It has a fun, finely-crafted story told through splendid animation and outstanding narration, a gorgeous, adventure-filled world with plenty to explore, and one of the greatest 2D combat systems I’ve ever experienced. Tails of Iron is not only one of the best things I’ve played all year, but it’s a sign of great things to come from an incredibly talented studio.
Super Animal Royale is a great free-to-play title. If you’re familiar with battle royales to any degree, everything here will feel simultaneously familiar and new. Wacky characters with loads of customization, fun weapons, and unique ideas will hold your attention, but the frustrating lack of accessibility options, fairly repetitive combat, and oodles of in-game currencies could be a deal breaker for some.
There just isn’t that much to Mad Streets. You’ve seen everything it has to offer within the space of an hour. Playing with friends and laughing for a bit at the idea of “haha! That character fell down funny!” gets old insanely fast, and it does so even quicker when playing alone. Not to mention that even when you manage to make a hit connect in a way that you actually wanted it to, it’s as satisfying as wiping someone’s face with a rubber chicken.
Kitaria Fables is certainly not for everyone, but neither are donuts. Its visuals are mostly great, the music is a delight, and the story is charming. Sure the combat and quests are a grind, but if you enjoy the feeling of accomplishment that comes from completing lengthy tasks and you don’t have a gluten allergy, grab yourself a donut and give Kitaria Fables a try.
It is a really good time to be a Borderlands 3 fan. They must be loving the amount of content that Gearbox Software has been cranking out. I mean, only three days before the game’s one year anniversary comes the fourth installment of DLC: Psycho Krieg and the Fantastic Fustercluck. Not only is this DLC pack incredibly unsafe to say around your mother, but it also launches today on the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
Ever find yourself thinking that you should have been in an RPG tactics game club back in high school? Well, unfortunately, time travel is yet to be perfected. However, fortunately, Wintermoor Tactics Club launches on the Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch.
Big on the clumsy, and low on the rush, Clumsy Rush on Xbox One is a plodding excuse for a party game. Its controls are frustrating, its gameplay is insanely repetitive, and all attempts at switching up the action fall completely flat. Despite its fun visuals and strong concept, there is not enough here to recommend the game to anyone. Give Hungry Hungry Hippos another try.
I am always saying video games should have more originality. Sometimes, it can feel like my hopes for audacious new titles go unfulfilled. Other times, developers like Size Five Games will create a game like Lair of the Clockwork God on Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.
It is finally the autumnal season for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. Leaves are changing color, days are getting chillier, and it is time for a new NBA 2K game. Get your game face on, because NBA 2K21 is available on Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch.
Multiplayer games with a strong party vibe are having a bit of a moment. In August alone we saw the release of Swimsanity!, Boomerang Fu, Battletoads, and now Clumsy Rush adds to this list of Xbox One local play goodies.
Are you tired of replaying Castlevania: Symphony of the Night? Need something to remind you of the good old days? The developers at Team Ladybug have you covered, with their latest game - Touhou Luna Nights.
Drake Hollow on Xbox One is one of the hardest games to put down this year. It has a brilliant set of systems that keep you engrossed in the action and invested in your personal world. There are plenty of Drakes to meet, unique items and buildings to craft, and battles to be won.
Mask of Mists on Xbox One is pretty disappointing. Its puzzles are uninspired, the sound design is rough, the monsters are boring, and the entire game just feels hollow. It is not a game that feels like it has an interesting story or experience to share with the player. The greatest quality I can think of is that it has some well-designed environments that are easy to navigate. Yet, when the game is not fun to play, why bother sticking around?
In their attempt to create a game that evokes the spirit of the classic originals, Dlala Studios has made a stupendous hit for the Xbox One library. Not only does Battletoads pay homage to the series entries that came before, it surpasses them.
“Choose your hero. Destroy the stones! Defeat the Revenant!” This is your call to embark upon an epic quest within Stones of the Revenant - the premiere title from ChickenCat Games that has now launched on Xbox One.
Don’t lose your head, but Helheim Hassle is launching on the Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC. Coming from Perfectly Paranormal, the talented team behind Manual Samuel, you will now be able to follow the adventures of the troubled, pacifist viking Bjørn.
I have a hard time finding great local multiplayer games. Not only are they not being made all the time, but a lot of them seem to miss the mark when it comes to engaging gameplay that does not get stale. Boomerang Fu on Xbox One rises above this crowd by providing plenty of options, being easy to pick up, and hard to put down. Add the game’s adorable visuals, and you have a recipe for a local multiplayer game with a lot of staying power.
I love the smell of burnt plastic in the morning. Lucky for me, and everyone else in the world, The Mean Greens - Plastic Warfare is here. Though it has been available on PC through Steam for several years, the action-packed, multiplayer, 3rd-person shooter created by Virtual Basement is now aiming to throw Xbox One and PS4 players into the fray.
West of Dead on Xbox One is a major accomplishment. It feels like it has it all: an appealing visual style, exciting gameplay, tight design, and smart writing. As a roguelike, it has been built to last.
Bluey: The Videogame is the first ever video game to feature the little pup, as Outright Games and BBC Studios come together for release on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch and PC.
Available now on Xbox, Game Pass and PC - a console-exclusive, mind you - Party Animals sees up to eight online players (local split-screen is also available) face off in a variety of crazy fighting matches.
Don’t make the mistake of expecting a family movie or an easy watch: Barbie is far more weighty and satisfying than the lightweight plastic might imply. Now we wait for more films based on toys, completely misunderstanding why this one was so great.
After years of having the open world racing scene dominated by Forza Horizon, Ubisoft have certainly found the right gear with The Crew Motorfest. If you're an adrenaline junkie, this is one not to miss.