New games release on Xbox One every week and it can be difficult keeping track of them all, especially during the fall 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 Cities: Skylines – Snowfall, Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 and Skyforge.
As the name suggests, Snowfall is a snow-based expansion for Cities: Skylines. Cities: Skylines is a city management simulator that puts you in control of a growing metropolis. In Snowfall, your city can be covered in snow or glisten in the rain with in-game weather. However, the challenges aren’t just cosmetic because it changes up gameplay. For example, when it snows you have to worry about transportation and other problems. You have to add plows to clear the streets and help citizens keep warm by installing heating systems in certain public areas. It gets more complicated from there. Building better public transportation options helps residents get across town even in extreme weather. However, the snow also causes roads to deteriorate faster so balancing maintenance with costs is important. Cities: Skylines – Snowfall might seem like a simple expansion but its depth blew us away.
In Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2, you join your favorite Super Heroes and Super Villains from different eras and realities as they go head-to-head with the time-traveling Kang the Conqueror. The game retains the signature Lego humor and doesn’t follow any existing comic and is an original adventure from what we understand. The best part about the game, just like its prequel, is that it lets you play as the Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man, Thor, Hulk, Black Panther, and even Captain Marvel. Dozens of other Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains are also part of the game. There is a lot of environmental variety too. You travel across various lands — from Ancient Egypt to the Old West — and transport objects or characters through the centuries in the hope they can help you stop Kang the Conqueror. As always, the game relies on problem solving and cartoon combat. At this point it’s just another Lego game but that doesn’t mean it’s not fun. Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 has a lot going for it, mostly its humor, so if you’re in the market for a casual title for the family, check it out.
Skyforge is a free-to-play third-person massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) developed by Allods Team. The game has been available on PlayStation 4 for a while now and it’s finally out on Xbox One. The lore of the title is quite complex and interesting. You create a character with the goal of becoming an Immortal. Immortals protect the world against the Invaders. The Invaders are technologically superior beings and throughout the game you learn more about them and adopt their technology. Normal individuals view them as gods but they really aren’t. A lot of philosophical topics are touched upon in the title. However, the game is somewhat pay-to-win because microtransactions allow you to strengthen your character. Unlike Path of Exile, the upgrades aren’t purely cosmetic. If you love MMORPGs and don’t mind spending close to the price of a AAA game in a free-to-play setting, be sure to give Skyforge a go. It might be a hard sell for others.
Out of all of these we would recommend Cities: Skylines – Snowfall the most. If you own the base game you have to get this expansion because it’s so good. All of the games this week provide their own unique experiences, so give them a shot if you’re interested. It just depends on what you like.