14 Published Reviews
Minecraft DungeonsXbox One
Minecraft Dungeons is a superb dungeon crawler with something for players of all ages. Although somewhat basic in terms of weapons, armour and abilities, there is just enough variety to keep some of the more hardcore dungeon-crawling fans satiated. Surprisingly, the game does offer up a pretty intense challenge, just not so much at first.
Gears Tactics is a fantastic strategy game. The character classes, with their unique abilities and complex progression trees, offer up a deep strategic meta. Complex and different enemy types add to this along with tremendous boss battles that radically shake up the gameplay. However, tedious side missions get in the way of the fun and slow the story to a crawl, while Gabe Diaz and the crew are somewhat uninspiring and lack the charisma of other characters from the Gears franchise.
Ninja Theory's first multiplayer outing could be something special, but it's a lack of game modes and a dedicated ranked mode stops Bleeding Edge from taking on the other big team-based multiplayer games. However, the game does feature some superb third-person combat and team play. Working together with a group of friends or dedicated players has never felt so satisfying.
Ori and the Will of the WispsXbox One
The wait for Ori and the Will of the Wisps will most definitely prove worthwhile: Moon Studios has created a masterpiece. The sequel manages to be more beautiful, heartfelt, and challenging than Ori and the Blind Forest. Some of the new changes feel a little superfluous to Ori's world, but only in comparison to everything which the game already offers.
STAR WARS Jedi: Fallen OrderXbox One
There's some significant problems, for sure – especially in level design and signposting – but we're confident that the developers could easily evolve beyond these hiccups in the future. The Star Wars gaming universe is in pretty safe hands with Respawn – provided EA keep giving the studio enough opportunities.
Tracks - The Toy Train Set GameXbox One
For a game featuring lifeless wooden blocks and figures on a big white void of a background, Tracks is a strangely heart-warming game – if you even want to call it a game. It's a virtual toy set, the kind that reminds us of grandparents and Christmas TV specials. Sure, it's janky in places and it needs a little more love in terms of its console control systems, but the developers already seem pretty committed to improving it.
Call of Duty: Modern WarfareXbox One
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has the best campaign that I have played since the original Modern Warfare. Infinity Ward hasn’t shied away from controversial moments, and for the most part, they are carried out maturely, making the player sympathise with characters caught up in modern war. However, I don’t think a video game is the correct medium to capture and convey the horrifying experience of war.
Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and the Lion KingXbox One
Nevertheless, it's hard to recommend. Die-hard fans of early 90s platforms have been finding their own ways to play these games for decades, and without a substantial display of additional features, it's hard to point to many reasons to purchase – except if you want a relatively easy achievement completion.
The Outer WorldsXbox One
Aiming for the stars worked admirably for Obsidian Entertainment with this fantastic sci-fi RPG. There are elements of Obsidian's earlier work, especially Fallout: New Vegas which will delight longtime fans. Yet The Outer Worlds excels most when it has fun within its own unique identity. The wealth of lore and world-building details could be a little overwhelming for brand new players, but a little confusion early on shouldn't stop anyone from taking The Outer Worlds for a spin.
Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for NeighborvilleXbox One
Neighborville is probably as far as PopCap can afford to push the Garden Warfare formula without losing its audience — the general look and sound of the world, its currenices and progressions, all could do with an overhaul. In the meantime though, its hard not to recommend Neighborville to those ready to revisit this strange universe — as well as new players intrigued to see why a feud between flowers and the undead remains unresolved after a decade.
FROSTPUNK: CONSOLE EDITIONXbox One
Frostpunk can be overhelming and would benefit from a longer tutorial, so it’s understandable if those new to the genre find it too tricky. But a well-conceived narrative and premise makes it worth picking up whether you’re new to the genre, or have years of city-building experience behind you.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon BreakpointXbox One
Ghost Recon Breakpoint is the reigning poster child for the late-generation live service game. There is more on offer here than most people could ever dream of playing unless you retired from all other games — and maybe your family and your job too. But players should measure their content in quality, not quantity. There’s still a lot of fun to be had in Breakpoint, but you’ll need friends or good co-op partners to see a lot of it. For solo players, the gameplay loop wears out fast and even the awesome Jon Bernthal can’t save the project’s clashing design principles.
The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive SeriesXbox One
The Walking Dead The Telltale Definitive Series may be viewed as yet another re-release of the defunct studio's late-era flaghship series, but the biggest fans should give it more consideration than that. With a ton of insightful and truly entertaining bonus features like audio commentary tracks, a mini-documentary, and an overhauled visual style, this feels more like a Blu-ray boxset of your favorite TV series than a collection of five video games.
Axiom VergeXbox One
Given that the title remains true to its roots and maintains all of the classic game elements, it's hard to find an actual fault with it other than its limited appeal and niche market; sadly some of the younger generation of gamers might not appreciate its classic style or nostalgia value. For the rest, it's simply a great metroidvania title. Fans of the genre who are looking for a title on the current generation of consoles need look no further — Axiom Verge has it all.