The Falconeer (Xbox Series X)

  • Gameplay
  • Story
  • Audio
  • Visuals
  • Entertainment

Also available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Switch, and Windows


Review written by Stephen Deck; originally published 07/10/2021 on Teacher by Day, Gamer by Night

I remember when The Falconeer popped up on Limited Run Games website as, if memory serves, their first Xbox game.  Granted, it’s part of their distributed line, not one of their numbered entries that they’re publishing, but still.  I thought it looked super good, but I was trying to cut down my spending, so I skipped it at the time.  It came back on my radar when their website added physical releases of the “Warrior Edition” release on PS4, PS5, and Switch.  Naturally, being a big Switch collector, I bit the bullet on that release, but having just signed up for Game Pass and seeing The Falconeer on there, I thought, “Why not go ahead and play through the game in 4K at 120 fps so I can better compare to how it plays on Switch?”


What’s super impressive to me is that this game was made by one guy considering that it’s a pretty decently sized open-world game, and while the world is mostly ocean, it’s still impressive.  There certainly isn’t as much content and side quests and whatnot as most open-world games, but as far as the open-world goes, it has a vibe similar to Wind Waker except that you’re flying instead of sailing.  The game is broken into a prologue, four chapters, and an epilogue, and with the exception of the prologue (which is basically just a tutorial) and the epilogue, it’s all open-world.  Each of the chapters is from the perspective of a different faction, and as the larger narrative of a budding war unfolds, you start to see that, just like in real-life wars, there is plenty of blame to go around, and no one is innocent.


The actual gameplay is aerial combat.  Think Crimson Skies on Xbox, but instead of an airplane with machine guns, you’re riding on the back of a giant bird with a magic lighting rifle.  You other giant bird pilots, ships on the ocean, and big airships.  The combat is definitely the highlight here; as I mentioned, the open world is a bit sparse, and the story is good but nothing mind-blowing, but the combat is smoother than an android’s bottom especially if you’re playing on Series X and set the frame rate to 120 fps.  Zero frame rate issues, zero screen tearing, a beautiful cell-shaded world, and addicting combat mix to make this one of the finest aerial combat games I’ve ever played.


That said, the game isn’t perfect.  The voice acting is pretty bad.  It’s not 90s FMV game bad, but it’s definitely not one of the better voice-acted games out there.  The story, as well, is good enough to keep me going, but it’s nothing memorable, and I can guarantee I’ll forget the majority of it by August.  There are some side quests that can keep things interesting and give a break from the main quest, and there are random tasks you can complete for money, but with fairly limited means of buying upgrades, the incentive to do them was pretty low in my opinion.  It’s a great game, and there’s apparently some DLC available that’s going to be included with the PS4/PS5/Switch releases, but I pretty much stuck with the main story outside of hunting down the discoverable locations for achievements.


The Falconeer is an extremely fun and addicting flight combat game with a gorgeous world and a good enough story.  That said, the world can feel a bit empty, and the story isn’t going to set anyone’s literary loins ablaze.  Still, the gameplay is more than enough to warrant a strong recommendation.  It’s on Game Pass, so if you have that, give it a download, but even if you don’t, it’s definitely worth the $20 download.

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Latest Comments


#birdsofprey #harleyquinn #Chapter2 #code8 #Countdownmovie #Hobbs&Shaww #maverick #MIB #MIBInternatiional #milesteller #njpw #petsematary #horror #stephenking #remake #robbieamell #sequel #stephenamell #Summerblockbuster #tokyodome #tomcruise #topgun #topgunmaverick #topgunmovie #wrestlekingdom 3D0 8-Bit 2018 2020 Access Action Adaption All am2 Amazon Animal Crossing Animated Anime Anthem A Plague Tale Arrow Askiisoft Games Atari Atlus awesome con Bargain Bin black voice Blockbuster Books Borderlands Boss Rush Budget Title Call of Duty Capcom CBS CGI Champion Chinese Cinema clara delgado Classic Classics Cold War Comic Book Comics Commentary Console Contra coronavirus covid19 CW Cyberbug Cyberpunk Cyberpunk 2077 cytonius Dangerous Driving darius morgan Dark Souls DaveMarquez DC DC Comics DCComics DC Universe Devil May Cry Devolver Games DICE Digital Directors Cut Discovery Disney Division 2 DLC Doom DOS Dragon Quest Drama Dreamcast Dynasty Warriors EA EDF Edge Of Nerd Editorial Endgame Epic Episode One Fallout Famicom Family Film Fan Fan Translation Far From Home featured Fire Emblem FPS FromSoftware Furi Game Bakers Game Boy GAMEBOY ADVANCE Game Boy Color Gamecube GAME GEAR Game of the year Game Pass Games gamestop Gaming Gearbox Gears of War Glitches God Of War Google Graphic Novel Gundam Hack and Slash Harley Quinn Haven Hellblazer Home horrible Horrible Games Horror Hyrule Warriors Import Imported Indie Jedi JRPG julio pena Just Cause Justice League Justice Smith Kingston Kofi Labo Launch Day Leaving Legend of Zelda Lego Lewd Live-Action Loot-Shooter Lootbox Lucifer Marvel Marvel Studios master arts studio May2019 MCU Metroid Microsoft mikhail hardy Miles Morales minorities in comics MOBILE Movie Movies Music Musou Namco Need for Speed NES Netflix New LIne Cinemas New Vegas NINTENDO Nintendo 64 NINTENDO SWITCH NINTENDO WII U NioH NioH2 No Spoilers Obsidian Origin PC PC Gaming PC Mods Persona Platformer PLAYSTATION PLAYSTATION 2 PLAYSTATION 3 PLAYSTATION 4 PlayStation 5 PLAYSTATION VITA Pokemon Pokemon Home Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Pokemon Sword and Shield PopCulture pop culture Portable PRO Ps2 PS4 PS5 PSP Racing rae comics Reaction Reboot Refunds Remake Remaster Resident Evil Retreon RETRO reviews Rock RPG RTS Ryan Reynolds Samurai Sandman Santa Monica Sci-fi Scifi SD Gundam Season Four Sega SEGA SATURN Sequel Series Series X sharks Shazam Shenmue Shooter Shooters SNES social emotional learning Sonic Sony Soulsborne space speekgeekunlimited Spider-Man Spoilers Square Enix SRPG Stadia Star Trek Star Wars Steam stephanie kimou Stephen Amell Strategy Streaming Stylized Shooter Subscription Suit Superman SUPER NINTENDO Super Villain Switch tactics Team Ninja television tj sterling tony weaver jr. Trailer Turn Based Twin-Stick Shooter Ubisoft Video Video Games Visual Novel VR waifu WB Weezer weird enough productions WiiU Williamson_Josh Wolfenstein Wrestling WWE X Xbox Xbox 360 XBOX ONE Xbox Series Zack Snyder Zelda Zombie
%d bloggers like this: