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Every week numerous games release on Xbox One. While many are substantial experience like Shadow Warrior 2 and The Surge, 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 experiences which all Xbox One owners should try out. This week we’re going to be discussing Everspace, Seasons After Fall and The Town of Light.
Everspace is simply amazing. The game is a roguelike space shooter which basically plays like Dark Souls III or Rogue Legacy. You venture out into space trying to uncover the mystery of who you are, encountering odd characters along the way, and in the process you earn credits. Credits can be used to upgrade your character and vessel each time you’re killed. There are dozens of upgrades and even after 24 hours you’ll have barely scratched the surface. Despite its passable story and frequent crashes on Xbox One, there’s so much to do in your quest to become the most powerful character. The goal is to be able to destroy every ship, even the massive corvettes and freighters, with ease. That journey is just as fun as the destination.
Seasons After Fall
Seasons After Fall provides satisfactory platforming gameplay because it’s much less demanding than Ori and the Blind Forest. However, the game stands out because of its gorgeous visuals and charming fox protagonist. What makes Seasons After Fall unique is the ability to change seasons at will in order to solve puzzles. If you’re looking for a casual experience that doesn’t ask too much of you, then Seasons After Fall is for you. However, don’t expect another Ori and the Blind Forest because of their tenuous similarities.
The Town of Light
The Town of Light is a good game which is let down by its somewhat generic story and lackluster voice acting. While the game is competent and an enjoyable experience, it doesn’t do much to distinguish itself from other “walking simulators”. The Town of Light is inspired by true events and set in the Volterra Psychiatric Asylum in Italy. This may be its best feature. The game manages to portray the struggles of a teenager dealing with mental illness well. It’s a shame that the same overused gameplay mechanics are part of the package. The developers could’ve done much more to distinguish the title from games like Dear Esther and Layers of Fear but they didn’t.
If you’re going to pick up one of these games, we would recommend Everspace. Everspace has been a phenomenal experience even since it was in Xbox Game Preview and now that its out—despite the crashes which don’t result in any loss of progress—it’s still a stellar title. To be honest, you can’t go wrong with any of these games. They all appeal to different gamers and this selection has something for everyone.