Xbox Series X Fans Surprised With New Stealth Release

Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S users have been pleasantly surprised by a rare stealth release on the platform. Typically, stealth releases are more common on platforms like Nintendo Switch, PC/Steam, or occasionally on PS4 or PS5. It's a rarity to see a stealth release on Xbox Series X|S. However, indie game NeverAwake defies the norm and arrives as an unexpected addition to the Xbox lineup. Reviews for the game suggest that Xbox fans should take notice and explore its intriguing offerings.

NeverAwake, developed by Neotro Inc. and published by Phoenixx Inc., initially made its debut on September 28, 2022, exclusively on PC/Steam. Subsequently, on January 19, 2023, it became available on Nintendo Switch, PS4, and PS5. Now, it has surprised Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S users with its stealth release on the platform. Regrettably, it seems that the game may not be making its way to Xbox One, as no announcements have been made regarding its release on that platform. Nonetheless, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S players can now delve into the captivating world of NeverAwake and experience what has garnered attention and praise from reviewers.

Upon its release, NeverAwake garnered favorable reviews across platforms, achieving Metacritic scores ranging from 84 to 88, depending on the specific platform. Additionally, on Steam, an impressive 94 percent of user reviews reflect a positive reception, earning the game a "Very Positive" Steam User Review rating.

"Enter the haunting realm of a slumbering girl's nightmares. NeverAwake presents a chilling twin-stick shooter experience, showcasing a unique worldview and innovative gameplay mechanics," describes an official pitch of the game. "As the girl confronts her inner demons, she battles against grotesque enemies such as animated vegetables, spectral canines, and even her own school friends—manifestations of her deepest fears. What lies at the culmination of these nightmarish encounters? And will she ultimately break free from the grip of her dreams and awaken to reality?"

An official description of the game continues: "NeverAwake has a unique worldview with its high quality hand-drawn graphics and beautiful animations.The enemies are not demons...but vegetables and dentists that the girl hates. Things and creatures that everyone has had a bad experience with at one time or another become monsters and attack the protagonist Rem. With over 80 levels, dozens of bosses, and a unique gameplay system that allows players to retry many levels, NeverAwake is suitable for both beginner shooters and experts. The ending of this title will change depending on the player's dedication. Please play and see what the girl sees at the end of the battle."

Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S owners will need to pay $19.99 to enjoy the game. The exact download size of the game remains undisclosed in the Microsoft Store listing. However, players can expect approximately five hours of gameplay in return for their purchase. This translates to an approximate cost of $4 per hour of content.

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