ICXM's Scores

  • Games
For 490 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 59% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 In Between
Lowest review score: 10 ROBLOX
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 490
490 game reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, Thimbleweed Park is a great game which is elevated by its story rather than its mechanics. While selecting commands is a novel concept, younger players will be frustrated by the gameplay. Many will want to give up because it can take several minutes to decipher which combination of words and items work. However, the dialogue choices and quirky nature of the game may overcome that. Only time will tell.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Overall, Voodoo Vince: Remastered is a great experience which still holds up well after all these years. If the game had better camera controls and visuals, it would’ve been a truly remarkable achievement. Not only that, it would’ve also appealed to more people. If the developers wanted a sequel, they should’ve put more attention into their project. As it stands, Voodoo Vince: Remastered will only appeal to fans of the original and new consumers will shy away due to its dated camera and graphics.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall, Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap is a fantastic game which may feel slightly dated due to its archaic combat mechanics. However, the mind-blowing visuals and ability to instantly switch to the original graphics make up for any shortcomings. Not only is the game challenging, but it’s a step above the majority of modern platformers due to its interconnected worlds. In many ways, Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap will make you realize how action platformers have regressed over the years. If you’re going to buy just one platformer on Xbox One, then this game should be your purchase. It’s that much of a revelation.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 is a broken experience on Xbox One. If the multitude of bugs and horrendous frame rate were fixed, the game would be quite enjoyable as a lower-budget Far Cry 4. As it stands, however, the games needs excessive patching before it becomes a viable experience to charge $60 for. CI Games need to release a patch as soon as possible on Xbox One.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Outlast 2 is one of the darkest games I’ve ever played and it goes to some very unexpected places…but I can’t help but think the first game was better. The sequel does little to distinguish itself from its predecessor aside from the setting and plot. This makes Outlast 2 feel too safe and not risky enough in terms of gameplay. If you’ve never played the first game, you’ll probably really love Outlast 2, but for fans of the original, it’ll feel like the sequel is treading old ground.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Ready at Dawn took a fun concept and churned out a rather average game. The gameplay itself is good, but little content and meaningless progression make it unappealing. New multiplayer modes and additional features in the future could improve it with the proper support, but Deformers lacks any real hook in its current form. It’s hard to recommend Deformers to anyone when it costs $30 and is packed with insufficient value to warrant that price.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Like so many before it, Pix the Cat has tried to tap into the nostalgia of old arcade games at the expense of innovation. Those old games had solid gameplay and the replayability that defined the genre. Pix the Cat is a competent arcade game, but overall it lacks anything to make it special or memorable. I really was hoping for a bit more out of this title, but I was left out in the cold.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Is the game for everyone? Well, that depends in the end, since the game does offer a challenge for each type of gamer while keeping it simple for the novice. It can use some adjustments, mainly in the time-lapse department as it can become quite slow off the bat. However, the game earns its stripes and is a must-have title on Xbox One this year.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Overall, This Is the Police has some nice aesthetics and good voice acting along with a few good ideas in terms of a strategy simulator, but not much else worthwhile. The writing could use more polish and so could the storyline. Had the developers focused on meaningful missions, it would’ve elevated the game considerably. Unfortunately, we’re stuck with a reminder of what could’ve been.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Though every game in The Disney Afternoon Collection is over twenty years old, they all hold up fairly well. The gameplay mechanics are simplistic and can feel a bit dated, but they are great versions of Disney classics. If you are looking for a game with exceptional and more modern gameplay, there are better retro-inspired games on the market. But if you are looking to play these for the nostalgia while taking advantage of their enhanced visual fidelity, this is the bundle to get, especially at its $20 price point.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Overall, NeuroVoider is a good experience with great design, fun gameplay, but suffers from some balance and accessibility issues. It’s nothing that a post-launch patch can’t solve and maybe providing options to adjust the boss fights would serve the title well. If you’re looking for an interesting shooter along the lines of Enter the Gungeon, give this one a go.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    In order to improve the experience, 2Dark needs a complete rewrite and significant work on its mechanics. There are way too many distractions in the game for it to stand out. Currently it’s poorly designed, narratively shallow, and relies upon cheap shocks instead of crafting a truly compelling game. It’s a shame that a game with so much potential is let down by gimmicks.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    As a huge fan of the genre, even I would say Subject 13 is a pass. The puzzles eventually left me feeling incomplete as the difficulty spike was unwarranted and unwanted. The final puzzle is also one of the biggest letdowns I have had in a while. I really hope the developers keep trying as I believe they have something here, but I would wait for Subject 14 or Subject 15 first.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you love 2D platformers that offer challenging gameplay, then SkyKeepers is perfect for you. Priced at $15, it offers great value and an enjoyable experience. With colorful environments, a good soundtrack, and an interesting story, SkyKeepers is a great addition to any gamer’s library. I just wish it stood out more by offering us gameplay elements we haven't experienced before.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Guardians of the Galaxy is another Telltale game. The wit and style of the series’ characters are definitely a highlight of this installment in Telltale’s formula but it’s still a very by-the-numbers title. While the plot is intriguing enough for fans of the films, those who don’t enjoy other games by the company won’t find much to love here. Here's hoping it gets better as the series goes on.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When I first started playing Late Shift, I really thought it would be yet another generic attempt at an interactive experience, much like the "point-and-click" adventures Telltale Games push out every other week. I was, however, pleasantly surprised by this game. Extremely high-quality acting and set pieces pulled me into the world and pushed me to find the right balance in the choices that I made. It always ended in a way I never expected.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    While I was a big fan of the free version of Doodle God, I cannot recommend Doodle God: Ultimate Edition. The main reason is that there is not enough of a difference to consider this game “Ultimate.” The lack of some ads and the ability to complete the game without waiting for my “energy” to recharge is not enough to warrant a premium version of the free game. This is only amplified by the awkward controller inputs. I really hope the next Doodle God puts Xbox players first if they want to be taken seriously on our platform of choice.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Overall, Yooka-Laylee is a good game which needs some more technical work on Xbox One. The platforming feels unrefined due to the movement and camera. Despite that, the soundtrack by David Wise and Grant Kirkhope gets stuck in your head and the co-op mode is a lot of fun. Yooka-Laylee is built on an incredibly solid foundation but has some growing up to do.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bulletstorm is a mostly unchanged experience from its original 2011 iteration. The upgraded visuals are definitely a sight to behold, but for those who have already played through People Can Fly’s over-the-top FPS, there isn’t much to gain here.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall, Enter the Gungeon was worth the wait for Xbox One owners. The title is a lot of fun and remains that way despite the challenge it poses. If you love games like Rogue Legacy and Crypt of the Necrodancer, then this is the game for you. However, if you’re new to the roguelike genre, this is also a great starting point which will teach you well.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Idle Evolution is an educational simulation game set in the distant past where you’re tasked with collecting elements and evolving them into compounds that will change and evolve your planet into a utopia. Filled with interesting trivia, it gives players a lot to work towards and learn as they go.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Blackwood Crossing is a great game and if you can look past the clunky controls and odd frame pacing issues, it’s a blast to play. However, the majority of gamers will be aggravated by the problems with the controls. The developers need to address these issues soon because it’s a treat to play on PC but not on Xbox One.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall, Snake Pass is a great platformer and there isn’t anything like it on Xbox One. Just when you think that the gaming industry is out of new ideas, this title comes along. While it’s quite simple in terms of story and presentation, the game is addictive and a tremendous amount of fun. If you own an Xbox One, you have to get Snake Pass. It’s that special because of its accessible controls.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Even with all the problems of this episode, I think the series is excellent and has a chance to be on par with Season 1. I really hope the writers have a big payoff in the works, because a second drab episode in a row will sour this series beyond repair. I have full faith in Telltale to turn this story around, but we may have seen our first real misstep for the team at Telltale Games. Hopefully my next review will be a positive one.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    On the whole, The Inner World is a fantastic puzzle game, not to mention a seamless port from PC. A deeply engaging world, satisfyingly challenging puzzles, and a fun story make for a truly wonderful playthrough.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Mass Effect: Andromeda at times captures the essence of the Mass Effect trilogy but doesn’t quite live up to its potential. The story and its lovable cast of characters stand as solid starting blocks in an expansive universe. Performance issues, bugs, and design flaws hurt an otherwise commendable role-playing game.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Troll and I is a mess of an experience all the way through. With bare-bones gameplay, Xbox 360-era graphics and an atrocious frame rate, Troll and I is not worthy of anyone’s time at its $50 price tag.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight is a great game despite its short length and difficulty. It requires skill and patience so don’t expect a casual platformer. It’s polished, beautiful and really reminds you why smaller games are so important to any console.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Overall, Nier: Automata is a phenomenal game filled with great gameplay, world building, amazing storytelling, and it even poses some interesting questions. There’s so much to love about this game and it has spawned dozens of think pieces from various websites on the topics posed in the game. I truly believe Nier: Automata is easily an early Game of the Year contender for 2017. If you own a PlayStation 4 or have a Windows machine capable of running it, you have to give this game a try.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Flatout 4 isn’t a bad game, it’s just a massive disappointment for what could’ve been a fantastic return to the series. With some of its physics problems removed and more track content, Flatout 4 has the potential to be a good arcade racer with a lot of charm. For now, however, Flatout 4: Total Insanity will be laid back to rest.

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