The Best Xbox 360 Adventure Games

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Released during the seventh generation of home consoles, the Xbox 360 was the massively successful upgrade of Microsoft’s first console, the Xbox. With this new console came some amazing new features along with the return of some popular ones. Xbox Live was completely rehauled to provide not only online play, but streaming services, video and music downloads, web browsing, and game downloads. The 360 became more than just a gaming console, but an entertainment hub for the whole family. Plenty of new peripherals also released for the 360, such as the Kinect motion sensor, wireless controllers, and expanded storage. The Xbox 360 made waves in the console gaming community, leaving a lasting impression on gamers worldwide.

Adventure games have always attracted fans, both causal and hardcore, by luring them into fantastical worlds with quirky characters. This genre is perfect for gamers who need a little escapism. The Xbox 360 had no shortage of great adventure games, both old and new. With this new console came new takes on the genre, from reimagining’s of old styles such as point and click adventures with The Walking Dead: A TellTale Games Series to immersive open-world mysteries with Rockstar’s L.A. Noire. Whatever type of game you like, with the Xbox 360 you’re guaranteed to find something you like.

The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition

A perfect example of a great Xbox Live Arcade title, The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition brings the goofy point and click classic to the Xbox 360. This new edition has everything players loved from the original, but improves the visuals to appeal to the modern generation of gamers while still staying true to the original style. The controls have been overhauled as well to provide an easier experience on a controller rather than the original mouse and keyboard.

LucasArts faithfully restored this classic for a whole new generation of fans to fall in love with Guybrush Threepwood’s comical adventures.


Minecraft

If you have not heard of this game yet, you’ve probably been living in a cave. Minecraft destroyed records by becoming the most influential game of the 21st century and making indie games more mainstream. In this breathtaking voxel adventure game, the world is your oyster. The worlds are randomly generated and completely infinite so there is always more to explore, mine and build.

Players can play in survival where they must fight the hordes of the night as they build a base and cross dimensional barriers, or they can be a flying, invincible god who can build or destroy anything at their will. This game is anything and everything you make it, and that’s why it is still one of the most played games almost 10 years after it was released.


The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series

Released during the height of The Walking Dead’s popularity on TV, Telltale Games released a reimagining of the comic book series the show was based on. In this compelling, narrative driven, point and click adventure, players will assume the role of Lee Everett as he makes his way through a world ruled by the undead. Lee and his almost adoptive daughter, Clementine, will meet allies, make hard decisions, and survive in this cruel new world. The point-and-click control scheme has been adapted to be easier for console players.

The Walking Dead is a very cinematic title, giving players one of the most in-depth stories this generation had to offer, and is a must-play for fans of narrative driven titles.


L.A. Noire

Another fantastic, open-world adventure from Rockstar, L.A. Noire gives players a look into Los Angeles in the 1940’s. This title borrows heavily from the Noir genre of films that once ruled theatres across the world. In L.A. Noire, players will assume the role of Detective Cole Phelps as he solves crimes around Los Angeles. This is easily one of the most immersive Rockstar titles to date, using motion capture technology to make characters appear more realistic than ever. Players will take suspects into interrogation, take notes, explore crime scenes, and drive around a 1940’s Los Angeles. This title has so much to offer for layers looking for a good period-piece adventure.


The Wolf Among Us

Another Telltale game, The Wolf Among Us transports players to New York City in the 1980’s. NYC is a dark, dank city full of horrors, with a sprinkling of the noir genre. Players take control of Bigby Wolf, the sheriff of the ‘fables’, or fairytale creatures, in Fabletown which is located within New York City.

The Wolf Among Us plays similarly to The Walking Dead with its heavy use of cinematics and point-and-click control scheme. This title is full of mystery, giving classic tales a dark spin, and is a great follow up to The Walking Dead, giving fans a return to the powerful storytelling Telltale is known for.


Red Dead Redemption

Red Dead Redemption is a perfect homage to western tales by Martin Robbins and the action of Clint Eastwood. Rockstar drops players in the Wild West, assuming the role of outlaw John Marston, as they gun their way through train cars, saloons, and bands of brigands. Marston has lived a less than perfect life, experiencing plenty of hardship to leave him a jaded outlaw looking for revenge, giving players one of the strongest narratives of the time, along with some stellar gameplay.

There is an almost never-ending list of quests, guns, and horses to find around the desert. Players will also experience the honor system, which rates players’ behavior in the world, determining whether or not their John Marston truly is an outlaw, or just misunderstood. Red Dead Redemption could not be recommended enough.


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  • Updated July 15, 2020
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