158 Published Reviews
Overall, Cardpocalypse on Xbox One is the nostalgic, tactical card-based RPG that everyone needs in their life. There’s a simplicity to the gameplay which allows anyone to give it a go and enjoy the battles, whilst offering enough depth for veteran gamers to construct masterful decks that are strategically sound. Every quest is interesting and full of variety, with some quirky tales to uncover alongside the main narrative too. There are a handful of issues, including pacing, but it’s not enough to be off putting.
Asterix & Obelix XXL 3 - The Crystal MenhirXbox One
This series has become something of a cult hit over the years. In certain European countries, Asterix & Obelix are still mighty mascots — France even have a theme park dedicated to the duo. It’s unfortunate then that their license has been relinquished to such a bland and uninspired creation in Asterix & Obelix XXL 3: The Crystal Menhir on Xbox One, especially when previous entries have been quirky, imaginative titles. Die hard fans may find some enjoyment in the joyless massacre of thousands, but others will no doubt find more to digest within the previous entries.
Headliner: NoviNewsXbox One
I have to say that I enjoyed my time with the game and it’s certainly something deserving of multiple playthroughs, if only so you can unlock as many of the different stories as you can. In fact, I feel like there is a bigger game here waiting to get out, as it doesn’t quite go deep enough in terms of either the narratives or the gameplay. However, if you’re looking for something unique and fancy taking in a great piece of social commentary, then check out Headliner: NoviNews on Xbox One.
Big PharmaXbox One
Big Pharma on Xbox One is a complicated game, especially to begin with. There are many elements to come to terms with and many more factors to get your head around. But once you do begin to understand what this game has to offer, I found there to be a great business management simulator here. It’s something a little different and is a title that has had a lot of thought and effort put into it – that is certainly appreciated.
The combat is by far and away the weakest part of the whole Niffelheim experience and honestly the game feels poorer for including it. It’s quite possible to get to a point where you have to partake in a battle you aren’t geared up for, and constant deaths really start to irritate, particularly if you are fighting in the depths of a dungeon and have to make it all the way back to the boss before trying to pick up where you left off.
Just Dance 2020Xbox One
I was expecting something a bit different for Just Dance 2020 on Xbox One, considering this is Ubisoft’s opportunity to really celebrate the 10 year milestone but, as usual, it is more of the same. Without a pricey subscription to Just Dance Unlimited, replayability is low, especially if you are not a huge fan of the songs on offer. What is in place though is decent enough and will cater for all those who have previously loved the franchise over the preceding years. Will the franchise last another decade without more of a serious update? Only time will tell.
Arise: A simple storyXbox One
Arise: A Simple Story on Xbox One is a brilliantly devised game and it’s been a huge pleasure to play. Yes, there are the occasional frustrations with some of the platforming, but you really shouldn’t let that worry you. It’s a splendid wordless story with a perfect amount of gameplay hours for the price, and it’s right up there with the very best games I’ve played this year.
Door Kickers: Action SquadXbox One
If you can grab a mate, then Door Kickers: Action Squad on Xbox One is a must-play title. While even a lone gunman will still find tons of content and shooting opportunities which will keep them busy for many a night – just be sure to know that it’s in the cooperative scene where this retro-vibed indie really excels.
Deep Space RushXbox One
At the end of the day Deep Space Rush on Xbox One is a fun little side-scroller to waste a couple of hours on before the magic wears off and other games start to tempt you back in. It is enjoyable without ever getting too deep and it’s this lack of progression that keeps the game from ever really blossoming, unlike some of the previous Ratalaika published games such as Himno and Mekabolt.
AVICII InvectorXbox One
With these on-screen visuals coming across as super clear, massively impressive and well worked into each tune, yet again there is little to dislike about this brilliant rhythm action experience served up by Hello There Games, Wired Productions and the late, great, Avicii himself. No matter what your musical tastes and no matter what your gaming skill level, AVICII Invector on Xbox One is a classic musical experience that proves that the rhythm action genre is still going great guns.
Drawing inspiration from Slavic folklore, Yaga on Xbox One certainly delivers in terms of its narrative and lore. But in terms of combat and environments, it feels underwhelming. Levels get repetitive quickly and the combat system leaves a lot of room for improvement. In terms of exploration, questing, decision-making and crafting, however, it provides an otherwise highly polished fairytale experience. It’s very well worth it to replay the game and explore Ivan’s development across different scenarios.
Narcos: Rise of the CartelsXbox One
A proper storyline from the perspectives of both the DEA and Narcos could’ve elevated the base game into something far more sumptuously involving too, but what’s here is serviceable and will readily satisfy anyone who wants to sink their teeth into a quick-fix strategy game. More disciple than patron then, but a good solid effort from Kuju despite the flaws.
Overall then and SlabWell presents a rather simple concept that’s been transformed, on the whole, into a good tile-based puzzler thanks to a variety of ideas regarding the tile mechanics. Unfortunately though, the inclusion of the fast-paced Kaktun element is stupendously detrimental and turns a fairly decent game sour with its unfairness. It genuinely sucks all the joy out of the air and is quite off-putting, which is the main reason why I’d suggest giving it a miss.
With every piece I write, I can feel myself grow as a writer. And every time I ventured into the world of Sparklite, I felt Ada grow as a character. Sparklite’s lack of narrative is easily made up for with its addictive gameplay loop. The consistent sense of achievement and endless supply of rewards make navigating its treacherous paths a wondrous adventure rather than something that succumbs to a repetitive slog. While it doesn’t reinvent the wheel, Sparklite on Xbox One is a strong contender in the genre and a reminder to push ourselves to be the best we can possibly be.
This all ensures that SIMULACRA on Xbox One is a delightfully original game that tells a gripping tale; one that references modern living with a spine-chilling twist. If you love playing detective and want to go searching for clues via the smallest of details then you’re in for a treat.
Trover Saves The UniverseXbox One
Overall though, these minor problems aren’t enough to hold Trover back. The game doesn’t outstay its welcome: the dull gameplay never gets annoying because the experience isn’t long enough to allow that. At around 5 hours Trover Saves the Universe on Xbox One lasts long enough to satisfy. Trover’s one of a kind humour, acting, writing and overall personality are more than enough to justify a trip down this surreal space adventure.
Bridge Constructor PortalXbox One
If you haven’t fired up Bridge Constructor Portal in a while then the Portal Proficiency DLC on Xbox One is an ideal excuse to do so again. For a relatively low cost and the sheer amount of new challenges included, it’s well worth taking the plunge to dabble with portals. The difficulty may put those players off who never managed to conquer the toughest puzzles found in the base game, and the lack of GLaDOS is a tad disappointing, but otherwise it’s a fairly straightforward recommendation here to grab it immediately.
Driven OutXbox One
Driven Out on Xbox One presents an interesting swordplay fighting system within an open 2D adventure design. While it deserves some credit for producing a variety of locations and enemy types, the core character and combat system remains basic and unchanged throughout the adventure. It is an extremely difficult game which overtly handicaps the player to the point where the challenge is often overcome with tired trial and error rather than gameplay skill. Even for gamers looking for a challenge, Driven Out just doesn’t provide a satisfying experience.
STAR WARS Jedi: Fallen OrderXbox One
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order on the Xbox One is proof that single-player is not dead; it is alive and kicking and here is one of the best examples of it in 2019. It is clear that its inspirations are from the likes of Dark Souls, God of War, Uncharted and other Metroidvania style games, but its melds the parts of those together with a Star Wars lick of paint to create a very enjoyable experience. Some issues exist but for the most part these are graphical and not too distracting.
Super Dodgeball BeatsXbox One
Super Dodgeball Beats, despite being a rhythm action game, feels original and is a brilliantly stylish take on a well explored genre. Rather than just having a group of characters dancing, the action is presented in the framework of a dodgeball game. It’s a simple enough setup, but one that still feels different and original at the same time. Fun, energetic and original, Super Dodgeball Beats on Xbox One delivers exactly what it says on the tin; and it does so well.
Stellatum on Xbox One certainly catches the eye at first, and the upgrade system adds a basic element of strategy. However, despite being playable, it runs out of ideas quickly and starts to feel like a grind, which makes it hard to recommend.
Mable & The WoodXbox One
Mable and the Wood on Xbox One provides a solid game that will especially appeal to fans of Metroidvania type fun and havoc. It needs you to be skilful and inventive in your decision making, but should you be able to work with that then you will find a lot of game to be had for your buck. I have found myself very much liking the writing and must applaud the invention.
Story of a GladiatorXbox One
Story of a Gladiator on Xbox One is a fun little game with a surprising amount of depth. Getting the right gear and a decent skill loadout, then trying to pick up three stars on all the levels, will take a goodly amount of time. But thankfully for the most part it’s great fun trying to do so. The battles get increasingly hard, requiring you think on your feet and adapt your tactics on the fly, and with Gods to pray to who can assist when the going gets tough, to food to eat prior to a fight and even amulets to wear, the permutations are almost endless.
Sniper Ghost Warrior ContractsXbox One
All in all though and I’ve enjoyed my time with Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts on Xbox One. It is a little rough around the edges, and there are annoyances, but the core gameplay and the way the sniping is handled makes it a game that I can recommend if you are looking to scratch that sniping itch. With a lot of replayabilty built in to meet all the objectives, and a selection of large maps to explore, there is a lot of game to go at. Overall, while it needs a little polish, it’s a fun experience, which is helped by the new scope which makes sniping almost an art.
AeternoBlade IIXbox One
The bottom line is, AeternoBlade II on Xbox One just isn’t fun. Perhaps there’s an audience out there – players who embraced the first game and cried out for a second one. From an outside perspective, everything about AeternoBlade II feels like a recipe concocted with all the wrong ingredients. Every corner of its world is a slog, the combat becomes increasingly more boring and the story is inaccessible. While playable on a basic level, it is a fantasy world with a lack of magic, and I never want to visit it again.