Gears of War 4
Doubtless the best looking Gears game to date, Gears of War 4 is one of the most visually impressive games on the Xbox One, period (and yes, I am one of those who think that graphics matter). While the combat is familiar, it is also fine-tuned and polished for maximum challenge and enjoyment, whether in the multiplayer modes, or plowing through the campaign alone.
Mirror's Edge: Catalyst
Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst is an admirable attempt to make a niche concept work. Unfortunately, it so intently focuses on avoiding the pitfalls of the previous game that it stumbles into a hole of its own. This reboot doesn’t feel like a second attempt at making the formula work, but rather an alternate game that runs parallel to the original. Ultimately, Catalyst offers something that no other game does, but like its predecessor, it feels like it could have been much more.
Hitman Episode 1: Paris
Killing hasn't been this fun since Blood Money. Despite the technical issues, Hitman is off to a promising start to the "season". The smooth controls, beautiful visuals, and incredibly detailed level design does a solid job in bringing the world's deadliest assassin to current generation consoles.
I think the best way I can describe Quantum Break is that it's a game that I never felt compelled to come back to. I never got invested in the experience; when I sat down to play I always enjoyed myself, but I never found any part of Quantum Break to be all that satisfying. It's obvious that some masterful developers put this game together but the game lacks the intangible grab that truly great games have. Quantum Break for me ends up being a middle of the road third-person action game with some pretty spectacular ideas with shaky execution.
Castle Crashers Remastered
Castle Crashers Remastered still manages to keep the charm that made the game so special 7 years ago. The game still falls victim to some of the same flaws, but is so enjoyable to play that those smaller shortcomings are easily overlooked. Whether you're coming back to the game for a second time or you're a new player, this is a game that has something to offer for everyone.
The Evil Within: The Consequence
The Consequence is entertaining. It's not an introspective, philosophical mindbender; it's campy fun. It has its flaws, but in a game where Claude Debussy's "Claire De Lune" is mixed with Inception, buckets of blood, and a Victorian loveseat/black cat combo that acts as your save point, I can't help but enjoy it.