This week sees the release of both Unravel and Firewatch, two very different adventure games that have been eagerly awaited since their E3 reveals. Firewatch has snuck up on us – we thought it was still a few months off – while Unravel has had a hefty amount of promotion, especially on the Xbox One store.
Both have received positive reviews, including dozens of 8s, and 9s. Unravel also received 10/10 from Destructoid, while Gaming Age gave Firewatch top marks. “This game’s narrative carries more emotional heft than almost anything else I’ve ever played,” claimed their reviewer.
The Metro on the other hand found Firewatch far removed from what they were expecting, resulting in a 5/10. “The actual story is terrible, once you find out what’s happening, and completely squanders everything the game had seemed to be building up to” they said.
Quarter to Three wasn’t taken by it either, giving it a lowly 2/5. Slant Magazine gave it a similar score – 2.5/5. We’ve seen a few negative first impressions on Twitter, too. The trailer suggests that it’s an open-world exploration game, but it’s allegedly linear and with a 4 hour runtime a bit on the short side. Although the £14.99 (or £13.49 with Plus) price tag isn’t bank breaking, maybe approach this one with an open mind.
Well-received co-op shooter Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime (£11.99 or £8.39 with Plus) and the equally colourful twin-stick shooter We Are Doomed (£7.99) meanwhile make the jump from Xbox One to PS4, while the resolution-shifting platformer The Adventures of Pip leaps from Wii U to PS4 and Xbox One. All signs point to it being one of the better pixel-art platformers of recent times.