Xbox One Reviews

TRON RUN/r (Xbox One)

TRON RUN/r (Xbox One)

​Despite being fans, we fight for the users

If there was ever a movie franchise that should lend itself to a whole host of entertaining videogames, it's TRON. The two films are set in a digital world where everything crackles neon, feature intense disc battles and of course, contain fantastic sequences on light cycles. The latest (and probably...

Letter Quest: Grimm's Journey Remastered (Xbox One)

Letter Quest: Grimm's Journey Remastered (Xbox One)

Spellbound

There has been a marked increase in games designed for mobile being released on home consoles and as such, a whole host of accessible bite-sized experiences are now available which open big screen gaming up for all kinds of audiences. Though not always successful, there are a few real gems among this new crop but with a big jump in price...

Dark Souls III (Xbox One)

Dark Souls III (Xbox One)

Light my fire

What do you expect of a sequel? Do you expect it to reinvent itself and alter its DNA in substantial ways, or do you prefer that it refines its formula and tastefully enhances its best qualities? If the latter is your preference, you'll be delighted with Dark Souls III. Developer FromSoftware has taken the foundation from past Souls...

Hitman (Xbox One)

Hitman (Xbox One)

Enter an (episodic) world of assassination

Back in the day, the Hitman series brought a complex mix of costumes, stealth and planning to the murky world of the gun-for-hire assassin. As the the titular Hitman - Agent 47 - you were given a target, a selection of weaponry and left to your own devices to make the hit a reality. We still fondly remember...

DiRT Rally (Xbox One)

DiRT Rally (Xbox One)

Get dirty

When you first fire up Codemaster's latest racer, you're warned that DiRT Rally is a simulation that shouldn't be taken lightly. You'll wonder if that message was even necessary approximately two minutes later, when your car has flown over a sandy bank at an angle in the Greek hills and the sky and the ground have swapped places. Make no...

Screencheat (Xbox One)

Screencheat (Xbox One)

I Lie! I Cheat! I Steal!

There's been some disappointing first-person shooters as of late. Major releases such as Call of Duty: Black Ops III and Star Wars: Battlefront have either lacked inspired gameplay, freshness, or content, so it's been great to see things pick up on the independent scene. We've already seen the speedrun focused Lovely Planet...

Quantum Break (Xbox One)

Quantum Break (Xbox One)

The future is bright

Quantum Break is one of the most sophisticated cinematic experiences on Xbox One, with lavish production values, convincing performances, and a riveting science-fiction plot enveloping its time-bending mechanics. The developer Remedy Entertainment – known for Max Payne and Alan Wake – has crafted a third-person...

Active Soccer 2 DX (Xbox One)

Active Soccer 2 DX (Xbox One)

Red card

Back in the day, pretty much every game publisher had at least one football title on their books. That was certainly the case on the 16-bit systems and earlier, with every other big-name football star having a game featuring their name on the cover. Whether it was side-on (John Barnes European Football), isometric (Manchester United: The...

Teslagrad (Xbox One)

Teslagrad (Xbox One)

"I Give Up, This Whole Thing's Very Russian!"

Any game that will allow us to use a line of dialogue from the Schwarzenegger classic Red Heat as a tagline is already a long way to winning a place in our gaming hearts. The fact that the line fits the whole style of the game is just the icing on the cake. Coming from Rain Games, Teslagrad is a...

MagNets: Fully Charged (Xbox One)

MagNets: Fully Charged (Xbox One)

Unattractive

In MagNets: Fully Charged you control Park Ranger Faraday, who has discovered that not only have the MagNetPets gone missing, but also the Bloxbots have gone mad! It's not quite clear what Bloxbots or MagnetPets are, but, according to your guide (a holographic projection identified only as "Sir") it's definitely up to you to sort it...

Casey Powell Lacrosse 16 (Xbox One)

Casey Powell Lacrosse 16 (Xbox One)

High cheese

When it comes to a ranking of the most niche sports that have been turned into videogames, lacrosse is probably toward the top of the list. Following on from the relatively successful XBLIG release of College Lacrosse 12 for Xbox 360, Crosse Studio have been working on the next iteration. For Casey Powell Lacrosse 16 though, they've...

Stranger of Sword City (Xbox One)

Stranger of Sword City (Xbox One)

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, that's a stranger!

The Xbox 360 made a hard push at tapping into the Japanese market with the likes of Blue Dragon and The Last Remnant. Stranger of Sword City - a dungeon role playing game - was a lesser-known title that also came to the platform. The Xbox One has seen nowhere near the same level of support in terms...

TrackMania Turbo (Xbox One)

TrackMania Turbo (Xbox One)

Mania is right

If there's one game that's been flying under the radar since it was announced, it's Trackmania Turbo. Everyone was aware that the series – which had a sizeable fanbase on PC - would be challenging to take across to consoles, mainly due to the fact that even though it ships with a healthy supply of tracks, Trackmania is known as...

Cel Damage HD (Xbox One)

Cel Damage HD (Xbox One)

Racing back in time

Back in 2001, Cel Damage was released for the original Xbox. Offering a cartoony, cel shaded take on the then popular vehicular combat genre, it was an immediate hit and many people still have a soft spot for it today. Fast forward to 2016, and Frontline Games have produced an HD remake of the game, but has time been kind, or...

Blast 'Em Bunnies (Xbox One)

Blast 'Em Bunnies (Xbox One)

Blast 'em into the sun

When it comes to game concepts, the one supplied by Blast 'Em Bunnies couldn't be much simpler. You play a bunny, manning (bunnying?) a rotating gun turret. Other rabbits of various types – grenadiers, paratroopers, burrowers, walkers, etc. - are trying to get to you so that they can knock you out and take your stuff. You...

101 Ways To Die (Xbox One)

101 Ways To Die (Xbox One)

Let us count the ways

In the bowels of an abandoned looking mansion, in deepest Blutenstein, Professor Ernst Splattunfuder has worked long and hard on his manual of unique and horrific ways to kill and maim when, alas, his assistant blows up the fruits of his labour in a terrible lab 'accident'. Distraught, the professor calls the minion agency and...

Tom Clancy's The Division (Xbox One)

Tom Clancy's The Division (Xbox One)

Ubi squad lootin'

The Division doesn't make the best first impression. When the game begins, you're dropped into a section of New York City that's devoid of substance. There are few missions that show up on the map, and running through the lifeless streets from A to B is a chore. There are no unscripted moments, no random events to engage in, and...

Ironcast (Xbox One)

Ironcast (Xbox One)

Take That, Jeremy, You Bounder!

Ironcast is an odd beast. After a successful Kickstarter campaign by its developers Dreadbit, the game was released on PC back in May 2015. The conversion to console is now here, and we can see what all the fuss has been about. At its heart, Ironcast is a simple colour-matching puzzle game, but the strategy and...

Tiny Troopers: Joint Ops (Xbox One)

Tiny Troopers: Joint Ops (Xbox One)

Cannon Plodder

Tiny Troopers: Joint Ops is the result of two mobile games being combined into one Xbox One release and although it's good fun, it doesn't make enough of a departure from the casual style gameplay that one would expect on a phone to allow it to make any real impact in the console space. The story takes place across two sets of...