Whether host to new life, stunning interstellar vistas, or humanity's greatest horrors, nothing beats a space adventure. We've wrapped up our favorite Xbox One games that are literally out of this world.
No Man's Sky (opens in new tab)
★ Editor's Choice
Loaded with over 18 quintillion procedurally-generated planets, few games portray the awe of celestial exploration like No Man's Sky. Overcoming a troubled launch, a wealth of updates aided one of the best revivals of modern gaming. The 2018 "NEXT" update shipped title-wide enhancements, including full co-op multiplayer.
Already a 4X strategy hit on PC, Stellaris' expansive sci-fi action transitions smoothly to Xbox One. Tasked with scaling an interstellar empire, you'll build and command a fleet, with tough choices along the way.
Die and repeat
Dropped into a starship cockpit absent of memories, Everspace follows an interplanetary adventure unearthing your past. Its roguelike gameplay draws players into cross-system dogfights, with defeat a natural element of story and gameplay progression.
Astroneer follows a lonely astronaut exploring and colonizing a vibrant, low-poly world. Sculpting your base, managing supplies, and uncovering mysterious secrets, it's relaxing couch adventure.
Alone in space
Prey represents a convergence of Deus Ex's RPG shooter combat, Bioshock's tense atmosphere, and Half Life's theoretical science-heavy plot. If you're a fan of any of those games, Prey can't be missed.
Boasting a simulated Milky Way galaxy with astonishing near-1:1 scale, Elite Dangerous fulfills your dreams as an interplanetary explorer. Complete with lengthy travel times, complex economic systems, and online multiplayer, it covers all the details.
Relive a classic
Rounding up over a decade of Master Chief, this all-inclusive bundle packs the best of Halo. Upgraded for Xbox One X, experience all campaigns and multiplayer in 4K and HDR.
Akin to the 1979 classic, Alien Isolation is an authentic fight for survival. Hunted by a single, ruthless Xenomorph, Amanda Ripley must stay in the shadows and outsmart her predator. Embracing the series' iconic low-fi tone, it's a fitting sequel for movie fans.
Plan, construct, and launch custom spacecraft with Kerbal Space Program. It's an open-ended and dense sandbox for hours of experimentation with underlying orbital physics, aerodynamics, and more key to avoiding a fiery blaze.
Lovers in a Dangerous Space Time is an incredible couch co-op experience, where players must work together to command a giant space ship through vibrant, neon worlds. Battle hordes of crazy aliens while working together to crew your ship, complete with boss battles, and more.
Get ready for takeoff
Developer Hello Games caught massive backlash for No Man's Sky's initial offerings, but the adventure continues to evolve in 2019. Regular free content updates have injected new depth and intrigue to its vast universe, merging the best of survival, creativity, and exploration into a visual masterpiece on Xbox One. Unbound by realism and fine details, No Man's Sky (opens in new tab) conveys the scale and wonder of space travel just like the icons of 20th-century cinema.
Stellaris (opens in new tab) is another in-house favorite bringing the intricacies and scale of 4X strategy games to Xbox One. Following up on its prior console launch of Cities Skylines, Paradox Interactive streamlines its sandbox to the living room and retains the deep systems of its PC counterpart.
Matt Brown is Windows Central's Senior Games Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.
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