Yesterday we brought you a foursome of our favorite games to arrive on the digital store by way of ID@Xbox. The program hit its impressive 500th game release this week, so it seemed like a great time to recap some of our favorites as they stand now — though we'll certainly revisit them when we see the 1,000th ID game too! For now, here are four more of our favorite ID@Xbox titles.
I don't know about elsewhere, but in the US we call this being "in the weeds."
ID@Xbox has brought with it so many engaging single player experiences and even a few brilliant online multiplayer games, but the one thing I personally love about the program is the way it has opened up the field for local couch multiplayer. It feels like ages since my friends and I have had the opportunity to sit in the living room together and play something manic and addictive, but Overcooked
took us right back to our childhood. With a cutesy backdrop and characters painting a thin veneer over incredibly challenging gameplay, it really felt like a little slice of Nintendo on the Xbox, which is something I've always wanted. What's more, even our significant others have been able to get involved thanks to intuitive controls and a simple premise. Overcooked remains my go-to game for a night in with friends and a brilliant way to spend some quality time with my wife — even if it does normally devolve into raging arguments and threats of divorce... — kintaris
More AI breaking free of shackles — a proverbial hot button as of late.
As a fan of sci-fi, I've been really enjoying some of the smart little genre offerings that have been appearing on the One via ID@Xbox. Anything with the concept of a lone space traveller exploring a strange and hostile alien environment immediately has my attention and it seems like indie is the place for developers to put out smart and challenging stories, with head-scratching puzzles, unique mechanics and interesting settings. Games like Lifeless Planet
and The Swapper
have been sweet little sci-fi nuggets but The Fall
in particular scratched my genre itch through its concept of a rogue AI in a power suit challenging its Asimov-esque protocols to protect its unconscious pilot. It asks big questions about the nature of intelligence, consciousness and the self whilst providing a compelling narrative, memorable characters and fun puzzles. I mean, any game that has you feeding a rotting head to a child in a domesticity simulator is a winner in my books. — ChewieOnIce
Rebecca's Pick: FRU
The last great Kinect game?
Like most platformers, in FRU
a mysterious girl who wears a fox mask must travel from the left side of the screen to the right, past spiked plants, lava and the eternal favourite, the bottomless pit. Unlike most platformers, players must contort their body into strange shapes to reveal the hidden path to freedom. I like games that make me think and I usually like to sit while doing so, but it was my body that got thrown around the room under the guise of gentle exercise to do this. Despite a loathing for speedruns, I then went back to complete the entire game in 40 minutes, as well as a no-death run, and I thoroughly enjoyed both. With clever level design, simple controls and flawless tracking, there is no reason for a Kinect fan not to have this title in their collection. If the Kinect peripheral is dying, FRU
is possibly the best swan-song that it could have. — punkyliar
Andrew's Pick: Outlast
Doctor appointments can be such a pain.
It says a lot about the title that when the latest installment of the genre-defining franchise Resident Evil
launched, some fans immediately began to compare it with Outlast
. The fact that a small indie title could even be considered in the same sentence as its much bigger competitor is a compliment to what the team at Red Barrels achieved. From the first moment you enter the darkened asylum investigating reports of misdoings, the title takes you on a nightmare roller coaster of a ride through the emotions of fear and unchained terror. The game is clever in its ability to leave you constantly on edge. Deliberately leaving the player defenceless, unable to clearly see in the darkness, with glimpses of the grotesque horrors ahead, no trick is left unused in scaring the player. Stripping the genre to its raw essentials, the title is not only one of the best ID@Xbox titles, it's quite likely one of the best horror titles on the Xbox platform. — Nexus Grunt
How many of these and yesterday's highlights have you played? And what did we miss? Let us know where ID impressed you most!