Average User Score: 5.8Jan 24, 2014As games were being previewed for the upcoming Xbox One, two games stood atop the pile as examples of how a next-gen game should look. ThoseAs games were being previewed for the upcoming Xbox One, two games stood atop the pile as examples of how a next-gen game should look. Those two games were Ryse and Forza Motorsport 5. And while I loved Ryse thoroughly, I like Forza Motorsport 5.
GRAPHICS(10): Simply incredible, Forza shines in every way when it comes to graphics. The cars, the tracks...everything is beautiful.
PRESENTATION(6): This is the weakness of Forza 5. While the way your races are set up are ok, the menus you use to race are terrible. The same format that has been used by racing games for years is used here. Static menus where a certain car will qualify you for a race. However, there is no sense of progression, no sense of stiffer challenges as you go along. It just sucks. The racing itself is great, but the overall experience is just old and stale.
GAMEPLAY(10); Forza's gameplay is second to none for a racing game. Everything is completely customizable.
CONTROL: (10): Again, completely customizable. Each individual car feels unique.
FUN(9): Despite it's two flaws: a small number of tracks and a stale season mode, Forza 5 is still a lot of fun. I've had it for almost a month and I'm still racing.
OVERALL(8): Ultimately, Forza 5 is still a really good title, but it's look of an exciting season mode and the lack of track variety keep it from being great. If those 2 issues are addressed in Forza 6, then the perfect racing simulation may not be far away.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.2Jan 24, 2014Max: The Curse of Brotherhood is an example of what downloadable titles on Xbox One should be like. It's a beautiful game, it gives you yourMax: The Curse of Brotherhood is an example of what downloadable titles on Xbox One should be like. It's a beautiful game, it gives you your money's worth, and it's a lot of fun. I was blown away by this title, and it just falls short of a 10 in my opinion.
GRAPHICS(10) Max is simply a beautiful game. It's also very diverse, as you will cross through forests, deserts, caves, waterfalls, etc. Even a week after playing it, I would still shake my head thinking about how pretty everything looks.
PRESENTATION(9): Microsoft Studios does an excellent job of presenting the story, with beautiful cutscenes throughout the game. There are some portions of the game, however, that do lack story advancement, but it's a very minor complaint.
GAMEPLAY(10): Max has a brilliant mix of platforming and exploration. At times it can be difficult, however, so be prepared for a few frustrating moments.
CONTROL(8): Maybe the only part of the game with legitimate issues. The controls are certainly not bad, but when things get difficult, the flakiness of the controls can cause problems. Again, nothing big, but definitely a minor drawback.
FUN(10): I really had a lot of fun playing Max. The story is at times funny, the overall atmosphere is great, and the gameplay is really challenging.
OVERALL(9): With it's minor issues of player control and some overly difficult, Max: The Curse of Brotherhood just misses a 10, but this is still my most enjoyable experience on the Xbox One so far next to Ryse.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.5Dec 26, 2013I really wanted to like Crimson Dragon. It was a game that intrigued me ever since it was previewed in the game magazines. And at first, I didI really wanted to like Crimson Dragon. It was a game that intrigued me ever since it was previewed in the game magazines. And at first, I did like it. But it became obvious that there were a couple of deal breaking flaws that keep it from being really good.
GRAPHICS(7): Plenty of colorful levels to play through, but not much detail. You also play through the same areas several times. In total, the graphics are good, but not great.
PRESENTATION(7): Crimson Dragon attempts to tell a story, but it falls flat and very cliché.
GAMEPLAY(6): Flying dragons is a lot of fun, but when you are supposed to have an upgrade system for your dragons, yet you don't have the necessary items to upgrade them, then it's broken. I played most of the game with one dragon that I never maximized.
CONTROL(5) When the game is on rails, it plays fine. When you enter free flight zones, it's broken. Controlling your dragon in these sections is unresponsive and confusing. The game should have stayed on rails the whole time.
FUN(7): Despite all it's problems, Crimson Dragon is still fun, even if it's short lived.
OVERALL(6): I thought Crimson Dragon should have scored higher, but the broken upgrade system and free flight controls bring it down. For me it was worth the money, but I'll probably never play it again.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.7Dec 26, 2013Truth be told, I've never been a fan of the Dead Rising games. I played much of the first one, but the always timed missions was always a turnTruth be told, I've never been a fan of the Dead Rising games. I played much of the first one, but the always timed missions was always a turn off. But since I wanted a game on the xbox one that I could sink a lot of hours into, I decided to try Dead Rising 3. For me, it's hit and miss.
GRAPHICS(8): While the graphics certainly won't blow you away, they are very good. What stands out, of course, is the amount of zombies on screen at the same time. Like hundreds...now that's impressive. Everything else, from the character models to the environments, are good but not outstanding.
PRESENTATION(7); Dead Rising 3 actually does a great job with presenting it's story, with lots of cut scenes and setting up big events with great flare. However, the story itself is so silly and stupid that it makes me wonder why Capcom went through the trouble. And the main character, Nick, is just a douche.
GAMEPLAY(7): Again, a mixed bag. The zombie killing, weapon building, vehicle building and just the overall moment to moment action is awesome. It's a lot of fun just to run around a beat up zombies. However, so many of Dead Rising 3's gameplay designs hurt it. Why should I go through the trouble of building weapons when they only last for a few minutes? Or vehicles that blow up, again, after a few minutes? I'm ok with weapons and vehicles not lasting forever, but the limit is so short. Also, roadblocks are everywhere in the city, which means anytime you try to get from point a to point b, you have to not only fight zombies, but the streets themselves. And while it's awesome how zombies come at you nonstop, it can be overkill when you can't even pick a weapon up without being mugged. All of these didn't bother me much early on, but by the end of the game I was very frustrated.
CONTROLS(9): Probably Dead Rising 3's greatest strength, controls are almost perfect, with the one exception being a menu system that could have been more user friendly, especially the map.
FUN(9): Again, DR3 is a lot of fun. The zombies are insane, and the vehicles are too. Lots to play with.
OVERALL(7): But ultimately, too many things bother me about DR3. Graphics aren't next gen, weapons and vehicles get used up to quickly, roadblocks everywhere you go, a silly and stupid story. I know a lot of people can look past these things, but I feel like once again the Dead Rising series is good, not great. If there were a more serious story and more freedom from things like roadblocks, maybe it could be great. For now, it's just good...… Expand
Average User Score: 5.9Dec 5, 2013Perhaps no sports game is more criticized by gamers year to year like the Madden franchise. Hell, I'm one of it's biggest critics. As a 2KPerhaps no sports game is more criticized by gamers year to year like the Madden franchise. Hell, I'm one of it's biggest critics. As a 2K fan, at times it's been hard to swallow what EA feeds us, and the expectations always exceed what we get. Still, I waited for the next gen version of this year's game with much apprehension, but also much excitement. Thankfully, EA Sports has delivered on the best Madden yet, even though there is still some improvement needed.
GRAPHICS (8): Graphics in Madden 25 are definitely improved, in some areas more than others. The stadiums are incredible, with every detail in tact. The field itself looks great, and yes, you can actually see the individual blades of grass and it's awesome. The player models are near perfect replicas of their real life inspirations. However, most player's faces are nowhere near authentic, and coaches are hit and miss. Some look just like the real thing, some still look like an alien. Also, the referees don't look great, either. But the fans in the stands do look great, so that's also an advancement. Overall, a step up but still not consistently good enough to be called great.
PRESENTATION (8): Again, presentation is a mixed bag. The menus look amazing, the intro package for all 32 teams is really awesome, and there are a lot of nice touches that make you feel like it's real NFL football. Still, some things need improvement. The commentary, while still good, still has a ways to go. While the call of the game is good, there are almost no references to your past games or where you stand in the playoff race. That's inexcusable for a next gen game. Presentation has come a long way in Madden, but there is still work to be done.
GAMEPLAY: This is where Madden 25 really shines. Animations look great, the running games feels more real, the defenses are smart, making Madden 25 the most difficult Madden ever, and your quarterback can complete every pass there is. No broken patterns, no money plays, nothing is given to you. There are way too many interceptions, but I'm to the point where I'm OK with that because it punishes you for poor decisions, making the game that much tougher. The alternative is a game that is too easy and never challenges you. Overall, I feel like this is the most polished Madden ever.
CONTROL (10): Controls are excellent in Madden 25. The running game especially feels good. Passing also feels authentic, and rushing the passer seems to be more effective than in recent years.
FUN: Football games are always fun, and Madden 25 is no exception. In my time with the game, I have won plenty and I have lost plenty, and the game continues to challenge me to get better. And that's a lot of fun.
FINAL SCORE (9): Madden football has come a long way. At times, the series has stunk. But I feel like EA has made great strides in the series and we are finally starting to get the football simulation we always dreamed of. There is still a lot of work to be done, especially in presentation, but Madden on Xbox One is a beautiful game with a lot of potential to deliver the ultimate football video game in the near future.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.9Dec 5, 2013Since the day I decided to buy an Xbox One, the game that impressed me the most was Ryse: Son of Rome. The graphics looked clearly next-gen,Since the day I decided to buy an Xbox One, the game that impressed me the most was Ryse: Son of Rome. The graphics looked clearly next-gen, the setting of ancient Rome was awesome, and the vicious, bloody combat reminded me of God of War.
But as time went on, most of the feedback from game critics was negative. Combat driven by quick time events, repetitive combat, and a general lack of polish was what many claimed.
Regardless of the noise, Ryse was the first game to grace my Xbox One. And having spent 2 weeks with the game, despite it being a launch title, it will be extremely difficult for any Xbox One title to satisfy me and entertain me the way Ryse:Son of Rome did.
GRAPHICS (10): Any fears I had about the Xbox One not being powerful enough were washed away by Ryse. I mean, it's just beautiful. The level of detail in everything from the environments to the clothing is astounding. Nothing in the Xbox One launch lineup comes close to Ryse in the graphics department.
PRESENTATION (10): Besides the awesome graphics, Ryse's presentation is second to none. The story is very strong in Ryse, and Crytek made sure to deliver on dramatic moments throughout the campaign.
GAMEPLAY (9): The biggest criticism of Ryse was repetitive combat. Well, you play as a Roman soldier leading an army, so fighting is all you do. I mean, what else would there be to do? If critics wanna say Ryse is repetitive, then so is Halo, cause all you do is shoot the same aliens over and over again. That's not a criticism of Halo, it's just to illustrate how overblown the "repetitive combat" gripe is. And besides, the game does mix things up quite a bit. And as far as the quick time events, they are only used as execution kills after you have taken each enemy's health down to almost zero, so the combat system is far from just pushing buttons. The one fair criticism is the same enemies are used way to frequently, breaking some of the realism. Still, a pretty minor complaint.
CONTROLS(9): Controlling your actions is fairly easy and intuitive. The only control issue I found was as times it seemed I should have pulled off a defensive counter and I would still take a hit. But again, except for this minor gripe, controls are mostly excellent.
FUN(10): What makes Ryse fun is the intense combat. It's challenging and requires focus, especially when you are fighting 2 or 3 enemies at the same time. It's also a lot of fun to see where the story goes. I've played through the campaign twice, which I only do if a game is really fun.
FINAL SCORE (10): When you add it all up, Ryse: Son of Rome deserves the highest score I can give. The complaints are minor. And with an incredible story, next gen graphics, fun and challenging combat, and an overall kickass presentation, I don't know how it could have been better. I'll be hoping for the announcement of Ryse 2 in the future...… Expand