Lococycle Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Lococycle RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Xbox One Review Embargo Lifted, Reviews Incoming https://www.gameskinny.com/wehau/xbox-one-review-embargo-lifted-reviews-incoming https://www.gameskinny.com/wehau/xbox-one-review-embargo-lifted-reviews-incoming Mon, 18 Nov 2013 11:47:17 -0500 Ryan Kerns

Wave two of next-gen fever hits this week as Microsoft's Xbox One console launches Friday, November 22nd. This morning, the review embargo was lifted and the gaming press has been putting up early reviews.

One game I particularly had my eye on is getting some very unfavorable reviews. Lococycle is currently sitting on a Metacritic score of 53 right now. Many reviews are complaining that the game has sloppy controls, dull/repetitive gameplay, and the visuals are not next-gen at all. I see this as a very rare miss for the game's developer Twisted Pixel, but I have a feeling the game might have been rushed to release to make it as a Xbox One launch title.

Another rushed Xbox One launch title seems to be fairing much better. Killer Instinct is sitting on a healthy Metacritic score of 73. It's no secret the game is being rushed to launch with only 6 fighters, with the rest of the modes and characters coming by March 2014. It seems what is available now is a very solid fighting game that stays true to the original Rare classic. It is somewhat head-scratching that, since the game is online match focused (we don't get arcade mode until next year), it lacks an online lobby... a feature that's become very standard in online fighting games. 

The scores have been a scatter-shot so far, hitting lows in the 50's with Crimson Dragon, and Dead Rising 3 currently breaking into the 80's. 

The real surprise of the morning is how well Dead Rising 3 is reviewing. The original Dead Rising was a Xbox 360 launch title, so it was a fitting choice for Microsoft. What comes as a surprise though is that Dead Rising 3 is currently sitting on a higher score than any of Sony's PS4 exclusives.

Much like how the original showcased the horsepower of the Xbox 360, Dead Rising 3 is a technology showcase in how many on-screen enemies it can display, along with large open environments with no loading. Welcome additions to the series include the ability to craft weapons without having to find a workbench and the ability to manually save at any time. The only real complaint I've seen so far is the tone is noticeably darker than the earlier titles... and the humor that is present seems like an added afterthought. 

So despite having some serious public image problems, it looks like Microsoft's new console is off to a very strong start. Maybe the world is just ready for multiple titles with Hispanic mechanics as lead characters. 

Top 3 Weirdest Games of E3 2013 https://www.gameskinny.com/bbdxr/top-3-weirdest-games-of-e3-2013 https://www.gameskinny.com/bbdxr/top-3-weirdest-games-of-e3-2013 Fri, 14 Jun 2013 22:14:39 -0400 Kaitlin Silver

I was super excited for E3 2013 months in advance (as I always am for every E3), but this year's show has been extremely memorable and one of my personal favorites!

We saw many big reveals - as well as surprises - on dozens of upcoming games, watched hours of interviews, trailers, and floor demos just to get a glimpse of the exciting new features to come, and witnessed one of the greatest next-gen console wars begin during Sony's E3 Press Conference with the amazing reveal of the Playstation 4! Missed out on the epic moment when Sony "threw down the gauntlet"? Watch it here:


 We experienced both the good and bad that Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo had to offer at this year's E3...but what about the weirdAfter soaking in the highlights of this year's show, I've come up with a list of the top 3 games that I found to be a little bit more eccentric than the rest.

Before I bid a final farewell to this year's E3, here's my Top 3 List of the Weirdest Games of E3 2013:

3. Spin the Bottle: Bumpie's Party (Wii U)

"Spin the Bottle?" With a title like that, I think it's normal to feel a little hesitant. But, have no fear! Nintendo says that this is an "innocent game for innocent kids" (and kissing is not required). Spin the Bottle: Bumpie's Party is the "ultimate" party game for 2-8 players on the Wii U and will not require use of a TV

"You sit in a circle around the GamePad and spin a virtual bottle. Two players are randomly paired up each round to do a collaborative physical challenge. Use the Wii Remotes™ and each other to dance, spin, grab, jump, hide, pump, pass and squeeze."

I'm diggin' the super cute graphics! And just a fun side-note, the developer of the game even suggested 2 core groups that would most likely find this game the most entertaining:

  1. Kids
  2. Adults who are drinking and/or playing a drinking game

 "Ultimate" party game or "awkward" party game...that's up to you to decide!

 2. Octodad: Dadliest Catch (Windows, Mac, Linux, PS4)

I think the trailer for this highly-eccentric title says it all:

Developed by Young Horses, this indie game will be the sequel to the first Octodad (yes, there was a first one). You play an octopus who is posing as a human (and even has a human family), and must attempt to complete household tasks and chores while maintaining this secret. (It seems pretty obvious that this suit and tie-wearing "dad" is an octopus...but who needs logic).

Sound boring? Well, here's the catch: it's a little difficult being an octopus in a human world! The game features awkward control mechanics...making it difficult to perform (what we humans would say are) simple everyday tasks. Overall, Octodad looks like a hilarious title to add to the collection if you're looking for something "unique." 

1. Lococycle (Xbox One)

 LocoCycle takes you on an action packed adventure only seen on Xbox One with a sentient motorcycle named I.R.I.S and her mechanic, Pablo (who is literally being 'dragged' along for the ride) to fight for freedom from the Big Arms agents.

 Developed by Twisted Pixel, Lococycle will be launching with the Xbox One and will be "exclusive" to the console.

You get to play as a talking motorcycle (named IRIS) who drags her companion, Pablo, by the ankle while engaging in melee-style combat. Cool? The bike is even described as:

"Valedictorian of the Big Arms Academy's School of Assassination. IRIS is proficient in 40 forms of combat and has blades, handguns and 'the latest in nuclear technology.' IRIS is fluent in 50 languages, can blend in and disappear, and can travel a mile in 20 seconds." 


I'm not really sure how I feel about this title (and as a PS4 fan...I don't feel like it's much of a loss). The idea is quirky and fun, but the game reminds me of something I'd see in an arcade at my local bowling alley or movie theater...not on a next-gen video game console. Improve the graphical quality and melee animation, and I might be more convinced.

Did you think there were any weird games announced at E3 2013? Let me know in the comments!