XB1 Action

Oceanhorn: Monster of the Uncharted Seas

Oceanhorn: Monster of the Uncharted Seas is a fun enough action adventure despite not having an original bone in its body.

Oceanhorn: Monster of the Uncharted Seas

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.

Gears of War 4

Anarcute

The game gets more and more repetitive as you reach later stages so its best enjoyed in small doses. Regardless, Anarcute is a fun, well built game to play. It has the right amount of challenge, the music's great, and the rioters are just so damn adorable.

Anarcute

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.

Mirror's Edge: Catalyst

Anima: Gate of Memories

Anima actively does itself a disservice by forcing this comparison. While this is a failing that shouldn’t be ignored, its strengths lie in the ability to capture the player with excellent visual design and a sense of intrigue that compels them to move forward.

Anima: Gate of Memories

Superhot

Superhot's time manipulation is a fun mechanic that allows you to play a first person shooter in a way you couldn't elsewhere. Despite a few shortcomings, the game does a superb job of mixing the first person shooter genre and puzzle games into entertaining experience.

Superhot

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.

Hitman Episode 1: Paris

Quantum Break

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.

Quantum Break

Knight Squad

Knight Squad isn't perfect by any stretch of the imagination but the diverse set of game modes, simplistic controls, and frenzied gameplay makes this an enjoyable game to play especially with friends.

Knight Squad

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.

Castle Crashers Remastered

Guns, Gore and Cannoli

"Go to Thugtown" is apparently the best reason the development team could come up with as an excuse to shoot at zombies.

Guns, Gore and Cannoli

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.

The Evil Within: The Consequence

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is a great adventure. With the complex puzzles, enjoyable gameplay, and exquisite world to explore, Crystal Dynamics once again gives Tomb Raider fans an exemplary addition to the acclaimed series.

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris