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There aren’t many games that are built from the ground up to be speedrun. Aeon Drive, sequel to Dimension Drive, is not only built for that community: it’s got dedicated and respected speedrunners already parkouring through it, setting times, posting videos and creating competitions. So, how do you build a game for this purpose? We sat down with David Jimenez, Lead Game Designer and Co-Founder of 2Awesome Studio, to find out.
Are you ready for something fast? I mean LIGHTNING FAST? RAZED is here and there has never been a better time to go speedrunning. Quite literally.
Ever fancied yourself as a bit of a speedrunner? Have any skills when it comes to difficult platformers? SEUM may just be for you.
Combining first person platforming, a bit of speedrunning and plenty of puzzles, DeadCore has arrived on Xbox One. The question is - after a release on PC a good few years back, is it something Xbox One owners should be looking at?
Puzzle games may frustrate many, but for others they are the lifeblood of the gaming scene. But how about if you mix those puzzles with speedrunning mechanics? You've got Immortus Temporus.
Dojoran is a minimalist but hardcore platformer. While it has stripped out a lot, it’s retained the right bits: patient, precise platforming and a frog that will shake its head disapprovingly whenever it dies. The charm can’t quite carry it over the full runtime, but there’s a raw challenge on offer here that we suspect a lot of players will gobble up.
It took us a while to realise that Aeon Drive is the sequel to reasonably well-loved shoot’em up Dimension Drive. It’s a bold genre-switch from the developers, as Aeon Drive is an action platformer more in the vein of Bloodstained or Katana ZERO, rather than a Galaga clone. But it continues the story of Jackelyne and VERA just the same, while providing enough catching up and exposition to get new players on board.
Dodgy menu system and an online community which is lacking numbers aside, should you be after a deep, highly detailed rally racer, WRC 10 is going to cover everything you want and need… and then some.
When looking at some of the most addictive games out there it would be foolish to not consider the titles on Microsoft’s titan of the gaming industry... the Xbox.
Orbibot will fill a gap, as long as that gap isn't a deep one. Aside from the extremely dodgy controls and camera, this is a fairly fun little physics-based puzzler which does its best to kill a bit of time. You'll find it frustrating at times, but for many the easy gathering of Gamerscore could well negate those problems.
We've been under the waves with Subnautica, we've taken in galactic shooting with R-Type and we've had the chance to visit some of the most glorious lands with the Assassin's Creed franchise. Now though we're ready to immerse ourselves in the snow covered wonderland of 0 Degrees.
Sure, it’s attention-grabbing to do something new, and innovation does get reviewers hot around the collar. But, most of the time, we just want a good thing done well, and Kaze and the Wild Masks does its 2D platforming extremely well. While Kaze and the Wild Masks on Xbox wears the masks of various platformers, like Donkey Kong Country and Rayman, they’re all polished to a mighty sheen.
If you have the reflexes of a ninja, if you eat Mega Man games for breakfast, if you are young and limber, then OkunoKA Madness on Xbox One will challenge you. If you are riddled by the ravages of time, however, it will break you... without a word of a lie. It plays well, controls brilliantly, but is absolutely unforgiving, so if you want to challenge your reactions and your finger dexterity, OkunoKA Madness is the game for you.
How are your reflexes? Are they on-point? Could they do with sharpening up? OkunoKA Madness is here to ensure that they are kept right on the line.
Even though HardCube on Xbox One is a relatively cheap purchase, I can’t in all honesty recommend anyone purchase it, unless all they are bothered about is grabbing some super easy achievements and Gamerscore. It’s a poor addition to the puzzle platformer, and can’t hold any form of light to those ball rolling games from decades past.
Think of yourself as a bit of a speedrunner? Love nothing more than putting yourself and your skills up against the clock? The upcoming launch of OkunoKA Madness is looking very likely to be something for you.
Superliminal on the Xbox One offers the tools to fully enjoy this concept for what it is. Playing with perspectives is a novel idea and you can have a lot of fun with it. Repeat playthroughs are encouraged with plenty of secrets to uncover, but there is a bit too much repetition within individual sections of Superliminal.
Wanna become one of the Castle Pals, adventuring through a creepy castle in order to uncover its most hidden secrets? Well now you can on Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch.
Failing to ever deliver a properly good platforming experience, and coming complete with far too much clunkiness to allow for decent tactics and strategy, Ghost Sweeper on Xbox One falls far short of what is expected of a game in this time period. Yes it comes with some cutesy visuals, and delightfully delivers what could be expected from a game inspired by those of decades past, but there just isn’t enough of a modern twist to see this become a relevant purchase.
If you’re in the market for a super cheap, super quick run through in which you can gather up pretty much a full 1000 Gamerscore in less than 30 minutes, then this is the game for you. However if you’re looking for something half decent, or a new adventure to get your teeth into, don’t even consider Chop is Dish.
If you’re a platforming fanatic then Inops is going to be a game for you, and it’s nice to see that there is a decent challenge available. I’ve enjoyed what the game has done in the terms of short bursts of fun and interesting gameplay, but certainly found the repetitive elements and unlocking of levels a bit tedious and demoralising at times.
Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection on Xbox One is a rock(man)-solid compilation of some classic GBA and DS titles. The presentation is great, the games are incredibly polished and fun, and the value is undeniable.
Achoo! Are you ready to grab the nose spray and fight back against the evil allergies? In Hayfever you'll be found battling the worst of effects, all as you attempt to partake in some pixel perfect precision platforming.
Created by the new Swedish development team at Pixadome, and having the publishing rights handled by Zordix Publishing, Hayfever is getting set to provide some precision platforming perfection to Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC this year, with a Q1 2020 release window now confirmed.