Thursday, 13 August 2020

TOP 10 Xbox One Hidden Gems


10. Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition


Easy to play yet hard to master, Killer Instinct is a stunning fighting game and this Definitive Edition boasts 26 playable characters, 20 stages and much more content. With ridiculously over-the-top action, Killer Instinct is a deeply rewarding beat-‘em-up that plays just as well – if not better – than icons like Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter. Totally underrated, this one is certainly a hidden gem that deserves your time. Fight!


9. Quantum Break


This artistically distinct shooter is certainly one of the most visually stunning titles on the Xbox One and boasts one of the most intricately plotted and engrossing narratives. With fresh and innovative gameplay, Quantum Break gives you the power of time manipulation which allows for some incredibly exciting combat, while the star-studded cast all deliver fantastic performances in the unique live-action segments. A remarkable feat of modern gaming.


8. Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden


One look at the case of Mutant Year Zero will tell you all you need to know about the game – yes, that’s a mutant humanoid duck with an improvised crossbow. Taking place in a post-human Earth, this tactical strategy game puts you in control of a team of mutants as you unravel the story of what happened to the planet. With a deep combat system and brilliant stealth mechanics, this underappreciated hidden gem deserves your time.


7. Vampyr


Packed with atmosphere and personality, the darkly compelling Vampyr is a stunning character-focused horror RPG. With a solid combat system and the freedom to create your own fighting style through crafted weaponry and powerful vampire abilities, this deep and immersive experience is frighteningly good. With a choice-based system shaping the story, how will you explore 20th century London? This one is bloody brilliant.


6. Mad Max


This beautifully crafted open-world adventure is one of the most criminally underrated games of the generation, faithfully replicating the atmosphere and tone of George Miller’s beloved movie series. With a vast wasteland to explore on foot or behind the wheel, this dynamic game is packed with content. Be it crafting and upgrading equipment or clashing with deadly gangs, the immersive Mad Max will keep you very busy. An absolute must for fans of the films or the open-world subgenre.


5. Two Point Hospital


This nostalgic throwback to 1997’s Theme Hospital gives players the tools to design and build their own hospital. With quirky illnesses to beat (premature mummification, anyone?) and many upgrades to unlock, this charmingly engrossing simulator is a wonderful and amusing gaming experience for players of all ages. Ridiculous at times, but always fun.


4. Styx: Shards of Darkness


This unmissable sequel to Styx: Master of Shadows confirms the stealth franchise’s strengths, improving the visuals and adding an innovative co-op element. With beautiful graphics and an engaging story, Shards of Darkness is a mesmerising little game that has been lovingly labelled “Assassin’s Creed with goblins”. Packed with heart and humour, this unconventionally straight-forward game is a delightful bit of escapism.


3. The Council


This underrated modern classic breathes new life into the episodic genre as you take the role of secret society member Louis de Richet after his invitation to a private island off the shores of England. What follows is a thrilling historical mystery taking place over five episodes full of investigation and intrigue, with an effective choice system offering multiple branching outcomes. A truly engrossing and immersive title.


2. A Plague Tale: Innocence


The dark and emotional A Plague Tale: Innocence combines beauty and brutality for a truly unforgettable gaming experience. Boasting a compelling narrative, beautiful environments and characters you genuinely care about, the game transports the player to plague-ridden medieval France as you work to uncover the mystery of the devastation. This powerful and cinematic title is a must-have.


1. Bendy & The Ink Machine


One of the best things about gaming is discovering a passionate and independent title. Hidden beneath all the big hitters are games like Bendy & The Ink Machine, a beautifully animated and lovingly crafted puzzle game. Following an animator battling a nightmare of cartoon characters brought to life, this unlikely mix of survival horror and cartoons is ridiculously effective thanks to the unforgettable art design, bizarre humour and clever combat.



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