So, you grab your pad, launch your Xbox, and don’t know what to play? Don’t worry, we’ve prepared for you the top 10 full of action and adventure games available just for this platform.

Console enthusiasts have been able to enjoy the Xbox since 2001, thanks to Microsoft. The product was initially released for the North American market, and in the following years covered Europe, Japan and Australia. As many as 1.5 million copies were sold in the very first year.

Available since 2007, the Xbox 360 differs from the basic version in that it additionally offers online gameplay, downloading full game versions and demo games via the Internet.

GameReleaseGenreDeveloper
Elden Ring 2022-02-25 RPG FromSoftware
Baldurs Gate 3 2023-12-08 RPG Larian Studios
Rust Console Edition 2021-05-21 MMO Facepunch Studios
Sekiro Shadows Die Twice 2019-03-22 Adventure FromSoftware
Gears 5 2019-09-10 Action The Coalition
Assassins Creed Valhalla Complete Edition 2020-11-10 Action Ubisoft Montreal
Halo Infinite 2021-12-08 Action 343 Industries
Hitman 3 2021-01-20 Action IO Interactive
Cyberpunk 2077 2020-12-10 RPG CD PROJEKT RED

Halo: Combat Evolved

Release date:2020-03-03
Genre:Action
Developer:343 Industries

It’s the 26th century. As Master Chief, you embark on a mission accompanied by Cortana, an artificial intelligence, and your aim is to uncover the secrets of Halo.

Halo is an artificial world in the shape of a ring and aliens are lurking in it that you will have to face. At your disposal will be all sorts of war vehicles, from tanks to alien aircraft and science fiction weapons, such as a Plasma Pistol or Needle.

Soon your character will discover the dark truth about the parasitic race the Flood, and life within 25,000 light years will be in danger.

Key features
  • Set in a future
  • Three factions of enemies
  • In the Xbox version, you can play on a split-screen
  • Linear Story is presented in cut-scenes

Halo 2

Release date:2017-02-21
Genre:Action & Shooter
Developer:The Creative Assembly

This is the sequel to the game described above. On Earth, Master Chief and his comrades-in-arms are rewarded for their actions in battle, while in orbit 15 Covenant Capital ships take up positions for a massive attack.

Not only does the storyline continue, but new weapons and abilities have been added. Fifteen levels are waiting for you to pass, in which you will take on the role of a Master Chief or a Covenant Elite.

Covenant weapons are effective, but they overheat, whereas human weapons have to be reloaded with the ammunition. Fortunately, some of them are now dual-wielded and using two weapons at the same time intensifies their power of destruction.

Key features
  • 4 difficulty levels: easy, normal, heroic, legendary
  • 15 levels to complete
  • 2 playable characters

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Release date:2005-06-06
Genre:Action & Shooter
Developer:Rockstar North

Cruising on a boat or controlling a helicopter with a gamepad is like a roller-coaster ride. And there are a lot of options here.

You play the role of African-American Carl “CJ” Johnson, who is in vast San Andreas, where theft is the order of the day. Need a car? Just break into the one you like best or rob someone else’s apartment under the cover of darkness.

Carry out missions, escape gangs and test vehicles: from bicycles to cars to aeronautical vehicles.

Key features
  • You can steal cars, use weapons, swim, or fly planes
  • The open world
  • Your character can gain weight from lack of movement and excessive eating
  • Many types of vehicles and weapons

Ninja Gaiden Black

Release date:2005-09-20
Genre:Action
Developer:Team NINJA

This game is a real dance of death with special effects. With each mission, the enemies get stronger, and here you won’t win the fight by mashing random buttons.

Ninja Gaiden Black
Image credit: Team NINJA

Ryu Hayabusa wields his father’s sword in his absence and gets a letter inviting him to Shadow Ninja Fortress, but gets ambushed there.

The combat system is very complex, you can hit the enemies with crazy air combos, run on walls, jump, and use numerous weapons. In each of the chapter you will explore a different location, including an airship city, or a military supply base.

Key features
  • The variety of enemies is ranging from ninjas to demons and fiends
  • 5 levels of difficulty
  • 50 missions

Tom Clancys Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory

Release date:2005-03-29
Genre:Adventure
Developer:Ubisoft Montreal

This stealth game was the first in the entire series to introduce ragdoll physics which makes combat more satisfying.

Tensions between countries in the east are rising, and Sam Fishner must find an American computer programmer to keep data from falling into the wrong hands.

Guards work as a team and can surround you or use flashlights in the dark to detect your presence. If there is a confrontation, you’ll be able to use a knife as a weapon in close combat, for ranged combat you have a choice of several firearms.

Key features
  • AI opponents sensitive to sounds
  • Three types of equipment to choose
  • You can attack enemies by hanging upside down
  • Various weapons and devices

Fable

Release date:2011-12-19
Genre:Adventure
Developer:Lionhead Studios

The main character is the only survivor of the Oak Valley massacre. After this event, he is trained in the Heroes Guild.

Some quests are a choice of the good and the evil, reputation and fame are important here, and your decisions will affect how the Hero will be perceived. You can use a sword or a bow, among others, and train your skills in magic.

In addition to fighting, you can lead a normal life, buy a house, trade, or get married.

Key features
  • You can interact with characters and objects
  • Gold missions and side quests
  • Additional activities outside of combat

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Release date:2003-11-19
Genre:RPG
Developer:BioWare

Are you ready to explore the galaxy? As a Jedi, you will visit various planets in order to defeat Malak.

This RPG game released for Xbox in 2003 is set 4000 years before the galactic Empire was even formed. The protagonist must make choices that affect whether he is on the good side or the bad side of the Force, which even changes his physical appearance.

The protagonist is accompanied by up to 2 people who support him in battle, participate in conversations, or can unlock new quests.

Key features
  • Action set in the galaxy
  • Up to two companions that you can control
  • Minigame events such as swoop racing or a card game

Psychonauts

Release date:2005-04-19
Genre:Adventure
Developer:Double Fine Productions

The fact that the main character has escaped from the circus promises great fun.

Raz has to discover the truth about the Psychonauts training camp. He has psychic abilities such as telekinesis, invisibility, or levitation that will help in combat.

There is a bit of abstraction here, outside of the camp, you will explore worlds that are in the minds of other characters. There will be a bit of parkour elements, later in the game you will become a giant and even run around the board.

Key features
  • Diverse locations
  • Supernatural abilities
  • Non-obvious task solving
  • A lot of humor and abstraction

The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

Release date:2002-04-29
Genre:RPG
Developer:Bethesda Game Studios

Here you start your adventure in a town Seyda Neen after coming off a ship as a pardoned prisoner with a secret mission to complete.

The ruler of the Tamrielic Empire suspects that your character is the reincarnation of the legendary hero Nerevar. In this vast world, his main task will be to uncover the puzzling disappearances and incidents that the citizens of Vvardenfell have experienced.

You can join guilds, talk to NPCs who will also have quests for you, and explore places, which will enrich you with money or interesting gear.

Key features
  • Open world with caves, cities, and forts to explore
  • White, ranged and magic weapons
  • Unique atmosphere

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Release date:2025-01-01
Genre:Adventure
Developer:Ubisoft Montreal

Instead of starting from the last checkpoint you saved, you go back in time and repeat what you missed. Brilliant, right?

Prince of Persia, under the influence of a treacherous Vizier, releases the legendary Sands of Time from the hourglass, posing a great threat to the world. Together with his new companion Farah, they move through areas filled with traps and fight enemies together.

This version of the game has been available on Xbox since 2003 and is still popular among gamers.

Key features
  • Excellent audio-visual setting
  • Cleverly designed traps
  • Controlling the passage of time

Summary

This was our selection of the top 10 Xbox action games full of adventures. Some of them have aged with time, but they have not lost their value and still offer a ton of fun. So don’t wait just embark on a challenging journey.