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Wolfenstein: The Old Blood (Xbox One)

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood (Xbox One)

Sound the alarms!

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is a standalone prequel to last year's release of Wolfenstein: The New Order. A lot of similarities remain between the two in terms of the overall feel of the gameplay and presentation, but this time the story is told in two parts that add up to a total of eight chapters. Part one takes place in Castle...

Farming Simulator 15 (Xbox One)

Farming Simulator 15 (Xbox One)

The amber waves of groan

It almost goes without saying that Farming Simulator 15 will be a divisive game. On a platform filled to the brim with shooters, racers and sports simulations, the simple fact is that a very large portion of the market will just simply not understand the attraction of planting crops and harvesting them for money. On the...

Mega Coin Squad (Xbox One)

Mega Coin Squad (Xbox One)

Money.

Couch-based multiplayer has been falling away in recent years but, with the rise of indie developers who are keen to see it make a comeback, more and more titles seem to be remembering that pretty much every console ever made supports more than one controller being in use at a time. This resurgence is most definitely occurring on the Xbox One...

Rogue Legacy (Xbox One)

Rogue Legacy (Xbox One)

All in the family

Procedural generation is a term that is being thrown around quite often lately, and it's one that has a decent amount of stigma going against it. When environmental characteristics and enemy arrangements are decided by an algorithm or line of code, changing the surroundings with every replay, it can make a game feel cheap, and the...

Slice Zombies for Kinect (Xbox One)

Slice Zombies for Kinect (Xbox One)

Quick chop

From Slice Zombies for Kinect's very title, you can pretty much predict what it's going to consist of. If you guessed "Fruit Ninja Kinect with zombies instead of fruit" then you're pretty much on the money. That isn't to belittle developer MADE's work though, rather it's the easiest way to inform readers of what the game is all about...

NERO (Xbox One)

NERO (Xbox One)

So NERO, so far(o)

When NERO first made its appearance back at E3 2014, pretty much everybody with eyes on the screen was intrigued. Beautiful settings, a fantastic soundtrack, and stacks of luminescence were the order of the day. That first trailer didn't particularly shed any light on the gameplay though. As it turns out, Storm in a Teacup's...

Lifeless Planet: Premier Edition (Xbox One)

Lifeless Planet: Premier Edition (Xbox One)

What is life?

As gaming continues to evolve, more and more games are becoming a melting pot of genres. In fact, it is rare to see a game that strictly falls into a single genre anymore. When pulled off correctly, this makes for a great game that is unique and manages to find the strengths of several genres and forego their inherent weaknesses. When...

Ultratron (Xbox One)

Ultratron (Xbox One)

And not a light cycle in sight...

When it comes to twin-stick shooters, the Xbox One now has a fair few titles from which to choose. The excellent Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions is at the top of the pile, whilst less high-profile releases such as We Are Doomed and Sixty Second Shooter Prime bring up the rear. Puppy Games' Ultratron – the follow up...

Project CARS (Xbox One)

Project CARS (Xbox One)

Spin Spin Sugar

It's 8am on a drizzly Spanish morning. Despite the light smattering of rain, the early morning sunlight floods through the trees dotted around the Catalunya circuit, reflecting in the standing water on the wet tarmac and bringing the whole track to life. The sand to the edges of the raceway looks as bright and soft as the most...

Pinball FX2 - Star Wars Rebels (Xbox One)

Pinball FX2 - Star Wars Rebels (Xbox One)

Strong with this one, the Force is

Earlier this week we reviewed Avengers: Age of Ultron for Pinball FX2, and we regret to say that we were disappointed with it. Because it felt familiar and uninspired, we were a little bit worried that the developer, Zen Studios, might be losing some of that magic it's been injecting into its pinball tables for the...

Project Root (Xbox One)

Project Root (Xbox One)

Rooted to the flaw

Triangle's Shooting Love 200X managed to find a Western release on Xbox 360 recently and that would suggest that while the numbers have certainly dwindled, there are still enough fans of old-school top-down shooters to be found out there. Many developers have tried – with varying levels of success – to breathe life into a...

Pinball FX2 - Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron (Xbox One)

Pinball FX2 - Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron (Xbox One)

Sequelitis

By now we should all be aware that the people at Zen Studios typically do stellar licensed work. Even when they don't entirely get it right – e.g. the chaos found in South Park Pinball – the fundamentals of pinball are handled well enough to offset the missteps, and it's hard to criticize them on that level. But recently a very steady...

Shovel Knight (Xbox One)

Shovel Knight (Xbox One)

Dig your way to retro heaven

Shovel Knight is one of the finest video game success stories of modern times. When a few employees left WayForward to start their very own indie studio, they took to Kickstarter to pitch their first project to the masses and round up the proper funding. That project, of course, was Shovel Knight. The campaign was a...

State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition (Xbox One)

State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition (Xbox One)

New and unimproved

When it comes to writing a review, sometimes the words are easy to put together, while the score causes problems and doubt. Sometimes, the opposite occurs and while you've got the score locked in your head, the words just don't flow. With Undead Labs' remaster of the cult Xbox 360 hit State of Decay, we seem to have run into...

Neverwinter (Xbox One)

Neverwinter (Xbox One)

How do I jump?

For the uninitiated; Neverwinter is a free to play, massively multiplayer online roleplaying game based on the Dungeons and Dragons universe which truly tests the limits of how high an in-game item can be priced while still qualifying as a micro transaction. We explored Neverwinter's world for a few weeks using the two character slots...

Mortal Kombat X (Xbox One)

Mortal Kombat X (Xbox One)

Taking it to the X level

Back in 2011, Mortal Kombat was reinvented for home consoles with its ninth entry, which amounted to what many consider to be the definitive game in the series. Introducing a story mode unlike anything ever included in a fighting game before it, as well as remixing characters, locations, and plot events from its...

Infinity Runner (Xbox One)

Infinity Runner (Xbox One)

Travelling without moving

One type of game that until now has yet to make the jump to Xbox One – some would say thankfully – is the endless runner. Made popular by the likes of Temple Run and a billion other pretenders on mobile devices, the genre has yet to really get a foothold on any home console platform. This is more than likely due to the...

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China (Xbox One)

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China (Xbox One)

Changing perspectives

The concept of taking the Assassin's Creed franchise into a 2.5D game world is certainly an interesting proposition. Many were wondering how Ubisoft and Climax Studios would go about getting the free-running elements of the main franchise into a side-scroller whilst keeping an element of freedom about the proceedings. The good...

The Evil Within: The Assignment (Xbox One)

The Evil Within: The Assignment (Xbox One)

Extra marks for excellence

If you're expecting The Evil Within's first story-based DLC, The Assignment, to play anything like the main game, you may want to sit down and read this first. While the original gave players a chance to fight back the horrors with plenty of weapons and gadgets, The Assignment throws all of that away for a more methodical,...