336 Published Reviews
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4Xbox One
All in all though, One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 is a real blast as it injects the madcap abilities and personas of the One Piece universe into the Musou style of gameplay that the Warriors games are known for. Sure, the objectives themselves are quite bland, but the action itself is a hell of a lot of fun thanks to the varied roster possessing devastating moves.
Borderlands 3: Guns, Love, and TentaclesXbox One
I have loved every minute of playing through Borderlands 3: Guns, Love, and Tentacles: The Marriage of Wainwright and Hammerlock on Xbox One. It has the missing secret sauce that Moxxi’s Heist of the Handsome Jackpot unknowingly skipped on: atmosphere, a theme of horrifying star-eating monsters with ghosts, evil magic and a story with characters you really care about. This is one of the best Borderlands expansions to have released, and is a must-play for every Borderlands fan.
Duck Souls+Xbox One
This is less of a homage and more of a robbery, which then frames its poor similarities to Celeste in an even more sinister light. Ripping off games from triple-A developers is sucky, but from small passionate teams? Duck Souls+ on Xbox One has fun gameplay, brisk as it may be. There are just so many better platformers with original voices that you should play first.
State of Decay 2: Juggernaut EditionXbox One
State of Decay’s formula has so much potential to be special in the future. Its zombie survival and RPG mechanics are uniquely applied to an open world but there’s too much repetition and bland environments in State of Decay 2 to make it the zombie apocalypse of our dreams. More narrative missions to add gameplay variety and focused map design can go a long way in State of Decay’s future, but for now the Juggernaut Edition on Xbox One is a welcome improvement to the 2018 game.
Snakeybus is single player only game but online leaderboards are available for most levels and they add a competitive, score chasing element if you’re into that kind of thing. Priced at a reasonable £9.99, Snakeybus on Xbox One isn’t exactly steeped in sophistication, but by god does it have a great USP. That alone makes it worth checking out. You can be certain of one thing here, and that is grinning like an idiot from start to finish.
Red DeathXbox One
With the hundreds of bullet-hell games that have been created through the decades, it would be incredibly easy for anyone to find a multitude of games that are more rewarding than Red Death. Or, if you wanted to, you could light a match underneath the amount of money it would take to purchase Red Death. Not only would it be more visually appealing, but if you held the match long enough you might actually feel something.
Ara Fell: Enhanced EditionXbox One
Ara Fell: Enhanced Edition on Xbox One could have stood out from the many retro style indie RPG efforts, with a beautiful setting, charming characters, and excellent pixel art to complement a genuinely interesting narrative. Unfortunately, the utterly messy map design and cumbersome gameplay hold it back from realising its true potential.
Classic Snake AdventuresXbox One
Even though Classic Snake Adventures is under a tenner on Xbox One, I can’t recommend a purchase right now. Maybe if it’s in a sale then you could take a punt, but the draw of the game is hindered too much by the mechanics as it stands.
Freedom FingerXbox One
It is very clear from the outset that Freedom Finger on Xbox One is a niche game. It being a space shoot ‘em up is enough to put people off from the start. But if you also have an aversion to satirical, on the knuckle toilet humour, or more experimental music, then steer clear. If this does sound like something for you though, then Freedom Finger will offer a few hours of a lot of fun. It is slightly overpriced perhaps at £12.49 but it is certainly an enjoyable romp.
Deep Sky Derelicts: Definitive EditionXbox One
Overall, Deep Sky Derelicts on Xbox One offers a tough but rewarding RPG with interesting mechanics, but this is sometimes let down by a small level cap and occasionally tedious dungeon crawling. While its performance isn’t bad for the most part, I did have a few glitches in my time forcing a restart. There is a lot of potential in Deep Sky Derelicts but I have been left wanting a bit more.
Totally Reliable Delivery ServiceXbox One
For the first time, the genre is starting to show its age in Totally Reliable Delivery Service on the Xbox One, with a repetitive and frustrating experience. While there’s some fun and laughs to be had with co-op, and inventive customisation options, the laughs stop there. In this instance, all Totally Reliable Delivery Service delivers is a monotonous gameplay loop which I can only imagine real life drivers go through on a daily basis.
The Curious ExpeditionXbox One
Curious Expedition on Xbox One is a unique, interesting and solid game. The ideas that mix choosing your own adventure with rogue-like gameplay are more intriguing than I thought they would be, and the survival hardships and elements when combined with a fantasy world that harks back to 1950’s adventure movies is a great tone to pick.
The ComplexXbox One
The Complex on Xbox One is a good sci-fi experience that delivers a decent tale about pharma-terrorism with many complex and interesting themes running throughout. The production values, acting and the script are all very good and it’s a very enjoyable yarn, with all this helped by the fact that there are several different – and hugely interesting – outcomes in place.
DOOM 64Xbox One
Doom 64 on Xbox One is exactly what you have come to expect from the franchise. There’s nothing new or surprising here, but it’s another solid set of demon slaying levels nonetheless. In all honesty, as Doom II was to Doom, it feels as if it could simply be an expansion to the original game. However, as the old saying goes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.
Moons of MadnessXbox One
Overall, Moons of Madness on Xbox One offers some fascinating slow-burn horror and nostalgic Alien-esque visuals, but it lets that down by bogging down playtime with arbitrary objectives and attempts to go much bigger than the story should be. If you are a fan of cosmic or slow-burn horror, Moons of Madness is certainly worth checking out, but it won’t be forging any new fans for the genre.
Super Destronaut: Land WarsXbox One
Super Destronaut: Land Wars feels like a love letter to the game it so inspires to be, but loses everything that made it well-loved in translation. The concept is solid, but fails to ever reach the heights to create an addictive gameplay loop. For those who wonder whether Space Invaders would be more suited to a first person environment, Super Destronaut: Land Wars on the Xbox One says no.
Thunder PawXbox One
At its core, it’s a run and gun platformer that doesn’t succeed at either. The platforming is too simple to be fun and the combat is horrible. When it isn’t mind-numbingly easy, it’s ridiculously frustrating. As a result, I can’t recommend Thunder Paw. In fact, I feel the only people who will end up getting something worthwhile out of this game are achievement hunters, who can add this one to the ever-growing list of easy completions.
Mecho TalesXbox One
I expected Mecho Tales on Xbox One to be a bad take on a good formula, but it proved me wrong. Instead, it provided a fun couple of hours of an unimpactful yet joyous action platformer which should attract anybody looking for a unique art style. It is an indie game which has the self-awareness to know what to accomplish from a gameplay point of view, but not perhaps from a storytelling perspective.
TT Isle of Man Ride on the Edge 2Xbox One
Should you be looking for a new single player motorcycle racer to get your teeth into then TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2 on Xbox One is the one for you. With a deep career that will enable you the chance to plough in many an hour, a fun little open-world challenge arena and plenty of chances to indulge yourself in quick races, the solo bike fan looking for replication of the real-world event will be utterly enthralled.
MEMORIES OF MARSXbox One
For those who like to build stories of their own, want to work with interesting and unique structures, and are ready to use their mind to create new creative ideas, Memories of Mars certainly works. But on the flipside, it really could do with a few more markers and a ton more help for potential newbies struggling through the early stages.
R.B.I. Baseball 20Xbox One
I can’t say that R.B.I. Baseball 20 on the Xbox One has necessarily won me over to become a fan of baseball. The game itself is a marked improvement from previous entries – the focus on simplifying controls has worked a treat. However, the sport itself isn’t for me, but this isn’t a negative to mark the game down for. With a few extras and a bit more attention to player movements and graphics this could be a home run.
Bleeding EdgeXbox One
All in all, Bleeding Edge on Xbox One is just pure fun. It’s a tight, fast thrill-ride that keeps me playing which, as someone who predominantly plays single-player, is not easy to do. While it certainly isn’t what some fans of Ninja Theory may be expecting, it is still a great first collaboration from what will likely be one of Xbox Game Studios’ finest teams.
Ritual: Crown of HornsXbox One
Nevertheless, Ritual: Crown of Horns on Xbox One deserves your time. It’s an engaging experience that’ll find you wanting to quickly run through a bite-sized level yet straining to put the controller back down. It’s unique Grindhouse aesthetic can’t lift it up enough to stand beside the best of the genre yet it should be lauded for being such a strong package that accomplishes what it set out to achieve.
My Hero One's Justice 2Xbox One
All in all though, My Hero One’s Justice 2 on Xbox One is equally as good as the original and better in most areas. Be sure to pick it up if you’re a keen follower of My Hero Academia as this will be almost everything you desire.
Gigantosaurus The GameXbox One
With plenty of exhilarating platformers on the market, such as A Hat in Time and Yooka-Laylee, it’s hard to recommend Gigantosaurus: The Game to any age. It’s too easy, repetitive and contains no sense of inventiveness. Younger gamers will no doubt find a slight amount of fun in the experience, but it will fail to push their skills any further or demand a large amount of attention. Gigantosaurus: The Game on Xbox One is a gigantic flop.