Release Date: 19/05/2015
Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night, Open World and Weather
In this game you play monster-hunter Geralt in a vast open world as he searches for his missing adopted daughter. The game responds to your actions and has dynamic environments, weather and day–night cycles that affect the creatures you hunt. It’s a...
Release Date: 19/06/2020
Skill Rating: 16+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person and Day and Night
The Last of Us Part II is an action-adventure game set five years after The Last of Us. You control two characters in a post-apocalyptic United States. Ellie is out for revenge after suffering a tragedy, and Abby is a...
Release Date: 14/05/2019, updated in 2021
Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person
A Plague Tale: Innocence follows Amicia and her little brother Hugo as they use stealth to escape soldiers and swarms of rats. Against the stark threat and darkness of the world, the sibling relationship develops as the two learn to trust one another....
Release Date: 02/06/2021
Platforms: Android, PC, Switch and iOS
Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On, Hand-Made and Text
Overboard is a murder mystery narrative game played in reverse. You murder your husband at the start of the game and then try and get away with it. It's played on a ship where the characters are affected by your choices and change their actions...
Release Date: 14/02/2014
Platforms: PS3 and PS4
The Last of Us is a survival adventure game where you play Joel, a father figure, looking to protect a girl in his care, Ellie. The game creates a fimlic and emotional experience that extends beyond the usual zombie shooting to offer an interactive...
Release Date: 06/10/2014, updated in 2019
Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Components: 3D First-Person
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...
Release Date: 01/01/1997, updated in 2019
Platforms: Android, DS, PS2, PS3, PS4, PSP, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds
Grand Theft Auto is a series of action-adventure game where you travel around one large location taking part in different criminal activities: pulling off heists, with lots of shooting and stealing and driving a variety of cars and other vehicles.
Release Date: 19/01/2016
Platforms: Android, PC, PS3, PS4, Stadia, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS
Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon
This is a click/tap-to-move adventure where you play a student at high school in a sleepy American town. Despite the idyllic setting, you have a foreboding premonition of a disastrous storm. Along with this prophetic vision, you discover the ability to...
Release Date: 14/06/2013
Components: 3D Third-Person and Weather
You play a father, Joel, whose daughter was killed during the early stages of a deadly fungal outbreak. It’s now 20 years later, and he has clearly suffered from the loss. When Joel is given charge of a girl, Ellie, about the same age his daughter...
Release Date: 10/12/2020
Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
Components: 3D First-Person and Open World
Cyberpunk 2077 is a massive open-world action-adventure game inspired by cyberpunk themes, focused on the merging of humanity and technology. The line between human and machine is heavily blurred in every corner of its world. You have a fully...
Release Date: 17/07/2020
Platforms: PS4 and PS5
Components: 3D First-Person, Open World and Weather
Ghost of Tsushima is a stealth and action adventure set in 13th century Japan, where you play as a clan leader and samurai warrior trying to protect your people and the Tsushima Island against Mongol invaders.
Release Date: 08/08/2017, updated in 2018
Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One
This is a dark fantasy adventure, drawing on Norse and Celtic mythology, where you play a young female Pict warrior, Senua. You explore and fight your way to Helheim to rescue the soul of her dead lover. As you play, though, you hear multiple voices in...
Release Date: 29/06/2016, updated in 2018
Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS
Components: 2D Side-On
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.
Release Date: 23/02/2017, updated in 2018
Nier: Automata is a role-playing game, that span off from the Drakengard series. It's set in an alternate future where there is a war between alien machines and human androids. But this isn't a game about winning the war. It's more focused on the plight...
Release Date: 26/10/2017
Platforms: PC, PS4, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World
Assassin’s Creed Origins is an adventure set in Ancient Egypt near the end of the Ptolemaic period (49–44 BC). This game in the series goes back to the start of the centuries-long conflict between the Assassins (who fight for peace by promoting...
Release Date: 08/11/2019, updated in 2021
Platforms: PC, PS4 and PS5
Components: 3D Third-Person, Open World and Weather
Death Stranding is an exploration game where you deliver supplies across a vast shattered, post-apocalyptic America while protecting and caring for a baby. It's intentionally slow, sometimes excruciatingly so, which means you carefully consider your...
Release Date: 03/11/2009, updated in 2014
Platforms: Android, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
The Dragon Age series are narrative-driven role playing games with an emphasis on combat and player choices. You play the hero in the medieval fantasy world of Thedas, exploring the world and using your power to stop the impending darkness spread across...
Release Date: 21/05/2021, updated in 2022
Platforms: PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X|S
Deathloop is a shooting game where you play an assassin stuck in a time loop. You wake on a beach while residents of Blackreef island have gathered for a party that seemingly lasts forever. Your mission is to assassinate 8 guests but at the end of each...
Release Date: 10/11/2020
Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night and Open World
Assassin's Creed Valhalla is the twelfth game in the Assassins Creed Series, an open world action-adventure that takes place over several main story quests as well as many optional side missions.
Release Date: 25/05/2018
This is a branching narrative game from Quantic Dream, the studio behind Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls. This is the third game in the series and offers a more refined version of the filmic branching experience.
Release Date: 30/05/2014
Platforms: PC and PS4
Components: 3D First-Person, Day and Night and Open World
Forest is a survival horror game where you are the only passenger to live after a plane crash. You explore a mysterious forest to find food, shelter and safety but soon have to battle strange cannibalistic people.
Release Date: 13/11/2020
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is a shooting game. It's a direct sequel to the original Call of Duty: Black Ops. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will have a Campaign, Multiplayer, Zombies, and integration into Call of Duty: Warzone. It's a game that...
Release Date: 14/06/2016, updated in 2020
Platforms: Android, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS
Dead by Daylight is a survival horror game where one player takes on the role of a killer and another other four try and work together to survive. It's unusual because of this asynchronous play and its cross-over with different franchise-inspired themes.
Release Date: 20/04/2018
You play super-strong Norse fantasy hero Kratos as he takes his son Atreus on a brutal quest in the wake of his mother’s death. The exploration, puzzle solving, climbing and fighting gameplay intertwines with a mythological family drama played out in...
Release Date: 10/03/2020, updated in 2022
Call of Duty: Warzone is a large online shooting game. It's played with 150 other players with teams in squads of 1 to 4 players. As with other battle royale games, the map on which you play shrinks to great intense finale shot downs. This, combined...
Release Date: 06/10/2010, updated in 2019
Platforms: PC, PS3 and PS4
Heavy Rain is from the same Quantic Dream studio who made Beyond: Two Souls and Detroit: Become Human. It preceded these games but shared the same branching narrative and photo-realistic aspirations.
Release Date: 27/07/2017
Escape from Tarkov is an online shooting game set in the fictional Norvinsk region in Northwest Russia. You play during a war between two private military companies and join matches to fight others for loot, survival and ultimately escape.
Release Date: 18/05/2010, updated in 2019
Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Stadia, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Red Dead Redemption is a series of open world adventures with a wild west theme. The rich world offers many things to do along with a main story line. It's this living breathing world that attracts players, both in its diversity and beauty.
Release Date: 11/11/2011, updated in 2017
Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
The Elder Scrolls is a series of action role-playing games that take you to detailed open worlds with free-form gameplay. The series has sold more than 58 million copies.
Release Date: 09/11/2015, updated in 2019
Platforms: GameCube, Mac, PC, PS1, PS2, PS3, PS4, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Tomb Raider is a longstanding series that has been rebooted in recent years. This means it not only gets a fresh coat of paint like a re-release but is built from the ground up. All the games feature Lara Croft as the titular hero. She shoots, runs,...
Release Date: 19/08/2021, updated in 2021
Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
Components: 2D Overhead
12 Minutes is an adventure thriller game about a single apartment building. You view things from above and can interact with a simple click and drag interface. What starts as a romantic evening with your wife turns into a nightmare when a police...
Release Date: 21/08/2007, updated in 2016
Platforms: Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Bioshock is a first-person shooting game set in a fantastical underwater city. A dark story unfolds about the misuse of surgery and gene therapy, and what happens when a society develops with a power mad genius in control. It's an unusual combination of...
Release Date: 15/11/2011, updated in 2012
Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Assassin's Creed: Revelations is the fourth adventure game in the Assassin's Creed series. It follows on from Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood.
Release Date: 05/10/2018
Platforms: PC, PS4, Stadia and Xbox One
Assassin's Creed Odyssey is an action role-playing game set in the years 431–422 BCE during a mythological history of the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta. You play as a male or female mercenary fighting on both sides and attempting to...
Release Date: 01/01/2000, updated in 2021
Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
Hitman 3 is a stealth game where you take on assassination missions and then figure out how to execute them. The dynamic situations you enter unfold as you play and you can try different approaches.
Release Date: 29/10/2020
Watch Dogs: Legion is an adventure game, the third instalment in the Watch Dogs series. It's set in a fictionalised future dystopian London. You play hackers in group DedSec seeking to clear their name for bombings in the city.
Release Date: 29/10/2013
Platforms: PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is an action-adventure game set in a fictional telling of real-world events around the 18th Century Caribbean during the Golden Age of Piracy. You run, jump, climb, explore and fight as a notorious Welsh pirate Edward...
Release Date: 05/09/2019, updated in 2021
Green Hell is an intentionally hard open-world survival game. You are abandoned in the Amazonian rain forest with no equipment or food, just your wits. In order to survive, you must utilise real-world survival technics to build your shelter; start...
Release Date: 15/10/2019, updated in 2021
Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One
Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made
Disco Elysium The Final Cut is a role-playing game set in the fictional city of Revachol where you play Harrier "Harry" Du Bois who must solve a complex murder. Unusually, your choices and actions not only determine how the story unfolds but affect...
Release Date: 10/02/2012, updated in 2020
Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning is an adventure where you set out from the vibrant city of Rathir to rescue a world torn apart by a vicious war. Along with its huge scale, the game offers nuanced character development and a political system where you...