With so many smaller titles hitting Xbox One every week, it’s difficult to cover them all. While they may not be blockbuster experiences with the marketing to boot, these games should pique the interest of people looking for short, unique titles. This week, I’ve round up my thoughts on Auto Age: Standoff, Quest of Dungeons and WRC 7.
Auto Age: Standoff focuses on 12-player online combat and is meant to be an experience played with friends. Surprisingly, the game has a rich backstory because it’s somewhat like Mad Max. The year is 2080 and America lies in ruins. Bands of militarized motorists work to keep the peace in the east while wheeled gangs rule the western wastelands. You choose a side and enter into a deadly game of ruthless car combat. Don’t let the cartoon-like visuals fool you though, Auto Age: Standoff is quite tense. You have to coordinate because if you try to take on a bunch of enemies on your own you’ll keep on getting destroyed in seconds. Apart from that, there are a lot of customization options involved. Choose your chassis and gear up with powerful weaponry and the latest gadgets including missile launchers, ramming plates, mines and boosters. While Auto Age: Standoff is a good game, it doesn’t do much to stand out from the crowd. I recently played a game called Crossout which was just an expansive free-to-play experience, much better than Auto Age: Standoff given their similar themes. The car combat and world just have more depth there. Despite that, if you’re in the market for a casual game between those heavy hitters…or love titles like Crossout…be sure to give Auto Age: Standoff a go.
Have you played Crypt of the NecroDancer? Remember how you have to move one block at a time and make sure you don’t let enemies strike you by jumping into them? It’s a combination of a turn-based game with roguelike elements. Well, Quest of Dungeons is similar minus the music-based gameplay. While it may not be on the same level in terms of quality, it’s still a lot of fun. It’s also much more difficult. If you die that’s it. You lose everything! No hearts, nothing. You have to be very careful in terms of where you move because enemies move with you. It almost becomes a game of chess because you aren’t constrained by the beat like Crypt of the NecroDancer. There are plenty of opportunities to collect coins and other items which help you along the journey but the main mechanic is to avoid getting hit by maneuvering your character in a cunning fashion. This is definitely a unique twist to the genre and one I didn’t expect. You’ll spend hours trying to complete it because it’s very hard. However, I wouldn’t say that the game is unfair because all of my mistakes were my own. If you’re in the market for a title like this because you loved games like Rogue Legacy, then be sure to give Quest of Dungeons a shot. You won’t be disappointed and will become strangely addicted.
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WRC 7 is a definitive step up from its predecessor because not only does it improve handling, but it also looks better and feels more thrilling. I’ve played the WRC games for the past few years and WRC 7 is by far the best. The biggest improvement this year has to be in the handling department because vehicles are exceptionally easy to control. Obviously you’ll have to time your braking and listen to your guide’s instructions, but at least you have a great level of control over your vehicle. The only unfortunate problem with WRC 7 is that it runs at 30 FPS on Xbox One and the visuals look a little muddy. Despite its 30 FPS presentation though, the input has been tuned to compensate for lag and feels natural. While I would’ve preferred 60 FPS because at high speeds it can be a little tricky, it doesn’t hinder the experience that much. This will be a major point of contention for many gamers because 60 FPS is somewhat of a gold standard for rally games. Just look at Dirt 4 or Dirt Rally. The developers need to upgrade their engine for consoles because in order to compete with other games in this space you need to run at a higher frame rate on Xbox One. Many consumers won’t pick it up because of this.
Out of all of these games, WRC 7 is the one we would recommend the most. Still, each of them has their own unique appeal and could be the perfect game for the right audience depending on what you are looking for. Give them all a chance.