Xbox One reviews embargo lifted, all the scores
posted on 11.18.13 at 09:08 AM EDT by (@salromano)
Dead Rising 3, Crimson Dragon, Killer Instinct, and more.

Microsoft has lifted the embargo on Xbox One reviews. All of the company’s first-party launch lineup, save for Forza Motorsport 5 and Ryse: Son of Rome (reviews of which will go live on different days), are included.

Find all the scores compiled below.

(This post will be continually updated. Please bear with us as it’s finalized.)

Crimson Dragon

Dead Rising 3

Killer Instinct

LocoCycle

Powerstar Golf

Zoo Tycoon

Play-Asia
  • Budgiecat

    Hooray for XBox One! So delighted and can’t wait for their release day. Good for gamers and everyone. I enjoy games.

    • McPoo

      Is that really necessary?

      And when are we going in on our Kickstarter?

      • Budgiecat

        As soon as you get me a PS4

        • McPoo

          But our game is going to be Xbone and PC only.

          • Budgiecat

            oh right….for the dudebroshooterbros

            • McPoo

              No, but it’s set in Final Fantasy universe so we’re going after the ‘bum anything japanese’ market.

              I suppose there’s a cross over though, we could create our own super race, like in the hit movie series ‘Underworld’. Dudes that are SO bro that they turn to Japanese games to control their urges.

              • Budgiecat

                You know the Japanese don’t really like firs person view games and Microsoft consoles right? We’re limiting our sales success

                • McPoo

                  Yeah but they love androgyny and generic magic. We’ll just give players the options to buy Fire, Fira and Firaga, then the same for water, ice and ground, and instead of four playable races we’ll have 4 increasingly feminine looking guys.

                  They can’t care that much about gameplay if they enjoy JRPG’s, it must be the above mentioned factors that draws them in time after time. We need to exploit this knowledge and make a game with the gameplay to attract DUDEBROTHERS and the ladyboys to attract those fellows that will literally do anything to feel a little bit Japanese.

                  • HeatPhoenix

                    “4 increasingly feminine looking guys”
                    “They can’t care that much abotu gameplay if they enjoy JRPGs”

                    I laughed. Good show.

                    • McPoo

                      Glad you liked it :)

                • McPoo

                  I’lll set the Kickstarter up today, partner. I just need your half of the set up fee. If you provide me with your bank account details then I can process the transaction most efficiently.

      • Gigus

        Oh… what kickstarter?

        • McPoo

          We’re making a team based, online only first person shooter set in the Final Fantasy universe that combines magic and technology with the standard gun play.

          • Gigus

            Kewl. What programs are you guys planning on using to make your game? Do you have any concept art or anything that you’re willing to show? You have my curiosity sir or ma’am, but soon you will have attention……. once I see something concrete XD

            • McPoo

              Haha we’re not really, sorry! I’m just being silly.

              My all time favourite game is Shadowrun, on 360, which is a team based shooter like I described above set (extremely loosely) in the Shadowrun universe.

              That said, if someone made a similar game in the FF universe, I’d definitely give it a go!

              • Gigus

                Awww, what a way to take advantage of a tired amateur t-shirt designer/IT person.

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      Let’s not do this.

      Note: Budgiecat’s original post was “Xbox Done”

      • HeatPhoenix

        That is pretty funny though.

  • McPoo

    Software looks about as disappointing as Sony’s lot, to me. I’m interested to see the console reviews more than anything.

    • Budgiecat

      Hey! Be positive!

      • McPoo

        I’m all for a bit of negativity, there’s just no need for trolling (unless it’s funny).

        In all seriousness though, both platforms have a couple of games I’m interested in, but nowhere near enough to warrant buying one. At this point I’m more interested in just seeing all the ins and outs of the hardware.

        • Budgiecat

          I still need to pick up a PC-FX console and maybe a Sharp X1..

          • McPoo

            I’ve got doubles of both if you want them? I’ll swap you for Gary Lineker and a shiny Charizard.

  • SuperLuigi

    Dang looks like both do not have a killer exclusive game yet.

    • Anime10121

      Its gonna be a minute unfortunately, as it usually takes at least a year or so before the killer apps start dropping. And in 2015, thats when i’m fully expecting this gen to start hitting its stride, with MGSV: TPP, Uncharted 4, and FFXV expected to drop then (my guesses). Though Microsoft may come out a little faster with Halo 5, since its supposedly a first year title…

  • HeatPhoenix

    Dead Rising 3 doing pretty well. I hope it gets a PC release.

    • syaznifaiq

      its capcom we talking about … one year from now after their contract with microsoft expired Super Dead Rising 3 Ultra Edition will come to ps4 and pc

      • Budgiecat

        Dead Rising 3: Ramos Chop Shop Edition

  • captainhowdy

    Killer Instinct and Dead Rising 3. I had a feeling KI would get points taking off for no story mode and few characters. But the fighting is what it’s all about and that’s important :-).

    Lococycle I’m not surprised about. It reminded me of Knack, just something I could careless about.

    • MasterSensei

      While it is true that the fighting is important not having enough characters is pretty bad. Most fighting games have at least 30 ish characters and that makes the game more fun since you can try out the different characters and find out what works for you. Don’t get me wrong KI looks like a really fun game but I wished that they would release all the characters at once instead of waiting till next year for the other characters.

      • captainhowdy

        About characters list. That doesn’t make a game good, balance and game play is key. Injustice and MK are prime examples, both have lots of characters but none of them have good game play. I would rather them take there time balancing than have super cheap characters who makes my blood pressure rise lol.

        Street Fighter and Tekken have always had lots of KI never did. I’m a fighting game fanatic, balance and game play with good graphics is what I want ha-ha. That’s my opinion on this :-P .

        • MasterSensei

          We’re both fighting game fanatics! xD
          Street Fighter has good balance in it.
          And since the balance is usually always up to professionals and the whole FGC community it has to be the most balanced game so far!

  • ragingmerifes

    So, despite all of the “having more and better games than PS4″ stuff, according to Metacritic, the worst PS4 game is better than Xbone’s worst game, while PS4’s best game is better than Xbone’s best game.
    Well.

    • SuperLuigi

      Well at least the xb1’s worst reviewed game is a 20.00 game and not 60.00

      • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

        A shame, too. I’ve been playing Knack and am really enjoying it. I’d say it’s a 7, at least.

        • SuperLuigi

          It looks like a neat game. I want to play it one day.

        • DarthBrian

          I think people are misjudging that game because it’s a family-friendly game. Also, one of the big hooks is that if your friends are playing it, you can trade secret items or something like that. None of the reviews I read mentioned that. Possibly because they had no friends playing it because they were playing it pre-release.
          Not that I think that would make or break a score, but I don’t think they were getting the full experience and it might have ruined their overall enjoyment of it.
          Or they have no souls. *shrug*

        • Anime10121

          You gonna review Knack? I’ve been wavering in and out about how it looks (interesting at one point and stale at others). Is the actual gameplay any fun? What about the puzzles, any difficulties?

          Not that I actually HAVE a PS4 at the moment, (gonna wait for the first “must have” exclusive to drop), but its nice to know what games I could go back to once I get mines :)

        • True Gamer

          I take back most things I said about Knack. I played it at my local target store in the attempt to buy a PS4. I must say that I enjoyed it. It felt like I was playing a pixar movie. I may indeed buy one if i can find a PS4 that is lol

      • ragingmerifes

        And PS4’s best game is free on Plus, as opposed to Xbone’s 60. Coincidence.

        • SuperLuigi

          Lol true

        • Batman

          How is that a coincidence? And it’s not free since you have to pay for PS+

          • ragingmerifes

            You also pay for internet, but most Flash games are free.

      • captainhowdy

        Agreed on all levels.

  • captainhowdy

    I’m happy DR3 did well. Out of all launch titles, this was my most anticipated.

    • AdamBoy64

      Nice, man.

      You’ve probably been asked this a few times already, but are you getting an X1 on launch?

      • captainhowdy

        No. I’m going to get the X1 and PS4 next year, possibly around April.

        I’m hoping by the kinks for both will be worked out :-D . I’m excited for this gen, I think this will be the best gen of all time.

  • MrRobbyM

    The reviews are king of all over the place but they’re generally good.

  • shogunknight

    Dead Rising and Killer Instinct seem to be doing fine. Ryse and Forza are missing, sad about Crimson Dragon

    • JCat_NY

      have a feeling Ryse might get mediocre reviews and Forza will get the top spot. I hope Ryse gets good scores – the graphics are too damn gorgeous but in the end, it’s all about gameplay.

  • Anime10121

    So… just as middling as PS4’s? Looks like next generation wont start until…(wait for it)….

    the NEXT Generation!

    (•_•). ( •_•)>⌐□-□. (⌐□_□) YEAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Anime10121

      Guess that turned out to be not as funny as I thought :(

      • ragingmerifes

        There’s always next time. :P

        • Anime10121

          Thanks :)

          Next time, there will be laughter :P or more crickets

      • Gigus

        Don’t worry someone didn’t like my Ryse kinect game joke up top either XD

    • EX+

      For me, 2014 is when the good shit starts coming out.
      inFamous: Second Son
      Watch Dogs
      Guilty Gear: Xrd
      Lily Bergamo
      Tom Clancy’s: The Division
      Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
      Hopefully Mirror’s Edge Next gen
      Not to mention that I have to pick up Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix, Tales of Symphonia Chronicles, TOX2 and Drakengard 3. My wallet is going to empty as all hell.
      EDIT: Final Fantasy XV as well.

      • GhostNomad

        Throw in DriveClub and this pretty much sums up my current list of games for 2014. It’s gonna be a busy year, especially when you consider the amount of hours most of those games could last :P

        • EX+

          Oh yeah. Drive Club looks crazy good. Did you see the lighting on that game?

        • Anime10121

          I want that one from Ubisoft, what was it called again? I think it was The Crew :D

          • GhostNomad

            I hate myself a little for forgetting. Watch_Dogs and The Crew were two of my most hyped games but I kinda refocused my excitement since they were delayed D:

            • Anime10121

              I know right! Ubisoft did like a one-two punch to the face of my hype for next gen! It also took part in my cancellation of my PS4 preorder (among other issues like finances) since Watch Dogs was pretty much gonna be my go to Next Gen game, with the Crew coming up shortly behind…

      • MasterSensei

        I think you forgot about Final Fantasy 15. I believe that it’s coming out next year too.

        • EX+

          Oh yeah, I was thinking about including that.
          I seriously think FF15 will come out next year. Especially because of how advanced it looked at E3. Nomura also said they were going to make sequels because of when they were going to release it.

          • Anime10121

            I still doubt it, it MIGHT hit next year in Japan, but there’s no way in hell the west is getting it in 2014, when we’ll already be getting two other mainline FF titles (well one is a port, but still). Also, I just dont see SE missing out on XV releasing in XV, its too perfect for them to do otherwise :P

            It did look far along in development at E3, but that may just be because the game is on PS4One and it inevitably looks better. I mean, KH3’s alpha trailer has people thinking that game is farther in development than it actually is…

            Do remember, this trailer, also came out two years before KH2’s release :)

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ygciTbByL8

            It looked great then, but as time marched forward, it got even better :P

            • EX+

              I know what you mean, but I REALLY want that game. I think I could deal with a 2015 release date, but I think I would like it to look and play better than it did at E3. Anyways, we’re almost guaranteed to see a new trailer at Jump Festa (by the way when is that) and we MIGHT even see something at VGX.

              • Anime10121

                I want it too, but I also want them to take their time, make it the best it can be, and not rush it to market just because its taken so long to develop (well technically its only been in development for next gen for a year or two). But yeah, itll definitely play better than it did at E3! That trailer of KH I showed you, well when people first played it, they said it had frame rate drops and was kinda unrefined. All that was fixed by the time it released :)

                I’m hoping for something at Jump too, though I’m not betting on it (since mainline FF’s never had a “huge” presence there). But you can count the VGX out. Its never really been for Japanese games, and probably the only reason MGS made it in last year was because of Kojima. Nomura’s not really the go getcha public speaker kinda guy :(

                • EX+

                  Yeah, I know. I’m really grasping at straws with FFXV lol.
                  FFXV is one of the main reasons I’m getting a PS4 (it’ll run the best on PS4 as well), but I have many others, as you could see in my list. I just know that the game will be AMAZING. That’s why I’m so desperate.
                  I don’t know why man, but Nomura’s characters always draw me in. Noctis really did, from the way he was conversing with Ignis and co. in the 2011 trailer.

      • Anime10121

        2014’s definitely gonna be an amazing year! I just dont think its gonna be amazing for next gen quite yet. Those are some hype games though :D

        Infamous SS looks great, first Infamous I’m honestly eyeing to buy!

        Watch Dogs also looks good and I’m back and forth over whether or not I wanna day one it or wait (but its also for current gen too, so I may end up getting it for PS3)…

        Guilty Gear, I’ve never really been into this series, but after getting into Blaz Blue, I’m 100% getting this, though I have doubts as to whether or not it’ll reach the west in 2014…

        Lily Bergamo looks fantastic! Definitely getting it too, but as with Guilty Gear, I have doubts as to whether or not it’ll drop next year in the west…

        TC:The Division looks good, but I’m not really big on FPS unless their mindnumbingly fun as hell!

        MGS GZ is day one Current gen, and also a day one buy whenever I get my PS4!

        Doubt Mirrors Edge Next gen is coming in 2014 too, seems kinda early in development.

        The rest, all last gen, and all preordered :D

        • EX+

          I’m pretty confident that Lily Bergamo will come out next year in the West. Their games come to the West 2-3 months after Japan.

          • Anime10121

            True, usually that’s correct, but what if LB comes out like next November/December…

            Though I’d gladly take it as a reason to get a PS4 earlier than planned :)

      • Samsara09

        about XV,hope you are right.Well,my wallet,it is time to sacrifice you.

  • Tac-Mex

    Where are the Ryse reviews?

    • Gigus

      All the reviewers who played the kinect game were unfortunately killed while playing. If you die in the game, you die for real.

      • McPoo

        That sounds like the definition of hardcore gaming.

      • TheBlackRabbit

        where…can i find this game?

    • Bruno

      Ryse is so bad they decided to keep the reviews embargo permanently.

  • Awnye

    So sad we won’t start getting good games for both consoles for at least a year. :(

    • EX+

      That’s the reason I held off on buying a PS4.

      • Rezar

        Same here for both consoles. Also it doesn’t help when in 2014 the PS3 is getting JRPGs and both the PS3 and 360 are getting games like Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeroes. Plus if gives Microsoft and Sony time to fix any problems with their new consoles.

        • McPoo

          Yeah there’s still plenty of good stuff coming out or to go back to on current gen. I’d love a shiny new console, but really can’t justify it right now.

  • BossTuff

    My predictions were a bit off it seems. I figured that DR would be in the 6 range and that Crimson Dragon would be higher. Sort of crazy to see that it’s the other way around. Not surprised at all by Lococycle, it should have been released a couple of years ago, Twisted Pixel needs to do a sequel to Comic Jumper instead. Zoo Tycoon is looking to be the dark horse of the bunch, was not expecting all of the positive reviews for it, that’s sort of awesome.

  • 罪罰

    Killer Instinct looks really nice and seems to play nice. I’m happy they did it some justice.

  • http://zefhar.deviantart.com Zefhar

    I’m surprised at Killer Instinct’s ratings… To be honest, I didn’t have much hope for it when I saw the first screenshots. Now I’m curious…

    • Comandante Bushido

      Watch some videos, It seems very nice

  • Crossbones (Prodigy-X)

    I square Reviewers are so stupid. The only reason they gave such low scores to both PS4 & Xbox One is because they kept crying about innovation. These are launch titles, they’re suppose to hold you over to the big games like Quantum Break & The Order 1886 comes out.*SMH*

    • DarthNemesis

      Quantum Break will never release or at least not next year.

  • TheBlackRabbit

    LOL Kotaku’s review score….”NO”……I LIKE IT XDDDD

  • miyamoto

    where is the score for Ryse?

    • Crossbones (Prodigy-X)

      Apparently M$ & Crytek knows its going to get low scores so they decided not to take the embargo off until the day the Xbone launches Nov 22.

    • AdamBoy64

      From what Sal’s written, it seems like it will be updated with new scores as they come in.

      I’m looking forward to seeing it. That, and the hardware reviews.

  • AdamBoy64

    I’ll be very interested for how Forza 5 reviews turn out.
    It’s a big title to have on launch – and a lot riding on it.

  • Zancrow

    I’m really eager to see Ryse’s score, considering I don’t expect much from CryTek besides pretty graphics.
    But I’m willing to let myself be positively surprised.

  • Samsara09

    Well,time to bury the Bone,hope a stray dog finds it,or not.What a weak launch.Man,console launches are SO boring.Man,they should wait for the companies to finish up their games…like Namco Bandai,Square Enix,etc…and catch up with the new gen…instead of releasing just some scraps and bones for us consumers.

  • ddsfan2

    I’m kinda bummed out about Crimson Dragon, which looked interesting (I wasn’t really sure if it would be any good). If anyone I know gets an XBox One, I’d at least like to try the game. D4 looks great though, and I suspect will at least have a cult following.

  • Chestnut Bowl

    As middling as I expected. Forza is going to be the real killer app, though.

    • AdamBoy64

      Yeah, absolutely. It’s a fantastic title to have for a launch.
      Looking forward to seeing the reviews.

  • http://shinsua.tumblr.com/ Shinsua

    I thought an embargo was only effective when it blocked something of value.

  • Nate

    March can’t come soon enough with the release of Titan Fall.

  • http://conservativenewswire.wordpress.com/ Conservative Newswire

    I’ll skip the CableBox One, thanks

  • bigshynepo

    You mean all the games had their embargos lifted except RYSE? I expect low scores but high sales for it since there is little else appealing to buy.