523 Published Reviews
As a whole CrossCode on Xbox One has many big ideas and the sum of them come together as a whole that ultimately feels too big for its own good. Given its ambitions in design, it’s quite impressive how visually immaculate the whole thing is, from the incredibly detailed graphics to all the little pieces in the game world. The musical score feels epic too, and the presentation as a whole certainly does CrossCode’s ambitions justice.
Horde Of PlentyXbox One
If you can hack it, Horde of Plenty on Xbox One packs a challenging punch which will scratch an itch for some. However, it’s a simple experience that doesn’t really manage to deliver enough bang for your buck.
The Otterman EmpireXbox One
The Otterman Empire on Xbox One does not offer a particularly good experience. It draws inspiration from Splatoon, a shooter that could do with an Xbox equivalent, and ruins most of the good faith you might afford it. The general gameplay is clunky, unresponsive, glitchy, and just downright infuriating.
F1 2020Xbox One
So, F1 2020 on Xbox One is the absolute pinnacle of the F1 video game. What Codemasters have done in recent years with this series is nothing short of remarkable, yet they’ve still managed to continue to push things forward with every yearly iteration. If you’re a fan of F1, purchasing this is an absolute no-brainer, and it is also pretty much a must-buy to anyone who has any inkling of an interest in any motorsport scene.
Clash ForceXbox One
For the sake of fairness, I am not the target audience for this game. People who want to experience the nostalgia of games and cartoons from the ‘80s will most likely enjoy Clash Force on Xbox One, and for the price point, there isn’t much harm in trying it out yourself. Again, it doesn’t really do anything wrong, it just doesn’t do much right either.
Colt CanyonXbox One
Colt Canyon on Xbox One is a great little randomly generated roguelike. Taking inspiration from the likes of Enter The Gungeon and Hotline Miami, the gameplay is smooth, fun and brutal. As well as this, the addition of a co-op mode adds a great deal to the overall experience. Whilst the lack of bosses and unique items does cut down the sense of freedom and replayability other roguelikes have, it is well worth picking up for its cheap price point and unique style.
Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark - Missions and MonstersXbox One
In fact, Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mask – Missions and Monsters on Xbox One is most certainly an expansion pack done right. It isn’t just a bolt-on high level dungeon either… the whole game has been reworked to allow you to integrate the new features into a playthrough. Even if you choose not to start a new playthrough, the guild upgrades and missions will allow you to expand your options, while the high level fights can be enjoyed immediately.
Night CallXbox One
Night Call on Xbox One is a vague yet captivating journey into the heart of modern humanity, as seen through the eyes of a lone taxi driver caught in a rather deadly game. Even when the structure and direction of the main objective isn’t always clear, the very act of interacting with passengers in a meaningful way is perhaps the most cathartic and significant aspect of the whole experience.
A Summer with the Shiba InuXbox One
A Summer with the Shiba Inu on Xbox One is a surprise of a game for me. I’ve never been much of a fan of visual novels simply due to how slow the experience can feel, but between the quality of writing and the fact that all of the dogs are in adorable outfits, I got sucked in. Syd’s journey to find her brother honestly feels more like a journey to find herself.
Assetto Corsa CompetizioneXbox One
To conclude and, well, Assetto Corsa Competizione on Xbox One is a hard game, make no mistake. Learn to play by its rules, learn the tracks, learn just how much you can lean on a car, and it will suddenly click. This is not a game for casual players though and if you want to make the most of the content here, you need to commit the time and get good. The rewards are there – it’s just down to you to unlock them.
Hunting Simulator 2Xbox One
I came into Hunting Simulator 2 on the Xbox One with an open mind regarding its source material, and hoping this digital translation could one day be the only hunting people could lawfully do. But even after a short time I had experienced everything the game had to offer, and that’s down mainly to the open-ended nature and lack of progression system in place.
The MessengerXbox One
It also never takes itself seriously, so it’s not for people looking for a serious adventure. But if those aren’t deal breakers then go pick up a copy of The Messenger on Xbox One and play it yourself. There is plenty of content that can’t be covered here, including a few more collectibles, secrets, and some incredibly challenging achievements, which are all worth checking out.
Endless Fables: Dark MoorXbox One
Overall, Endless Fables: Dark Moor on Xbox One does itself no favours by claiming horror and scares as a feature because, ultimately, it loses steam in that department after a single scary moment. Fortunately the mini-games are of a good standard and the hidden object scenes are enjoyable to scour.
The Great PerhapsXbox One
The Great Perhaps will take you roughly three hours or so to finish, and it’s certainly possible to conclude it in one sitting. The puzzles can get tricky and you will need to experiment with the clues you find in both worlds in order to find success. But when you do find the solutions the feeling is hugely rewarding, and this in turn ensures that the journey is never frustrating.
1971 PROJECT HELIOSXbox One
1971 Project Helios on Xbox One has a lot of good ideas, but the execution of those ideas is not quite as good as it could have been. The story is very immersive indeed, and the tension between group members is a high point. Sadly, the lack of basic things like a map to check where you’ve been, the chance to enjoy any tactical possibilities save all out attack, and generally poor controls and visibility make it more frustrating than it needs to be.
Hard West: Ultimate EditionXbox One
Appropriately priced at $19.99/£16.74, Hard West: Ultimate Edition on Xbox One offers hours of enjoyment throughout the eight unique campaign scenarios, for those craving an XCOM-like tactical action game – just without humanoid aliens and mass genocide, of course.
PONG QuestXbox One
Whilst PONG Quest on the Xbox One sounds like a brilliant idea on paper, fusing PONG gameplay with RPG mechanics, the shallowness of PONG itself unfortunately quickly makes this a dull grind. Had there been more variation in the levels, similar to when PONG first reinvented itself with PONG: The Next Level back on the original PlayStation, then PONG Quest would have been far more entertaining. As it is, like a bad pong it lingers around for far too long.
The Catch: Carp & CoarseXbox One
So then, a conclusion is required, and suffice to say that I stayed in to ensure that I’ve spent time with The Catch: Carp & Coarse on Xbox One, playing the game instead of going actual fishing. And that’s not just happened the once, but twice. It’s safe to say that I wouldn’t have done this for any other game and so Dovetail Games can be rightly proud of what they have created here.
Ultimately, there is a deep sense of regret from playing Waking on Xbox One because I feel there is something brilliant and life-affirming underneath all that is presented. The meditative sections and use of your personal details are unique and something I enjoyed, and there are certainly some great ideas within. However, Waking will divide gamers, with some loving this intriguing premise and others being put off by the overly long, randomly generated areas.
West of DeadXbox One
West of Dead on Xbox One is a major accomplishment. It feels like it has it all: an appealing visual style, exciting gameplay, tight design, and smart writing. As a roguelike, it has been built to last. There is more than enough content here for any player to enjoy for a lengthy period of time. If there is any part of you that enjoys anything about shooters, action games, or Westerns, West of Dead is a title that you simply cannot miss.
Control: The FoundationXbox One
When all is said and done though, if the base game of Control didn’t strike your fancy then The Foundation DLC on Xbox One isn’t going to add much else that you’d be interested in. But if you enjoyed Control, I definitely recommend picking up The Foundation. And for those who can’t get enough of the plot, it might be worth just going straight for the Season Pass.
Warborn on Xbox One is stylish, easy to get to grips with and provides plenty of gameplay hours. However, this is a game aimed for all ages, and for that reason it may lack depth and challenge for the strategy nuts out there.
Octonaut on Xbox One then is a game from eastasiasoft that finally rewards the practice you put in; a game that doesn’t shower you with achievements merely for looking at the screen. It’s fast, fun and challenging, and the old school style of one credit and then being left to git gud is a welcome change from the easier games that seem to limp onto the market these days.
Radio SquidXbox One
All in all, this is another Ratalaika Game, with all the baggage that name carries. The achievements are too easy, but the price is low, and if you are an achievement hunter then picking Radio Squid up is a no-brainer. For the rest of us, it’s better news than usual, as even when the achievements have been rinsed, the charm and personality of the characters on display here does make a good argument for continuing to play.
Realpolitiks New PowerXbox One
If you love a deep strategy game that is full of intrigue, decision making, and provides a whole load of stats to play with then Realpolitiks New Power on Xbox One is the perfect game for you. Yes, the screen text is too small, and I feel it might be a much easier playthrough with a mouse and keyboard – of course, the Razer Turret for Xbox One could help here – but there are loads of things to love about this experience, especially as there aren’t many games of this genre on the console market.