8 to Glory – Xbox One Review
Our Xbox One Review of 8 to Glory
There can be only one….. the immortal quote uttered in ‘The Highlander’ as someone gets their head lopped off.
That’s only way I can sum up anyone trying to release a game involving any sort of cowboy anywhere near the release window of Red Dead Redemption 2 and it couldn’t be more apt in this case.
Although very different games and the difference couldn’t be any larger in every way possible.
It’s unfair really for me to even contemplate comparing the two games but its kind of inevitable that anything else released this year is going to have some form of comparison so let me talk to you about 8 to Glory. The officially licenced game of the PBR (Professional Bull Riders).
The game itself takes the form of a type of Rhythm based game where you have to press buttons and move the stick in time with the prompts to balance your rider on the bull, it starts you off selecting your rider and testing your grip strength with a series of timed button presses.
You get three attempts to hit the centre target and the closer you get the better your grip on the saddle.
This is then followed by another minigame as the bull is released into the ring and you time presses of the RB button with a ring around the bull to keep yourself on the bull as it is bucking around the arena, you can also use the left stick to push yourself the right way although this can be fairly hard to watch as you concentrate on the rapidly moving ring.
The aim of this is to stay on the bull for 8 seconds which doesn’t sound like long but seems to take ages when you are struggling to keep balanced.
As the bull buck you harder and harder another minigame will trigger which then allows you to time presses of the X,Y,A & B buttons to match the combo from the bull and stay on or get ‘Wrecked’ if you miss.
As you have probably gathered the entire game is made up of these minigames.
And that is the crux of the matter, they aren’t bad, there just isn’t a lot to them.
The campaign mode sees you and your rider follow the circuit and do four stints on a bull in each location trying to come out top on the scoring stakes at the end of the season, its just so easy to ruin a really good start that it can be a little frustrating and like you don’t have a huge amount of control over the game.
There is an arcade mode which is essentially more of the same but just allows you to choose your character, Bull and location and there is a multiplayer which adds in your versus a friend playing as the bull.
The graphics look a little dated with the exception of the bulls which look like the entire design budget has been blown on making them look realistic…..including the physics of their genitalia! I honestly can’t say I have watch bull riding so whether this is realistic or not who know, maybe they just wanted to rival Rockstar’s weather induced shrinking horse testicles.
The sound seems to have been done on a budget too with a lot of repeated content (although the game is a lot of repeated content too)
Overall the mini-games are not bad, they just don’t add up to much in the grand scheme of things and there just isn’t a lot of longevity here, unless you are a huge bull riding fan I just couldn’t recommend the game with the lack of content and dated presentation.
Review code generously provided by Dead Good Media
Developed by Three Gates
Published by Three Gates
Twitter: @Three_Gates / @8toGlory