Xbox 360 Reviews

F1 2014 (Xbox 360)

F1 2014 (Xbox 360)

In for repairs

“Welcome to Brazil, where the Autódromo José Carlos Pace in Interlagos is currently being hammered by torrential rain. The track is absolutely soaked and there was talk of calling the race off, but we’re here and ready to go. The cars are on the grid, facing down 71 laps of the circuit, with Lewis Hamilton in the Pure...

Slender: The Arrival (Xbox 360)

Slender: The Arrival (Xbox 360)

Oh, the Slender Man... the Slender Man can.

Back in 2012, a two-man development team at Parsec Productions created a PC game called Slender: The Eight Pages as an experiment. The Eight Pages was based on the tale of The Slender Man, a tall and faceless paranormal figure who would stalk, traumatize, and abduct anyone who may come across him,...

Sacred 3 (Xbox 360)

Sacred 3 (Xbox 360)

Ruining the gauntlet.

When a game series throws out fistfuls of features that were part of the very reason that fans of the series became fans of the series, people aren’t usually all that happy about it. There’s a desire for improvement and growth of course, but there’s also that desire for more of the same. Fans of the first two Sacred...

GRID Autosport (Xbox 360)

GRID Autosport (Xbox 360)

Crossing the line?

When Codemasters announced that they’d be reviving the Race Driver series with GRID 2 last year, many people were suitably excited. The original Race Driver GRID was a fantastic game which pitched itself somewhere between arcade racing and simulation, and that provided big, beefy cars battling it out over several disciplines...

Blood of The Werewolf (Xbox 360)

Blood of The Werewolf (Xbox 360)

Murder, she wrote

Blood of the Werewolf is a tough-as-nails action platformer that marries core genre conventions with modern mechanics and ideas. If you took the "try, die, repeat" appeal of Super Meat Boy, the gothic themes of Castlevania, and combat elements similar to those in Final Exam, you’d have a reasonable idea of what to expect here...

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...

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...

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...

Battlefield 4 (Xbox 360)

Battlefield 4 (Xbox 360)

Children of the Levolution™

It's always somewhat difficult deciding on how to review such heavily multiplayer-centric games. There's no shortage of single-player affairs on the market that feature a tacked-on multiplayer component, seemingly put together at the final hour in order to tick one of the many boxes that developers - or rather,...

Call of Duty: Ghosts (Xbox 360)

Call of Duty: Ghosts (Xbox 360)

Do you know what time it is?!

With the "It's Call of Duty time" tagline that's plastered across advertisements far and wide, comes expectations; the expectation that we know what to expect. If you’re one of the people who think they know what kind of experience is to be found in Infinity Ward’s latest military shooter, chances are you’re...

Deadfall Adventures (Xbox 360)

Deadfall Adventures (Xbox 360)

Buried alive.

When we previewed Deadfall Adventures a couple of months ago, we were promised by the publisher that there was a lot of work to be done. Some graphical elements would be cleaned up, the gunplay would be tweaked, and framerate fixes would be put in place. In short, the normal last-minute polish and clean-up work would be done in order...

WWE 2K14 (Xbox 360)

WWE 2K14 (Xbox 360)

Knocked out.

When THQ went pop and Take 2 picked up the rights for the valuable WWE franchise, we envisioned that WWE 2k14 would be something of a transitional title. From the outset, it’s clear to see that the usual yearly changes have been made. A few new fighters are in place, and old ones have updated movesets, attire, entrance videos, and...

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Xbox 360)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Xbox 360)

Turtle-y dire.

Being fans of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series, we were looking forward to this year. A slick-looking reboot of the show was already in full swing, and Activision had not one, but TWO new games due to hit the Xbox 360 to celebrate. We already know what a massive let-down the digital title – Teenage Mutant...