14 Best Xbox Series X|S Detective Games
Investigate mysteries in these immersive Xbox Series X/S games.
We all like to play detective from time to time, channeling our inner life Sherlock Holmes. What better way to do it than from the comfort of your own home? To know if you can be next Colombocheck out our picks for the 14 best detective games for the Xbox Series X/S.
#14 Dark Side Detective
The Dark Side Detective is a classic point-and-click adventure game where you play as Detective Mcqueen as you join the Darkside Division on a mission to investigate the paranormal. You’ll encounter zombies, tentacles and more in this bizarre multi-award winning adventure. The Xbox version includes the full first season. If you liked this one, you should also check out the second game in the series, The Darkside Detective: A groping in the dark.
#13 Sherlock Holmes Chapter One
Play as one of the world’s greatest detectives, Sherlock Holmes. You may wonder why this specific game made the cut and not the countless others that have blessed our screens over the years. The answer is simple: Sherlock Holmes chapter one sees you playing as a young Sherlock, not the Mr. Holmes we all know and love. This open world detective game will see you make vital decisions in an intriguing story of crime, murder and corruption. With two sides to every story, you must do your best to uncover the truth – for better or worse – and let it make you the man you are today.
#12 Murdered: Suspicious Soul
Blending investigative gameplay with the paranormal, Assassinated: Suspicious Soul is Square Enix’s supernatural thriller with a unique twist. The murder you’re investigating? It’s yours. As if being murdered wasn’t enough, now you must solve your own murder as a ghost. You play as Ronan O’Connor, a former Salem police detective, and solving your murder will undoubtedly be your biggest case yet. A captivating story paired with a unique gameplay style will keep you hooked until the bitter end.
The first part of a series of four games, Kona is an interactive tale in which you play as a private detective exploring a spooky village and investigating supernatural occurrences. Experience a story told by a third-person storyteller with a hugely atmospheric soundtrack that you’ll want to keep blasting past the credits. Take a peek into 1970s northern Canada and uncover the truth about this city once and for all.
#10 Life is strange
An episodic adventure in five episodes, life is strange aims to revolutionize story-based choice and consequence games by adding a rarely seen game mechanic – the ability to manipulate time at the push of a button. You play as Max, a photography-obsessed senior who saves the life of her former best friend Chloe by discovering her ability to turn back time. The pair then find themselves in a number of bad situations as they travel through Arcadia Bay. Players can experience multiple endings as they make many tough decisions, realizing that changing the past can massively alter the future.
#9 The sinking city
A mystery-adventure game set in the vast open world of the half-submerged city of Oakmont, The sinking city sees you playing as a private detective on a mission to uncover the truth about the city and find out why it is plagued by supernatural forces. Inspired by the works of HP Lovecraft, the title has an oppressive atmosphere and includes an open investigation system where each case you get into can be solved in several ways.
#8 LA Noire
Perhaps the most realistic detective game on this list, LA Noire is an open-world crime game set in the 1940s. You play as Cole Phelps, a young LAPD detective struggling to rise through the ranks in the font. As you progress through the game, you will go from a traffic cop to a homicide detective. Search for evidence, interrogate suspects and arrest your culprit in this open-world game from Rockstar. The Xbox Series X version of the game now features 4K graphics, so there’s never been a better time to play.
#7 The Wolf Among Us
From Telltale Games comes The wolf among us, a dark and mature take on creatures and characters from fairy tales and legends. This choice-packed five-episode game is based on the award-winning game Fables comic book series and sees players take control of Bigby Wolf, better known as Big Bad Wolf. As Sheriff of Fabletown, you’re going to have to dabble in dirty business, murder being the least of your problems.
#6 Return of the Obra Dinn
A completely unique mystery adventure with minimal color, Return of the Obra Dinn lets players piece together what exactly happened on the ship Obra Dinn when it was reported lost at sea. a port five years later with no visible crew and damaged sails, an insurance investigator must investigate each person’s death one by one and solve the mystery once and for all.
#5 The disappearance of Ethan Carter
A first-person story-based mystery game that focuses on exploration and discovery, The disappearance of Ethan Carter sees players investigate the case of a young boy who goes missing after the events of a brutal murder. A black-minded detective known as Paul Prospero receives a disturbing letter from Ethan himself and travels to find him. His detective skills mixed with his ability to communicate with the dead will allow Paul to see what events have unfolded and discover Ethan’s fate.
#4 Batman Arkham Series
Batman: Arkham City, Batman: Arkham Asylum, and Batman: Arkham Knight all allow players to channel their inner Batman and investigate events in Gotham City. Come face-to-face with some of the franchise’s biggest and baddest foes, such as the Joker and the Scarecrow, and solve the Riddlers’ many puzzles as you live out your Dark Knight dreams. This series features an all-new storyline and it’s definitely worth playing on Xbox Series consoles.
#3 Disco Elysium – The Final Cut
Winner of multiple gaming awards, Disco Elysium – The Final Cut is a version of a tabletop RPG game where players become a detective with a unique skill system. Decide what you want to do and how you want to do it, and find out if it’s going your way with a dice rolling system. This RPG will have you singing karaoke, threatening citizens, dancing, bribing everyone in your way, seducing whoever you can, and more. You name it, you can do it. On top of all that, you have a revolutionary dialogue system that lets you say almost anything you can think of, no matter how offensive.
From the team that brought us Yakuza come Judgement, a gritty story of a disgraced lawyer in his quest for redemption. Now embarking on a new career as a private detective, players must investigate a series of murders. Find evidence, hunt down and hunt suspects, and bring the evidence to court in this mystery adventure game. The Xbox Series version of the game will include enhanced visuals as well as all previously released DLC.
#1 Lost Judgment
The sequel to the previous game, judgment lost once again follows the story of a reformed private detective through some very gruesome times. Use a range of high-tech gadgets such as listening devices and drones, go undercover to learn more about your suspects and even experience some of the nightlife – you never know what trouble you’ll find yourself in.