (2020)

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Even the smallest person can make a big difference. Join Alba, as she sets out to save her beautiful island and its wildlife. And possibly start a revolution.


  • exploration
  • open-world
  • adventure
  • relaxing
  • cartoony
  • nature
  • collector
  • creature
  • cute
  • colourful
  • family-friendly
  • construction
  • economy
  • 3d
  • table

4

Sable (2021)

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Embark on a unique and unforgettable journey and guide Sable through her Gliding; a rite of passage that will take her across vast deserts and mesmerizing landscapes, capped by the remains of spaceships and ancient wonders.


  • exploration
  • self-discovery
  • open-world
  • puzzle
  • platform
  • sci-fi
  • relaxing
  • narrative
  • adventure
  • book
  • stylized
  • comic
  • lore
  • discovery
  • combat

5

STAR WARS Jedi: Fallen Order (2019)

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PC Windows Xbox Series X Playstation 5 stadia Xbox One Playstation 4

A galaxy-spanning adventure awaits in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, a 3rd person action-adventure title from Respawn. An abandoned Padawan must complete his training, develop new powerful Force abilities, and master the art of the lightsaber - all while staying one step ahead of the Empire.

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  • exploration
  • combat
  • fight
  • puzzle
  • action-adventure
  • third-person
  • boss-fight
  • souls
  • boss
  • adventure
  • platform
  • battle
  • story
  • single-player
  • narrative

6

Hindsight (2022)

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What if the physical objects of everyday life, the possessions we hold close, were actual windows to the past? Peer into distant memories and unseen futures in Hindsight.


  • narration
  • narrative
  • cinematic
  • emotional
  • point-and-click
  • story
  • exploration
  • hidden-object
  • interactive
  • stylized
  • drama
  • fiction
  • relaxing
  • colourful
  • puzzle

7

Islets (2022)

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PC Windows Nintendo Switch Xbox One Xbox Series X

Take to the sky and reunite a fragmented world in this surprisingly wholesome metroidvania! Help Iko adventure across beautiful hand-painted islands, receive letters from a quirky cast of characters, and face powerful monstrous adversaries.


  • platform
  • boss-fight
  • boss
  • metroidvania
  • cute
  • exploration
  • colourful
  • pirates
  • atmospheric
  • combat
  • fight
  • story
  • bullet-hell
  • inventive
  • 2d

8

Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018)

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Xbox Series X stadia Linux Mac OS Xbox One Playstation 4 PC Windows

As Lara Croft races to save the world from a Maya apocalypse, she must become the Tomb Raider she is destined to be.

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  • stealth
  • puzzle
  • adventure
  • exploration
  • underwater
  • action-adventure
  • combat
  • narrative
  • platform
  • action
  • survival
  • crafting
  • skill
  • open-world
  • shooter

9

Before I Forget (2020)

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Explore the present to uncover the past, in a short story of love and loss and a life well-lived.A narrative exploration that examines a world where memories are constantly fading and jumbled. A game about dementia and what happens when you can't hold onto the things you've done or the people you've loved.


  • walking-simulator
  • short
  • exploration
  • emotional
  • beautiful
  • mystery
  • narrative
  • atmospheric
  • first-person
  • thought-provoking
  • stylized
  • 3d
  • piano
  • colour
  • dream

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Soulstice (2022)

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Xbox Series X/s Playstation 5 Xbox Series X PC Windows Xbox One Android

Explore a dark world brimming with hidden mysteries, master a diverse combat system, and inhabit the dual forces of two sisters in a coming-of-age dark fantasy story with fast-paced action, vicious enemies, and spectacular boss fights.


  • combat
  • hack-and-slash
  • platform
  • combo
  • action
  • fight
  • exploration
  • fantasy
  • boss-fight
  • battle
  • boss
  • demons
  • narrative
  • fast-paced
  • action-adventure

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