Friday, August 17, 2018

We Happy Few Review (XONE)

Early access games are like being in a slow motion car crash you can't escape from. You know the hit is coming, but nothing can prepare you for the impact when it finally happens. You see, the problem with early access, at least on consoles through the Xbox Game Preview program, is that the game you're presented with during early access is pretty much the same game you end up with when the devs consider it "done". Sure, they add content and "stuff" to it, but the core game is pretty much set in stone when it hits early access and if that core sucks it probably isn't ever going to get much better. You still naively hold out hope that they have lots of time to change things and fix things only to be disappointed years later when it releases as pretty much the same game. It turns out that being invested in a game for years and years and getting your hands on the final version just to be like "Yep, it still sucks" is far more devastatingly disappointing than when a normal bad game comes out of nowhere and surprises you.

Today's review is We Happy Few and it's a disappointing hot mess. Continue reading for all of the details.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Onrush Review (XONE)

From racing game experts Codemasters and the developers behind Sony's Motorstorm franchise, at first blush Onrush seems for all the world like the off road Burnout-style game of our dreams. With fast-paced action as you and a horde of other drivers tear through the wilderness trying to wreck each other at every opportunity, Onrush is a blast. At least it is at first, but then reality comes crushing down and you realize that destruction for destruction's sake isn't actually all that fun for long. Onrush isn't actually a racing game, you see, it's just a crashing game, and that gets boring after faster than you'd think. Continue reading our full Xbox One Onrush review for all of the deails.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Castaway Paradise Review (XONE)

Castaway Paradise is basically Animal Crossing without the heart and soul that made those games so immersive and appealing. That doesn't mean it is bad, but it does mean that it won't grab you for much longer than it takes to get your fill of the mostly easy achievements before you get bored and want to move on to something else. Thanks to the $13 asking price, however, it's still more than worth checking out if you're itching to run errands for an island full of anthropomorphic animals for a few hours. Continue reading our full Castaway Paradise review for all of the details.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

No Man's Sky Review (XONE)

If No Man's Sky in its current form is as huge of an improvement as everyone says it must have been totally putrid at launch because it's still exceedingly boring and tedious and not especially fun two years and multiple massive updates later. I knew what to expect from No Man's Sky and thought I was prepared to embrace the game for what it is rather than what I had hoped it would be all those years ago when the trailers looked so promising, but what No Man's Sky actually "is" is mind-numbing resource gathering, awful building, and repetitive fetch quest missions on barren ugly planets full of ugly nonsense creatures and plants. I am very disappointed. Continue reading our full No Man's Sky Xbox One review for all of the details.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Forsaken Remastered Review (XONE)

After releasing fantastic remasters of Turok 1 and Turok 2 earlier this year Nnightdive Studios is back again with another remaster of a classic N64 (and PS1 and PC!) shooter that takes us back to the halcyon days of 1998. This time the game is the 360-degree shooter Forsaken. Once again, this is not a remake but rather a remaster, so it still looks like a game from its time period, but it has never looked as sharp, ran as smoothly, or played as well as it does here in Forsaken Remastered for Xbox One. It still stands out as a unique gameplay experience even to this day thanks to its full range of movement, weapon variety, and wicked difficulty. I was a big fan Forsaken fan back in 1998 and have to say I like it even better now. Continue reading our full Forsaken Remastered review for all of the details.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Guts and Glory Review (XONE)

Guts and Glory is pretty much just shallow quirky YouTube bait but, darn it, it's still fun. This combination of Trials' vehicle platforming gameplay mixed with the glitchy jankiness of Goat Simulator produces a lot of really, really funny moments and the game overall is solid fun. Failing levels is just as fun as finishing them, too, thanks to the seemingly endless ways your characters are dismembered and the gallons of blood that spew everywhere. Load times and performance issues not present in the PC version make the console ports a little less than optimal, but Guts and Glory is still a hoot regardless of what platform you play it on. Continue reading our full Xbox One Guts and Glory review for all of the details.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1+2 Review (XONE)

Even 25-years later the Mega Man X series is still one the best examples around of how to evolve and update a franchise without totally ruining it. It still feels like a platform jumping lemon shooting Mega Man game but with tons of new things like a dash, wall climbing, lots of secret upgrades, the ability to re-enter completed levels, and much more. Mega Man X is still Mega Man, but deeper and more complex. The brand new Mega Man X Legacy Collection celebrates all eight Mega Man X games, albeit in two separate releases, on Xbox One, PS4, and Switch with pixel perfect ports of each game and tons (and tons) of extra bonus goodies. Mega Man X newbies and veterans alike will find a lot to like here. Continue reading our full Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1+2 review for more.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Koihime Enbu RyoRaiRai Review (PS4)

Part of the reason why I bought a PlayStation 4 was so that I could play anime games like Koihime Enbu that will never appear on Xbox. As luck would have it, just as I was about ready to pull the trigger to import it an updated release was announced for the West, at a bargain price no less, and I was finally able to play it. Koihime Enbu RyoRaiRai is an all-female 2D fighting game with a fantastic cast, great artwork, and intuitive and accessible gameplay that is everything I had hoped it would be. The busty all girl cast ensures it won't be for everyone, but if you like the Koihime Musou franchise or just want a new fighter to check out, Koihime Enbu RyoRaiRai is absolutely worth a look.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Shining Resonance Refrain Review (XONE)

That Shining Resonance Refrain exists at all is kind of a miracle, but the fact that SEGA went far above and beyond to add all sorts of bells and whistles to this remaster of a previously Japan-only PS3 RPG is absolutely incredible. Not only does it get the expected visual bump, but they also added new playable characters, a (great) English audio track, and all of the previously released DLC costumes are available right from the start. Oh, and they actually bothered to release it on Xbox One (along with PS4 and Switch), which is easily the craziest thing of all. Even if it is a little on the vanilla side when it comes to story, presentation, and combat compared to some other recent action JRPGs, desperate Xbox One fans don't see games like this very often which ups the appeal quite a bit. See all of the details in our full Shining Resonance Refrain Xbox one review.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

20XX Review (XONE)

20XX is a procedurally generated Mega Man X clone that promises infinite possibilities of 2D platforming and shooting lemons the likes of which we haven’t seen in quite a while. With great visuals, a fantastic soundtrack, and excellent feeling gameplay, your first few hours with 20XX are absolutely wonderful. After a couple of hours, however, you start noticing a lack of variety in the stages and your feeling of progression hits a brick wall and the game just isn't quite as enthralling anymore. 20XX comes "this" close to being spectacular, but unfortunately falls just a bit short. See our full 20XX Xbox One review for all of the details.