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XBox One Game Reviews


6.5 NASCAR Heat 5

 

The same complaint that a lot of annual sports video game franchises receive is (mostly) true with NASCAR Heat 5. This year’s game feels basically like a roster and car paint update compared to previous versions. The driving model feels a lot better — my cars don’t just spin with the slightest contact, and I’m finding it easier to get involved in drafts and pushes. The game also just looks better, though that ...

 

7.0 SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for...

 

In this modern age of gaming where remakes and remasters are a standard, ONE SPONGE stands alone (not really Patrick and Sandy are there too) to try and breath life again into the platformers of yesteryear? But does this one get the job done or does SpongeBob just leave us all wet? The original game was developed for PS2, Xbox, and Nintendo GameCube back in 2003 believe it or not. While a major commercial ...

 

9.0 Super Mega Baseball 3

 

It’s the bottom of the 9th inning. The Sirloins trail by 2. Men (well, 1 man and 1 woman) on 1st and 3rd. 2 outs. Hammer Longballo steps up to the plate.   Yes, you read that right: Hammer. Longballo.   The slugger is well known in the minds of Super Mega Baseball fans. A hitter of epic proportions, both in his head size and on the stat sheet.   He’s older now. Has been in the Super Mega ...

 

8.5 Minecraft Dungeons

 

irst wrapped up my playthrough of Minecraft Dungeons on the default difficulty, I thought it was a fun game, but perhaps a bit shallow.  I came away from it thinking I'd seen all that the game had to offer, and that the Adventure and Apocalypse difficulties would, for the most part, be more of the same.  After all, I'd unlocked a couple of hidden levels, and felt that I'd explored each map from head to toe.  By ...

 

7.0 Fury Unleashed

 

Fury Unleashed is a 2D-action-platformer-roguelike set in a comic book.  That’s a lot of different genres thrown out there, but in reality, the game is similar to others already on the market, most closely resembling games like Enter the Gungeon or Rogue Legacy.  Players explore a hand-drawn world, spanning four different procedurally-generated comic worlds, fighting off themed enemies as the titular Fury, ...

 

8.5 SnowRunner

 

I’ve never played a game quite like SnowRunner, a follow-up to the cult hit MudRunner and part of the overall SpinTires series, from developers Saber Interactive and Focus Home Interactive.

 

7.5 Stranded Deep

 

Stranded Deep, originally released in Early Access on PC in 2015, has brought its island-hopping survival experience to consoles. It’s an addictive and enjoyable experience, but one that still feels several steps away from greatness. The game, like many others in the genre, drops you on a deserted island and requires you to craft, explore, and survive, while hopefully advancing the barebones plot. That ...

 

7.0 Curious Expedition

 

The best part of Curious Expedition is its concept: You choose a famous historical explorer and set off on a journey to a remote location, searching for treasure and the location of a golden pyramid. You’re in a race against other intrepid explorers to become the most famous finder of rare antiquities in the world.

 

8 One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4

 

One Piece is a Japanese anime television series adapted from the manga of the same.. The story follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy, a boy whose body gained the properties of rubber (Think Mr. Fantastic doing martial arts) after unintentionally eating a Devil Fruit. With his crew of pirates, named the Straw Hat Pirates, Luffy explores the Grand Line in search of the world’s ultimate treasure known as ...

 

8.5 The Division 2 Warlords of New Yo...

 

Last month, Ubisoft dropped the expansion that promised to rekindle the dwindling fires of The Division 2’s hype and excitement. Featuring a full-fledged campaign, 4 new districts to explore, a raised level cap of 40 and an overhaul of many core game mechanics, who wouldn’t be excited to step back into the world of The Division 2 and enjoy what the Warlords of New York has to offer? I know I couldn’t wait to see ...

 

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 Firs...

 

I was not familiar with what One Piece was other than seeing the occasional artwork, cover, or game released every once in awhile. So for those like me not used to the source material, as best I can tell, it goes like this.

 

5.5 RBI Baseball ’20

 

Opening day has come and gone, and we still don’t have any baseball.  With major sports brought to a standstill by the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the only outlets for sports is video games. RBI Baseball ’20 would very much like to be one of those outlets.  Believe it or not, this year’s release is the seventh in a row of the more modern iteration of the franchise.  RBI Baseball generally flies ...

 

8.0 TT Isle of Man 2

 

So just what is TT Isle of Man exactly? You might think oh, this is a bike racing game. You're not wrong, although I found the history behind it to be very interesting. The Isle of Man TT is run in a time-trial format on public roads closed to the public. The event consists of one week of practice sessions followed by one week of racing. It has been a tradition, dating back as far as the 1920s. More ...

 

7.0 One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Know...

 

As a fan of the show by the same name, as well as a long time Mortal Kombat enthusiast, I could not wait to get started playing One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows. At first, it seemed like a match made in heaven. While some aspects of the game were more in-depth and impressive than I would have suspected, others were equally less impressive than I had hoped. Let’s dive right in and see what awaits us in One ...

 

9.5 Ori and the Will of the Wisps

 

Ori and the Will of the Wisps, available as a part of Game Pass or $30 to own, is a fantastic game that’s worth whichever price of entry you choose.  During the review period, it was clear that there were some issues with performance, and while Microsoft assured us these would be addressed with a day one patch, they still recommended that the game be played on an Xbox One X or Windows 10. Not one to do what ...

 

8.0 Bayonetta Remaster

 

Bayonetta, one of the most iconic action-adventure games from the previous generation era, has been remastered and released on the Xbox One and PS4. As mentioned previously, you don’t see too many successful action-adventure games being released these days, with even some of the biggest franchises experiencing a slump in sales. With this in mind, it would be fair to say that a Bayonetta re-release would have a ...

 

7.5 Monster Energy Supercross 3 ̵...

 

I’m going to take a step back from reviewing Monster Energy Supercross 3 on the PS4, and let my 3-year-old give her thoughts on the latest game in the series from Milestone. “The obstacle course looks beautiful!” Insert “track” for “obstacle course” and you can see where she’s coming from. The game is a looker, as each of its predecessors has been. The tracks look great from the beginning, whether you’re ...

 

7.5 Vanquish

 

Vanquish is a really dumb game and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The recently rereleased version of the game came out in a bundle with Bayonetta, but is also available as a standalone.  This new version sports 4K visuals and runs at 60 fps on the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, but aside from that, it’s essentially a straight port of the 2010 release for the PS3 and Xbox 360.  This means there are no new bells ...

 

8.0 Tony Stewart’s Sprint Car R...

 

It’s a warm Saturday night in the summer. The dirt is flying as 20 sprint cars slide around the track in a perpetual left-hand turn, jockeying for position in front of local fans and family members. The motors are a constant drone, leaving your ears ringing while the dirt and dust gets in your eyes; leaving a gritty feeling in your teeth. In video games, that smalltown dirt-track feeling has been missing for a ...

 

7.5 Stone

 

Have you ever said to yourself, “Gee, I wish there was a game where I can play as a belligerent drunken Koala private eye in search of his lover Alex?” Well I certainly didn’t, but yet here we are, time to review Stone - A Hip Hop Stoner Noir by Convict Games.

 

7.5 Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot

 

When I was younger, I actually remember my father of all people, enjoying DBZ. I would often see him watching them on Cartoon Network, to be honest I was intrigued but never quite a fan. Many folks have told me it’s better to not watch them on TV, etc etc. But that was the exposure I had, I did like the action and story, however it was painfully slow and dragged out in twenty minute bursts of people ...

 

9.0 Need for Speed: Heat

 

One of the greatest racing franchises to ever grace our consoles, Need for Speed has become synonymous with outlaw racing. Known for putting you in high-speed, adrenaline-fueled pursuits and providing creative opportunities to wreck police cruisers, Need for Speed has developed a reputation of being very entertaining without taking itself too seriously. Some recent titles garnered less praise than usual, but ...

 

8.5 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

 

The undisputed king of console FPS franchises, Call of Duty stands alone when it comes to online PvP shooters. While other series such as Destiny and Halo have had their moments in the arena of multiplayer FPS titans, none of them hold a candle to the success and longevity of CoD. While the series has sometimes strayed from its roots and gotten carried away (Advanced Warfare, anyone?), it inevitably ...

 

9.0 Outer Worlds

 

Call me an idiot, but Outer Worlds was really a game that came out of nowhere for me. How I missed it, all the pre-launch hype, all those amazing trailers…I’ll never know. But when I finally powered up Outer Worlds about a week ago, I was blown away but what I was delivered. It’s part Fallout and part Mass Effect, and it’s all gold, well almost. The story, while not shocking or wildly different than other ...

 

8.5 NHL 20

 

While many criticize EA Sports for releasing similar games year after year, it was the small quality of life improvements and additions to fantastic modes like CHEL brought into NHL 20 that made me realize that upgrading from 19 to 20 was a must. While things aren’t perfect, and there is definitely room for growth, NHL 20 is a must own for hockey fans of all ages. The ‘regular’ modes you’ve come to love in EA ...

 

7.5 GreedFall

 

When large scale RPGs launch from our favorite developers, we all have a sense of what to expect, in terms of how the story might unfold, what kind of bugs we might encounter, and so on. When you load into games like Skyrim, for example, most people have an acceptable level of ‘jank’ that they come to expect from a massive open world experience. It blows my mind how we allow larger AAA titles to get away with ...

 

8.5 Gears 5

 

Officially releasing next Tuesday, Gears 5 is the latest installment in the Gears of War franchise and the second title to be released since Microsoft acquired the rights to the franchise from Epic Games in 2014. With Gears of War 4 receiving mixed reviews, fans of the franchise (myself included) were holding their collective breath, if not their high hopes, to see what time of experience we could expect out of ...

 

8.0 Control

 

Remedy has created a number of fantastic titles that don’t necessarily conform to the norm for story and game play. Think of great experiences like Alan Wake, Quantum Break, and now this year, Control. Control follows the quest of protagonist Jesse Faden, who enter the Federal Bureau of Control in search of her brother – once you step through the doors of this seemingly invisible building, things go from ...

 

7.0 Wolfenstein: Youngblood

 

When diving into the world of Wolfenstein there are plenty of expectations. The alternative-history franchise has a large following of players that judge every new game based on the ones that came before it. This may be an inevitable human trait, but it often does not to justice to the raw quality of the newer title. This pitfall may be one of the biggest reasons some people will shy away from Wolfenstein: ...

 

6.0 Monster Jam Steel Titans

 

Monster Jam Steel Titans is one of the better Monster Truck games to ever land on consoles – the fantastic handling is the primary reason it stands so high above everyone else. While I had a lot of fun with the game, I let friends and family take their hand at the game, and it wasn’t as pretty. I came to a very real and quick observation: this game is too damn hard. Monster Jam Steel Titans is the 5th…