What I liked:
- There’s a decent selection of games for you to get to grips with and without a doubt each one provided me and my children with some addictive fun.
- Whilst there are a few imperfections in the presentation both the visuals and sound design still did a good job in fitting in with the style of the game.
- This game does offer some replayability thanks to its online offerings and when played with friends it makes for a decent party game for players of all ages.
- There are plenty of unlockables for you to get but be warned in order to get these different skins etc you’ll have to grind a lot.
What I didn’t like:
- Technically the game suffers with a few issues every now and then which can be a little annoying.
- In terms of content the game doesn’t have a huge amount and I must admit that I did expect more due to the game’s pretty high price.
- Earning tickets to unlock things takes way too long and it does make obtaining them very tedious to say the least.
- There is a distinct lack of polish in some areas which makes your time with the game to not be as immersive as it should be.
Does Party Arcade do enough to get a recommendation from me?
All in all Party Arcade was a surprise release on the Xbox One this week and I must admit that I did have some reservations in playing this because before I played it I did do some research and all I found was bad reviews and ratings. It’s a good job then that I like to form my own opinions of a game because otherwise that would’ve definitely put me right off. After a sinking a few hours into Party Arcade then it became quite clear that this game is definitely a mixed bag but it also became quite clear that the game isn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be because when played with friends and family you do find a lot of fun and enjoyment within. Playing on your own can be fun as well but it does get repetitive a lot quicker when played this way. In terms of content the game offers you a decent selection of games for you to get to grips with but I must admit that I was expecting quite a bit more because the game isn’t cheap. There is however some replayability present though thanks to its online offerings but you will come across some technical issues here and this unfortunately isn’t the only area where you’ll find technical issues as well. You will also find a lack of polish in some areas and this is a shame because I actually enjoyed the presentation for the most part because both the visuals and sound design do a good job of creating a party atmosphere. At the end of the day then if you’re looking for a perfect party experience then you won’t find it here but what you will find is a game that is fun to play in short bursts with people of all ages. This then means that Party Arcade does just enough to get a small recommendation from me but unfortunately I can’t give it much more because the imperfections do hold me back from giving the game a bigger recommendation.
I rate Party Arcade 6/10.
Written by: gerrardnum8 (Dean Martin)
Developer: Farsight Studios, Inc.
Publisher: Farsight Studios, Inc.
Genre: Family & kids/Party
Release Date (Xbox One): May 8, 2019