Fresh from his victory over Jinx, Lucky is looking forward to a day off. But the Book of Ages has other plans, and Lucky is once again pulled in, this time emerging into the tropical resort of Gilly Island.
Despite its beauty and renown as an award-winning vacation spot, it’s quickly apparent that something is amiss on the island. Lucky learns Lady Meowmalade has hijacked the resort to throw the greatest (worst) party ever as she celebrates the release of her latest single. Now Lucky must save the island and its vacationers from Meowmalade’s chaos before it ruins their fun and ultimately wreaks havoc on all the worlds inside the Book of Ages.
Join Lucky for more classic platforming challenges, brain-bending puzzles, mysterious foxholes, and tropically treacherous obstacle courses. Meet characters new and old as you burrow, jump and spin your way through a sun-soaked paradise.
Our very own Greg reviewed Super Lucky’s Tale and you can read his review here.
Gilly’s Island is available now for the low price of £4.19 in the UK, and $4.99 in the US. No need to search for it as the link to purchase from the Xbox store is right here!
Also arriving on March 1st are Oxenfree, Resident Evil Revelations 2, The Final Station, Sonic CD and Euro Fishing.
Rise of the Tomb Raider – Featuring epic, high-octane action moments set in the most beautifully hostile environments on earth, Rise of the Tomb Raider delivers a cinematic survival action adventure where you will join Lara Croft on her first tomb raiding expedition. Explore Awe-Inspiring Deadly Tombs – Huge ancient spaces littered with deadly traps, solve dramatic environmental puzzles, and decipher ancient texts to reveal crypts as you take on a world filled with secrets to discover. Woman vs. Wild – Conquer a world fiercely protecting its secrets, endure perilous conditions and unstable landscapes, face dangerous wildlife that act as guardians to ancient tombs, and explore huge interactive environments. Guerrilla Combat – Use the environment to your advantage, scale trees and dive underwater to avoid or takedown enemies, configure Lara’s gear, weapons, and ammo to suit your play style, craft explosives on the fly to sow chaos, and wield Lara’s signature combat bows and climbing axe.
Super Lucky’s Tale – A delightful, playground platformer for all ages that follows Lucky, the ever-optimistic, energetic, and lovable hero, on his quest to find his inner strength and help his sister rescue the Book of Ages from Jinx. Jinx is the scheming and mysterious villain trying to reshape the world, but for what reason? Along the way, encounter a hilarious supporting cast of friends and adversaries. Lucky must confront the nefarious Kitty Litter, Jinx’s mischievous kids – self-taught villains who might not be getting Jinx’s plans quite right. Lucky meets friends and allies along the way too. He meets misplaced Yetis, Kookie Spookies, a village of farming worms, and other colorful friends inhabiting the Book of Ages. Test your skills with puzzles and nerve-wracking obstacle courses. Explore hidden secrets of new worlds with Lucky’s signature burrow move. Dive into unpredictable foxholes, or try devilish side scrolling challenge levels to unlock additional rewards. Check out Greg’s review of Super Lucky’s Tale!
Oxenfree – A supernatural thriller about a group of friends who unwittingly open a ghostly rift. Play as Alex, a bright, rebellious teenager who brings her new stepbrother Jonas to an overnight party on an old military island. The night takes a terrifying turn when you unwittingly open a ghostly gate spawned from the island’s cryptic past. How you deal with these events, your peers, and the ominous creatures you’ve unleashed is up to you. YOU determine every aspect of Alex’s story while exploring Edwards Island, uncovering the base’s dark past, and changing the course of your friends’ lives. You can read our Oxenfree review here!
A full list of all games in Game Pass can be found here.
A lot is asked of modern 3D platformers, largely because the giants of the genre have perfected so many of the mechanics of these terrific adventure games. Bright and welcoming visuals and audio, intuitive and clever level design, likeable characters, tight and responsive controls, and a 3D camera that’s quick and easy to manoeuvre yourself but dynamic enough to follow you and twist and turn at the right moments. Super Lucky’s Tale only really gets some of these elements right, but despite the odd blunder with those it struggles with, it’s still an excellent 3D platformer.
You take control of an adorable fox, on a quest to defeat a family of fiendish felines as they mean to take control of an all-powerful book and take over the world. It provides enough of a narrative drive to push the experience forwards but it certainly lacks the chops to enthral you. Fortunately, it can take a back seat, offering the occasional opportunity for a gag from one of the cats or a tip from your sister in regards to mechanics. It’s the joy of platforming and collecting that truly keeps you coming back.
However, the joy of the platforming is frequently threatened by the aforementioned blunders with the mechanics. It can occasionally feel a little sluggish moving Lucky around, particularly when jumping. Additionally, the camera isn’t free moving and turns in fixed degrees. This can make some areas a little tricky to see and manoeuvre within. Fortunately, the areas you’re exploring are on the small side. Indeed, Super Lucky’s Tale provides themed hub worlds, with doors leading to small self-contained levels. It’s a smart design that helps mark your progress and makes the camera control less frustrating. Moreover, levels take on one of two forms: a 3D environment to explore or a 2D level to scroll through. There’s also variety beyond that, with levels offering different mini-quests, some triggered by denizens of each level and some automatic, such as fetching objects for characters or auto scrolling levels forcing you to react accordingly. It’s pleasantly varied.
We also encountered some performance issues when running on an Xbox One S. Switching to the Xbox One X, however, cleared that issue up completely and granted jaw droopingly crisp visuals to boot. This, however, did introduce a more novel problem: a sense of overwhelming. Super Lucky’s Tale is utterly crammed full of objects, flora and fauna, all beautifully animated and sporting vibrant colours. It makes each frame remarkably busy, offering such a huge array of things you can interact with it can be a bit too much to comprehend. Largely, these are in fact just decoration or destroyable objects hiding trinkets, the rest is superfluous but gorgeous, and a plausible reason for the frame rate issues on the older Xbox hardware. You do eventually get used to it, and despite it being initially overwhelming it’s a marvellous reaction to have to a game’s visual design.
At the core of the experience is collecting four-leafed clovers from each level, unlocking boss fights and defeating the gang of cats. Each level challenges you to find four clovers, each requiring different criteria to be completed. It’s a little on the obtuse side, initially, offering little clue as to how precisely to unlock each clover, but some trial and error soon fixes that. Even the controls are a bit of a mystery at first, with some of Lucky’s moves not explained at all. Indeed, Super Lucky’s Tale fails to fully explain its mechanics and world to you and it can be a little frustrating as you figure it all out on your own, but once it does all click, there’s no denying how much fun the experience is.
The collectathon compulsion is strong here, and completionists will find each missed clover tormenting. Moreover, the boss fights are locked behind collecting a certain number of clovers, pretty high amounts in fact, providing plenty of encouragement to replay levels and conquer their challenges. It makes what is essentially quite a short adventure a much longer one, but it doesn’t fall into the trap of padding so much as it feels like an experience designed around thorough, systematic level completion. It’s a design that forces a more linear progression than what’s typically found in the genre, which helps greatly with your quest to indeed complete the adventure one hundred percent. It’s a design quirk that won’t work for everyone, but for those looking for a 3D platformer with a stricter structure, it’s ideal.
Thursday 21st September saw EGX open it’s doors to the masses, and with Xbox, Playstation and Nintendo all coming to the party with the biggest stands I have seen in my 5 years attending, it looks like being a great show. I was lucky enough to be able to let my teenage son come with me, but this year saw a strict focus on age related restrictions, so he was unable to play the majority of the AAA games on show that were rated 16. I suppose it was understandable as the VSC Rating Board and games trade body Ukie have today announced a renewed partnership in the form of their newly refreshed AskAboutGames site, which launched at EGX. Having this kicked off whilst allowing children to play (potentially) inappropriate games at the show was probably not the best policy!
So, my day one at EGX was not spent playing the newest AAA games, but I did unearth some gems within the Rezzed section.
We started off on the Xbox stand as the Xbox One X was powering most of their games. Both Forza Motorsport 7 and Super Lucky’s Tale looked amazing, and the latter really impressed me with its fun gameplay, and reminded me a lot of Banjo Kazooie. Cuphead also impressed but this is definitely looking like a controller throwing beast of a platform/shooter! The staff on the Xbox stand are also giving away 1 month Game Pass codes, so that’s well worth a look!
We then took a good look around the rest of the show floor, taking in the most wonderful merchandise available, mainly on the official Destiny 2 merchandise stand, which had the LOUDEST music playing EVER.! Thanks also to the chaps manning the Destiny 2/Virgin Fibre stand for letting my boy go home with posters, T-shirt and an inflatable Titan shield. That went a long way to improving his day!
Next was the Rezzed area, and the highlights of that section from day one is as follows.
Huntdown from Easy Trigger games is a very retro inspired, co-op 2D shooter where you play as bounty hunters tasked with taking down the gangs who control the streets. We played a demo on the Nintendo Switch but this is also coming out on Xbox and PS4 later in 2017. The Official Huntdown Website is here!
Guns, Gore and Cannoli 2 continues with the story of Vinnie the gangster from the original game. Its a hand drawn side scrolling shooter, which played extremely smoothly. I had never played the first one, but will definitely be checking this out! Check out the official website here.
Shift Quantum was a really fun puzzle game, where you switch the background from light to dark in order to escape a maze. My son is not a huge puzzle game fan but this was one he raved about afterwards! Developed by Fishing Cactus, Shift Quantum is currently only available on Steam, so check out the website here!
Dead Cells was one of my favorites from the Rezzed section. It is an upcoming roguelike-Metroidvania hybrid video game being developed by Motion Twin. Again, currently only on Steam but is being brought to consoles at a later date. Check out their website here!
Check out the site for an update on Day 2, same time tomorrow!
Sometimes a piece of news comes along that makes you smile, sing and dance for joy. This piece was one of those. Each year I go to EGX, whether at Earls Court in London, or more recently at the NEC in Birmingham. Last year, Xbox was largely absent from the conference, choosing only to concentrate on showing off Gears of War 4. However, this year, they are back with a bang!
Gamer Network is thrilled to announce that Xbox One X, the world’s most powerful console, will make its full UK playable public debut exclusively at EGX 2017! BOOOOOM!
Set for release on the 7th November, the Xbox One X boasts 40% more power than any other console to offer an immersive 4K gaming experience.
Visitors to EGX will be able to get hands-on with a wide selection of games on the Xbox One family of devices including first party titles Forza Motorsport 7, Sea of Thieves and Super Lucky’s Tale as well as the eagerly anticipated Middle-earth: Shadow of War from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Origins.
“Xbox One was available to play first in the UK at EGX 2013 and we’re delighted that Microsoft has again chosen EGX to demonstrate its cutting-edge hardware first. It’s a further demonstration that EGX is the number one UK event for launching new product,” said David Lilley, MD of Gamer Events.
EGX 2017, powered by Virgin Media, takes place on the 21st-24th September at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the event which will feature all aspects of gaming culture including big budget blockbuster games available to play before release, innovative titles from the thriving indie scene, thrilling esports action and much more.
Tickets are selling out fast, but if you’re very quick you can pick one up here –EXG Tickets!