The Best Xbox One Space Games

Over 200 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Best Xbox One Space Games

We're ranking the best Xbox One space games, with the help of your votes. One of the more popular Xbox One games that has you exploring the cosmos is Destiny 2. Released in 2017, the newest installment in the Destiny series is both addicting and has great replay value. If you've never played No Man's Sky, it's a must-play space game for any Xbox One owner. Other options include Elite: Dangerous, Prey, and Star Trek Online.

Not every adventure game on this list is an Xbox One original - take Kerbal Space Program for example, which is an outer space flight simulator that came out in 2015. However, all these space games are currently available on the Xbox Marketplace, regardless of release date. Vote up all your favorite games, or simply use this list as a recommendation guide if you're looking for more astronaut and space exploration games to explore.

Most divisive: Star Wars Battlefront II
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  • No Man's Sky
    105 votes
    • Developer: Hello Games
    No Man's Sky is an action-adventure survival video game developed and published by the indie studio Hello Games. It was released worldwide in August 2016 for PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows, while an Xbox One version is scheduled for release in mid-2018. The game is built around four pillars: exploration, survival, combat, and trading. Players are free to perform within the entirety of a procedurally generated deterministic open universe, which includes over 18 quintillion planets. Through the game's procedural generation system, planets have their own ecosystems with unique forms of flora and fauna, and various sentient alien species may engage the player in combat or trade within planetary systems. Players advance in the game by mining for resources to power and improve their spacecraft, tools, and spacesuit for survival, buying and selling resources using credits earned by documenting flora and fauna, and otherwise seeking out the mystery around the Atlas, an entity at the center of the universe.
  • Elite: Dangerous
    100 votes
    • Developer: Frontier Developments
    Elite: Dangerous is a space adventure, trading, and combat simulator that is the fourth release in the Elite video game series. Piloting a spaceship, the player explores a realistic 1:1 scale open world galaxy based on the real Milky Way, with the gameplay being open-ended. The game is the first in the series to attempt to feature massively multiplayer gameplay, with players' actions affecting the narrative story of the game's persistent universe, while also retaining single player options. It is the sequel to Frontier: First Encounters, the third game in the Elite series, released in 1995. Having been unable to agree to a funding deal with a publisher for many years, the developer began its Kickstarter campaign in November 2012. Pre-release test versions of the game had been available to backers since December 2013, and the final game was released for Windows on 16 December 2014. Mac OS X and Xbox One versions of the game are planned for release in 2015, and a PlayStation 4 version some time later.
  • Rebel Galaxy
    52 votes
  • Dead Space
    27 votes
    • Developer: EA Redwood Shores
    Dead Space is a survival, horror game developed by EA Redwood Shores and published by Electronic Arts. The game was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 in 2008. The debut entry in the Dead Space series. Set on a mining spaceship overrun by deadly monsters called Necromorphs following the discovery of an artifact called the Marker, the player controls engineer Isaac Clarke as he navigates the spaceship and fights the Necromorphs while struggling with growing psychosis. Players control Isaac and explore different areas through its narrative, solving environmental puzzles and finding ammunition and equipment to survive.
    • Developer: Squad
    Kerbal Space Program is a space flight simulation video game developed and published by Squad for Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. In the game, players direct a nascent space program, staffed and crewed by humanoid aliens known as "Kerbals". The game features a realistic orbital physics engine, allowing for various real-life orbital maneuvers such as Hohmann transfer orbits and bi-elliptic transfer orbits. The player administers a space program operated by Kerbals, a race of small green humanoids, who have constructed a fully furnished and functional spaceport called the Kerbal Space Center (KSC) on their planet Kerbin. Despite being shown as cartoonish beings sometimes lacking common sense, Kerbals have shown themselves capable of constructing complex spacecraft parts and performing experiments to realize their scientific goals. Players can create rockets, aircraft, spaceplanes, rovers, and other craft from a provided set of components. Once built, the craft can be launched by players from the KSC launch pad or runway in an attempt to complete player-set or game-directed missions while avoiding partial or catastrophic failure (such as lack of fuel or structural failure). Players control their spacecraft in three dimensions with little assistance other than a stability system to keep their rocket oriented. Provided it maintains sufficient thrust and fuel, a spacecraft can enter orbit or even travel to other celestial bodies. To visualize vehicle trajectory, the player must switch into map mode; this displays the orbit or trajectory of the player vehicle, as well as the position and trajectory of other spacecraft and planetary bodies. These planets and other vehicles can be targeted to view information needed for rendezvous and docking, such as ascending and descending nodes, target direction, and relative velocity to the target. While in map mode, players can also access maneuver nodes in order to plan out trajectory changes in advance.