1Metroid + Castlevania = Metroidvania

Castlevania symphony of the night

With their interconnected maps that promote exploration, we love Metroidvanias.

It’s true that they often require a bit of tedious backtracking, but a good Metroidvania makes sure that every trip you make is rewarding. Sometimes you’ll find a powerful piece of equipment by going off the beaten path. Other times you might discover a new skill or item that allows you to access a new area. And you should definitely keep your eyes open for secrets around every corner.

Combining platforming, adventure and light RPG elements, there’s nothing quite like getting engrossed in a good Metroidvania game, and there are plenty of them on the Xbox One. Want to find out which ones are the best? Read on.