1533 Published Reviews
Henchman StoryXbox Series X
It has a couple of stories to tell that will have you glued, skipping between genres like a Deadpool and Cable team-up. Sure, it could do with a touch less snark and a degree more characterisation, but this henchman’s costume is well worth pulling on for an evening.
There aren’t many negatives to worry about in Godstrike to be honest; it’s very much a ‘does what it says on the tin’ title. The bosses do feel a little bit inconsistent though, for instance I found the second boss to be a lot more troublesome than the fourth, and it is sometimes hard to tell if you are being hit or not, with a lack of danger or weight to the bosses attacks.
The Jackbox Party Pack 8Xbox Series X
Overall The Jackbox Party Pack 8 is another splendid serving of mini-game madness. There’s nothing radically new or different here, but the same established formula works as well as ever, especially when your mates are up for a game or two.
Boulder Dash DeluxeXbox Series X
Whether you’re new to Boulder Dash or remember it fondly from back in the day, the new Deluxe edition is well worth taking for a roll – especially when you consider the sheer number of stages included.
Dustwind - The Last ResortXbox Series X
It still looks very Red Alert in terms of presentation, albeit with better in-game visuals. Unfortunately, it still appears as if it could have easily come from the last generation, or the one before that. Dustwind – The Last Resort presents a world which intrigues and offers a gritty RTS experience. However, punishing difficulty, gradual pace and repetitive gameplay make it an acquired taste for sure.
Ember: Console EditionXbox One
For picking up and blasting through an hour at a time, Ember: Console Edition works. It’s an RPG lite experience that fails to hit the depth and intricacy of a standard RPG, yet it does a good job of providing entry-level genre ideas. It certainly plays great homage to the likes of Baldur’s Gate or Diablo and whilst the combat system hasn’t translated very well from mobile to console, there is tons to involve yourself in – all for a cheap price.
Apsulov: End of GodsXbox Series X
Running at 7-8 hours in length, Aspulov: End of Gods is a decent playthrough. It’s a game that does feel a bit dark – perhaps because of the size of the budget – but the essence of the game and the heart of its content is excellent. It’s something which neatly tells a worthwhile story, one that takes a well-trodden path but does something completely new with it.
Diablo II: ResurrectedXbox Series X
Time spent with Diablo II: Resurrected is certainly an enjoyable one. It isn’t as polished as Diablo III, but then this is a remaster of a 21 year old game and I fear the devs were pretty much painted into a corner: if they changed the systems, the original fans would be up in arms, but keeping the original feel does mean it slightly alienates players who are used to the newer game.
Disco Elysium: The Final CutXbox Series X
Disco Elysium – The Final Cut is one of those games which only comes along every now and then. It’s a true piece of art, with fantastic writing, brilliant voice acting and highly unusual and unique gameplay elements. There is a lot of game to be had here in terms of pathways and ways of playing through it all, but it certainly deserves the multiple playthroughs it allows. Disco Elysium hooked me in way back in 2018 and even now it fails to ever disappoint.
On the whole Gearshifters is a brilliant little surprise. A side scrolling combat racer like this shouldn’t really have as much going on as Gearshifters does, but the inclusion of those roguelite elements means this is one you’ll be going back to time and time again – if only as the temptation of a new upgrade is always just around the corner.
Chernobylite mixes a whole load of gaming styles but still manages to come up with something very unique and challenging. It’s a game in which you can invest a bunch of hours, especially in the resource management stuff, but is neatly complemented by a cracking story and some great visuals. If you want to try something different and have the stomach and time for some serious gaming, then Chernobylite could be for you.
Lost JudgmentXbox Series X
The plot feels elongated out in the early stages, and then padded in with unnecessary bumph as you continue. Just as well then that the side quests are as good as they have ever been with the whole School Stories perhaps being more entertaining than the main narrative. And if all that fails to win you over, Lost Judgment is still an excellent SEGA Master System emulator.
Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the LeviathanXbox One
Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan is a platformer, RPG, puzzle game, pet-collector and Wind Waker-style exploration game, all rolled together and spraypainted in glorious technicolour. It may be knowingly kooky, it may occasionally sound like a cat motivation poster, but we forgave its failings. Rainbow Billy is greater than the sum of its parts, and the developers have absolutely overloaded it with parts.
Tormented SoulsXbox Series X
Tormented Souls will be loved by fans of the old-school survival horrors. It’s almost a homage to them, delivering a fun narrative with some great puzzles along the way. It’s whether or not you can handle the fixed camera, limited saves, and clunky combat that will decide how long you can stick with it all for.
Blaze and the Monster Machines: Axle City RacersXbox One
But if you’re in any way discerning, and want a bit of value from your £34.99, then the defence rests on Blaze and the Monster Machines: Axle City Racers. It’s an empty chassis, a casual insult for the money. Ten generic tracks does not a karting game make. In all likelihood, your Blaze fans will see everything it has to offer after half an hour, as it runs out of mileage quicker than you can say that title.
ExZeus: The Complete CollectionXbox One
Individually these games hardly amount to anything worth checking out, but together as a rather inexpensive collection, ExZeus: The Complete Collection on Xbox can offer some cheap thrills in what is largely an unremarkable rail shooter duology. If you’re feeling starved for 90’s styled arcade shooters with all the noise, then these could be fun, but be prepared for underwhelming visuals and stock standard gameplay.
Life is Strange: True Colors WavelengthsXbox Series X
If you enjoyed what True Colors originally delivered, you’ll certainly enjoy more of being in this world with Wavelengths, and that’s not only because you’ll get the chance to give Steph a little more time. She may not have been everyone’s favorite character initially, but Wavelengths and the five hours or so of gameplay it brings, certainly changes that.
Insurgency: SandstormXbox Series X
Insurgency: Sandstorm is a completely immersive experience. The level designs are fantastic, the simple gameplay is executed exquisitely, the level of customisation of characters and loadouts is various and the sound design is like nothing I’ve ever experienced. It could be a little neater in terms of visuals, and there are a few sound hiccups, but when something is this good, it’s easy to let that, and the lack of story mode or numerous game modes, slide.
SkateBIRD is a great gimmick. It is super fun to create a bird (I’m not calling it a birb anymore) and the level design is definitely fresh. However, with its increasingly frustrating physics, repetitive challenges and bland graphics, it’s ultimately a poor copy of other better skateboarding games.
A Gummy's LifeXbox Series X
To conclude, A Gummy’s Life is not worthy of being compared to Fall Guys, or even Gang Beasts. It is shallow, stupid and the controls are poor. It’s good that it’s sold as a party game with an online element, but sadly for the Gummy’s, there are others – such as Cake Bash – which are still the kings of the Xbox party scene.
Asdivine SagaXbox Series X
All in all, Asdivine Saga does exactly what it says on the tin. The story is good, delivered without too much padding, and the characters are engaging. Fighting is as fun as ever for a KEMCO title, especially when you consider taking in some grinding and the opportunity to head into the extra arenas. In fact, it’s hard to find too much in the way of bad points.
Alder's Blood: Definitive EditionXbox One
It’s a beautifully designed chair that we find painful sitting in, thanks to its randomness, its punishing failure, and its unwieldy management layers. Perhaps it wasn’t made for our butts, and other people’s butts might enjoy it more. But we felt a mighty wave of relief when we didn’t have to sit in it anymore. Shockwork Games, we can’t wait to see what you make next. Alder’s Blood: Definitive Edition, we’re glad we’re done with you.
Catty & Batty: The Spirit GuideXbox Series X
While it’s brave, it’s not how players work. Give someone a thousand solutions, and they will pick the easiest one. Offer no reason to work together, and players won’t bother. Catty & Batty: The Spirit Guide is too often a toy and not a game, and the toy is just too ugly and chaotic to fully recommend.
FIFA 22Xbox Series X
With the inclusion of HyperMotion technology, FIFA 22 on Xbox Series X|S is in the best shape it has been for years. HyperMotion may sound very buzz-wordy – and it is – but it also fundamentally changes the action on the pitch into something very much resembling real-life football. Tweaks and changes will be made as the season progresses but right now, this is one of the best launches a FIFA game has ever had.
In Sound MindXbox Series X
In Sound Mind hears what a lot of horror fans have been saying for some time. Horror does not have to be jump scares. It doesn’t have to be Chris Redfield lock-and-loading incendiary rounds. It can be paranoid, drenched with atmosphere rather than blood, and if there’s anything that We Create Stuff should be proud of, it’s that they’ve absolutely hit this bullseye.