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10 Best Adventure Games on Xbox Game Pass (July 2024)

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It’s time to embark on epic adventures from the comfort of your own home. Indeed, games today have mastered the art of transporting you into virtual worlds different from your own. We have deeply immersive fantasy worlds that become a part of our lives. Alternatively, you can explore worlds inspired by real-life cities, all available via an Xbox Game Pass subscription. Check out the best adventure games on Xbox Game Pass down below.

10. DOOM Eternal

Doom Eternal - Official Launch Trailer

Here’s your chance to jump on another round of demon-slaying. DOOM Eternal crafts a riveting single-player campaign in the depths of hell. It casts you in the shoes of a demon slayer against hordes of abominations of nature. When you beat one dimension, another awaits your cleansing, over and over, until you rid the world of the rot. It’s an adventure, alright—grueling but ever-thrilling.

9. Return to Monkey Island

Return to Monkey Island | Gameplay Reveal Trailer

The point-and-click adventure game, Return to Monkey Island, caused a massive stir in the gaming community for its engaging adventure. Unsurprisingly, after The Secret of Monkey Island and Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge’s riveting tale. You’ll meet exciting characters, old and new, while navigating uncharted lands. The areas you visit will vary, including chilling, not-so-friendly sections, and charming places. More so, each new region will introduce new allies and enemies alike.

8. Paradise Killer

Paradise Killer | Review in 3 Minutes

Alternatively, take on the murder mystery game, Paradise Killer. Trapped on a mysterious island, you learn of a murder that only you can solve. On the one hand, you’ll unravel the island’s hidden secrets. On the other hand, you’ll search for evidence, interrogating suspects when need be. Anyone you run into may be guilty of the crime. The question is, can you prove it?

7. Quake

Quake - Official Trailer (2021)

Quake (1996) is a fantasy FPS that has inspired today’s retro-style FPS games. But now, you can play a revamped version of the game, with updated graphics while still maintaining the authenticity of the original. In the game, you take on the role of the Ranger, who wields powerful weapons against corrupted knights, twisted creatures, deformed ogres, and more enemy types. You’ll wipe out opposing forces across four treacherous dimensions, each varying in content and detail. You’ll fight in lava-filled dungeons, explore gothic cathedrals, infiltrate military bases, and even discover ancient medieval cities.

6. Bramble: The Mountain King

Bramble: The Mountain King - Official Cinematic Trailer | Summer of Gaming 2021

If you are looking for a grimdark adventure with an atmospheric vibe, look no further than Bramble: The Mountain King. It draws inspiration from dark, Nordic fables, portraying fantastical beasts and dangerous creatures. There’s plenty to stop and awe over, thanks to the game’s diligence in breathing life into its trees, forests, animals, and more. But it also crafts a touching story of a boy on a perilous journey to rescue his sister.

5. A Short Hike

A Short Hike Xbox Launch Trailer

Enough dark and gore. How about we shift lanes to the most adorable adventure game, A Short Hike? It gives you control over a helpless bird who wants to climb to the summit of a mountain to get cell reception. You can choose tunnel vision and focus on the goal. But the game pushes you to take time and admire the sights. The game crafts a breathtaking world with vivid color and detail. It constantly nudges you to veer off the beaten path, through which you’ll encounter exciting NPCs in need of your help.

4. Celeste

Celeste - Launch Trailer | PS4

Celeste’s protagonist, Madeline, may struggle with anxiety and depression. But she’s determined to reach the top of a mountain and, in the process, overcome her fear. The game does a fantastic job of addressing mental health issues and tough platforming challenges. It’s an adventure that takes you through the motions, physically and emotionally. The higher you climb, the more at ease Madeline becomes. In the end, you put down your controller, having learned strong values of patience and strength through adversity.

3. Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V Xbox One Launch Trailer

As far as adventure games go, Grand Theft Auto V sits at the top of the pile. The city of Los Santos has sprawled over to add not just square feet but also content. You can build a virtual life in Los Santos, picking up all sorts of careers. What’s more? You don’t have restrictions on the means you choose to build your wealth. Moreover, you enjoy different game modes, including the single-player campaign and fun side quests. Be sure to win at least one underground street race to scoop up rewards. In turn, your rewards help you expand your empire, cementing your legacy on the global leaderboard.

2. Immortals Fenyx Rising

Immortals Fenyx Rising: Launch Trailer | Ubisoft [NA]

Fans of Greek mythology should check out Immortals Fenyx Rising, especially if you’re looking for a game that doesn’t take itself too seriously. The story is captivating, and although it features mighty gods, they often bicker at one another, forcing belly laughs out of you. In the more frantic sections of the game, Immortals Fenyx Rising charges you with saving the world. You’ll defend the gods against dangerous creatures varying vastly in appearance and power. If you feel overwhelmed, feel free to take time to explore this breathtaking world. It features mythological creatures you may recognize, along with lands inspired by the myths.

1. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

LEGO® STAR WARS™: The Skywalker Saga Gameplay Trailer

Whoever came up with the idea to merge LEGO and Star Wars, kudos to you. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga feels just right. It has the captivating tale side of gameplay covered, with all nine Skywalker films to play through. Meanwhile, you explore tons of planets, meet a wealth of Star Wars characters, and engage in space battles for the books. The content available in just one game treads close to overwhelming, with hardly ever a time when you can’t find something to keep busy with. If not for the content, then consider checking it out to bathe in the cuteness of a LEGO wielding a lightsaber.

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Evans I. Karanja is a freelance writer who loves to write about anything technology. He is always on the lookout for interesting topics, and enjoys writing about video games, cryptocurrency and blockchain and more. When not writing, he can be found playing video games or watching F1.