Xbox One Playscore Scoop January 2018
PolyKnight Games videogame debut takes us to the skies, encouraging us to explore its colorful and seemingly infinite horizons. A world of discovery awaits you in this dazzling aerial exploration game, putting you in the shoes of one meandering archaeologist tasked to rediscover the artifacts of a long lost memory.
Fly through their vibrant skies and wander into pyschedelic landscapes in a struggle to recover the bits and of pieces of a bygone age. A simple enough premise executed elegantly with choice visuals that push you towards the exploration of its endless wonders. But while the sights are beautiful, InnerSpace sadly doesn't deliver much otherwise.
Ambitious as it's goals were, InnerSpace has unfortunately been panned for its buggy controls, unclear objectives, and stilted philosophical ruminations. It has a Provisional PlayScore of 6.81.
Bayek's Egyptian escapades might just be the biggest for the Assassin's Creed series, but that hasn't stopped Ubisoft from adding more spice to the Mediterranean adventure. One of the two DLCs released for Origins, The Hidden Ones brings you into the Sinai Peninsula where rebels and Roman forces are at war.
Apart from two new regions in Sinai and the Red Sea comes a host of new customizations for your assassin. Personalize your wardrobe with fresh new outfits and mounts, or level up your kill potential with an arsenal of legendary weapons. Hidden Ones also opens up new lore possibilities, opening us up to the story of the brotherhood's beginnings.
But, despite its many features, Hidden Ones still feels too sparse for new expansion. It's been largely criticized for its short playtime, reportedly adding very little to the title to change the way we play. It has a Provisional PlayScore of 6.85
Square throws us back to the Super Famicom days with this rerelease of the Saga series' fifth installment. Originally a Japan exclusive, the west is finally getting a taste of the Imperial RPG action. Sit on the highest throne of the Empire in this dazzling tale that spans generation after generation. It's a fantastical dive into oriental myth, pitting you against the legendary Seven Heroes.
It was this generational narrative that made it a unique RPG when it first released in 1993. Improving on the variety of gameplay of their previous games, Square managed to create an open-ended free from scenario system that felt fresh and innovative during its time. Run along the lines of succession as you take control of various characters throughout the ages.
Now, with new dungeons, classes, and game modes, experience the history of their nation anew. It's one of Square's most beloved series, and it has a Provisional PlayScore of 7.41.
Time to return to the shoes of the brooding caped crusader with another chapter of Telltale's exploration of the Batman mythos. With just one more episode before the climactic end of the Telltale series, we witness another boiling tale in the grim streets of Gotham. This time, he deals with changes in the character of John Doe. Unknowingly the would be Joker gradually shifts from the borders of sanity and into his role as the city's crazed psychopath.
Clocking in at only 75 minutes, it's the series' shortest chapter yet. Still, it brings a fair amount of action and excitement to the forefront, while still leaving enough room for surprises for its upcoming finale. It takes out of the batsuit, resolving the conflicts of Batman's life through the lenses of his more human side.
While it's not the best of the series, this episode has been praised for its top notch writing and crucial decision-making moments. It has a Provisional PlayScore of 7.85
Another title to make your souls take flight. This time from the Mexican Game developer, Squad. It's an enhanced version of their unique space flight simulator that originally released on the PC last 2015. Launch rockets into the not so distant skies, along with their loyal crew of humanoid aliens called the Kerbals. Though they might not look like much, but it aims to portray a serviceable accuracy that skirts the borders of realism and cartoon fun. While it's operated with advanced Newtonian Dynamics and conic approximations, it still won't take a rocket scientist to appreciate the joys that this game offers.
Create rockets, spaceplanes, and rovers with your set of components, and follow the necessary directions for successful launches. If you don't fail completely, then you'll be able to control your rockets as they zoom through the cosmos. Built from the ground up for optimize console use, it's been a smooth transition with their reworked UI and control schemes. It has a Provisional PlayScore of 8.11.
As popular as Bandai Namco's DragonBall series is, things have never looked this good for the classic anime. With Arc System Works heading their return to mainstream fighting, this new title will be infused with the studio's trademark flashy cinematics and smooth animations. Get ready for a high flying, high stakes fighting action with your favorite Dragon Ball characters as you step into the shoes of Goku, Vegeta, Piccolo and so much more.
Borrowing fighting concepts from previous games such as Marvel vs. Capcom, go into 3 versus 3 battles and embrace the fluid, mechanical 2D gameplay that Arc System Works was known. Additionally, previous mechanics from their games are also present including Cancels and Super Dash. These movements create a fast and frenzied fighting experience, especially with the Dragon Ball’s “Ki’s.” Recreate the anime's greatest moments with their dynamic fighting mechanics, and feel the epicness in your bloodstream. It has a PlayScore of 8.18.
From the mind that brought us the deceptively addicting TowerFall Ascension, Matt Thorston follows up his success with another pixel-driven platformer. With the responsive controls of his multiplayer archery battle royale still fresh in his mind, he joins forces with Skytorn's Noel Berry to create this artistic mountain climbing adventure. Still with this signature 8bit visuals, Celeste puts us in the shoes of Madeleine as she braves the perilous cliffs of a mysterious mountain in the hopes of finding her true self.
Despite the touching narrative, Celeste is definitely no cakewalk. Because, y'know, the path to self-discovery is wrought with hair-pullingly frustrating obstacles...or something. Punching up the family friendly controls of his last videogame venture, this new title boasts an almost punishing quality that fans of the platforming genre might appreciate. A step in the right direction for the future of platformers, It has a Provisional PlayScore of 8.19.
Depending on your internet literacy, you might not have read that right the first time. Following their roguelike adventures in Rogue Legacy, the indie developer Cellar Door Studios moves back into the spotlight with this exciting new title. Dubbed as a "true-cooperative" action RPG, their unique combat system puts a premium on teamwork and coordination. Bring along up to three of your friends to the crazy cartoon misadventures, and struggle together against the ferocious monsters of this world. Whether you wanna play on the couch, or online, there's plenty of enjoyment for everyone to unpack.
Pick from their collection of classes, each with their own set of skills and abiliities. Keep on your toes as you fend off wave after wave of colorcoded baddies. For the solitary types, Full Metal Furies' pick 2 system will let you enter the battlefield with 2 other party members. Switch betweeen them to perform those sweet, sweet combos. It has a PlayScore of 8.35.
CAPCOM finally goes global with their critically acclaimed action RPG franchise. This also marks the first time that Monster Hunter leaves Nintendo devices to opt for the grander sights of today's modern consoles. Just in time, too, because Capcom has pulled out all the stops in this installment to create the biggest MH title yet. Roam around its living and breathing world of dangerous terrain and mighty giants as you fulfill your daring role as hunter.
Dubbed as the original Dark Souls, buff up your character to the best of your abilities and use your skills and reflexes to bring down your colossal foes. One of their biggest changes is the massive multiplayer. Bring along your most trusted friends and explore a breathtaking ecosystem that rivals all of the Monster Hunter maps. Face off deadly freaks of nature, craft the perfect weapon, and become the legend you were meant to be. It has a PlayScore of 8.37.
Putting a twist in the platforming formula, Clever Endeavour Games lets you set your own traps as you compete to become the ultimate chicken...or horse, or sheep, and so much more. With this game, you're in charge of the fun, along with your friends and competitors. Edit as you play, and partake in good old barnyard fun--whether it's online or on the couch. It's just not who makes to the finish line either. Get points for creative trap placement, allowing you to swipe the victory from beyond the grave.
Wacky, creative, and most importantly, fun for all ages. With it's cartoony artstyle, funky soundtrack, and a huge library of blocks and levels, there's enough variety to explore for hours on end. While it doesn't have a single-player campaign, you can always go online and join in parties with friends and strangers. A game that's both cooperative and competitive, it has a Provisional PlayScore of 8.39.
A favorite among youtube and twitch streamers, Dead by Daylight was never your normal horror game. With its asymmetrical gameplay, you get to experience both sides in the game of terrors, putting you either in the shoes of struggling survivors or as the rabid killers in the form of classic horror icons. You've had Trappers, Wraiths, Nurses--you name it. But, Dead by Deadlight's newest DLC is a gigantic gamechanger rolled into one.
The Saw chapter throws you into the disturbing mind of The Pig--or Jigsaw as he is commonly known. Attach your signature reverse beartraps, and watch them writhe in search for the Jigsaw Boxes scattered around the map. It effectively turns it into a war against themselves, leaving them to decide to help each other...or not. A fresh way to get that itch for horror, it has a Provisional PlayScore of 9.02.