689 Published Reviews
Necromunda: Underhive WarsXbox One
Necromunda: Underhive Wars on Xbox One has raw potential, but as it stands at the moment the game is a bit of a mess and you’d need to stick with it and look beyond its faults to see the potential in there. And even then, the story-mode and operations may not quite have enough to keep you coming back.
Vampire: The Masquerade - Shadows of New YorkXbox One
It seems Vampire: The Masquerade – Shadows of New York on Xbox One has improved in some ways, but sees the series take a step backwards in others. The world is great, the art style fantastic and music wonderful. This being said, it feels very stripped-back with only a few hours of gameplay and not nearly as much choice as previously given. This is a pretty solid addition to the Vampire: The Masquerade franchise but it’s really just an appetiser for the future.
Crysis RemasteredXbox One
If you are feeling all nostalgic then it’s definitely worth a trip back in time with Crysis Remastered on Xbox One. The story and action are both great and after a slow start it managed to keep me entertained right through to the end credits. The visuals haven’t got the same effect they did when the original first arrived on high-end PCs back in 2007 and occasionally can look a bit old gen, and this isn’t helped by some glitches and oddities.
Going UnderXbox One
Calling the main character’s company ‘Fizzle’ is appropriate. Going Under on Xbox One burns brightly at first, witty and wonderful in its design, and with a lot of joy in its dungeon crawling. But then the fizzle comes, with the lack of depth and vacuum of progression soon burning your interest out. I’ll be back when there’s DLC, but it’s a shame that Team17 couldn’t have invested more in this start-up to give it more of a chance to succeed.
Spark the Electric Jester 2Xbox One
Spark the Electric Jester 2 on Xbox One is an admirable effort from an indie gaming standpoint, as creating even a functional 3D platformer is a tough task even for a fully budgeted development studio. The game manages to execute its ideas with much success, and ultimately as flawed as the many moving parts may be, they all come together to create a memorable whole, especially when it is backed by excellent soundtrack presentation.
The Suicide of Rachel FosterXbox One
The Suicide of Rachel Foster on Xbox One is a bit of an odd one because the story is decent enough and certainly very intriguing. But I’ve never really been sure what the team behind it have been trying to accomplish or whether it quite hits the points it needs to make. The themes feel a bit rushed at times too, and it needs a bit more work after the main twist.
Tin & KunaXbox One
Tin & Kuna on the Xbox One is cute enough that the little ones will love the colours on screen, but devilish enough that you probably shouldn’t play it when they are within earshot. It is also deceptive in its length; there is plenty to still go for after completing the levels the first time. And whilst it might be lacking a bit of polish in some areas, it won’t take away from your overall enjoyment for more than a couple of seconds.
Golf ZeroXbox One
It’s hard to be too critical of Golf Zero on Xbox One however, because at just under a fiver, there’s a really fun platformer here with responsive controls and a neat fusion with golf that’s fresh. The gradual increase in difficulty provides a good challenge and the short levels mean that failing isn’t bothersome in the slightest. On the flipside, you’ll be finished in a couple of hours, the settings are rather plain, and Speed Run mode might as well not be there.
Perfect Traffic SimulatorXbox One
It’s disappointing because there isn’t much else to comment on the game. The 30 main levels are what Perfect Traffic Simulator on Xbox One consists of, but it is a clunky, tedious experience that is incredibly hard to get through. Not because it’s difficult, but because of poor mechanics. When all is said and done, the biggest wreck in Perfect Traffic Simulator is the game itself.
The Outer Worlds: Peril on GorgonXbox One
So, is The Outer Worlds: Peril on Gorgon on Xbox One worth getting? If you liked The Outer Worlds, the answer is an unequivocal yes. In fact, it’s a “YES”! More of the great writing and acting, more weapons, more levels, more and more and more – it’s all great.
CARX DRIFT RACING ONLINEXbox One
For proper control, I have to use the external view, as it allows you to see how close the car is to the wall and also how close it is to a spin. Other than this, and the lack of anything resembling a tutorial, and a general rough feel to the menus, CarX Drift Racing Online is a very capable drift simulator. The physics work, the joy of sliding and skidding is real, and if you have the slightest interest in the noble Japanese art of drift, you need to play this game.
The Commandos 2 & Praetorians HD Remaster Double Pack on Xbox One has one average game, and one way past its sell by date. Commandos 2 has certainly aged but has enough neat little additions that it looks like a spring chicken in comparison with Praetorians. However, it is still arguably not enough to recommend the entire package for a bang average game, especially when the other game is Praetorians.
GORSD on the Xbox One is an essential purchase for those looking for some local multiplayer fun. Rounds are short, sharp and sweet and having a full roster of four players brings just the right amount of carnage on screen. And then when they have gone home, the surprisingly entertaining single player Adventure allows you to hone your skills on tricky AI opponents, and the game doesn’t lose any of the same appeal.
Minoria on Xbox One is a worthy entry in the broader Momodora canon. While Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight is arguably the more memorable experience, Minoria is still a welcome and unique take on the developer’s own Metroidvania formula; one that manages to do things with its own style both in presentation and gameplay.
Friday the 13th: Killer PuzzleXbox One
Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle on Xbox One is a step up from Slayaway Camp, but only a single, shambling step. If you’ve not had the chance to play the original then this is the superior entry point, filled to bursting with sliding puzzles from a developer that’s mastered the craft. You’ll be leaving behind a body count that would make Jason (and his mum) proud.
Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-ReckoningXbox One
Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning on Xbox One is certainly well worth taking in if you haven’t experienced it before, and this provides a great chance for anyone looking to delve into a solid RPG with loads of content, a great story, and fantastic combat. If you have played it previously, I don’t honestly think there is enough here to warrant going back, unless of course you want to repeat the process and get all the content included in one package.
Party Hard 2Xbox One
If you enjoyed the original Party Hard and want some more killing spree action then you can’t go wrong with Party Hard 2 on Xbox One. There is a whole host of content and multiple different ways to approach each level; that in itself will keep die-hard fans happy for a long while. I have however found the game occasionally frustrating, especially towards the later levels where the lack of checkpoints becomes maddening.
Touhou Luna NightsXbox One
It’s not a perfect game but it is fun and provides a decent challenge. The waifu maid thing may be off-putting for some, but you don’t need to watch or even like anime to enjoy the gameplay. So if you have a free weekend and need a new game to check out, Touhou Luna Nights on Xbox One might be the answer you are looking for. It also doesn’t hurt that it has an incredibly catchy soundtrack.
Active Neurons 2Xbox One
The problem is that this helpful mechanic is far too tempting and maybe should be limited in its use and how many times you can watch it. But then, I’ve been ever thankful for it in the latter stages. If you are not entirely convinced about giving Active Neurons 2 on Xbox One a go, then the cheap asking price might just be enough to persuade you.
Dog DutyXbox One
The end result is a game that gets the adrenaline going at the start, but dumps landmines of imprecision and repetition in the way. By the end, you might have the thousand-yard stare of a war veteran. It’s certainly good value, and there’s challenge and length to the game, but your mileage may differ about whether the mission is worth taking. Dare we say it, Dog Duty on Xbox One might be a better proposition on PC.
Harvest Moon: Mad DashXbox One
On one hand, it is an absolute joy to finally have Harvest Moon on the Xbox. But, Harvest Moon: Mad Dash on Xbox One isn’t the version that many fans will have been hoping for. Whilst it isn’t without its charm, it doesn’t represent Harvest Moon in the right way: Mad Dash is designed to be played in short, sharp bursts, whereas the real thing can easily suck days and weeks away.
Johnny RocketXbox One
Johnny Rocket on Xbox One is a game that just screams missed potential. It has a unique concept and a bold, beautiful art style, and yet those weren’t built upon to make a well-rounded experience. It’s clear adequate time wasn’t spent on the actual substance of the game because Johnny Rocket is so basic as to be not worth playing.
NBA 2K21Xbox One
In closing, NBA 2K21 on Xbox One is a brash, flashy and powerful game that has a huge array of toys to play with, as well as a powerful toy-kit to make it more your own too. Whilst there are micro-transactions within, the patient player can just grind their way to the top. Of course, the Knicks still suck – but this game can’t do anything about that…..
Party PanicXbox One
Spellbreak si dimostra dunque un titolo promettente ma dal potenziale ancora in parte inespresso, sebbene la decisione di puntare sul cross play e sulla cross progression sin dal debutto sia assolutamente degna di un convinto plauso.
Tell Me WhyXbox One
All in all, Tell Me Why on Xbox One is DONTNOD’s strongest game to date. It is quiet, introspect, mature and superbly written and performed, with visuals that are easy on the eyes – the novel release approach also helps things. There are still some factors holding it back from perfection, but I sincerely hope this is the start of a great partnership between Xbox and DONTNOD, as I feel this game is a perfect example of the type of content Game Pass is perfect for delivering.