We were lucky enough to take in not one, not two, but three of the four days of EGX this year. There were many great games on all formats but it would have been wrong of us to not concentrate on the Xbox side of things and we’re happy to announce that some of the titles we got hands on with absolutely blew us away.
From racers to role players, platformers to story tellers, action adventures to just plain nuts fun titles, Xbox One owners are going to be in for a real treat over the coming months.
There’s no debating that the likes of Call of Duty Advanced Warfare, Sunset Overdrive and Halo The Master Chief Collection gathered some huge queues, but what were the five best games that we took in? Check out our thoughts below.
We have to start with Never Alone. We’ve been pretty hyped for the Alaskan tale ever since we first heard about it all those months ago and now we’ve managed to get hands-on with it, the hype meter has gone into overdrive.
Two segments of Never Alone were available to play at EGX; one that was fairly near the start of the game and brought to our attention the spirits found in game, whilst another turned out to be a bit more of a puzzle affair and was something that would crop up later on in the story. What both small demos did however was show off the need for team work and cooperation, with both of those being placed firmly in your hands when Never Alone drops soon.
The fact is though, Never Alone aims to tell a story like never before, whilst at the same time running with THE most beautiful visuals. The controls may be basic, there may be no Xbox Live multiplayer running but sit on the sofa with a family member or close friend and Never Alone will whisk you into a world that is an absolute delight….and you know what? You might just learn something at the same time!
Never Alone will be appearing on Xbox One come November 4th.
Ori and the Blind Forest
Pushing Never Alone hard for the coveted TXH Game of Show award is Ori and the Blind Forest.
Ori is another little stunner from the [email protected] scheme but one that comes in with a 2D Metroidvania style. Essentially a platformer, you play as a forest spirit on a quest to find out what your role in the forest really is. Bringing more than enough RPG elements to keep you thinking, all whilst set in a wonderfully atmospheric world filled with plenty of memorable characters, Ori will need to watch out for the demons within.
We were so taken by Ori and the Blind Forest that we went back and played it on each day of the show and even though we were astounded by it on the first day, still couldn’t get enough of it by the Sunday. With game play elements that took us back to the brilliant Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet and to a lesser extent, Shadow Complex on Xbox 360, Ori excites us nearly as much as Never Alone.
Moon Studios, the guys behind the game, have pushed the story side of things hard and whilst we weren’t able to get fully engrossed in the tale amongst the craziness of the Xbox arena, the influences of animated stories like The Lion King were more than noticeable.
Ori and the Blind Forest releases on Xbox One later this year and on Xbox 360 in 2015. We’re sure you’re going to love it.
Heard of #IDARB? You really should have.
A mile away from the two games mentioned above (and even further from the two games mentioned below), IDARB brings fun, fun and a load more fun to our Xbox One consoles.
#IDARB is, as the developers themselves say, ‘a chaotic 8-player eSport jumping jetpack future arena ball game that is as inspired by Bomberman and Smash Bros. It is a constantly-evolving, crowd-sourced, minimalist game mechanic sketchbook.
Set up with an 8-bit style, the demo running at EGX took on the form of a very primitive Fifa crossed with that old favourite, Pong all mixed up with a bit of Rocket Riot. The aim was to score more than your opponent by throwing or kicking the ball into your opponents goal. Assaulting your opponent along the way is just all part of the process.
It may not have the greatest ever visuals, but there’s no denying that #IDARB is a load of fun and it’s something that is now on the list as a ‘must’ buy once it comes to Xbox One.
Here at TXH we’re big fans of Fable, having successfully negotiated all the previous stories, including Heroes and even the not-so-great, The Journey.
But Fable Legends is something a little different. Set 300 years prior to the first game, gone are your single player tales and instead we have a number of heroes, going about their heroey business like all good heroes should….or at least how they think heroes should go about things. Thankfully the standard Fable humour is still intact in Legends and it’s still very much a ‘Fable’ game.
A multiplayer RPG, each hero has a massively different skill set and team work is absolutely vital to surviving in the cooperative adventure. So whether you fancy playing as a mage, a brawler, a range fighter or indeed the villian via a top down Dungeon Keeper style screen, then Legends should be something to check out. We’ve been promised a top notch AI system so those of us with no friends can still have a jolly old time.
And yes, you can still kick chickens!
Quantum Break from Remedy Games wasn’t playable but left us with massive memories of the show.
If you were lucky enough to take in 19 minutes (yep, we’re that precise) of the finest story driven action adventure on Xbox One, then you’d be as excited as we are with what is to come when Quantum Break releases in 2015.
It would have been lovely to have been handed the controller and given ten minutes or so with it, but when you see the ‘time-stopping’ mechanic and the ‘stutters’ in action for the first time, you’ll be straight on to your favourite internet shop, credit card details in hand ready to place your pre-order.
Get ready for Quantum Break because the makers of Alan Wake and Max Payne want to tell you another fantastic story.
Honorable mentions must go to Project Cars for it’s stunning beauty, The Escapists for its madcap prision break out schemes, Alien Isolation for its scare factor, Dead Island 2 for its blood, guts and general all-round Zombie bashing nature and The Crew, which promises to be bring fun to the racing scene just like Burnout Paradise did on the Xbox 360. We’d also love to have thrown Screamride into the mix, just because its destruction mode was a great laugh and Assassin’s Creed Unity because it’s the first proper next gen Assassin’s Creed….but we didn’t and we plumped for the five above.
So there we have it, our games of the show plus a few others that shouldn’t be missed, which will all be dropping on the world’s finest gaming console soon.
We’d love to hear about your show favourites so please let us know via the usual social media channels or in the comments below.
And of course, if you disagree with our picks, you know what to do……