Top Adventure Games of All Time
Adventure conjures up only one thing in my mind – The Indiana Jones film trilogy, not counting The Crystal Skull. There's little else which comes close to delivering such a sense of adventure. So with that in mind which games fit the bill for best adventure?
Well, The Uncharted series – especially the brilliant second game "Among Thieves" – have to go down as some of the best. Naughty Dog manages to weave together likeable characters, wit, emotion, and some great action set pieces like no other studio has delivered. In fact, many have said that the series' lead Nathan Drake is the closest video games have come to creating an Indiana Jones hero.
Adventures aren't limited to those taking place on Earth, with many of the most acclaimed movies in the genre taking a sci-fi slant. Star Wars, Star Trek and even the recent Guardians of the Galaxy are prime examples of delivering edge of your seat action adventure. Move that over to video games and you've got BioWare's brilliant Mass Effect Trilogy which follows much of the same formula for mixed species, galactic exploration.
And to keep the movie comparisons going. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy brought fantasy adventure to the silver screen in a fashion many wouldn't have believed possible, much like Bethesda managed with its stupendous The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim. Console gamers picking up the game were wowed by the open-world exploration on offer.
Rayman Legends isn't perfect, but it's still a cracking game.
Puppeteer is Sony's best pure platformer on the PS3, delivering the kind of tight mechanics and pin-point controls usually only found in games starring plumbers or apes.
Far better than most of Telltale's output, but time will tell if it can be as good as The Walking Dead.
Not the revival of the classic Lucasarts form some would hope, but a great first instalment all the same.
Simple mechanics mix well with a deep levelling system to make for an excellent game that'll keep you coming back for hours.
Technical issues mean the PC version wins out, but this is still a memorable, inventive adventure.
I can't think of many games like Oxenfree. It's simple if judged purely on gameplay mechanics but wonderfully accomplished in terms of storytelling, characters and dialogue.
The representation of a familly dealing with the protracted illness of a child is well done, but wasn't as interesting to me as the exploration of faith that was inextricably woven into it.
Firewatch feels like a natural and smart evolution of the adventure game, offering choices without as many constraints, but at the same time expertly funneling players down a path.
When playing Wind Waker, it's impossible not to succumb to its charm and unashamed freedom of imagination. Zelda: The Wind Waker is a work of genius. Make the most of it.