Review: Dungeon Defenders II, Micro Machines World Series and Valkyria Revolution — 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 Dungeon Defenders II, Micro Machines World Series and Valkyria Revolution.

Dungeon Defenders II

Did you play Dungeon Defenders on Xbox 360? Despite its problem, it was one of our most favorite games. We spent countless hours playing the title, setting up defenses, and shooting goblins. Well, Dungeon Defenders II is pretty much the same, except the arenas are larger and the hub world is a place of wonder. The visuals have also received a substantial upgrade and they look better than ever on Xbox One. Best of all, the game is free-to-play. While unlocking additional characters and other utilities can be a grind, you’ll still have to spend some of your hard-earned cash on microtransactions. Unfortunately, that’s not the only issue. In its current state, Dungeon Defenders II has some bizarre issues with its servers. The title frequently crashes and if that happens when you’re fighting hordes of evil creatures you’re out of luck. Hopefully the developers will address this problem soon because each day they’re risking people turning away from the title.


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Micro Machines World Series

Micro Machines is back! Micro Machines World Series resuscitates a classic in spectacular fashion but the fact that it so heavily relies on multiplayer is a detriment to the package. The visuals and art style are fantastic. The map variety showcases the love and attention that went into making this game. If you played the previous titles, you’ll remember the kitchen table and pool table tracks. Well, they’re back! Going back to the fact that the game is a multiplayer-focused title, it’s just not fun on your own. Rocket League managed to overcome this with challenging computer-controlled opponents but in Micro Machines World Series you need other humans to enjoy the title. Despite the fact that the game brings additions like teleporters and catapults to the mix, we would’ve liked for there to be meaningful single-player content.


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Valkyria Revolution

Valkyria Revolution is a good game focused on combat but it’s let down by bizarre cutscenes and other design decisions which look feel like the makers cut a lot of corners. The plot is quite convoluted too. In the wake of a revolution, Jutland’s elite soldiers, the Vanargand, must band together to defeat the Ruzi Empire and stop death itself—the Valkyria. The story features a lot of political intrigue and the battle system that mixes real-time combat with tactical strategy. The characters in the game are equipped with advanced magic and can conjure amazing spells. You don’t know who to trust and if you’re one of the few that can actually understand the story, it’s definitely meaningful. Unfortunately, the majority of the game is filled with drawn-out cutscenes which can feel tedious. When you begin the game, you have to watch a good 15 minutes of poorly-animated characters or you’ll be completely lost. There needs to be a better balance of storytelling and combat. Despite its problems, you should pick up Valkyria Revolution if you love Japanese games and their art style. I can’t see it appealing to anyone else.


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If you’re going to pick up one of these games, we would recommend Micro Machines World Series. To be honest, you can’t go wrong with any of these games…even Dungeon Defenders II with its crashing issues because it’s free-to-play. They all appeal to different types of gamers and this selection has something for everyone.