Taking place 25 years after the conclusion of the third game, Gears of War 4 puts you in the boots belonging to the son of the eternally bandana'd Marcus Fenix. Much like his father before him, JD joined the local space marine outfit. But unlike his father, JD fighting "aliens" called the Swarm and not the Locust. Gameplay this time around is still the same run, gun, and cover style from the previous trilogy with some added flair like new weapons and a weather system that can change up how a battle is fought. If you're in the mood for multiplayer, the classic horde mode is still here along with plenty of player versus player modes.
The Dance Central series was a definite highlight of the Xbox 360's original Kinect lineup. These dance titles were easy enough to get into and had a variety of minigames and even a story mode to keep you entertained. Spotlight removes those but keeps the core gameplay intact with improved tutorial modes and improved tracking thanks to the Xbox One's new Kinect. Though at this point, Microsoft has discontinued the Kinect, if you have one or are able to find one, this title should not be forgotten.
There's a lot of games on this lineup that involve you mowing down waves of enemies with some kind of projectile and sometimes you just need to get away from it all. Maybe settle down in a nice town far away from everything. Maybe grow some crops and raise some livestock. Maybe meet someone special and have some kids. Maybe help a wizard investigate the weird sprites that inhabit the rundown town hall. Stardew Valley is relaxing and rewarding allowing you to take things at your own pace which is maybe why I have over 150 hours played in it.
2017 felt like a return to the traditional 3D platformer. With games like Yooka-Laylee, A Hat In Time, and even Super Mario Odyssey, the colorful genre has made a strong comeback. Super Lucky's Tale started life as Lucky's Tale on the Oculus Rift and was reworked for the Xbox One. You take control of Lucky, a spritely little fox who is trying to help his sister recover the Book of Ages from the mysterious villain Jinx. It can be easy to overlook a game like this but if you're itching for something colorful and cute with challenges suited for players of all skill levels, definitely check this out
Many cars, many races, open world, multiplayer, Forza Horizon 3 has a whole lot if you're a fan of racing games. Featuring 350 cars and plenty of downloadable content to keep you busy for quite some time, there was even an expansion that added Hot Wheels tracks (and a car from Final Fantasy XV) to the game.
Only missing Goldeneye and obviously the Donkey Kong Country series due to licensing issues, Rare Replay is a value simply based on how many games you get. While there are some games in the collection you can skip (the earlier ZX Spectrum titles and Perfect Dark Zero), there's plenty to dig into like the Banjo-Kazooie series, Blast Corps, and Viva Pinata. Who needs Goldeneye when you've got the Perfect Dark remaster! Which you can still play with 4-player splitscreen by the way.
The most extreme energy drink commercial you've ever seen combined with the wild weapons, rail grinding and shooting of Ratchet & Clank, fused with the open world zombie killing of a Dead Rising, Sunset Overdrive was the first Insomniac Games project not be to a Playstation exclusive. The main campaign has plenty of side quests and upgrades to keep you interested for a while and on top of that, there's Chaos Squad, a series of co-op missions to play along with with up to 7 players.
One of the most highly talked-about PC games of the year makes it's console debut on the Xbox One. 100 players parachute into an island, race around searching for weapons and armor, and must outwit and survive against each other as they battle for the number one spot. But you must be wary, as you can't doddle for too long as a playzone beings to contract forcing players to the center making the battle even tenser. If you make it to the number one spot, you're presented with a delicious chicken dinner.
Well, not really, just the immense satisfaction of coming out on top and some in-game currency to outfit your avatar in new clothes.
Marred by many a technical problem upon launch, The Master Chief finally came around eventually and should be a definite grab for first person shooter fans. Containing the first 4 Halo games, including all the campaigns and maps of each game so you can relive the excitement of running over someone with the Warthog and the horror of running from The Flood in the library. If you're feeling even more nostalgic, The Master Chief Collection includes LAN support so you and a group of friends can bring your Xboxes and TVs to one room and pretend like it's 2003 again.
The premise of For Honor feels like an argument I had when I was 13-years-old. Who would win between Vikings, Knights, and Samurai? Ubisoft aimed to answer this question with their interesting fighting game that pits these three factions against each other. With a badass story mode and plenty of multiplayer with additional downloadable content, if you're looking for something a little different, For Honor is something to keep your eye on.