Review: Beast Quest, Surviving Mars, and Turok — Roundup

New games release on Xbox One every week and it can be difficult keeping track of them all, especially during the spring when so many blockbuster titles are taking up people’s attention with their expansive marketing campaigns. Some of the games reviewed this week you may not have even heard of. This time, we are taking a look at Beast Quest, Surviving Mars, and Turok.

Beast Quest

Beast Quest is a small role-playing game with great visuals, but one that’s meant for children. The story is basic and carries a whimsical tone. Those who love fantasy novels will recognize the franchise because it’s based on the best-selling works of Adam Blade. While many adults might enjoy it, the game has limited appeal due to its target audience. Combat is basic and the experience holds your hand throughout. However, without stocking up on health potions, even the most experienced gamer will go down. Beast Quest is a welcome surprise on Xbox One but we had hoped it would cater to a more mature audience as well. The fact that it looks a little blurry and features no Xbox One X support doesn’t do wonders either.


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Surviving Mars

Surviving Mars is a city-building simulator but, as expected, takes place on Mars. The focus here is as much on survival as it is on building a thriving colony. However, there are a lot of unexpected twists and turns including possible alien lifeforms. While it’s not entirely accurate, it’s a lot of fun but has a steep learning curve. A lot of patience and trial-and-error is required to get the hang of the game. If you like hardcore city-building experiences, give this one a go. Just keep in mind that the journey going forward isn’t easy at all.


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Turok is a remaster of the old Nintendo 64 game which came out in 1997. While the visuals haven’t received high-detail textures, the resolution has been bumped up considerably and the frame rate now runs at a smooth 60 FPS. This elevates the games and brings them to the modern era. While the shooting might still be floaty and strange, the story is strangely compelling even after decades. If you love old-school shooters like Doom and Wolfenstein 3D, be sure to give this one a go. It’s one of the early gaming’s most remarkable shooters and once you play it you’ll see why due to its theme.


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Out of all of these games, we would recommend Surviving Mars the most. It’s a lot of fun and gives you that nostalgic feeling of playing old-school building games. All of the titles this week provide their own unique experiences, so give them a shot if you’re interested. It just depends on what you like.

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