Daniel Acaba

Reviews By Daniel Acaba

Tower of Guns Review (Xbox One)

By Daniel Acaba () - 8.0 out of 10

What is important here is that Tower of Guns actually plays really damn well once you get past the initial difficulty of just starting the game. Some players may find it nearly impossible to play this game on consoles if they’re more used to mouse controls, and this is one of the few games that really feel like it benefits from that precision, but that’s a matter of preference. Read More.

White Night Review (Xbox One)

By Daniel Acaba () - 8.5 out of 10

Take the smooth jazz music that permeates White Night, add in the black and white color palette and a compelling, if somewhat stock, story to create a highly enjoyable experience. Any issues it has are far too minor to allow it to completely ruin an otherwise awesome game that really harkens back to games like Alone in the Dark. It’s rare for any game to leave me completely intimidated but it happened more than once with White Night which means more than any hyperbole ever will. Read More.

Never Alone Review (Xbox One)

By Daniel Acaba () - 8.0 out of 10

Never Alone is a bit of a mixed bag gameplay wise, blending a few really good ideas with some dubious execution, but it’s far from bad. It’s simply a good game with a great, almost storybook, plot and a few noticeable flaws. Read More.

Forza Motorsport 5 Review (Xbox One)

By Daniel Acaba () - 9.0 out of 10

Forza Motorsport 5 is a fantastic experience that is hampered only by the sometimes rough and tumble nature of the races. The lack of variety in the tracks is a minor quibble but it is greatly balanced out by the fantastic innovations of the rumble feedback and the smoothness of the gameplay itself. Read More.

Evolve Review (Xbox One)

By Daniel Acaba () - 8.5 out of 10

While Evolve may not be for everyone it is still a hell of a game. It looks fantastic, has great voice acting and a good variety of stuff to keep you entertained. There may be a few problems here and there but it is nowhere near the deal breaker some “Chicken Little” types have been trying to make it out to be. It’s a solid experience that holds up incredibly well to repeated playthroughs although it is possible that repetition may set in down the line. Read More.

Ryse: Son of Rome Legendary Edition Review (Xbox One)

By Daniel Acaba () - 8.0 out of 10

While it’s easy to see how a short campaign and the initial state of the multiplayer could have disappointed people. But as time has gone on Ryse: Son of Rome has really matured into a fantastic gaming experience. Of course it has its flaws and even now some of the issues with the game are off-putting but overall it brings a lot of quality content to the table. While it can be hard to find the time to play it in this busy year of releases if you get the chance you should take it, it’s a solid experience that’s well worth your effort. Read More.

Sunset Overdrive: Mystery of the Mooil Rig Review (Xbox One)

By Daniel Acaba () - 8.5 out of 10

Normally I’d ignore the short length since it’s just some DLC but Sunset Overdrive is so full of stuff to do. Collectibles, side quests, challenges – there’s just so much stuff. That's not the case with the DLC which is very thin. Even the new traversal abilities that I’m quite fond of are only useful around the water which is an incredibly minor part of the game. So it’s a great experience but what is there to it? Unfortunately, just not that much. Read More.

Alien: Isolation Review (Xbox One)

By Daniel Acaba () - 8.0 out of 10

These issues with the game, that of frustrating segments, uneven difficulty and plastic characters, are really all more technical hiccups than huge issues. So long as you can deal with a few areas of frustration the rest of the experience is definitely worth the money for one of the finest horror games ever released. Alien: Isolation lives up to its potential and then some. Read More.

Destiny Review (PS3)

By Daniel Acaba () - 3.0 out of 10

The problem that Destiny suffers is the proverbial death of a thousand cuts. Every time you look at a feature in the game there’s a small problem with it that the developers may have put in because they felt it served a purpose in their game world but it only inhibits the experience. To be blunt, Destiny is a game with high production values but absolutely nothing else. Read More.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection Review (Xbox One)

By Daniel Acaba () - 9.0 out of 10

This collection is all about one thing - a whole lot of content for your money. You get four games worth of content with some new additions and tweaks to make long-time fans happy and to ensure that new fans, looking to experience the original games, have plenty to enjoy. Honestly it's only the lack of changes for Halo 3 and a few minor issues that hold this package back from being a definitive, must own and even that's a small issue most won't find any problems with. Read More.

Sunset Overdrive Review (Xbox One)

By Daniel Acaba () - 9.5 out of 10

Bluntly put, Sunset overdrive is an utterly amazing game that’s without a doubt the killer app that the Xbox One has needed. It’s a great game full of well-designed set pieces, awesome boss fights and a wide variety of customization options that let you play the game how you want. It’s funny, it’s well designed and, most importantly, it’s a damn fun game. Consider this a must own for Xbox One owners. Read More.

Stick it to the Man Review (Xbox One)

By Daniel Acaba () - 4.0 out of 10

A game that tries to be funny, like Stick it to the Man does, is only enjoyable if the jokes are good and the delivery stands up. Since the delivery is almost invariably an annoyance it doesn’t matter how good the jokes are. Pair that up with the gameplay worlds being far wider and open than they need to be and tack on repetitive gameplay and all you’ll find here is a whole lot of boredom. Read More.

Indie Spotlight: Super Time Force Review (Xbox One)

By Daniel Acaba () - 7.0 out of 10

One would think that a game like Super Time Force, with its quirky mechanics and interesting story would hold my attention but I honestly found every minute of playing the game incredibly boring. I can’t losing interest in the game to the point that this review is so late because I couldn’t play long enough to actually get a good enough grip on the game to actually review it. This is literally the first time I’ve had a game do that to me so I guess that’s something. Read More.

Forza Horizon 2 Review (Xbox One)

By Daniel Acaba () - 9.5 out of 10

I’m going to stand by the assessment that Forza is the best damn racing series out there and Horizon 2 continues that fine tradition while also trying to expand on it. The developers have mixed the core simulation gameplay of Forza has been finely blended with the open world of Test Drive Unlimited and the more chaotic elements of Project Gotham Racing and Burnout, making for an incredibly satisfying game. Read More.

Indie Spotlight: Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut Review (Xbox One)

By Daniel Acaba () - 7.5 out of 10

Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut is for a very specific sort of person. It’s hard to truly recommend it to anyone who isn’t already a fan of space shooters since being an arcade style space shooter is its entire appeal. It’s almost like a throwback to games past which is great if you loved them before, not so much if you’ve never been interested in them. But if you are a fan then you should almost definitely play it since it has a lot to recommend. It’s just not likely to make many converts. Read More.

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