Xbox One Reviews

Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 (Xbox One)

Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 (Xbox One)

Orange you glad we didn't say banana?

There weren't a great many solid titles released for Microsoft's first foray into motion-controlled console gaming, but few could argue that Fruit Ninja Kinect was anything less than a cracking game. Easy to get into, fun to play, and devilishly addictive, the game was ported from mobile platforms with aplomb by...

LA Cops (Xbox One)

LA Cops (Xbox One)

Police Brutality

Los Angeles is an odd location for a cop game. While the Los Angeles Police Department is one of the more famous precincts in America, it's famous for the wrong reasons. The LAPD is famous due to racism, unneeded brutality, and for being the catalyst for the 1992 LA riots. So unless you're trying to make some sort of larger point,...

Battlefield: Hardline (Xbox One)

Battlefield: Hardline (Xbox One)

Gettin' tough?

Like the Call of Duty franchise, Battlefield has been doing the same thing for a few years now, and some could argue that the result is becoming a bit stale. While Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare aimed to shake things up with futuristic weaponry and gadgets to spice up both the single-player and the competitive space, it still largely...

Resident Evil: Revelations 2 - Episode 4: Metamorphosis (Xbox One)

Resident Evil: Revelations 2 - Episode 4: Metamorphosis (Xbox One)

Loose ends

Good or bad. This is what it all comes down to when discussing the fourth and final chapter of Resident Evil: Revelations 2. No, we aren’t simply talking about the quality of the episode — which remains as consistent as the previous ones — but rather the type of ending players will receive in the final act. Episode 4: Metamorphosis...

Bladestorm: Nightmare (Xbox One)

Bladestorm: Nightmare (Xbox One)

Nightmare is right

When Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War was released on the Xbox 360 back in 2008, it was a game that pretty much passed everyone by. Those who did play it tend to remember it with fondness, even though it was far from perfect. A genuinely inventive game that saw players leading battalions of troops across France while racking up...

Ziggurat (Xbox One)

Ziggurat (Xbox One)

A spell-cial surprise

While PSN and Steam have been quickly accumulating a substantial number of roguelikes, the Xbox One has certainly been lacking in this area. In fact, we aren’t sure if there’s a single game currently available for purchase in the Games Store that's built around this increasingly-popular design choice. Hope is not lost,...

Resident Evil: Revelations 2 - Episode 3: Judgment (Xbox One)

Resident Evil: Revelations 2 - Episode 3: Judgment (Xbox One)

The one with all the puzzles

Playing Resident Evil: Revelations 2 in its current episodic state really is like coming back to your favourite TV show each week. The quick recaps that preface each instalment do a good job highlighting all the important stuff, while at the same time, achieving a level of excitement for the next. Episode 3: Judgment...

White Night (Xbox One)

White Night (Xbox One)

Fade to black

With over-the-top prose, a very, very distinctive visual style, and with the potential for real thrills, White Night is absolutely stacked full of promise. A relatively low-key release, the game takes place exclusively in black-and-white, with the darkness only pierced by the occasional electric light and the lead character's ability...

Shiftlings (Xbox One)

Shiftlings (Xbox One)

Shift into turbo

The reopening of legendary video game publisher, Sierra, was met with much fanfare late last year. Now a part of Activision, Sierra's focus is on bringing high-quality downloadable indie titles to consoles. Their first release, Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions, was met with critical acclaim and proved to be a perfect jumping off point...

OlliOlli (Xbox One)

OlliOlli (Xbox One)

A bit of bump and grind

It's been a while since a decent skateboarding game has hit the shelves. The surprise resurgence in popularity of EA's Skate 3 with the YouTube generation, combined with the excitement over a new Tony Hawk's Pro Skater title being announced though, show that there's still a market for the genre. Hoping to kickflip into the...

Resident Evil: Revelations 2 - Episode 2: Contemplation (Xbox One)

Resident Evil: Revelations 2 - Episode 2: Contemplation (Xbox One)

Better than the first

Without a doubt, the second episode of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 knows how to up the ante. The story is more compelling, the action more exciting, and the enemies significantly more challenging. While Episode 1 was a solid opening chapter, it also felt predictable and played things a little too safe. Episode 2, however —...

DmC: Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition (Xbox One)

DmC: Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition (Xbox One)

Here’s your chance to atone

Great games don’t always get the appreciation they deserve, and that’s a damn shame. Look at 2013’s Tomb Raider reboot, which was a smash hit with critics and most that played it, yet somehow it didn’t meet sales expectations. It’s a top-notch production all around, with refined gameplay, stunning art design,...

Ori and the Blind Forest (Xbox One)

Ori and the Blind Forest (Xbox One)

An unforgettable journey

Some people are bothered by the term Metroidvania, which we’ve never really understood. We’re fully aware that it’s an unnecessary subgenre classification that derives its name from two of the industry’s most respected franchises, Metroid and Castlevania, but we're quite alright with that. For those of you unfamiliar...

Zombie Army Trilogy (Xbox One)

Zombie Army Trilogy (Xbox One)

Probably Nazi game you were looking for

Zombie Army Trilogy began life as standalone downloadable content pieces for Sniper Elite V2 on PC. The initial release was a fun diversion that saw Adolf Hitler summoning his own army of zombies to help defend an almost-defeated Germany in the final days of World War II. A second edition that followed on from...

ScreamRide (Xbox One)

ScreamRide (Xbox One)

Scream if you wanna go faster...

Every so often – with increasing rarity – a game comes along that provides genuine doses of innovation on a wide scale. It may be entirely original. It may build and improve upon notes taken from another title, or even from more than one. But with more and more copycat products just rehashing the same old...

Resident Evil: Revelations 2 - Episode 1: Penal Colony (Xbox One)

Resident Evil: Revelations 2 - Episode 1: Penal Colony (Xbox One)

Prison break

The debut episode of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 won’t have you convinced the horror series is back on track, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun with it. Sure, it isn’t the prettiest game out there, and the voice acting — after all these years — can still be grating; but Revelations 2 succeeds in creating the...

Pneuma: Breath of Life (Xbox One)

Pneuma: Breath of Life (Xbox One)

God us

We weren't quite sure what to make of Pneuma: Breath of Life before getting our hands on it. Early trailers gave the impression that it was to be a Myst-like puzzle game that took itself very seriously. The visuals looked stunning and, although certainly having an artistic spice to them, appeared to primarily be concerned with realism...

Roundabout (Xbox One)

Roundabout (Xbox One)

You spin me right round

Every year without fail a new release is heralded as the 'Citizen Kane' of video games. It's a baffling, completely unfair comparison, as movies and games are two totally different mediums; but it's one that is easy to make when recognizing a quality product. While No Goblin's revolving limousine arcade game, Roundabout, is...

Don Bradman Cricket (Xbox One)

Don Bradman Cricket (Xbox One)

A great knock

Over the years, there have been a fair few attempts made at replicating the incredibly complex sport of cricket. Some have come close to perfecting the mix, with the likes of Codemasters having multiple attempts at getting things right. But there's always been the feeling that the developers who are trying to emulate the sport have...