If you can see past some clunky controls and occasional awkward camera angles, there is a great little indie here. Most casual players will see everything on offer in approximately 8-12 hours. There is enough variance and content on offer between the five main areas to keep players engaged and interested. It’s a fantastic achievement for a solo developer with some hands-on deck to help Megan with the audio, bird design and porting procedures. Players on Xbox have no excuse not to try it out since it’s a day one launch on Game Pass. On the whole, though for a reasonable price, it’s a unique take on the skateboarding genre that fans should try.
The core offering is meaty enough for the low price point, not forgetting the co-op fun on offer on top of the campaign, which sadly misses a trick with no online functionality. Overall, this has been one of my favourite indie games I’ve had the pleasure to play this year. It’s fun, frantic, funny, and hugely addictive. Now, where did I put my hammer?
I went in blind with Big Rumble Boxing: Creed Champions not knowing quite what to expect. This is a game that takes you on a journey of the Rocky and Creed films rather than offers a true boxing simulation experience. This is fine if you are a big fan of the movies, but those expecting some real competition will more than likely be disappointed. There is fun to be had by listening to each story and unlocking all the characters. Beyond this though, there appears to be no reason to revisit unless you want some fun with family and friends from the comfort of your own home. Online multiplayer would have been an absolute blast here with some minor stat tracking elements. It isn't quite the knockout game I expected but I was glad to have relived memories of Stallone and friends once more.
I was truly sad when I had done and seen everything, yet I will go back for a second play at the harder difficulty I loved it that much. My fingers remain crossed that they add more to this world or make a sequel. I would urge fans of the genre to give this game your time, it'll be worth every penny.
Trigger Witch is a fun twin-stick shooter which will keep you busy for some hours. It is accessible to all abilities of gamers and offers a simple control system with challenging elements throughout. For a game that I found to be quite linear, I was was compelled to explore and tackle everything the game had to throw at me. At a fairly low price point, I wouldn’t think twice about purchasing. There is little replay value beyond clocking your first run-through, but the added draw of co-op and being a fan of retro twin-stick shooters made me glad I jumped in. Purposefully I decided not to delve too deep into the story and narrative as this is best discovered as part of the engaging continuation of your run through. If you get the chance, I urge you to give it your time.
Action Arcade Wrestling offers fans of the genre something original at a very low price point. As a solo player, it becomes quite boring quickly due to the lack of a career mode or online multiplayer. Gameplay would be best served with friends and family locally and would create more competitive gameplay. The creation tool brings some great features to the mix and being able to access other designs is exceptional of the developers to include this. Sadly this is not a game I would revisit alone which is a real shame as in terms of gameplay and the overall presentation, it is a solid entry.
Crash Drive 3 ticks many boxes which I wasn’t expecting. A game of this calibre teaches you that something doesn’t have to always look the part to be a wholesome package. With its huge array of modes, vehicles, cosmetics, hidden objects, and more, there is plenty to keep players coming back for more. Whether you are looking for a quick ten-minute session or a few hours of madness, then I highly recommend picking this one up.
Capcom Arcade Stadium took me right back to my early days as a gamer. It really brings back an appreciation of where gaming first started to excel. For us older players out there it is a chance to show our own children what we used to play. There are endless hours of exhilarating fun to be had here depending on your taste. Score and special challenges along with daily ones add longevity and replayability way into the future. The foundations are set to increase the number of titles on offer here should Capcom choose to introduce more. This is a must for fans of retro titles of the 80’s and 90’s.
Personally, I ploughed through over thirty hours of gameplay for this review and I’m still wanting to put more time in. The longevity and replayability are huge here; I’d estimate I could probably pump another 100 hours in to reach where I wanted to be and I am still not sure whether I’d achieve everything the game has to offer. My addiction grew the more I invested in my business and hours seem like minutes with this game. If you fancy something unique and different that is focused on building your own company and you have a penchant for mowing everyones lawn but your own, you may want to give Lawn Mower Simulator a try.