Thursday, June 20, 2019

How to Fix a Slow / Laggy / Unresponsive Xbox One Dashboard

A common complaint about the Xbox One, besides "It has no games!" (from morons), is that the dashboard is slow and laggy and unresponsive. This is definitely a real issue, but it is also very easy to fix. Please note, however, that your internet speed as well as any issues with Xbox Live itself can also contribute to making your Xbox One dashboard seem slow, but as long as you have a stable connection and Xbox Live isn't having problems, this method should greatly improve your experience. See the video below for the details.

Friday, May 31, 2019

LEGO Games Were Better Back When They Were Simple

Developer Traveller's Tales deserves a lot of praise for addressing criticisms with its massive LEGO game franchise and trying, and succeeding, to make the games bigger and better. People complained that they were too simple and boring and small and short and not "real" games and Traveller's Tales has turned the franchise into big beefy fully-featured games you can buy with confidence that you're getting a lot of value. Somewhere along the way, however, they stopped being fun. For all of the polished presentation featuring full voice work and better graphics, deeper gameplay, and bigger levels, the heart and soul of the LEGO experience has been lost. Continue reading our thoughts on why LEGO games just aren't fun anymore.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Descenders is Great, But Probably Didn't Need To Be A Roguelike

Roguelike extreme downhill mountain bike sim Descenders is finally out as a full 1.0 release and stands as easily one of the best games, if not the best, to come out of Xbox Game Preview thus far. It isn't without flaws, though, the biggest of which is that I feel like the roguelike element hurts it more than helps, but as a complete overall package Descenders' great feeling gameplay and excellent replay value mostly make up for any frustrations that come from being a rogue-bike. See our full impressions for more.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Ascendance: First Horizon Impressions - Refunct Did It All Better

The short-but-sweet first-person platforming with great presentation genre seems like it's becoming a thing - if two games counts as a "thing" - and I'm totally into it. For games like this to be a success, however, they have to absolutely nail every aspect. They have to feel good to play. They have to look and sound exceptional. And they need to be priced appropriately. 2017's Refunct set those standards on Xbox One and is a great experience that I highly recommend. Ascendance: First Horizon, on the other hand, totally misses the mark. Continue reading our impressions on why we don't exactly love it.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Gems of War Deserves More Love

Free to play games have a bad reputation, and deservedly so, because they're stuffed full of microtransactions and hooks to get you to pay real money for in-game currency or items or other things because they're fun and addictive and you want to keep playing but you inevitably hit a bottleneck somewhere along the way that pretty much requires investment in MTX in order to proceed. That's gross and bad and wrong. They're badong, if you will. Sometimes, though, free to play games are actually super well balanced and fairly designed so you can have tons of fun with them without spending any money at all. Gems of War, available on Switch, PS4, and Xbox One, is one of those rare FTP gems and it absolutely deserves more love. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain is Disappointing, and Mildly Insulting

Just four months after the release of Earth Defense Force 5 - by far the best EDF yet and our 2018 Game of the Year - comes even more giant bug and alien blasting in Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain. EDF Iron Rain was developed by Yuke's, rather than series creators Sandlot, with the goal of being more appealing to Western audiences than the traditional numbered EDF entries have been. Unfortunately, they missed the mark. Badly. So badly, in fact, that it is kind of insulting that they think this is what Western gamers want. Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain is still largely the same third-person blasting giant bugs and robots the series is known for at its core, but pretty much everything just feels off, particularly compared to EDF5. I'm really not a fan. Continue reading for all of the details.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Tetris 99 Is A True Killer App

Tetris 99 is a killer app for Nintendo's Switch Online service as well as the Nintendo Switch itself. A killer app is a piece of software that is so good it can sell you on a new system / platform all on it's own. Well, Tetris 99 did that for me. The Zelda: Link's Awakening remake announcement certainly helped, but I bought a Switch for Tetris 99 and I couldn't be happier with that decision. Continue reading after the jump for a little more discussion about Tetris 99.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Assassin's Creed Odyssey is Zelda: Breath of the Wild but Better

Assassin's Creed Odyssey is basically Zelda: Breath of the Wild but better. Those are bold words, I know, but before you snap your carrot sick in half and drop your sippy cup of OJ in a fit of rage, allow me to explain. This isn't just an edgy faux controversial take for attention as the games are remarkably similar in a surprising number of ways. Except, you know, one is much better than the other. Continue reading for a full explanation.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Attack on Titan 2 XONE - Things We Loved (And Some We Didn't)

"Attack on Titan" is one of the biggest wastes of a great premise that we've seen in anime and manga in a long, long time. The story is convoluted nonsense that is insultingly dumb and once the shock of the violence and gore wears off there isn't much left for anyone with half a brain to enjoy. Like I said, though, the premise of the last vestiges of mankind fighting off horrifying titans is amazing, which is why I find myself enjoying the live action movies (yes, really) and video games much more than the original source material itself. As such, I've been playing Attack on Titan 2 for Xbox One lately and have been having a mostly good time with it so here are the things I loved, and a few things I didn't, about the Attack on Titan 2 video game.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Assassin's Creed Odyssey - Things We Loved (And Some We Didn't)

Assassin's Creed Odyssey got robbed in 2018. It was probably the best "AAA" game of the year thanks to great production values, fantastic gameplay, a great setting, and a compelling story, but because it's Ubisoft everyone just shrugged at it when awards season came around. Red Dead Redemption 2 and God of War got all of the attention, but all I'm saying is that you don't instantly die when your horse runs into a tree in AC: Odyssey, which makes it automatically better than one of those two. Continue reading for our reasons why we loved, and a few things we didn't, about Assassin's Creed Odyssey.