Microsoft are staggering the rollout of Xbox One game reviews, seemingly to ensure a steady slew of coverage for their new console over the course of the week.
Today saw full price retail releases Dead Rising 3 and Zoo Tycoon have critical eyes cast over them, along with downloads LocoCycle, Powerstar Golf, Crimson Dragon and Killer Instinct.
Incidentally, reviews for Need for Speed: Rivals also started to trickle out today, and according to Eurogamer it’s pretty darn good. We have to say that we’re relived – when it was first announced we thought we were in another slapdash annual update akin to NFS: The Run.
Anyway, Thursday sees Forza 5 Motorsport reviews rev up – whatever that means – while on Friday we’ll finally discover if Ryse: Son of Rome can rise to the occasion. Given that it’s under embargo until launch day, we seriously recommend holding off buying it until reviews go live.
Dead Rising 3 seems a safe purchase though, having turned out far better than many expected. The Metro’s review is well worth a read, pointing out that in places it doesn’t even look as good as GTA V. Despite giving it a 7/10, they went on to heralded as the best Dead Rising yet.
Killer Instinct has been getting some surprisingly high reviews too – “A year from now, Killer Instinct could be one of the best fighting games ever made” said GamesRadar. That’s some mighty high praise indeed.
Downloads LocoCycle and Crimson Dragon, which both started out as XBLA games, haven’t been gushed over quite as much however. We really didn’t expect LocoCycle to walk away with a miserable 2/10 from EDGE.
Let’s have a look at the rest of the scores, then:
Dead Rising 3
9/10 – Destructoid: “Although it sacrifices a tad of its loveable camp factor and neon style in favor of a few other advancements, the outcome is a much stronger, more involved Dead Rising game”
8.75 – GameInformer: “Thinning out the undead of Los Perdidos is worth your time, but the bugs infesting the sandbox are an unwelcome scourge”
8/10 – EDGE: “Dead Rising 3 is a sandbox in the purest sense, one that urges you to experiment with its innumerable toys at your leisure”
8/10 – NowGamer: “Dead Rising 3 is more of the same, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t compulsive, time-absorbing and – most of all – fun”
7.5 – Polygon: “Dead Rising 3 is a promising, ultimately clumsy next-gen debut”
7/10 – Eurogamer: “It’s no kind of technical showcase for Xbox One, although that didn’t really bother me once I got into it, and if all you want for a launch title is something passably entertaining to plug away at for a few long evenings, it will suit you fine”
7/10 – GameSpot: “Despite a wonky presentation and obvious technical hiccups, Capcom has successfully made Dead Rising 3 a more welcoming experience than its harsh predecessors”
7/10 – CVG: “Its problems, though many, are somewhat saved by all of the effortless fun had dicing up zombies with bizarre weaponry”
3.5/5 – JoyStiq: “The persistent hiccups are hard to ignore, but they’re not so great as to stall the engine for goofy creations that is the heart of the game”