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Pinball FX2 - Venom (Xbox One)

Pinball FX2 - Venom (Xbox One)

Lick it up

One of the many things that we appreciate about Zen Studios' work with their Marvel Pinball tables is their commitment to acknowledging characters and properties that don't have as much mainstream appeal as, say, Spider-Man, Iron Man, or Captain America. For every Fantastic Four and The Avengers, we've had Doctor Strange and The Infinity...

Never Alone (Xbox One)

Never Alone (Xbox One)

Ice cold.

Some games are truly beautiful and – let’s not waste any time here – Never Alone kicks off with the potential to be one of them. Telling tales of the Alaska native Iñupiat people and their folklore, the game is part educational experience, part non-traditional side-scrolling platformer. While one half of that is really well done,...

The Crew (Xbox One)

The Crew (Xbox One)

Crew cut.

When it comes to writing reviews, some games are easier than others to cover. There are times when you can play a game for an hour or two, and have at least an idea of at least the general direction of where your review is headed. Ubisoft’s The Crew most certainly does not fall into that camp. We think it’ll be safe to say that this...

Boom Ball for Kinect (Xbox One)

Boom Ball for Kinect (Xbox One)

Short boom.

It’s no secret that the number of Kinect-compatible titles for Xbox One is on the low side, to say the least. Given Microsoft’s decision to unbundle the console from the Kinect sensor at retail, that’s unlikely to change anytime soon. However, the device is perfect for a bit of ID@Xbox experimentation and that’s what we see here,...

Threes! (Xbox One)

Threes! (Xbox One)

3+3=6, 6+6=12

Threes! may not look like much at first sight, but it's actually one of the more potent, more addictive games for tablets and smartphones that's now been ported to Xbox One. The concept is simple — you basically make big numbers by adding up smaller numbers; 3+3 makes 6 and so it goes. The game is based around a board consisting of...

Pier Solar and the Great Architects (Xbox One)

Pier Solar and the Great Architects (Xbox One)

Built with love

You’ve gotta hand it to the folks over at Watermelon. Taking on a project as ambitious as Pier Solar and the Great Architects is by no means an easy task. Originally conceived in 2004 as a small homebrew project known as Tavern RPG for the Sega Genesis, development swiftly transformed into something much bigger. As the team puts...

Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions (Xbox One)

Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions (Xbox One)

Everything old is new again

When Bizarre Creations was shuttered a few years ago, a lot of people feared for one of the company’s finest creations, Geometry Wars. A twin-stick shooter released via digital means, the game flew in the face of the overblown and increasingly-complex hundred-hour behemoths that were slowly becoming the backbone of the...

Terraria (Xbox One)

Terraria (Xbox One)

Can you dig it?

Colourful 2D adventure/exploration/building game Terraria is already available on almost every system capable of displaying more than a handful of pixels, but developer Re-Logic have tried to ensure that there are no excuses for failing to pick up their Minecraft-like construction title. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a...

Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox One)

Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox One)

The boys are back in town

Last year, we reviewed Grand Theft Auto V for Xbox 360 and walked away all kinds of impressed. We thought the game’s only real weakness - the only thing holding it back from a perfect score - was that it was a current-gen game with next-gen ambitions, which resulted in minor technical complications that could occasionally...

Monopoly Plus (Xbox One)

Monopoly Plus (Xbox One)

This version Mayfair well.

When it comes to converting the ubiquitous property trading board game Monopoly from the living room table to digital platforms, things have not always gone well. Despite being released for every console, computer, and mobile device known to man, it’s probably safe to say that there hasn’t been a genuinely good and...

Assassin's Creed Rogue (Xbox 360)

Assassin's Creed Rogue (Xbox 360)

A cold, hard, cash grab?

Given most of Ubisoft's marketing budget went on Assassin's Creed Unity this year, you'd be forgiven if you thought Assassin's Creed Rogue was a cash grab or an afterthought when it was announced in early August. Though the latter may feel slightly true given some of the games presentation decisions, Rogue is able to bring a...

Costume Quest 2 (Xbox One)

Costume Quest 2 (Xbox One)

Trick or treat?

Four years ago, Double Fine delighted fans with the original Costume Quest; a charming RPG starring twins Wren and Reynold and their friends on a Halloween-themed adventure in their local neighbourhood and beyond. Costume Quest 2 starts where the first game finished (if you ignore the first game's DLC) with little explanation of who...

Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom (Xbox 360)

Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom (Xbox 360)

Totes alright... but not quite mathematical

To be blunt, last year’s Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW (hence forth referred to as ETDBIDK) was a poor game. With bland and repetitive dungeon crawling that desperately needed another dose of Adventure Time’s wacky flavor, as well as more overall purpose, it was a game that...

WWE 2K15 (Xbox One)

WWE 2K15 (Xbox One)

Catch as catch can't.

Ever since THQ released WWF No Mercy and WWF Wrestlemania 2000 for Nintendo 64, fans of “sports entertainment” (or professional wrestling, to the uninitiated) have been crying out for a game that emulates the exciting, epic battles that take place inside the squared circle. Unfortunately, despite some half-decent efforts,...

Halo: The Master Chief Collection (Xbox One)

Halo: The Master Chief Collection (Xbox One)

What once was old...

Legends. Our species has always had a weakness for them. From cave paintings on walls dating back tens of thousands of years to those incredulous tales of ancient Greece and Rome, we are storytellers and we love a great hero. This may be why Spartan-117, John, The Master Chief and his ongoing journey to save us, the human race,...

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (Xbox One)

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (Xbox One)

Nananananana - Batman!

Sorry. Well, not sorry – it had to start like that. The Batman theme tune from the old TV-show is probably one of the most iconic TV themes of all time and Batman himself is probably one of the most iconic superheroes. Just like LEGO is one of the most iconic toy brands on the market. Throw it all in a blender and you should...

Shape Up (Xbox One)

Shape Up (Xbox One)

Ship out.

A Kinect-only fitness title, published by Ubisoft, shown at E3, then never spoken of again until it’s on the store shelves, and on top of that, nobody has reviewed it almost a week after it’s been released. It doesn’t bode well for Shape Up, does it? It wouldn’t be fair to rush to judgement, though. After all, the on-stage demo...

Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 (Xbox One)

Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 (Xbox One)

On the up

The annual soccer head-to-head battle is on once again, given that nobody else has come forward to try and bring a new entrant into the fight. Konami are making the step up to the new generation properly – last year’s effort can hardly be counted – with Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 and the early demo-fuelled hype suggests that the game...

Pure Pool (Xbox One)

Pure Pool (Xbox One)

Pure and too simple

When it comes to sports simulations, snooker and pool have a rich and varied history. From the simple Trick Shot for the Atari 2600, via Side Pocket on the NES, Archer Maclean’s Pool for the Amiga and Atari ST, Virtua Pool for DOS, Pool Paradise on PlayStation 2 and Hustle Kings for the PlayStation 3, we’ve reached our...