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2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil (Xbox 360)

2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil (Xbox 360)

Back of the pocket.

When EA announced that they wouldn’t be releasing their quadrennial World Cup version of their FIFA series as DLC – which is something they trialled with the Euro 2012 add-on for FIFA 12 – the gaming world sighed. It was an indication that we were going back to the bad old days of paying out the full retail price for the...

Trials Fusion (Xbox One)

Trials Fusion (Xbox One)

Man. Machine. The future?

We know that topping Trials Evolution would be no easy feat. As the second game in the Trials series, Evolution hit Xbox Live Arcade back in April of 2012 and was in such high demand that it shattered digital sales records right out of the gate. Not only did this sequel to Trials HD feature tighter gameplay and more varied...

Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut (Xbox One)

Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut (Xbox One)

Interstellar Earth Defenders

Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut is an arcade-style space shooter that one might compare to Star Wars: X-Wing, or even those Rogue Squadron games for the Nintendo 64 and GameCube. As a war rages on between Earth and the independent colonies of space, you'll play as a pilot in the U.N.E. (United Nations of Earth) with the...

Kinect Sports Rivals (Xbox One)

Kinect Sports Rivals (Xbox One)

Do or die.

To say that Kinect Sports Rivals is a high-profile title for Xbox One would be something of an understatement. Being the only game (barring the violently bad Fighter Within, which barely passes as a game) available that’s been designed for the much-maligned Kinect device that’s included with every console, people were looking to...

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z (Xbox 360)

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z (Xbox 360)

Stabs itself in the foot.

The modern-day Ninja Gaiden as a franchise has always been known for it's challenge, but it was always fair. It would throw obstacles at you that could be overcome through thought and tactical awareness. Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z however ignores this, going for more aggressive and less balanced approach. You play as Yaiba, a...

MXGP: The Official Motocross Game (Xbox 360)

MXGP: The Official Motocross Game (Xbox 360)

Muddy.

When it comes to messing about on motorbikes in the mud, gamers used to have a fair few options to choose from. Acclaim, THQ, EA, Microsoft and others were involved in publishing games that varied from average to outstanding, but that all fell away as gamers grew bored of annual releases that lacked passion. Now, the landscape is less...

The LEGO Movie Videogame (Xbox One)

The LEGO Movie Videogame (Xbox One)

Everything is (not so) awesome

The LEGO Movie Videogame is already the second LEGO game to be released on the next generation of consoles, and with the upcoming awkwardly-titled LEGO The Hobbit just on the horizon, this series has no intention of letting up. Based off the excellent movie, The LEGO Movie Videogame takes the honours of being one of...

Titanfall (Xbox One)

Titanfall (Xbox One)

Boom time.

To say that Xbox One owners have been waiting for Titanfall to arrive is probably one of the understatements of the year. To say that a few gamers who have been thinking about taking the step up to the Xbox One have been waiting to see how Respawn’s new multiplayer-only FPS would fare is also in the same ballpark, understatement-wise...

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z (Xbox 360)

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z (Xbox 360)

Is this a Dragon Ball Zzzzzz?

Dragon Ball Z has always been known for it's spectacle of over the top fun, characters, design and action. Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z is no exception in this highly stylized spectacle fighter, which is easy to play, enjoyable to watch, but which can become repetitive before it gets fun. There isn't really any story to...

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (Xbox 360)

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (Xbox 360)

Strike three. And you're out!

Final Fantasy XIII had a pretty convoluted plot, and Final Fantasy XIII-2 didn’t help clarify it much. Final Fantasy XIII: Lightning Returns adds even more confusion to the narrative, so much so that it’s very difficult to enjoy the tale it’s trying to weave. However, if you can look past the ridiculous, and...

Earth Defense Force 2025 (Xbox 360)

Earth Defense Force 2025 (Xbox 360)

Buggin' Out

Earth Defense Force 2025 takes itself about as seriously a SyFy original film would. Tonally, it’s a little bit Starship Troopers and part Godzilla, offering up non-stop, mindless bug-killing action. Missions aren’t very complex; hundreds of giant enemies are about to drop into the environment…kill them all. And that’s about the...

Thief (Xbox 360)

Thief (Xbox 360)

Can it steal the gold?

Since the release of Thief: The Dark Project in 1998, the Thief franchise has been known as the grandfather of the stealth genre. It's mastery of simple, yet elegant stealth mechanics, sound design and environments have been a benchmark ever since. Now Eidos Montreal have taken the development reins for the fourth installment...

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 (Xbox 360)

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 (Xbox 360)

Second time round.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 isn't going to grab your attention as firmly as its predecessor did. The narrative fumbles along and the structure flutters between confusing and tedious. Indeed this denouement to MercurySteam’s take on this cherished franchise doesn't live up to their first foray. However, creative boss...

PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures (Xbox 360)

PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures (Xbox 360)

Pac isn't back.

For this first time since the last time, everyone’s favourite spherical pill-muncher is back, apparently. Only this time he has an American “surfer dude” voice. But that isn’t the only change, oh no. He’s friends with some of the ghosts that he was looking to gobble up in the iconic original title for starters and on top of...

South Park: The Stick of Truth (Xbox 360)

South Park: The Stick of Truth (Xbox 360)

Great or just m'kay?

Reviewing South Park: The Stick of Truth on a family-friendly site was always going to be a tough proposition. We may have to break a long-standing site rule or two here in order to describe the content and get our point across. After all, it doesn’t matter how much of an accomplished wordsmith you are, you can’t describe...

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood (Xbox One)

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood (Xbox One)

Artful or awful?

Let’s get this out of the way first: prepare to die a lot in Max: The Curse of Brotherhood. Press Play’s latest puzzle platformer will test your patience with its “trial-and-error” approach and finicky controls — which often led to Max plunging to his death more times than we could count. With that being said, Max’s...

Fighter Within (Xbox One)

Fighter Within (Xbox One)

Fighter Without.

In a world where Kinect for Xbox One is seen as nothing but a gimmick designed to ensure that you pay more for a console than you otherwise would, it was imperative that the first Kinect-only experience was compelling. A Wii Sports for the Xbox One, if you will. So who better to leave in charge of such a thing than Ubisoft, the...

Peggle 2 (Xbox One)

Peggle 2 (Xbox One)

Addiction, thy name is Peggle.

When PopCap’s John Vechey took the stage at E3 2013 to announce the company’s new titles, he expected the announcement of Peggle 2 to be something of a megaton. “Ladies and gentlemen, PEGGLE 2!” he bellowed, as the room went dark and a short video trailer took what seemed like aeons to kick in. During the...