ReCore - Xbox One

  • Publisher: Microsoft
  • SKU: 9093265
  • Release Date: 09/13/2016
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Overview

What's Included


  • Armature Studio ReCore

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
90% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (645 out of 720)

Product Details


  • Developer: Armature Studio
  • Publisher: Microsoft
  • Platform: Xbox One
  • Genre: Action and Adventure
  • Release Date: 09/13/2016

Synopsis


From the legendary creator Keiji Inafune and the makers of Metroid Prime comes "ReCore", an action-adventure masterfully crafted for a new generation. As one of the last remaining humans on a planet controlled by robotic foes bent on your destruction, you must forge friendships with a courageous group of robot companions, each with unique abilities and powers. Lead this band of unlikely heroes on an epic adventure through a mysterious, dynamic world. You can't save mankind alone.

Features


All-New IP from legendary developers

Legendary creator Keiji Inafune and his staff at Comcept Inc. team up with Armature Studio and Microsoft Studios for a new original adventure.

Developed for Xbox One and Windows 10, "ReCore" marries action and platformer gameplay with incredible visuals, a unique art style and an emotionally engaging story.

A band of robot companions

Throughout the adventure, you will encounter a variety of Corebots. Many will be foes bent on your destruction, but some will be courageous companions for you to bond with and lead in battles during your adventure.

Innovate blend of exploration and combat

Developed by Comcept Inc. and Armature Studio (the makers of "Metroid Prime"), and pulling from their collective years of expertise and inspiration from classic action-adventure games.

"ReCore" provides a fresh gameplay experience full of exploration and strategic combat for action and platformer fans.

A mysterious and dynamic world

Explore a beautifully rendered and unique world as Joule Adams, one of the last remaining humans on the planet, Far Eden.

Find new dungeons, enemies and treasure in a region known as the Shifting Sands, where massive sandstorms come and go, altering the height of the terrain.



Customer rating

4.2
90%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    A promising NEW IP that falls flat on its face

    Posted
    thatdemoguy
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    FROM MY WEBSITE thatdemoguy.com I'm not going to waste a lot of your time with this "review", I am going to come right out and tell you to not buy ReCore. At least not at full price. Maybe even skip it on sale. It's not that it's a terrible game, because there are some moments of pure brilliance and even slight glimmers of game design genius. But the problem is that the game betrays you as the player and never truly finds its identity and drags you along for a very confusing and boring ride. ReCore actually start off very promising. You're immediately thrust into the role of Joule (pronounced like Jewel), who awakens from cryo sleep on a barren desert planet. Her only companion is her trusted robot dog, Mack. She's alone in a world full of hostile robots that were meant to terraform the planet for human habitation, but something has happened causing there to be a revolt and the robots have turned against their masters. It's a very straightforward premise that doesn't leave a whole lot to the imagination. Even given this, the world that you're in is very initially intriguing. From the outset you're given this vast open world, and even equipped with a standard double jump and dash boots, there places in the world that are just out of your reach. There's mysterious air geysers, sections of track rising to the sky, seemingly traversable chasms, and huge cracked rocks that are just the right amount of "out of place" that you know that eventually once you progress, that you will have full reign over this desert wasteland. You cannot wait to simply dive in and see exactly what waits for you. And for the first few hours, it’s actually exhilarating. Joule has amazing mobility and is even a very capable combatant. The robot enemies in the game are all powered by various different color energy cores in red, blue, or yellow. In combat you have to change ammo types on the fly to best manage how to approach hostile encounters because naturally, same color ammo does more damage to same color enemies. But you're very rarely in an encounter where you're batting a single color enemy, thus making the combat and movement very engaging and exciting. This is then bolstered by the fact that once you weaken an enemy, you have the option to either outright defeat them, causing them to drop scrap parts that you can then use to build new components for your own robot companion(s), or you can rip out their colored core. If you choose this option, you enter a tug of war mini game as you try to take their core from them, which you can then use to power up your own robots of the same color by bolstering their attack, defense, or energy ratings. So there's a very delicate balance between choosing to scavenge for parts to build different parts for your robots, raising their stats piece by piece, or going right for the cores and raising a particular stat on your own. Each of these has its pros and cons, and for those first few hours, this game is extremely engaging. So what went wrong? Unfortunately, after those first few hours....you realize that something just isn't quite right. The combat doesn't ever evolve and that tease of freedom and exploration is then ripped away from you. You start off with just Mack, your dog companion who can sniff out hidden areas and dig up secrets buried in the sand. Then you earn Seth, who is a spider type robot that you can hook onto and is able to access those mysterious tracks in the sky, giving you access to previously unavailable areas. This is well and good. But then, you find Duncan, who is an ape robot that can break open those cracked rocks, uncovering more secrets. COOL RIGHT? Time to go and take this world by storm. Well this is where the game shoots itself in the foot with what is quite possibly the most half baked idea I have ever encountered in this modern gaming era. So you have Mack, Seth, and Duncan who can all help you get around the world in different ways. Mack, Seth, and Duncan. That's three different names. But guess what? YOU CAN ONLY EVER HAVE TWO OF THEM WITH YOU AT ONE TIME!!!! That's right, you are limited on your exploration in an open world game!! This is then made even more frustrating once you earn new frames for your robots that give you new abilities like flight. Want to know why this is so frustrating? Well the game comes from Comcept and Armature, companies with employees who worked on both the Mega Man and Metroid Prime franchises. So you would THINK that they would know how to handle the gradual powering up of a character and traversal of a game world. Apparently not. Just imagine playing a Mega Man title, beating all the bosses, earning new power ups, but then having to only be able to take TWO of them into the final level. Or imagine playing a Metroid title, finding all the Chozo statues, fully maxing out Samus' power suit abilities, and then only being able to take TWO of those abilities out at any given time. This is just shoddy and stupid game design. It gets worse, because to change your robot loadout, you have to BACKTRACK to Joule's sand crawler/home base. This isn't that bad, considering that you can easily pause the game and hit one button to fast travel back to base. But the issue is that every single time you do this, the game has an extremely lengthy, and when I say lengthy I mean at least 2 to 3 minute load time. Meaning if you head out and find an area you need to reach, but have the wrong robot, well you gotta head back to base and change them out. There went 3 minutes. POOF GONE. And you will be doing this a WHOLE LOT because the entire back half of the game is you being sent on repeated fetch quests for more prismatic cores (think keys) to access story related areas. This makes the gameplay loop very tedious because your progression is constantly hampered by having to go backwards then working your way back to where you were with the same respawning enemy groups in your way. And if you just happen across a new secret while working your way back, you run the risk of not being able to collect it or even explore that area if you have the incorrect robots with you. This is beyond problematic and just plain out HORRIBLE GAME DESIGN. Oh that loading issue? It gets further exacerbated because when you die, be it in combat or from various falls or environmental traps, you will also get treated to another 3 minute loading screen. And trust me, you will be dying and falling, because the last section of the game is a huge boss tower with a ridiculous difficulty spike. You're forced to climb this tower, which is nothing but jumping puzzles with tough combat sections as checkpoints. And it’s not that the combat sections are necessarily hard per se, but what the game doesn't prepare you for is that in this ENTIRE last section, you are forced to fight in combat arenas, with walls that actually damage you and restrict your movement, whereas the entire time you've been playing up to now you've been able to move about the play area at will. Once again HORRIBLE GAME DESIGN. Stack these addressed issues on top of crashes, bugs, and a frame rate that sometimes falls far below 30FPS in even the most questionable of places, and you have a product that ultimately ends up being wasted potential. I really wanted to like ReCore, I really did. I felt that with the pedigree of the people working on it, that Microsoft had a bonafide AAA exclusive new IP that could benefit them this generation, but this is just another one that falls flat. So how do YOU feel about ReCore? Have you played it? If so, did you finish it? Feel free sound off here in the comments or find me on any and all social media at thatdemoguy.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful game, great price, plenty of loading.

    Posted
    JGrim
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    You don't see many games starting off less that $50, but this one does and it is a beautiful game. While the first 20min of ReCore are enamoring, the first boss fight will make you want to throw your controller. If that one doesn't I guarantee the second one will. There is a game dynamic called "core extracting" where when you have a baddy down to a certain health you can grapple their core from their body for an "instant kill." The problem is you activate this with the R3 (press in on right stick) and then use the stick to achieve just the right amount of tension to extract. Too little and they snap your cable, too much and you snap your cable. The problem is that with normal enemies this isn't too hard a sweet spot to find, normally. With the big bads it is so frustrating you will want to punch a kitten. Really wish they had gone with a button smash, or button sequence match minigame to do this. Complaint #2 is the loading times. If you like having time to vacuum the living room, do dishes, slop the hog, do your homework, or run a quick errand to the local pharmacy while your game is loading between your character's home, and the open world. This is the game for you. I exaggerate a little, but man there is a lot of loading. Once the loading is done you are in an beautiful mostly open world. The third thing that will have you screaming for mercy is when you step into a part of the world you are not leveled up enough for. There isn't a warning sign or something preventing you from going there. You will just get your butt handed to you repeatedly until you shut the game off and use the disc for a skeet shoot, or you go somewhere else for a while and then you find the long unmarked road around and wonder why it was so hard in the first place. I know this looks like a bad review but I really do like this game. Once you understand the flaws/frustrations you begin to work with them. Story is good, the player is made to care about the main character and pals, and again the game is beautiful. I can forgive a lot for a $20 cheaper game.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Fun but Empty Game

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    Jake
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    Recore is a very fun and interesting game. The world's desert setting is a great area to explore and play in and the game's character and enemy designs are very cool and reminiscent of older titles. Even the gameplay is entertaining. But, as I began playing through the game, I started to feel that the game began to feel repetitive, empty, and boring. Sure, the game is fun and does a great job of combining platforming and gun play, but after the first few hours, the gameplay already begins to feel repetitive and very simple. I have personally set the game down just because I do not have the desire to continue playing through the game. The biggest issue that the game has is lack of depth. The first thirty minutes are extremely fun and memorable, but after that, I already began to see the game starting to rinse and repeat certain elements. You can upgrade your bots by collecting or crafting new parts for your bots, but I did not notice any major differences between the handful of parts that I found and switched in and out (other then some having some good, obvious benefits such as more health). The story appears simple, the platforming is simple, and the shooting is extremely simple (you really don't even have to aim). Now, I enjoy these three elements of the game, it's just that I don't feel like there is any reason for me to care about the story or to want to try harder when I play as Joule. I would say that recore is the Ratchet and Clank for Xbox, but lacks the charm, graphics, and even the sort of depth that the Ratchet and Clank games possess. I would highly recommend this game to younger gamers or to gamers who like the collect in game items or who are huge platformer fans (I'm personally not a huge platforming fan). But, to those who are looking for depth to their story or gameplay, you won't find that here. Also, keep in mind that I have only played for around five hours, so this review is not comprehensive of the entire title, but is instead my first impressions of the game itself.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A rare gem

    Posted
    Timer
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    For some of us folks that have been playing video games for some while now (Nintendo was my first console btw) can appreciate when a game comes out and tries something different, and in this case something old school. This game is fantastic in that regard. It plays like well done platformer, which i haven't played since Jack and Daxter. I didn't think this game would have that as its primary play style at first. Don't get me wrong, the combat is also very enjoyable, swapping between different colored ammo to match the enemy your fighting, while commanding your A.I. companion what to do is quite satisfying. I started really liking this game after discovering some of its secret dungeons, and how fun/challenging it was completing them and unlocking rare parts for your partner. It's sad how people are so focused on graphics now and days that it will get judged just by that immediately. Graphics help, but don't make the game. It's not perfect by any means (Loading times are a little much, some Frame drops in intense battles) but for me it is, especially now when games are so focused on Hollywood movie story telling, saturated with FPSs, and disappointing hype ( *cough* No Mans Sky, Destiny *cough* to name a few) I just want a game that is fun to play, and Recore is just that. I don't care if the story isn't thought provoking or life changing, it's not what I look for in a video game. Don't let mainstream reviews deter you from trying it, you might actually like it if you try it. I own the collectors edition of Recore, and have a review of it as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good game, but not without it's share of flaws

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    Timzilla
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    Overall, the game is a fun game. The mechanics remind me of Ratchet and Clank. The platforming aspect of the game is dead-on and is an enjoy. Even the shooting, while it comes off as simplistic, is enjoyable and can even pose a challenge. Cons: The game has very long load times. They have seem to have beomce a little shorter, but overall these are some of the worst on the Xbox One. This can sometimes take away from the enjoyment of the game. My only other complaint is that towards the end of the game, you will need to grind quite a bit to be able to progress. This doesn't really pose too much of an issue in the beginning of the game, but will become more of an annoyance the further you progress. To exasperate the issue, each time you need to "hop" between locations, you are greeted with a loading screen. As I previously mentioned, it is the loading screens which take away from the experience, and make back tracking that much more of an annoyance. Overall: gameplay is an 8-9.5. However, because of the the long load times, I cannot give this more than a 7 out of 10. I definitely do recommend this to anyone who is a fan of games like Ratchet and Clank, but this recommendation comes with a big *. I recommend this game for those who are not turned off to long load times which adds hours on to the game.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Way exceeded expectations, great game

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    barrett1134
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    So I have had this game for about 3 weeks or so. I really did not know what to expect from it, but saw the preview at E3 and pre-ordered it. It showed up, I plugged it in, and had no expectations for it. I have to say, I am actually really happy with it. There are pros and cons to the wide open very large world. Sometimes it feels too big and spread out, with long trips from one to the next. That said, there is an instant teleportation that can help you move about with fast travel. I was really impressed with the fact that you can either go very in depth with building and creating and customizing from blue prints on your characters, or not do that at all. Most of the puzzles involve ledge jumping and timing, which is fine and as someone else said kind of nostalgic. What is not seen is that this is hard to get right for a developer, and they really did a good job so it is challenging but not frustrating. I anticipate this game will be really long if I do all the side quests and dungeons to collect loot. So far the game balancing is great and the story is way better than I anticipated. My expectations have far been exceeded. Game is original yet nostalgic, and is a terrific value compared to most new releases of this kind of quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Had potiential but bugs killed my buzz!

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    Texballa4
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    First, for some reason this game has a really long load time like 2-4 minutes which is unheard of for most if not all next gen games recently coming out. So I was a little annoyed starting the game already b/c it happened everytime you load game up. Once I get into the meat of the game I enjoyed it. Reminded me of a metroid/Zelda game in a sense you need power ups to access things later in the game and there is a lot of exploring. Boss fights were pretty cool but nothing too hard. Then all the sudden I hit a huge glitch! I needed to acces map to find things on the map that I missed to continue the story so I pause the game. The map doesn't load. I try again and again...still doesn't work. So I have to close the game and restart it. I started game here comes the terrible load time!!!...accessed the map and nothing there again. In short I tried 5x trying to access map and resetting game...sat there for like 1hr trying to fix the problem...I got so frustrated I sold game back and said forget it. I was pretty mad bc I was about 60% done with the game guess I won't find out how it ended! oh well! Good luck and hopefully they have patched it if u decide to get it. I would give it a 4 star if the glitches haven't happened.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A flawed throwback to late 1990s platformers...

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    JaxJag
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    This is a hard game to review, because on one hand I really enjoyed Recore. The combat is excellent, platforming is fun with some nice little kinks to keep the platforming interesting. There is a very cool loot/upgrade system for your pet robots, the characters are even likable, but, and you knew the "but" was coming... I feel Recore needed another 6 months of development. I've ran into 6 or 7 bugs where I had to reset my Xbox or I couldn't continue. Graphically Recore looks like an unfinished game, with some textures that would look home on a PS2 game. Recore's strong art direction saves it from being one of the worst looking games of the generation. There is also a content issue towards the end of Recore. Be prepared to backtrack 2 to 4 hours at the end to collect what you need to finish because otherwise Recore would of been too short for a 40 dollar game. Again, I think another 6 months would of turned Recore from a good game with flaws, to a great game with potential for a great franchise. But with so many flaws, I feel most will just overlook Recore, and leave the people who enjoyed Recore wondering what a sequel could of been...

    I would recommend this to a friend



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