The Best Sci-Fi Games


by William Lobley |
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While all games are fictional flights of fancy, the best of sci-fi takes self-invention, imagination and narrative to the extreme. Science-fiction takes our current reality and thrusts it into the great beyond, or sometimes even an alternative timeline, to explore the logical ends of the human endeavour. Plus, there are lasers, androids and spaceships.

While the modern sci-fi movement finds many of its roots feeding on the pulpy soil of 1950s paperback and action comics, the genre has blossomed into one of the most significant pop-culture phenomena around. The world of video games reflects this well, with hundreds of sci-fi and sci-fi-infused releases just waiting to be enjoyed.

To help you find the best sci-fi games, we’ve put together this buyer’s guide. With the games chosen, players will be able to live out their wildest Force-wielding dreams, in Star Wars JEDI: Fallen Order, escape to the retro-future in The Outer Worlds, quest epically in Mass Effect or even save Earth from machine conquest in NeiR:Automata.

Keep reading for the best sci-fi games on PlayStation, Xbox, Switch and PC.

Just so you know, while we may receive a commission or other compensation from the links on this page, we never allow this to influence product selections.

Mass Effect: The Legendary Edition

Mass Effect: The Legendary Edition (Multi)
Price: £18.64


Platform: Multi In Mass Effect, players take up control of Commander Shepard to embark on a


Returnal (PS5)

Rrp: £69.99

Price: £33.99
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Platform: PS5 Returnal is a sci-fi third-person shooter that pulls roguelike gameplay into

The Outer Worlds

The Outer Worlds (Multi)

Rrp: £16.39

Price: £14.72


Platform: Multi Coming from the developer behind cult-fave Fallout: New Vegas is the quirky

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (Multi)
Price: £22.47


Platform: Multi Do we all remember when the Jedi were purged in Revenge Of The Sith? As it

Star Wars: Squadrons

Star Wars: Squadrons (Multi)

Rrp: £14.99

Price: £12.95
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Platform: Multi While the Fallen Order lets us all live out Jedi fantasies on the ground,

Control: The Ultimate Edition

Control: The Ultimate Edition (Multi)
Price: £30.19


Platform: Multi Developed by Remedy Entertainment, Control is a unique third-person

BioShock: The Collection

BioShock: The Collection (Multi)
Price: £21.95


Platform: Multi Much like Mass Effect, the BioShock trilogy is of huge importance, making

Alien Isolation

Alien Isolation (Multi)
Price: £18.46


Platform: Multi The player controls Amanda Ripley, daughter of Ellen Ripley, part of a team

Doom Eternal

Doom Eternal (Multi)
Price: £14.57


Platform: Multi Unrelentingly brutal with gore galore, Doom Eternal is a frantic and

EVE Online

EVE Online (PC)
Price: £0 (base game)


Platform: PC EVE Online is an MMORPG that has you heading out into the Milky Way to explore

Gears 5

Gears 5 (Xbox)

Rrp: £49.99

Price: £12.59


Platform: Xbox Offering a new perspective on the Swarm-slaying series and stunning with its

Astral Chain

Astral Chain (Switch)
Price: £45.99


Platform: Switch Developer PlatinumGames has Bayonetta, Vanquish and NieR:Automata to its

Outer Wilds

Outer Wilds (Multi)
Price: £20.99


Platform: Multi Equal parts sci-fi, mystery and open-world explorer, Outer Wilds is set in a


14. XCOM 2

XCOM 2 (Multi)
Price: £14.95


Platform: Multi For many years XCOM 2 defined PC gaming for swathes of players. Itu2019s a

Death Stranding

Death Stranding (Multi)

Rrp: £19.30

Price: £19.30


Platform: Multi While Hideo Kojimau2019s Metal Gear Solid series falls more squarely into

Detroit: Become Human

Detroit: Become Human (Multi)
Price: £25.65


Platform: Multi Quantic Dream has made a name for itself by creating accomplished narrative

No Man’s Sky

No Manu2019s Sky (Multi)
Price: £24.52


Platform: Multi No Manu2019s Sky offers players freedom. Not just the freedom to explore an

Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus

Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus (Multi)
Price: £62.98


Platform: Multi Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus is a strategic combat game with plenty of


19. Prey

Prey (Multi)
Price: £15.49


Platform: Multi Morgan Yu is exploring a space station when he encounters an alien race, the

Half-Life: Alyx


Platform: PC VR A PC-powered VR headset (ideally, the Valve Index) is needed to play


NieR:Automata (Multi)
Price: £16.87


Platform: Multi NieR:Automata isnu2019t a game to shy away from the more complex and bizarre

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