1050 Published Reviews
Aery - A Journey Beyond TimeXbox One
Much like those which have come before it, Aery – A Journey Beyond Time on Xbox is enjoyable. It’s a simple piece of gameplay with an intriguing premise that delivers a relaxing experience even when chronicling the fall of humankind.
Heavy Metal MachinesXbox One
Overall I have been delightfully surprised at how accessible and addictive Heavy Metal Machines on Xbox is; it has been a thrill to have something like this at a quiet period in gaming. The game has real potential and enough legs to see it grow and blossom into a success like Rocket League has.
Mail MoleXbox One
Altogether, Mail Mole on Xbox does the job of offering a ‘00s-era platformer – nothing more, nothing less. There’s no innovation here, not even capitalising on the fact that you’re a mole, and you may well groan at the landslide of cliches.
Rodent WarriorsXbox One
At the end of the day, Rodent Warriors on Xbox is a fun game; one that is perfect for a quick blast. Picking up the controller, blasting through a level and then resetting the character is a perfect short term option. If you don’t have much time, then getting the game to play itself will allow you to get up to the much-needed higher levels and gear, but how that mechanic will sit is a very personal one.
Taxi ChaosXbox One
To be fair to Taxi Chaos, it is fun in its basic gameplay loop of picking up and dropping off passengers, and what’s more is that there are a range of achievements and unlockable content tied to certain milestones. These will provide some incentive for players to keep coming back for more.
Under the Jolly RogerXbox One
If you were brought to Under the Jolly Roger on Xbox with the promise of swashbuckling, action, and a hope that it would be ‘Black Flag: The Ship Bits’, then turn sail: this isn’t the game you’re looking for. This is a pirate sim with the emphasis on ‘sim’, and all the resource management, tedious downtime and charmlessness that can come with the genre.
GraviFire on Xbox is very much your standard block pusher puzzle game, but the unique gravity aspect does literally subvert things for the better. It does a brilliant job gradually bringing you up to speed with how the mechanics work, before throwing curveballs at you in the very tricky later levels.
Demon Hunter: RevelationXbox One
Altogether, Demon Hunter: Revelation on Xbox is a greatest hits mixtape (or playlist, damn you Zoomers) of hidden objecting. It does virtually nothing new, and revels in all the eye-rolling cliches that you may be used to.
Horned KnightXbox One
Does this make up for all those issues I outlined? It’s tough to say, and ultimately up to the individual playing it. For me, I enjoyed my time with Horned Knight on Xbox. I appreciated the emphasis it placed on player skill, and the game provided the kind of challenge I expected going into it. I’d cautiously recommend picking this one up.
Monster Jam Steel Titans 2Xbox One
In all, even though Monster Jam Steel Titans 2 on Xbox looks to seriously build on what its predecessor delivered, there are a few elements which hold it back from really providing the goods. The camera is god awful, the picky track limits system is a pain, and there are only so many times you can go flying through the air pulling off stunts before the whole thing gets boring.
theHunter: Call of the Wild - 2021 EditionXbox One
theHunter: Call of the Wild 2021 Edition on Xbox is a game that I have really enjoyed. The slow pace and deliberate way you have to approach the hunts are a welcome change of pace from the frenetic games that frequent the marketplace, the vistas are beautiful, and the approach to your prey needs to be bang on if you are to stand a chance of seeing anything other than a retreating derriere.
Retrace: Memories of DeathXbox One
Retrace: Memories of Death on Xbox takes the basic structure of Happy Death Day and makes it into a video game, giving you the chance to save everyone from horrific deaths. But what could have been a web of strategic choices instead turns out to be a few single threads, and the promise fades a little.
Dungeons & BombsXbox One
Combined with the damsel that one would rather leave in distress and the horribly annoying bug that continued to remove all challenge from the game, Dungeons & Bombs on Xbox is an unoriginal idea that goes off with a “meh” rather than a “bang”.
Endurance - space actionXbox One
Endurance: Space Action on Xbox is a decent sci-fi adventure, wrapped in mystery and told over a substantial single player campaign. However, partly due to its length, few will feel compelled to see it through to its conclusion.
Under LeavesXbox One
Your conclusion, oh Jury, will depend on what you want or expect from Under Leaves on the Xbox. If you’re looking for a challenge of any form, then Under Leaves is not for you. It’s also not particularly long or deep, so don’t expect anything that will last you for more than an evening.
Akuto: ShowdownXbox One
Akuto: Showdown on Xbox is simple and fun to play, but feels as if it has fallen short of its full potential, mostly due to an absence of online play. This prevents the game from being a “must have”, however if you have friends at hand (or can hang on a few months until social distancing is in the past), then it’s worth giving this a look.
Firework - a modern taleXbox One
Firework on Xbox is one of those games that could have been a contender, but is ultimately hamstrung by its own controls. The platform sections can be so tricky, with enemies to try and beat at the same time, and the controls just can’t keep pace.
This is a game that will make you scream in both anger and delight, but it’s also a game that comes with some of the most satisfying gameplay I’ve experienced in a long while. Just keep your eye on the kitty and everything will be fine.
Void GoreXbox One
Void Gore on Xbox will slap you in the face with its intense difficulty, but persistence, consistency and utilising the powers and upgrades available makes this retro title a dream to spend ten minutes or ten hours with.
Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Heart of the ForestXbox One
Players tumbling out of Werewolf: The Apocalpyse – Earthblood, expecting a spin-off will be disappointed. Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Heart of the Forest on Xbox is laid-back and wordy, instead trying to capture the spirit of the original table-top roleplaying game.
Curse of the Dead GodsXbox One
In all, Curse of the Dead Gods on Xbox is a game that is easy to recommend to anyone looking for a challenge. It is always hard, always difficult, and has not a shred of mercy built into it. In fact, you need to be on top of your game in order to make it to the bosses, never mind to take them down.
Active Neurons 3 - Wonders Of The WorldXbox One
If you have loved the previous two games in the Active Neurons series then you can’t put a foot wrong With Active Neurons 3 – Wonders Of The World on Xbox. It may feel a bit like a piece of DLC rather than a new imagining of the series, but that’s fine for the cheap price and offer of a host of extra levels.
Effie is a three-wheeled wagon full of bugs, poor checkpointing and some imprecise gameplay, and there will be times that you weigh up abandoning it at the roadside. If you can find the patience to plough on, though, Effie is a colourful action-adventure whose world is its trump card, and it plays it as often as it can.
The Wild EightXbox One
Overall The Wild Eight on Xbox has done exceptionally well to grab my attention as I am generally not the greatest fan of survival games. Its accessibility draws you in almost immediately and its rich and detailed world will engage you with some genuinely satisfying exploration and survival elements.
Whether you want to play #SinucaAttack on Xbox for achievements or for something a bit different, there is a bit of fun to be had. Levels do start to get a bit repetitive but then it will throw a new feature at you that will act as a difficulty spike and a way to keep things fresh.