73 Published Reviews
Children of MortaXbox One
Children of Morta on Xbox One is a traditional roguelike hack and slash RPG situated in a rich fantasy setting that feels alive thanks to an endearing cast of characters in the Bergson family. Its gameplay design and structure are typical of the genre, and can be quite satisfying as new features are unlocked through repeated plays. But what really shines about the experience is the manner in which the tale unfolds, even while running through the same dungeon over and over.
The Outer WorldsXbox One
All in all and The Outer Worlds on Xbox One is so much more than Fallout in space, and I honestly think you owe it to yourself to play this game. This is one of the most entertaining gaming experiences I’ve played this year, and I have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone and everyone.
Rebel CopsXbox One
Overall, Rebel Cops on Xbox One is a turn-based strategy experience which isn’t for the faint of heart. Just like the officers up against Viktor Zuev, you’ll feel up against it from the get-go and the brutal difficulty, coupled with the random chances of failure when success seems almost guaranteed, makes for a game that’s short on the enjoyment front. The resource limitations ensure you’re questioning every step and that’s tedious after numerous unsuccessful attempts.
Tetsumo PartyXbox One
Should you be after a game that can provide hours of fun or even some engaging experiences with friends, then Tetsumo Party on Xbox One isn’t likely to be your go-to game. It has a nice idea and if done better – dare I say maybe even with Kinect from back in the day – we could have been looking at a very interesting game. Sadly, that’s not the case and within just a few minutes of play, you’ll have seen everything you’re going to experience in Tetsumo Party, and none of it is exciting enough to keep the attention for more than a few minutes at a time.
Truck DriverXbox One
As mentioned before, Soedesco have promised this will happen. Sadly, this is another case of a game releasing too soon and you can probably toss this in the same pile as initial versions of No Man’s Sky, Anthem and all the others that released before their time – something that is happening all too frequently in this generation of gaming. Truck Driver on Xbox One is certainly not on the same scale as some of the worst offenders on the ‘early release’ list, but with a bit more love, care and a delayed launch, things could have been so much better.
Megaquarium on the Xbox One does an excellent job of presenting a sim management game on a home console, without dumbing down the abilities you have at your fingertips. Gameplay is fun and fair; it doesn’t offload hundreds of problems at you at once, meaning a much more casual experience. Sometimes the campaign does drip feed accessories at you a little too slowly, and there are graphical issues, but it does also feel like a throwback to the older sim games. Rather than making me want to play those again though, I am content with sticking with Megaquarium for a Sunday afternoon chill out.
Felix The ReaperXbox One
Aside from its cute art direction, there's not much joy to be found in Game Freak's Little Town Hero. Its battle system has a glimmer of potential, but finds itself muddled in system after system, making what should be its standout boss battles a tedious affair. Even for a budget price, this is a town you probably won't want to visit for more than a day.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon BreakpointXbox One
In conclusion then and Ghost Recon Breakpoint on Xbox One does have a lot of ambitions and ideas, but then drowns them in a tide of nonsense and poor design. I have enjoyed the game at least in the PvE environment, as the multiplayer PvP is not very good at all. Grinding for levels, exploring, and finding missions is a great deal of fun, but the problems are never far away. The parallels to the early Destiny game are quite appropriate, as it feels like with a little bit of care, a few patches and some attention paid, then it could be a contender.
So as you can guess by now, I’m a big fan of Stela. I’ll have to admit that it may not be everyone’s cup of team, but if you have previously loved games like Inside and FAR: Lone Sails then it is going to right up your street. Stela is an epic poem of a game that plucks at the heart and makes you yearn for a world that you never knew existed. It’s what this wonderful medium of gaming should strive towards, and for me it’s very nearly the perfect experience. Thank you Stela.
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced EditionXbox One
Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Editions restore two of the greatest role-playing video games to ever come out of the Dungeons & Dragons universe, all wrapped up in The Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition Pack on Xbox One. The enhancements and optimisations help these juggernaut adventures to once again reaffirm the same dominance they had two decades earlier. As far as RPGs go, it’s a wonder how well BioWare’s seminal classics remain the standard-bearer even after so many big releases over the decades.
The Bradwell ConspiracyXbox One
That’s where The Bradwell Conspiracy on Xbox One thrives for sure, in delivering as much lore as the player wants to learn about the world you’re involved with here. It’s an intriguing tale and the desire to unravel a potential conspiracy whilst escaping is certainly at the forefront of the experience. The problem is, the two core mechanics for solving puzzles are not fit for purpose because one is bereft of accuracy and often malfunctions during placement, and the photo sending aspect just randomly stops working.
NASCAR Heat 4Xbox One
Should you be after a reason to finally jump in to the NASCAR experience, then you’ll probably struggle to find much here that you wouldn’t have witnessed last time out. Sure, the racing feels slightly more polished, but in terms of excitement, there is very little on board. For a yearly release based on one of the biggest racing franchises, NASCAR Heat 4 on Xbox One doesn’t quite do it justice and even though those wanting a functional racer will find enough to be going on with, there aren’t many reasons to pick this over any other racer on the market.
Mining Rail 2Xbox One
Beyond the litany of issues raised in this review, Mining Rail 2 on the Xbox One nails the most important thing: fun. And for that reason alone, it’s an enjoyable game. It is laughably bad in places, and offensive to the ears, but completing the tasks and aiming for the safe station against the clock is undoubtedly a lot of fun. And there’s a fairly decent challenge to completing all the tasks, with later tracks incorporating all manner of twists and turns to throw you off the rails.
Ghostbusters: The Video Game RemasteredXbox One
Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered on Xbox One remains as fun and nostalgic as it did in 2009. With punchy combat, creepy exploration and a hilarious script that’s beautifully voice acted, it’s hard not to recommend this Halloween treat. The 4K enhancements add a layer of freshness to the game, but Ghostbusters ultimately adds nothing new to the table. If you’re a fan of the original or have never experienced the video game equivalent of a movie sequel, there’s never been a better time.
GRID, I can happily say, is a triumph. It can be forgiven for a career mode that on some fronts lacks variety, due to how well realised the gameplay is, as it’s deep, authentic and above all else, a huge amount of fun. You’ll struggle to find a racer that plays better than this.
A Knight's QuestXbox One
There are not many adventures on Xbox which resemble The Legend of Zelda, and so A Knight’s Quest might be a fun little alternative for Xbox gamers who are after that style of adventure. For most gamers however, this is an average clone at best, which despite some good intentions simply underwhelms in execution.
Borderlands 3Xbox One
Borderlands 3 on Xbox One is, unfortunately, not perfect, despite the many years we’ve been waiting for this game. Yes, there are moments where you would love for the game to surpass a lot of what has come before, but the fact of the matter is the Borderlands loop is so addictive, sometimes it doesn’t need to floor expectations for you to enjoy every single second of gameplay.
Trine 4: The Nightmare PrinceXbox One
It’s a stunning adventure that is hugely enjoyable to take in, delivered with a gentle heart and soul, making it one of the few true family-friendly titles on console. The world is beautiful to look at and the gameplay is nothing short of fun; yet taxing at just the right level. I could well do without the fighting mechanics, but luckily they don’t ever take up too much time in the overall experience. And should you have the chance to play with a friend, you’ll fast discover the true potential of this clever, amazing puzzle adventure.
Life is Strange 2: Episode 4Xbox One
As with the other episodes of Life is Strange 2 on Xbox One, when you finish the game you get to see all the decisions you made along with all other possible ones. This may motivate you to have another go and try and get a different outcome. The good news is that this is possible because you have the option to play through individual chapters to find collectibles and/or choose different options. However, each chapter is quite lengthy and even with the option to skip the cutscenes you can’t jump past any actual gameplay or long conversations. This means that to see the outcomes of all the options it will take you several more hours of going through the same motions and listening to the same old dialogue. Having the option to skip dialogue to the next decision would make this feature much more playable and enjoyable. With only one big decision to make regarding Daniel’s powers, the magic is still an important part of the storyline in Life is Strange 2 Episode 4, just it is seemingly taking a backseat for now. This leads me to believe that it’ll all make an important comeback in the next, and final episode. And it will be here where we will finally see if the brothers get to have the happy ending they deserve.
Ellen - The GameXbox One
Overall though and a playthrough of Ellen on Xbox One should take you a few hours to beat, depending on how long it takes you to crack the puzzles, which comprises the vast majority of the gameplay. However, there are worse ways you could spend a few hours. If you are a horror fan, Ellen is definitely worth checking out. It’s a genuinely unsettling and atmospheric title that does the best with the tools available to it. Yes, the lack of variety is definitely an issue, but that shouldn’t hold you back if you crave a few scares.
The Adventures of Elena TempleXbox One
The Adventures of Elena Temple on Xbox One feels like an artifact in a museum; beautiful, interesting, but ultimately throwaway. An impressive visual aesthetic which features a lovely roster of customisable options to cater to your own nostalgic sense. Bland platforming, an un-even myriad of level design and short length also accompany alongside, holding the game back from others of this genre. It proves as a testament to how far games have come, but provides a looking glass into the past for those who want a truly authentic experience.
FIFA 20Xbox One
FIFA 20 on Xbox One has brought in more control to the experience; in particular the defending which feels refined. The Ultimate Team mode shines brighter than ever, whilst Pro Clubs receives the boost it needed, with many other areas still delivering solid modes without changing much. Sadly, there’s no longevity in VOLTA as it is, with a yawn-inducing story not helping matters, however that doesn’t mean it can’t be built on for future FIFA titles.
The Sims 4: Get FamousXbox One
The Sims 4 Get Famous DLC on Xbox One appears to have seemingly added more of the same as with previous expansions, such as a new location, new customisation options and new careers, and not much else, however the inclusion of this Fame system offers a new target to aim for. In the case of Gemma Collins, that is the ability to feel like she deserves her new home. For new players, it may be all about getting filthy rich, or having the largest amount of Simstagram followers.
A Winter's DaydreamXbox One
A Winter’s Daydream on Xbox One is cheap, which helps in its extremely short length of just 3 hours, but I fear that this low price point won’t cover the expensive mistake that this ‘game’ makes. That is, forgetting to become a game at all.
Scheming Through The Zombie Apocalypse: The BeginningXbox One
As with the titular nature of the game, Scheming Through The Zombie Apocalypse: The Beginning works as the first in a series of stories following an idiot dog and grumpy rabbit, finishing at a point that feels like a chapter ending rather than a story finishing. I hope the next instalment expands upon the gameplay elements and makes good use of all the looting management that has to be taken in.