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 Cars 3: Driven to Win, Infinite Minigolf and Super Cloudbuilt.
Cars 3: Driven to Win
You might be wondering why we’re categorizing Cars 3: Driven to Win as a smaller experience. Well, despite its $60 price, it’s not a AAA game by any stretch of the imagination. While its price may be a deterrent to many, it’s gameplay won’t be. Cars 3: Driven to Win in an arcade racing game along the lines of Mario Kart. You compete against other drivers and use power-ups like rockets to take them out. The title isn’t as polished as the games it takes inspiration from but it’s still a blast to play. Experiencing it with friends through its rather robust multiplayer offering is where Cars 3: Driven to Win shines. If you’re in the market for a casual racing experience you can enjoy as a party game, this is the one for you. However, you should definitely wait for a sale or a price drop because, no matter how you look at it, you can’t justify its $60 price despite how good the handling is.
I’ll be honest, when I started Infinite Minigolf for the first time, I thought it would be another dreary golf simulator. Sure, its visuals were cute but that didn’t ease the dread. To my surprise, I was welcomed to a polished experience which plays more along the lines of a puzzle game than anything else. The environments are varied and the challenge ramps up steadily. The objective of Infinite Minigolf is to, as expected, get the ball in the hole as quickly as possible and to collect as many of the gems scattered around the course in the process. This can be quite challenging. While the actual mechanics of swinging the club may be simple, they serve the gameplay well because you can focus on your angles and which surfaces you’re going to bounce the ball on. Plus, there are also challenges like glue and other devious traps. Overall, Infinite Minigolf is a wonderful surprise which you will enjoy. At its $15 price, you can’t go wrong. Before I forget, you can also create your own levels!
Super Cloudbuilt is a lot like ReCore. While it has some shooting mechanics, it’s mostly a platformer which tasks you with climbing levels. Finding a path that suits your skill level and successfully navigating it with a combination of jumps and dashes is key to success. You also have to carefully place respawn points and much more. The best part is that unlike ReCore, the game runs at 60 FPS on Xbox One and features crisp visuals. While you may have to adjust the controller sensitivity, navigating and shooting are a treat. You don’t have to complete all of the levels to unlock the ending, but the title does feature multiple ones. I imagine the better you do, the better ending you get. Super Cloudbuilt was also another pleasant surprise. It’s difficulty might turn many gamers away but those who pick this one up will enjoy every minute.
If you’re going to pick up one of these games, we would recommend Infinite Minigolf. It’s definitely the most polished experience out of the lot. To be honest, you can’t go wrong with any of these games…even Cars 3: Driven to Win if you can get it for less. They all appeal to different types of gamers and this selection has something for everyone.