The Best Metroidvania Games for Xbox Series X

Update : Tales of Kenzera: ZAU added at rank #47.
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Laika: Aged Through Blood (2023)

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Nintendo Switch Xbox Series X Xbox One Playstation 5 Playstation 4 PC Windows

Laika: Aged Through Blood is a western-inspired motorvania set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. It is the story about a tribe oppressed by occupant forces, and the personal story of a mother coyote warrior who descends on an endless path of vengeance to take back what her people lost.


  • metroidvania
  • motorbike
  • bullet
  • blood
  • motocross
  • soundtrack
  • time
  • gore
  • twin-stick
  • shooter
  • scroller
  • violent
  • hand-drawn
  • exploration
  • reloading

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Ghost Song (2022)

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PC Windows Xbox Series X Playstation 5 Nintendo Switch Playstation 4 Xbox One

In Ghost Song, discover the secrets of the mysterious moon of Lorian while battling strange creatures and customizing your battlesuit. With stunning 2D graphics and a haunting story, Ghost Song is an adventure game you can't miss.


What we like:
  • Beautifully crafted game with eerie atmosphere
  • Unique paths to explore and interesting boss fights
  • Good dialogue and compelling story
  • Fluid and fun combat with unique modification combos and weapons
  • Moving main character with personal stories
What could be improved:
  • Excessive backtracking and frustration without enough fast travel locations
  • Limited replayability and short-lived experience
  • Some creative decisions fall flat
  • Nearly non-existent story that lacks item description
  • Lack of depth and tactics in combat, and poor damage output

  • metroidvania
  • 2d
  • platform
  • boss
  • hand-drawn
  • sci-fi
  • atmospheric
  • scroller
  • exploration
  • boss-fight
  • metroid
  • horror
  • dark
  • robots
  • controller-support

3

Afterimage (2023)

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

Afterimage is a Metroidvania game where you play as Renee, a young girl who survived an attack and sets out on a journey to regain her memory. Battle fierce enemies and explore the ruins of Engardin with over 200 different equipment options and deep RPG mechanics, crafting a unique gameplay experience. The stunning hand-drawn art style and original orchestral soundtrack add to the immersive experience.


What we like:
  • Smooth and responsive combat
  • Excellent exploration and enormous map
  • Exciting weapon and skill progression
  • Varied enemy design
  • Nice visuals and relaxing soundtrack
What could be improved:
  • Difficulty ramp-up can feel abrupt and inaccessible areas can be frustrating
  • Lack of minimap can be inconvenient
  • Poorly made quests and bad progression system
  • Poorly designed boss fights except for a few

  • metroidvania
  • platform
  • souls
  • boss
  • hand-drawn
  • 2d
  • exploration
  • rpg
  • anime
  • multiple-endings
  • scroller
  • lore
  • action-adventure
  • hack-and-slash
  • combat

4

F.I.S.T.: Forged In Shadow Torch (2021)

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Playstation 5 Xbox Series X Nintendo Switch PC Windows Playstation 4

F.I.S.T.: Forged In Shadow Torch is an incredible adventure game set in a gorgeous, vast dieselpunk world. You take on the role of Rayton, a disgruntled former resistance soldier, to reclaim your mechanical fist and fight your way through the hierarchy of the city. Explore rich, interconnected environments packed with secrets and traverse through snowy mountain tops to bustling neon cities. Unlock weapons and abilities to progress further, use precision-based platforming segments and master combo-based combat system with three different weapons to be successful.


What we like:
  • Interconnected World
  • Diverse Gameplay
  • Deep Combat System
  • Rich Visuals & Soundscape
  • Challenging yet Rewarding
What could be improved:
  • Some May Find Bosses Difficult
  • There's a Lot of Travelling

  • metroidvania
  • platform
  • exploration
  • boss
  • combat
  • combo
  • fight
  • boss-fight
  • mech
  • war
  • narrative
  • steampunk
  • side-scrolling
  • challenging
  • robots

5

Souldiers (2022)

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Xbox Series X PC Windows Nintendo Switch Xbox One Playstation 4 Playstation 5

Souldiers is a beautifully handcrafted action-adventure game set in a mystical land on the edge of the afterlife. Battle your way through stunning 16-bit graphics, solve puzzles, and upgrade your character's skills and equipment. With engaging melee combat, a connected world, and clever environmental puzzles, Souldiers is a retro epic that you won't want to miss.


What we like:
  • Challenging and replayable with different classes
  • Gorgeous pixel art and music
  • Well-designed maps and huge locations
  • Solid combat and platforming mechanics with challenging boss fights
  • Compelling story and multiple unique class playthroughs
What could be improved:
  • Not a lot of interconnectivity in the world map
  • Story is all over the place with many unresolved questions
  • Some exploration secrets can be tedious
  • Music can get repetitive

  • metroidvania
  • pixel
  • dungeon
  • platform
  • boss
  • retro
  • combat
  • fight
  • action-adventure
  • exploration
  • difficult
  • 2d
  • side-scrolling
  • skill
  • lore

6

Kalinur (2023)

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Nintendo Switch Xbox Series X Playstation 5 Playstation 4 PC Windows Xbox One

Defeat the mage Kalinur and bring peace back to the kingdom in this mini metroidvania with a lot of action.


  • metroidvania
  • 2d
  • swordplay
  • retro
  • fantasy
  • platform
  • demons
  • pixel
  • dark
  • adventure
  • exploration
  • medieval
  • action
  • nonlinear

7

Elderand (2023)

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Nintendo Switch IOS iPhone Android Xbox Series X Xbox One PC Windows

Only the strong will conquer this gruesome action platformer with RPG elements. Dismember demonic creatures and terrifying bosses by wielding brutal weapons in intense skill-based combat. Slay or be slain as you collect glory and treasure in this nightmarish 2D world.


  • metroidvania
  • gothic
  • boss
  • lovecraftian
  • rpg
  • 2d
  • scroller
  • platform
  • gore
  • combat
  • action-adventure
  • character
  • action
  • cult
  • hack-and-slash

8

Islets (2022)

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PC Windows Nintendo Switch Xbox One Xbox Series X

Journey with Iko, a young mouse warrior, as they explore the five floating islands of Islets and attempt to reconnect them with powerful magnets! Enjoy snappy movement and combat, cute character design, and competent map design.


What we like:
  • Fun combat and movement
  • Cute character design
  • Competent map design
  • Challenging boss fights
  • Bullet hell-style airship battles
What could be improved:
  • Random upgrade rewards can limit options

  • platform
  • boss
  • metroidvania
  • cute
  • boss-fight
  • exploration
  • colourful
  • pirates
  • fight
  • atmospheric
  • story
  • combat
  • 2d
  • nature
  • adventure

9

Cookie Cutter (2023)

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Xbox One Android Xbox Series X Playstation 5 PC Windows

Love turns to rage and chainsaws in Cookie Cutter, a totally unique hand-drawn 2D Metroidvania. Become Cherry, a violent android on a rage-filled quest to save her creator.


  • metroidvania
  • dark
  • blood
  • comedy
  • soundtrack
  • violent
  • gore
  • dystopian
  • platform
  • action-adventure
  • gothic
  • rage
  • rpg
  • 2d
  • combat

10

GRIME (2021)

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PC Windows stadia Playstation 4 Playstation 5 Xbox Series X Xbox One Nintendo Switch Mac OS

Dive into the twisted world of GRIME, a challenging yet rewarding action-adventure RPG. Absorb your enemies, use their traits against them, and explore surreal environments. Face the unknown, unlock new abilities, and indulge in death-defying combat. Are you ready to conquer this world of anatomical horror and intrigue?


What we like:
  • Compelling and twisted world
  • Satisfying and responsive combat
  • Engaging exploration and movement
  • Unique parry and absorption mechanics
  • Generous progression system
What could be improved:
  • Lacks a strong narrative
  • Map functionality could be improved
  • Occasional sound glitches during boss battles

  • souls
  • surreal
  • boss
  • metroidvania
  • dark
  • platform
  • action-adventure
  • 2.5d
  • combat
  • boss-fight
  • exploration
  • rpg
  • scroller
  • cinematic
  • action

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