New games release on Xbox One every week, but it can be quite difficult keeping track them all. This is especially true during the summer when so many blockbuster titles are taking up people’s attention with their expansive marketing campaigns. Some of the games we’ve reviewed this week you may not have even heard of. This time around, we’re taking a look at Destiny 2: Forsaken, State of Decay 2: Daybreak, and Strange Brigade.
Destiny 2: Forsaken
Destiny 2: Forsaken is the latest expansion for the base game and adds two massive areas. The story starts off strong, but the plot falls apart because the motivations of the characters aren’t explained. As you know from the trailers, Cayde-6 is dead and it’s up to you to get revenge. However, the person you want revenge from is mentally unstable so it’s unclear why we’re going on this quest to begin with. The plot is just terrible. It’s quite possibly some of the worst storytelling in a modern game. It seems like there’s probably a novel somewhere we were supposed to read before playing Forsaken.
Luckily, there’s a lot of content and that adds replayability. The new areas of the “Tangled Shore” and “Dreaming City” are expansive. It’ll take you dozens of hours to explore everything, and maybe hundreds to get to Power Level 600. Plus, the new raid — which is supposed to be Bungie’s hardest yet — launches this Friday.
Forsaken is a great expansion for its wealth of content, not its story. Those who were hoping that Destiny 2 would somehow become God of War will be disappointed. However, if you ignore the story and just look at it through the lens of more content, you’ll be blown away. Just playing the new “Gambit” multiplayer mode is so much fun.
At the end of the day, Destiny 2 is all about loot and grinding for those rare drops. The new content makes it easier than ever before to level up — by giving you daily powerful gear — so you’ll keep coming back for more. If you don’t mind the poor story, then this is a must-buy for any first-person shooter fan.
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State of Decay 2: Daybreak
State of Decay 2: Daybreak is a “Horde Mode” expansion for the popular zombie survival game. It costs $9.99 if you didn’t purchase the Ultimate Edition, but offers hours and hours of fun. The premise is simple. You’re a soldier who has to protect a technician for as long as possible. Instead of using terrible weapons and scavenging for resources, you can use deadly firepower and keep on shooting everything in sight.
This is a welcome change from State of Decay 2’s core gameplay because you aren’t limited to stealth and survival. You can finally make a proper stand and take on endless zombies. While the zombies might get harder as time goes on, the sense of satisfaction never diminished. It’s surprising that this content only costs $9.99 because it’s much better than what players got with State of Decay 2’s “Independence” pack.
If you love Horde Modes and playing with your friends, then this is the expansion for you. This will definitely expand the game’s appeal to other people who are apprehensive about survival games. It’s a shame that this wasn’t a part of the base game.
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Strange Brigade is a co-op shooter which takes you across various ruins in an effort to stop a witch queen. While the shooting mechanics are somewhat rigid, the quirky heroes and hilarious narrator elevate the experience.
Your goal is to go from arena to arena, collecting “Scarab” keys, finding secrets, and shooting everything in sight. There are a lot of smaller enemies and some tough bosses that have to be dispatched before you can reach the end of a level.
Strange Brigade will probably take you around thirty hours to complete, so it’s a substantial game. However, it feels like a step backward from Sniper Elite 4. Sniper Elite 4 featured massive open areas where you could go anywhere. Strange Brigade forces you down corridors. This approach to level design seems dated in a world where we have God of War and Shadow of the Tomb Raider.
Despite this, there is a lot to do in Strange Brigade and the unique heroes — with their unique skills — makes it even better. Rebellion has promised to update the game with new characters and locations for the next few months so the title should get more content to come back to. However, we can’t help but wonder what Strange Brigade would’ve been like had we been given the freedom of Sniper Elite 4. Maybe Strange Brigade 2 do that.
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Out of all of these games, we would recommend Strange Brigade the most. It’s a lot of fun and give you that nostalgic feeling of playing old-school adventure games. All of the titles this week provide their own unique experiences, so give them all a shot if you’re interested. It just depends on what you like, but we all have our favorites.