1178 Published Reviews
Chroma QuaternionXbox Series X
It doesn’t hurt that the story is good and the action is fast, and that there are a couple of new mechanics in the fighting either. If you are after a decent, fun to play RPG to while away the hours until lockdown finally eases, you could do a lot worse than spend a bit of time working out Chroma Quaternion.
The movement between the different sub-compartments and the animation it brings does however become very annoying, very quickly, and it is this which destroys the impact of the game in regards to pacing. That said, if you want to try a game that is set twenty thousand leagues under the sea, then Kurst might be worth trying.
Dead DustXbox One
The fact that I had more fun using a cheat code than playing through the game normally says something. I’d give this one a miss, unless you’re looking for some easy Gamerscore of course.
MLB The Show 21Xbox One
Still, MLB The Show 21 is a very well-presented game with a lot of sizzle. However, I’m no baseball expert and couldn’t tell you how well it models the myriad players it has; Aaron Judge is sometimes referred to as “The Judge” by the commentators, for example, which is a nice touch.
Resident Evil VillageXbox Series X
Resident Evil Village is worth every cent. If you loved Resident Evil 7: Biohazard then you’ll be ecstatic about being able to step back into the shoes of Ethan Winters in this new title. This is a game that is worth every penny, offering up a great blend of horror and action alongside some superb character development.
The ColonistsXbox One
If you value your free time, or have a backlog of games to get through, then be warned: The Colonists can put you under the same magical spell as the original Settlers and ANNO. While its slowness can be occasionally irksome, particularly in the Campaign, it has a habit of dragging you back in. Book a week off, find a log cabin with wi-fi and no intrusions, and watch the time disappear.
The Skylia ProphecyXbox One
There will be a couple of different reactions to The Skylia Prophecy on the Xbox. Anyone who expects decent action from their action platformers, with responsive controls and a powerful set of moves, is going to be disappointed and should probably back away. But those who persist past the flaws will find something well-paced, surprisingly non-linear and flecked with good ideas.
Crime Opera: The Butterfly EffectXbox One
Crime Opera: The Butterfly Effect fails to capitalise on its unique premise and setting by falling short where it matters. The writing is juvenile, cringe-inducing, and at times even offensively embarrassing. It takes some level of care and maturity to explore adult themes, and unfortunately the writing here just doesn’t feel appropriate.
Dark Nights with Poe and MunroXbox One
Skate City perde buona parte dei suoi motivi d'essere nel passaggio alla versione PC: la natura mobile del gioco mal si adatta a delle sessioni davanti ad un monitor, e dal punto di vista tecnico lo sviluppatore Agens si è limitato a rendere intelleggibile ai sistemi Windows il codice compilato per iOS, limitandosi ad aggiornare le texture.
Blazing BeaksXbox One
Blazing Beaks on Xbox is definitely worth picking up. It’s challenging, well put together, and just a fun way to kill some time. It’s helped by the fact that the risk and reward mechanics are extremely well-done, especially since the amount of risk is tailored to what the player decides.
Gravity HeroesXbox One
Gravity Heroes on Xbox manages to bring a few good ideas to the table, and does just enough to allow it to be something to recommend – no matter whether you are alone or if you have a few friends around. It’s the solo experience or cooperative aspect which is personally more appealing than the PvP aspects, as trying to defeat the Synthetic menace is just more fun, but you should find a decent amount of enjoyment from Gravity Heroes no matter how you play it.
JudgmentXbox Series X
Judgment on Xbox Series X|S is an incredible achievement. Whether this is your first foray into the wider Yakuza franchise, or you played it upon its original release, the graphical upgrades are very impressive. It is also helped by being a brilliant game, mixing more traditional Yakuza elements in with a detective film noir thriller. Don’t let the word spinoff put you off; this is still a full-length open world game and the best game right now that is playable solely on the Xbox Series X|S.
Battle AxeXbox One
Battle Axe on the Xbox is fast-food in an action-brawler wrapper. It tastes and looks good in the short-term, full of E numbers and shots of adrenaline. But it leaves you unsatisfied in the long term, leaving you hungry for something more than thirty minutes of easy hacking and slashing. When you’re £25 lighter after the experience, you’d be forgiven for expecting a heartier meal with more courses.
Angels of DeathXbox One
Angels of Death on Xbox will likely win over horror fans who are after a compelling and twisted narrative, featuring a cast of characters that are just as complex as they are nefarious. It’s easy to see how the storyline has spawned so many related media, but as a video game this feels like a conceptual RPG Maker effort at best; one where some of its best ideas are held back by the inherent limitations of the engine.
Before I ForgetXbox Series X
Before I Forget on Xbox is an important game, mainly because of its subject matter and how it deals with a condition that can affect us all. It’s a story told with compassion and beauty and will certainly be something that sticks with you long after it has concluded. It might well be too short for some and the lack of gameplay will be an issue for others, but Before I Forget is the reason I love games. It’s all about the power they have in telling different stories.
Ladders by POWGIXbox Series X
Ladders by POWGI on Xbox may not subvert existing puzzle tropes like Word Sudoku by POWGI or One Word by POWGI have, but the simplistic charm of word ladders has stood the test of time over the years, so if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. The difference between the easiest and most difficult puzzles is definitely noticeable, something that was missing from Crypto by POWGI, so a bit of a difficulty curve makes a welcome return here.
There is so much ambition to be found in Protocol on the Xbox. At times, it’s on a path to becoming a hybrid of Prey and Portal, both in the way it feels to play, and its ability to generate left-field ideas. Unfortunately, the ideas never fail to be executed poorly. Thanks largely to its controls, you will be, by turns, infuriated, bored, confused and offended.
Yoko & Yuki: Dr. Rat's RevengeXbox One
Yoko & Yuki: Dr Rat’s Revenge can be criticized for being a bit bland in the theme department and for lacking much of a story. Heck, the lack of refined detection and tremendous difficulty occasionally faced is also a pain in the backside. Fortunately, launching for such a low price gives it some leeway and that must be taken into account. To deliver 70 puzzling levels for under a fiver, while ensuring new mechanics are thrown into the mix often, is impressive.
Bad Dream: ComaXbox One
Bad Dream: Coma on Xbox will leave a mark, mostly thanks to its strange, surreal visuals and dream-like concept. It’s a good point-and-click adventure, but might be too obscure and surreal for some – you’ll certainly have to work in order to understand the purpose of the main character and what is happening to them.
Super Meat Boy ForeverXbox One
Super Meat Boy Forever lives up to its reputation, providing another hard-as-nails platforming experience. It expands well on the original, despite occasionally feeling overwhelmingly brutal, which may put some off. It’s certainly not for the faint-hearted, but should please fans of the original test.
The friends of Ringo IshikawaXbox One
It goes without saying that The friends of Ringo Ishikawa on Xbox is an unconventional beat ‘em up, with an opaque design and almost aimless sense of progression. The game has a strong atmosphere as it provides a setting for players to lose themselves in, yet there is no real gameplay loop or substance here as players need to create this for themselves.
The Sinking CityXbox Series X
It is always strange to replay a game, especially one like The Sinking City; a game that is quite hefty in terms of the hours required. But with this next-gen edition, this is never an issue and it’s been a delight to head back in to the world it delivers – mostly thanks to the new tweaks making it feel like you are playing a new game at times. From the fast loading times to the texture of rain on a coat, The Sinking City now feels wonderful.
Savage HalloweenXbox One
A modest success, Savage Halloween on the Xbox slaps a spooky mask on a Mega Man run-and-gunner and chucks in some Battletoads-style racing levels for good measure. What it lacks in surprise, it makes up for in charm, and there’s some challenging moments to overcome. It’s more trick than treat, then, and for £4.19 it’s barely more than a family-sized pack of Haribo.
Dull GreyXbox One
As a snapshot of a frostpunk future, Dull Grey on the Xbox is evocative, if ineffective. At fifteen minutes long, it’s too short to be anything but a sketch, it offers only one meaningful choice over its runtime, and it struggles to say anything that sheds light on its world or ours. Far from dull, then, but grey in the sense that no clear picture emerges.
Ravensword: ShadowlandsXbox One
It’s a game in which you need to farm experience points to make any decent progress, and there’s nothing in the story or experience that is exciting enough to carry you through to the end. Ravensword: Shadowlands on Xbox probably wishes it was 2013 again, but a lot of things have changed since those times, and this isn’t able to stack up to more modern interpretations.