New games release on Xbox One every week and it can be difficult keeping track of them all, especially during the spring 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 Fe, Pure Farming 2018, and Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet.
In Fe, players are enchanted by the natural surroundings as they uncover secrets, complete side quests, and meet the mystical creatures of the forest. Gamers climb, glide and dig as they voyage through the open experience meeting, interacting and rescuing plants and animals from the Silent Ones, the machine antagonists that are threatening the forest. The game wants to capture the charm of titles like Ori and the Blind Forest but doesn’t quite live up to it because the story isn’t emotional.
Pure Farming 2018 is a farming simulator. Players use the latest technology and state-of-the-art licensed machines to manage all aspects of modern farming, from cultivating land and growing crops to breeding livestock and producing green energy. You can travel between Europe, Asia, and both Americas to plant region-specific crops such as hemp, coffee beans, cherries, and olives using dedicated farming vehicles. Play the way you like best with three vastly different modes. While the tutorials can be a bit cumbersome, it looks gorgeous and is a step ahead for farming simulators in general. Unfortunately, there is still a high barrier to entry because starting off can be quite confusing. The tutorials don’t do a great job of explaining it either.
Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet is a third-person shooter which places you in the popular anime. You can create your own character and become the center of the story. Attack on Titan 2, another game based on an anime series, also lets you create a character but the plot never revolves around you. Thankfully, this isn’t the case here. Sword Art Online is a game where you can die in real life. This forms the basis of the story but gameplay consists of accepting missions and killing particular specified in the contracts. While it’s not amazing, it’s still satisfying because it takes place in a compelling world. The title also supports Xbox One X so it looks very clear on 4K displays. It’s a shame that it only runs at 30 FPS on the system.
Out of all of these games, we would recommend Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet the most. It’s a lot of fun and gives you that nostalgic feeling of playing old-school mystery games. All of the titles this week provide their own unique experiences, so give them a shot if you’re interested. It just depends on what you like.