Review: Broken Age, Chess Ultra and Friday the 13th: The Game — Roundup

Every week numerous games release on Xbox One. While many are substantial experiences like Injustice 2 and Tekken 7, there are a few hidden gems here and there. Many of these smaller games have either caught the public’s eye or are just stellar titles which all Xbox One owners should try out. This week we’re going to be discussing Broken Age, Chess Ultra and Friday the 13th: The Game.


Broken Age

Broken Age is a great addition to the point-and-click adventure genre. Not only does it tell a complex story, but it also weaves the narratives of the two characters—Shay and Vella—together. You start off by believing that the two characters exist in different times but that isn’t the case. While Vella’s perspective is definitely the more interesting one because it focuses on topics such as sacrifice and threats to humanity, Shay goes through a more intrinsic journey. Broken Age never fails to surprise the player and despite the fact that the puzzles may become frustrating at times, it’s still a solid experience. For those who love Telltale’s projects and games like The Inner World, this is a must-buy. The point-and-click genre might not appeal to everyone but even newcomers will enjoy Broken Age. If you can, give it a shot.

8/10

Xbox One


Chess Ultra

Let’s get this out of the way: Chess Ultra is the most beautiful chess game ever created. There’s no doubt about that. The game is absolutely photorealistic and is a step above Pure Chess when it comes to visuals. The title also offers numerous different sets and modes. For those who love the sport, you’ll be enamored by what’s on offer. However, everything isn’t that great. Selecting different pieces and moving them is a little strange with a controller. You can’t shake off the feeling that Chess Ultra was primarily designed with a mouse and keyboard in mind. The standard camera angle also blocks your view of certain pieces on the chess board if you select obscure sets. Despite these problems, Chess Ultra is still a great experience and you’ll be blown away by the way it looks. However, when it comes to actual mechanics and ease-of-use with a controller, Pure Chess is still better.

7/10

Xbox One


Friday the 13th: The Game

Friday the 13th: The Game had a rough start when it came out a few weeks ago. Luckily through numerous patches, the developers have been able to fix a lot of the problems. While matchmaking is still not 100%, the title shows you just how much potential it has. There’s something oddly satisfying when you’re playing as Jason Voorhees. While the visuals might not be that advanced, Friday the 13th: The Game makes up for it through its balanced gameplay. Even when playing as the camp counselors, you never feel that Jason is too overpowered. There’s always a way to defeat him. Friday the 13th: The Game still needs a lot of work but it’s still one of the best asymmetrical multiplayer experiences on Xbox One.

6/10

Xbox One


If you’re going to pick up one of these games, we would recommend Broken Age. To be honest, you can’t go wrong with any of these games…even Friday the 13th: The Game with its matchmaking issues. They all appeal to different types of gamers and this selection has something for everyone.

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