Walking sims don't care about gameplay. They sacrifice interesting mechanics in favor of story. It's a polarizing trade-off but one people are accustomed to, or at least they used to be before the time of Edith Finch.
Posted 4 days ago by Mark Delaney, 47 comments
Serial Cleaner follows the chosen career of Bob Leaner, a man who makes his living cleaning up crime scenes for the mob and other mysterious clients in a constant game of hide and seek with the police.
Posted 5 days ago by Cindy Minguez, 5 comments
With no direct relation to Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride, Grim Legends 2: Song of the Dark Swan allows both Artifex Mundi veterans and newcomers alike to enjoy the game.
Posted 10 days ago by Rebecca Smith, 5 comments
It's not going to spark a JRPG revolution on the Xbox, but on a console starved for quality entries in the genre, Valkyria Revolution stands in as an enjoyable experience if you can get past its issues.
Posted 13 days ago by Kevin Tavore, 43 comments
There's a new race every year, so why not a new game every year to represent it? Tour de France 2017 is the newest entry in the franchise, but unless you are a hardcore cycling fan, there's not much appeal here.
Posted 15 days ago by Megan Walton, 12 comments
Perception is an indie project from the minds of ex-Bioshock and Dead Space developers. The pedigree is strong, as is the premise. Ultimately Perception is good but not great, and really only suited for story-first gamers.
Posted 16 days ago by Mark Delaney, 23 comments
AereA, music-themed RPG from developer Triangle Studios, has a beautiful soundtrack and crisp, colorful visuals. Even on its own, the concept of a musical RPG sounds promising, but if it's likable or not is another matter...
Posted 17 days ago by Kelly Packard, 13 comments
Micro Machines is a name with considerable consumer cache behind it following decades of mostly entertaining arcade racing games. World Series leaves all that behind in favor of a misguided attempt at becoming an e-sport.
Posted 18 days ago by Mark Delaney, 32 comments
You wouldn't think that a walking simulator would need a viewer discretion warning, but then The Town of Light has an uncomfortable and disturbing point to make.
Posted 24 days ago by Rebecca Smith, 19 comments
Get Even opens with an infamous cliche for the medium -- the amnesiac protagonist -- but give it time and soon you'll see the opening trope is ultimately dwarfed by an otherwise gripping and unconventional story-driven game.
Posted 26 days ago by Mark Delaney, 21 comments
This year's MotoGP entry takes one step forward and two steps back, offering a fun but flawed game without much innovation and fewer reasons to return for another lap around the track.
Posted 28 days ago by Kevin Tavore, 14 comments
The Dyatlov Pass Incident is a true horror story from 1959 that feels ripe for a video game adaptation. Unfortunately, Kholat exemplifies how a strong premise isn't anything if it comes without strong execution.
Posted 1 month ago by Mark Delaney, 11 comments
Another example of a Games with Gold launch day freebie, SpeedRunners is a fast paced game that sees you racing against three other players to see who is the fastest on two legs. See you at the finish line!
Posted 1 month ago by Megan Walton, 19 comments
In Dirt 4, Codemasters has effectively bundled two rally games into one by making it accessible to fans of all levels and abilities. This is for gamers and sim fans equally, no one is left out. It's a remarkable achievement.
Posted 1 month ago by Andrew Ogley, 18 comments
Tekken is a franchise that is older than some of you who are reading this. Nonetheless it's still making its name known. With Tekken 7 now upon us, is this a series still worth visiting years later?
Posted 1 month ago by Marc Hollinshead, 21 comments
Combining Civ-style empire management, RPG-style lore, worldbuilding, and card combat, Thea is a unique mix of genres that's enjoyable despite its flaws.
Posted 1 month ago by Kevin Tavore, 7 comments
Victor Vran takes a lot of well known gaming elements, even voice actors, and puts them all in one title. Is it worth a look or should we continue to search for our RPG fix elsewhere?
Posted 1 month ago by Marc Hollinshead, 16 comments
Unit 4 is a new platformer from Gamera Games hitting the Xbox One via the ID@ Xbox program. The title sees the crew of the Unit 4 spaceship trying to stop an alien invasion of the galaxy. Can you save your galaxy's worlds?
Posted 1 month ago by Cindy Minguez, 5 comments
Milestone has taken advantage of the Unreal engine to bring even more detail to the world of Motocross racing. The title looks better than ever and possibly plays better than ever. Arguably, Milestone's best title to date.
Posted 1 month ago by Andrew Ogley, 3 comments
Friday The 13th does very well in capturing the feeling of being a vulnerable counselor or the masked brutalizer Jason Voorhees himself. Unfortunately the game is bogged down by a slew of bugs that need attention.
Posted 1 month ago by Mark Delaney, 39 comments
Prey is Arkane Studios' unique vision of the franchise reimagined from the ground up. It might not have been the title players were initially anticipating, but to avoid it for that reason would be doing injustice to the game.
Posted 1 month ago by Rebecca Smith, 27 comments
As if having a pumpkin head wasn't bad enough, poor Mr. Pumpkin has also lost his memory. This point and click adventure has you completing a variety of puzzles to help him find it again.
Posted 1 month ago by Megan Walton, 11 comments
World To The West is fun little adventure puzzler that harkens back to the early Zelda games. A gentle title that's very pleasant and entertaining without being too taxing and stressful and a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
Posted 1 month ago by Andrew Ogley, 6 comments
Embers of Mirrim is a beautiful new title from Creative Bytes Studios that's part action adventure, part puzzler that introduces a new take on the traditional platformer as a special creature named Mirrim tries to save his world.
Posted 1 month ago by Cindy Minguez, 12 comments
Spellspire puts you in control of a wizard who is climbing his way up a tower, defeating the creature found on each level. You fight them off by spelling out words to cast spells - it's really that simple.
Posted 1 month ago by Lexley Ford, 9 comments
Injustice: Gods Among Us gave us a brand new way to experience the DC universe, and it was executed extremely well. Does the sequel manage to bring back the magic and have NetherRealm fans foaming at the mouth for more?
Posted 1 month ago by Marc Hollinshead, 15 comments
Taking the best of the classic FPS resurgence in titles like DOOM and combining them with the loot structure and RPG gameplay of Diablo, Shadow Warrior 2 is undoubtedly the best FPS dungeon crawler you can buy.
Posted 2 months ago by Kevin Tavore, 32 comments
Seasons after Fall is a beautiful puzzle platformer that draws you into the mysteries of a lonely forest. You and fox must work together to manipulate the seasons and bring about the enigmatic Ritual of the Seasons.
Posted 2 months ago by Cindy Minguez, 6 comments
Skylar & Plux sets out to lend a hand in resurrecting the 3D action platformers of decades past. It does pretty well in that regard, but it forgets to modernize the difficulty for all the players that grew up with the genre.
Posted 2 months ago by Mark Delaney, 10 comments
Gamers used to clamor for games to include a local co-op or versus mode so we could play against our friends and siblings. Now we demand an online component. Black & White Bushido is the product of both these worlds.
Posted 2 months ago by Kelly Packard, 10 comments
Have you ever wanted to play Sim City but in space? Well, Planetbase can offer you that. Build your colony and help them survive everything from malnutrition to meteors.
Posted 2 months ago by Megan Walton, 9 comments
The Surge is the latest game from Deck13, the team behind Lords of the Fallen. Splashing the Souls formula with a dose of sci-fi and making a few alterations, they've created a Souls-like game that's really quite good.
Posted 2 months ago by Kevin Tavore, 33 comments
Sequels after a certain point are a curious affair. Take Dreamfall Chapters, the third installment in The Longest Journey series. It's a beautiful world, an intriguing story and a whole mess of puzzles.
Posted 2 months ago by Kelly Packard, 6 comments
NBA Playgrounds continues a legacy set forth by several predecessors offering a fun and cartoonish alternative to the true-to-life sports sims that dominate annually. Basketball fan or not, Playgrounds is a slam dunk.
Posted 2 months ago by Mark Delaney, 19 comments
Narcosis is an indie first-person horror with an interesting premise. You're stranded at the bottom of the ocean in a "walking coffin" diving suit. Sadly its potential is somewhat unmet due to nagging gameplay issues.
Human Fall Flat is a physics-based puzzler from No Brakes Games. The gamer controls Bob as he attempts to solve the puzzles that crowd his mysterious dreams, and controlling Bob proves to be quite a challenge.
Posted 2 months ago by Cindy Minguez, 15 comments
If you're looking for another simple adventure then you've come to the right place, but with the standard of the titles that have come before it, there's something lacking with this one.
Posted 2 months ago by Rebecca Smith, 9 comments
Progression is one of the most powerful elements that keeps us gamers indulged in our favorite titles. Why play if we don't feel like we're getting anywhere? Progression is something Enter the Gungeon nails.
Posted 2 months ago by Kelly Packard, 23 comments
Use Your Words is a shallow party game that pales in comparison to others in the genre. Its lack of variety makes the experience repetitive and boring after only a few games.
Posted 2 months ago by Jonathan Barnes, 10 comments
'n Verlore Verstand is a kind of weird cross between a walking simulator and a puzzle game, and comes from a little studio in South Africa called Skobberjak Games. It's introspective by design, but its design is also flawed.
Posted 2 months ago by Megan Walton, 16 comments
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 is the first in the series to offer an open world and fills it with plenty to do. Unfortunately, the new and expansive environment is bogged down by frequent technical, structural, and narrative issues.
Posted 2 months ago by Mark Delaney, 32 comments
One of the most innovative and memorable titles in a long time, The Sexy Brutale is simply brilliant. Tequila Works have crafted a gem of a title that deserves to become an instant classic. It's exquisite and a delight to play.
Posted 2 months ago by Andrew Ogley, 11 comments
The best city builder on Xbox One almost by default, fans of the genre should enjoy Cities Skylines. However, missing features and content compared to the PC version does leave it as a lesser way to experience the game.
Posted 2 months ago by Andy Mills, 15 comments
Lizardcube's lovingly remade version will likely be the first time that many players have had to try out this title. It may not be the title that started things off, but it's definitely worth a visit.
Posted 2 months ago by Rebecca Smith, 18 comments
Air Guitar Warrior is full of just about every metal trope you can imagine in the best way possible. You'll fight vikings, demons and Zeus, all while rocking out to the most metal of tracks.
Posted 3 months ago by Kevin Tavore, 11 comments
After releasing as a console exclusive four years ago on the Nintendo Wii U, LEGO CITY Undercover is now available on the Xbox One, but was it worth the wait?
Posted 3 months ago by Dave Horobin, 11 comments
It may have taken its sweet time to make it onto the Xbox platform, but endless runner fans should definitely have an eye on Race The Sun thanks to fun, fast paced gameplay and a pretty minimalist aesthetic.
Posted 3 months ago by Andy Mills, 6 comments
Outlast 2 delivers more of the defenseless terror that its namesake is known for, often improving on its predecessor but other times adhering too closely to been there, done that moments. Still, it's a hell of a horror story.
Posted 3 months ago by Mark Delaney, 37 comments
Crawl brings a new spin to the dungeon crawler as you fight your friends to make it out alive. That's right - fight your friends - because in this game, only one of you can leave to rejoin the land of the living.
Posted 3 months ago by Cindy Minguez, 0 comments
Despite a grotesque world that pits you against countless villains, a world where no allies will ever come to your aid, Little Nightmares finds a unique sense of wonder. In the danger and macabre, there peers a glimmer of beauty.
Posted 3 months ago by Mark Delaney, 21 comments
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