217 Published Reviews
Moxxi's Heist of the Handsome JackpotXbox One
A great start is made with Moxxi’s Heist of the Handsome Jackpot on Xbox One for the Borderlands 3 campaign add-on roadmap. It’s not perfect by any means, but is great fun and well worth your time and money if you’ve finished up with Borderlands 3 and need a reason to return to this addicting loop.
Farmer's DynastyXbox One
At the end of the day though, Farmer’s Dynasty on Xbox One is a solid and interesting addition to the farming sim market. I like the repairing elements of gameplay (probably more than I should), and you can easily invest hours and hours playing the game, especially when going deep with the RPG elements. The actual farming moments don’t innovate enough though, and there is no getting away from the fact that it is a big old grind. Whether you have the patience to really get involved will be down to the individual gamer.
Demons with ShotgunsXbox One
If I’m being totally honest, there aren’t many niggles with Demons With Shotguns on Xbox One. There is finite ammunition that you can carry, and if it runs out you won’t be able to shoot until you get some more, and this is probably where the real main problem arises; the ammo counter is tiny, so suddenly finding out that your weapon is empty often comes as a nasty surprise.
Mushroom QuestXbox One
There’s no replayability. And you’ll end up only getting an hour of gameplay out of it, if that. All this makes that relatively small price-tag of £4.19 seem vastly overpriced. Unless you’ve always wanted to push blocks around as a giant mushroom, or are in the market for another easy completion, I’d suggest spending your money elsewhere. There are much better puzzle games out there that offer much more content at a comparable price.
While it’s general gameplay may be far from great, the world is unique and best experienced rather than explained. From its opening moments Tamashii dug its claws in and wormed its way into my body. It’s wretched journey is not one I wish to experience again anytime soon, but one that I’m strangely glad I took. Maybe I need help.
Red BowXbox One
In the end, Red Bow on Xbox One is a game worth supporting. It’s a carefully crafted throwback with excellent writing and plenty of achievements to earn. It’s very well priced and is certainly worth the two hours it takes to play. However it is short, the lack of an autosave feature is a tad off putting, and two of the three endings don’t quite deliver. All in all, what we have here is a very solid experience and an impressive achievement given the small team.
Demon PitXbox One
Overall, Demon Pit on Xbox One is a love letter to retro shooters of old with Doom being a primary source of inspiration. While the level to which Demon Pit borrows from Doom might be perceived as too liberal, it is not without its own flair. Featuring fast, engaging gameplay with a smorgasbord of weapons that are each unique and have their own specific uses, the game is accessible to casual gamers and the more committed following alike.
Football GameXbox One
The fundamentals are fine, the little story of Tommy, his girlfriend and football is alright, but there’s just not enough going on here apart from dialogue skimming and minor point and click puzzling. It’s certainly not bad but not exciting either – it’ll be best to drink some beers while playing this one because Tommy does and who knows, you might find the game more interesting whilst inebriated.
The Darwin ProjectXbox One
All in all, Darwin Project on Xbox One is a delightfully charming Battle Royale genre mashup with a distinct Canadian flavor (or should I say flavour). The director adds a level of engagement not found in any other game in the genre, and the tone is whimsically sadistic. That said, there are a few growing pains that have mostly been addressed, and the monetization is not perfect, but overall this is an incredibly fun game and comes easily recommended.
Cuisine RoyaleXbox One
Cuisine Royale is a solid, enjoyable game with a wacky persona. It doesn’t do anything new or particularly different to stand out above its rivals on Xbox, but it’s still worth checking out nonetheless.
Oliver's Adventures in the FairylandXbox One
What should and could have been a short but engaging Metroidvania adventure turns into a drawn out, frustrating descent into what I can only describe as hell. A lovely art-style and precise platforming isn’t enough to carry this teenage boy through his adventure. Much like an angsty teenager I became moody, miserable with moments of happiness, all while consistently dragging my feet across the floor when it came to Oliver’s Adventures in the Fairyland on Xbox One.
Munchkin: Quacked QuestXbox One
Munchkin is a beloved card game full of charm, humour, replayability and, most importantly, fun. Munchkin: Quacked Quest on Xbox One on the other hand offers none of that. Forced gags, a severe lack of dungeon variation restricting replayability and a lack of initial guidance mean that this transformation into a videogame is just not much fun.
Lost EmberXbox One
Thankfully though these issues never really outweigh the massive pros that the game provides, and even if the narrative sometimes feels forced the overall experience behind it all happily wins things over in the long run. And it is because of the greatness of many parts – the animal morphing, the stunning visuals, brilliant audio and availability of many hidden collectables and secrets – that Lost Ember on Xbox One is able to provide a pretty unique experience that many gamers will love.
Odallus: The Dark CallXbox One
Odallus: The Dark Call on Xbox One is a promising retro title that is hamstrung by woolly controls and a stupidly massive hitbox for your character. The annoyances build up rapidly, to the point where the bad starts to outweigh the good, so much so that the temptation is strong to just turn things off and forget it all existed.
Debris on Xbox One is an enjoyable experience that provides an underwater journey that is relaxing in its pace, but tense in atmosphere. There is a fair chunk of game here for the price and you have the chance to play through four different endings should you choose to do so. The writing and story are some things I loved more than many other elements of the game though, and the overall moral of the tale is a worthwhile one.
SuperEpic: The Entertainment WarXbox One
All in all though and SuperEpic: The Entertainment Wars on Xbox One is a good experience. The Metroidvania hooks of exploration and new abilities, leading to further exploration, are all present and correct, and most importantly it’s great fun to play. It’s full of nice touches and humour, moving along at a cracking pace, and minor annoyances aside is a game I can recommend. So saddle up and go save the world of video games!
Oniken on Xbox One has content that can keep you busy, with seven long levels that will take effort to beat. It also includes a boss rush mode where you will face every boss back to back and, for the truly skilled, a hardcore mode in which you only have one life to the beat the levels. This is a solid and really engaging hardcore retro throwback, and so if you’re looking for a blast to the past, you’ll feel like a kid again playing Oniken.
The controls are superb, and enemies explode pleasantly. If things were a bit more streamlined and a bit of polish was used here or there, then XenoRaptor could be a great little time killer. However, the shallow gameplay, painful visuals, the insane amount of time it takes to accomplish anything and the abominable splitscreen mode make it very difficult to recommend to even the most enthusiastic fans of the genre.
Life is Strange 2 - Episode 5Xbox One
Now that Life is Strange 2 Episode 5 – Wolves on Xbox One marks the end of Life is Strange 2, it would be an ideal time to reflect on the game as a whole. For me it is one of highs and lows, with particular episodes being the low point. However, with any good story you have to expect the slow-paced, character driven chapters to appreciate the more exciting ones and drive the narrative. Seeing how Sean and Daniel’s relationship changed and building our empathy with them was a vital element to the game, and ultimately one for making the player care about how their story ended.
Pathologic 2Xbox One
It’s a game that will divide, and some will give up with it within the first hour or at the first pang of hunger. But if you persevere you will be rewarded by the strange events that take place and the weird story it’s trying to tell with this intriguing, and at times brilliant, game.
Ultimately, Wandersong on Xbox One is worth trying at least (especially since it’s on Xbox Game Pass). The way it constantly switches up its gameplay and tone can be exciting and refreshing, and I wholly appreciate that Wandersong isn’t trying to replicate the ideas or style of any other game. Many of its gameplay ideas didn’t work for me but more than a handful of them did. If you’re willing to look past them, Wandersong presents a heartfelt and joyful story with a great soundtrack to match.
AO Tennis 2Xbox One
Sports games have set such a high bar for themselves over the years and we have come to expect so much of them. This means that when a game comes along and doesn’t reach our expectations we are disappointed. This is exactly the case for AO Tennis 2. It’s not got the deep career mode that I would have liked, there isn’t the pace or believability required, and I failed to gain a real feeling of progression or be able to play with my favourite players in my favourite court.
Eternum ExXbox One
All in all and Eternum EX on Xbox One is a pretty good entry into the increasingly crowded retro market. It’s hard, challenging and, once you get used to the timing of the inputs, it’s good fun. The twitch reaction is very hard to pull off, due to the input lag, but it doesn’t spoil the experience. In fact, accompanying Arthur on his journey is one that I recommend you try if you are looking for a proper challenge.
So, what does the fox say? This fox says that FoxyLand on Xbox One is an enjoyable enough little adventure with enough platforming goodness to see you to the end, but lacks any sort of imagination to truly distinguish itself from a rapid growing market of retro platformers. Is FoxyLand a serviceable adventure? Fox yeah! Is this the game to play for those looking for the next Crash Bandicoot? Fox no! Now, excuse me while I wear my cone of shame for the fox related puns.
Pinball FX3 - Williams Pinball: Volume 5Xbox One
With the greatest of respect, Zen Studios have once again proven why they are the pinball wizards in recreating real world tables; they are more than deserving of the licences over others. They frequently go above and beyond just creating a digital version, putting their own stamp on the table without removing anything that has made them so classic in the first place. And Pinball FX3 – Williams Pinball: Volume 5 on the Xbox One is no exception.