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Matinee Fisticuffs and Shootouts on Xbox One

Sometimes you just want to play the hero. These games are violent and include shooting but, as with B-movies and 1980s TV series, it’s as much about the quips, characters and fantasy settings as it is about killing. The drama may be peppered with cinematic gunfire but, like those TV series, the real draw is spending time with the heroes every week.

This list includes 48 games from the last 20 years, with 894 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to take on baddies with fists and guns.

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3 to PEGI 18
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB MATURE 17+
Australian Ratings: G to R 18+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Platform, Puzzle, Racing, Rhythm, Role-Playing, Shooting, Simulation, Stealth, Strategy and Turn-Based
Total Likes: 894
 

 

Valorant

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 02/06/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 4 features

Developer: Riot Games (@RiotGames)

Players: You can play this with 10 players online

Valorant is a team-based online shooting game, where two teams of five compete under the role of agents with unique abilities. It's designed to be competitive and requires considerable skill and practice to win matches. Between rounds players spend...

Halo (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 15/11/2001, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Halo (@Halo)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 16 players online

Halo is the longstanding sci-fi shooting video game series that started when Halo: Combat Evolved launched alongside the Xbox in 2001. The franchise has featured on every Xbox platform since then, with Halo 5: Guardians serving as the latest entry in...

Rainbow Billy

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 05/10/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Platform, Rhythm and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 32 features

Developer: We Are Mana Void (@WeAreManaVoid)

Players: This is a single player game

Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan is a role-play adventure where you save the world from a colourless darkness. Unusually, battles are won through listening and conversation rather than traditional attacks. It combines the excitement and...

Planet of Lana

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Wishfully Games (@Wishfully_Games)

Players: This is a single player game

Planet of Lana is an adventure where you play a young girl Lana and her loyal animal friend Mui, on a rescue mission. Set on a planet under siege from cold machines and unfamiliar creatures. Rather than the war, though, this is a game about the vibrant...

Jailbreak (Roblox)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8-11 year-olds

Release Date: 01/08/2017

Platforms: Android, PC, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Badimo (@Badimo)

Players: You can play this with 30 players online

Jailbreak is a popular Roblox game about escaping prison and getting away with various crimes. Based on the popular Prison Life and Madcity Roblox games, but adds a large open world in which you could drive vehicles, earn weapons and rob various...

Biomutant

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 25/05/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Role-Playing and Simulation

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: Experiment 1 O1 (@Experiment1O1)

Players: This is a single player game

Biomutant is an open world role-play adventure game where you play a Raccoon warrior in a large world filled with mutated animals. Exploring this living breathing ecosystem has the feel of Zelda Breath of the Wild, but in a broken down steampunk...

Ark: Survival Evolved

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 08/08/2017, updated in 2018

Price: 22% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: Survivetheark (@Survivetheark)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

This game offers hunting-and-harvesting gameplay in a primal setting. Although not as polished or streamlined as a game like Horizon Zero Dawn, this is a more ambitiously open world where you can choose your own way to survive. With crafting and...

Savior

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Developer: Starsoft PDX (@StarsoftPDX)

Players: This is a single player game

Savior is an action adventure game with hand-animated pixelated graphics. You play as Sam, a mysterious woman with hidden powers and innate acrobatic skills who has lost her memory and all possessions. Use diplomacy, parkour, and intricate combat to...

Hogwarts Legacy

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Role-Playing

Developer: Avalanche Sweden (@AvalancheSweden)

Players: This is a single player game

Hogwarts Legacy is an open-world role play game set in the world of Harry Potter. You control a wizard character who starts as a student at Hogwarts but then ventures out on a dangerous journey with a mystery to solve. You design your character, learn...

Little Nightmares II (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 10/02/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 5 features

Developer: Tarsier Studios (@TarsierStudios)

Players: This is a single player game

Little Nightmares II is a running and jumping game wrapped in a horror theme. You play a little boy named Mono who explores a dark and disturbing world. On your journey, you meet a little girl called Six and together you try to survive and uncover the...

Alien: Isolation

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 06/10/2014, updated in 2019

Price: 40% off

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Stealth

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Feral Games (@FeralGames)

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 1 player online

Alien: Isolation is an adventure horror game set in space, remastered in 2019 from the 2014 game due to its popularity. You play Amanda who is trying to find out the truth behind her mother's disappearance. You explore Sevastopol, a decommissioned...

Control

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/08/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Narrative and Shooting

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: Remedy Games (@RemedyGames)

Players: This is a single player game

This game is an outlandish paranormal fantasy where you are swept into a role as the new director of the Federal Bureau of Control agency of the ‘paranatural’. With impressive cinematic visuals and storytelling, your interactions involve exploring,...

Hypercharge: Unboxed

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 31/01/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Shooting and Strategy

Accessibility: 2 features

Developer: D Cyber Cherries (@DCyberCherries)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

Hypercharge: Unboxed is a shooting game where you play a small toy from the 1990s in human-sized arenas like a toy shop, back garden and a garage. It combines base defence play with exploration and collection running and jumping in a wide range of...

Star Wars: Republic Commando

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 28/02/2005, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Fighting, Role-Playing and Shooting

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Aspyr Media (@AspyrMedia)

Players: This is a single player game

Star Wars: Republic Commando is a shooting game set in the Star Wars universe, where you complete missions as part of an elite squad of Clones. Still regarded as one of the best Star Wars games over 16 years after its initial release, its fast-paced...

Batman: Arkham Knight

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 23/06/2015

Platforms: PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Role-Playing and Shooting

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Rocksteady Games (@RocksteadyGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Batman: Arkham Knight is the final installment of the Batman: Arkham series. Nine-months after the events of Batman: Arkham City, Gotham seems safer as crime drops significantly. All good things must come to an end, as it is Halloween night and the...

Distrust

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 23/11/2017, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Simulation and Strategy

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Distrust is a survival game where you try to survive after a helicopter crash at an arctic base. Inspired by The Thing film, this is a horror game that initially seems to be about surviving the wild, but soon descends into something darker and...

Limbo

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 05/06/2013, updated in 2015

Platforms: Android, PS Vita, PS4, Wii U, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Playdead (@Playdead)

Players: This is a single player game

Control a small boy as he runs, jumps and climbs through a dark, silhouetted forest that clanks and hums with foreboding. As the age-rating suggests, he is killed in all manner of gruesome ways. But this is not without reason. Rather than violent...

Batman: Arkham City

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 18/10/2011

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Open World

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Rocksteady Games (@RocksteadyGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Batman: Arkham City is an open world adventure, the second instalment in the Arkham series taking place one year after the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum. You play Batman fighting crime, and his dwindling reputation,...

Alan Wake

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/05/2010

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Shooting

Developer: Remedy Games (@RemedyGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Bright Falls is the sleepy Midwest setting for this Twilight Zone-style horror game. The action focuses on surviving attacks from possessed ‘Taken’ locals. You use flashlights to burn away the possession before dispatching them with firearms. It’s...

Another World

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 30/11/2019

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Platform

Developer: Eric Chahi (@EricChahi)

Players: This is a single player game

Another World (Out of This World in North America) is a retro cinematic running, jumping and shooting game about a young scientist who, as a result of a failed experiment finds himself on a dangerous alien world where he is forced to fight for his...

Deep Rock Galactic

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 12-16 year-olds

Release Date: 13/05/2020

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Ghost Ship Games (@GhostShip_Games)

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Deep Rock Galactic is shooting game where you play a team of dwarves in a totally destructible world. You explore caves and battle enemy hordes that are different each time you play (like Left 4 Dead).

Party Animals

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting

Developer: Happy Happy Nemo (@HappyHappyNemo)

Players: You can play this with 6 players online

Party Animals is a fighting game where wobbly animal characters go toe-to-toe. Like Gang Beasts, the novelty is in the game physics that recreate realistic movement and impact with a cartoon rag-doll feel.

Destroy All Humans! (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 24/06/2005, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, Stadia, Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Shooting

Accessibility: 5 features

Developer: Black Forest Team (@BlackForestTeam)

Players: This is a single player game

Destroy All Humans! is an adventure game series that parodies Cold War-era alien invasion films. With open-world like a bit like Grand Theft Auto, you play the alien Crypto, tasked to gather DNA from humans and explore the open-world levels to do this....

Inside

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 29/06/2016, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Developer: Playdead (@Playdead)

Players: This is a single player game

Inside is from the same developer as Limbo. As such, you play another boy in a dark dream-light and horrific world. Here though, it's more modern-day and realistic.

The Outer Worlds

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 23/10/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing and Shooting

Accessibility: 32 features

Developer: Obsidian (@Obsidian)

Players: This is a single player game

The Outer Worlds is a futuristic role-playing game where you are a colonist working to thaw your team and colonise the planet. Exploring, talking, shooting; how you do this is up to you, in what soon becomes a tangle plot of corporate control and...

Brawlout

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 19/04/2017, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Developer: Angry Mob Games (@AngryMobGames)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Brawlout is a fighting game with 4-player battles in levels with lots of platforms. You try to knock the other players off and win the round. As you inflict damage you can hit them further. Like, Super Smash Bros you also have dash, melee and ranged...

The Binding of Isaac (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 28/09/2011, updated in 2021

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, PS5, Switch, Wii U and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Narrative, Role-Playing and Shooting

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Edmund Mc Millen (@EdmundMcMillen)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

The Binding of Isaac is a series of adventure games where you progress through randomly generated rooms, collecting items and fighting off monsters. It's a twist on the simple Zelda dungeon, with hundreds of enemies, room variations and upgrades. The...

Deadlight

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 10/07/2012, updated in 2016

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative and Platform

Developer: Tequila Works (@TequilaWorks)

Players: This is a single player game

Deadlight takes the monochrome running, jumping and shooting action in a more mature direction and with a deeper and coherent story. It draws on older (and equally excellent) platform games Another World and Flashback. You control Randall Wayne, a...

Flashback

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 01/10/2013, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Developer: Paul Cuisset (@PaulCuisset)

Players: This is a single player game

Flashback is a running and jumping game with a strong narrative. Made in the 90s it's similar to Another World and Prince of Persia.

Operation: Tango

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 28/08/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure and Puzzle

Developer: Clever Plays (@CleverPlays)

Players: You can play this with 2 players online

Operation: Tango is an espionage-themed cooperative adventure where two people play as agent or hacker. The agent explores the world while the hacker provides information and checks out the systems you encounter. You must communicate clearly to work...

Wreckfest

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 14/06/2018, updated in 2019

Price: 33% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Racing

Developer: Bug Bear Games (@BugBearGames)

Players: You can play this with 16 players online

Wreckfest is a racing game where you aim to destroy other people's cars. It focuses on demolition modes with classic American muscle cars and other unusual vehicles. Rather than racing, this is a physical challenge with cars crammed onto a small track,...

Borderlands 3 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 20/10/2009, updated in 2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Role-Playing and Shooting

Accessibility: 37 features

Developer: Gearbox Official (@GearboxOfficial)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Borderlands 3 is a shooting game played with friends or solo to defeat enemies and loot ancient vaults in outer space. This unique setting and story, which it shares with the other Borderlands games, in addition to its unique art style and integration...

Chroma Squad

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 30/04/2015, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: Behold Studios (@BeholdStudios)

Players: This is a single player game

Chroma Squad is a strategy game themed around the The Power Rangers TV show. Rather than the heroes, you play the stunt actors who quit the show to start their own Power Rangers-inspired series. Rather than kill enemies in the turn based encounters,...

Cyber Shadow

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 26/01/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Meka Skull (@MekaSkull)

Players: This is a single player game

Cyber Shadow is a retro running and jumping game where you defeat enemies and dodge obstacles. It combines classic 90's platforming games with modern controls and checkpoints that make it more enjoyable and approachable. Dodge and attack midair to...

Fights in Tight Spaces

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 01/09/2020

Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Fighting, Simulation and Turn-Based

Developer: Fights Game (@FightsGame)

Players: This is a single player game

Fights in Tight Spaces is a turn based fighting game where you use your deck of cards to win combat battles in small rooms and other locations. As you progress you gain more cards and build a deck tailored to each battle.

Ghost Of A Tale

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 13/03/2018, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing and Stealth

Developer: Seith CG (@SeithCG)

Players: This is a single player game

Ghost of a Tale is a swashbuckling adventure where you, as plucky rat Tilo, take on a rich world of evil creatures. It’s another game full of lore and backstory, although here it is medieval darkness rather than technological apocalypse. The work of a...

Rawmen

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Fighting and Shooting

Developer: Animal Labs (@Animal_Labs)

Players: You can play this with 8 players online

Rawmen is a jovial combat game where you sling soup rather than bullets. Similar to Splatoon, this offers a less violent alternative to shooting games that is also a huge amount of fun in its own right.

Void Bastards

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 29/05/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

Developer: Blue Manchu Games (@BlueManchuGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Void *!@?* is a tongue-in-cheek shooting game, where you control misfit prisoners out of the Sargasso Nebula. You decide which shops to investigate, what to do and who to fight. When you die, you start again with some of the loot you've collected...

Back 4 Blood

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 12/10/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Shooting and Simulation

Accessibility: 31 features

Developer: Turtle Rock (@TurtleRock)

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 8 players online

Back 4 Blood is a multiplayer shooting game where a team of four players work together to survive zombie-infested areas.

Freedom Finger

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 27/09/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Rhythm and Shooting

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: widerightgames (@widerightgames)

Players: This is a single player game

Freedom Finger is a tongue in cheek game where you pilot a hand that can shoot from its middle finger. Along with the shooting, the game is music driven as you punch, grab, and pound enemies to smithereens. It takes the classic, Gradius and Nemisis...

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