Xbox One Reviews

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan (Xbox One)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan (Xbox One)

The wait for a great TMNT game continues...

We've reviewed three Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games in Pure Xbox's lifetime, and the highest any of those games scored was a 3/10. That's pretty dire, huh? Not since TMNT: Turtles in Time landed on the Super Nintendo back in 1992 have fans received a genuinely great game based on this timeless...

DOOM (Xbox One)

DOOM (Xbox One)

Hurt me plenty

Making a game that's due to be a part of one of gaming's most cherished franchises must be an absolute nightmare for developers. Remastering something that came out a few years ago so that it has shinier graphics and tweaks but still retains the feel of the original must be difficult enough, but to take a game that's so well thought...

Not a Hero: Super Snazzy Edition (Xbox One)

Not a Hero: Super Snazzy Edition (Xbox One)

Get snazzy, ya clown!

Not A Hero is a side-scrolling 2D cover-based shooter where you're employed by a pink rabbit who wants to be the mayor but who needs to show his ability to clean up the town so that people will vote for him. To do this, he's hired you, playing as one of several anti-heros, to pretty much go in and blow away bad guys in order to...

Tropico 5: Penultimate Edition (Xbox One)

Tropico 5: Penultimate Edition (Xbox One)

Viva El Presidente!

Well over a year after releasing on Xbox 360 and Playstation 4, Tropico 5: Penultimate Edition finally comes to Xbox One, inclusive of all DLC released since the game launched. This dictatorship simulator/construction title has a lot to live up to as it makes its debut on Xbox One, and brings a campaign filled with political...

OlliOlli2: XL Edition (Xbox One)

OlliOlli2: XL Edition (Xbox One)

Skate or Die

It took over a year for OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood to make its way onto Xbox One, but now it's here and is packed with bonus content. The delay isn't surprising, as the original OlliOlli didn't come to Microsoft's home console until after the sequel had released elsewhere, but it was disappointing nonetheless. Was the wait worth it...

Battleborn (Xbox One)

Battleborn (Xbox One)

Not Today, Geoff...

Battleborn is - as you probably already know and as the box art trumpets - is from Gearbox, the same people who made Borderlands. The question is, can this new game make the same kind of splash that Borderlands did? Mixing seemingly disparate elements from the world of FPS, RPG and MOBA, does it blend into a delicious smoothie,...

Super Night Riders (Xbox One)

Super Night Riders (Xbox One)

Burnt rubber

They say that you can't judge a book by its cover. The same could be said of videogames and trailers. In the case of Super Night Riders though, you can throw all the sayings out of the window. We had our reservations about the retro motorcycle racer when we first clapped eyes on the announcement trailer but – as we have to - gave it...

Grand Prix Rock 'n Racing (Xbox One)

Grand Prix Rock 'n Racing (Xbox One)

The Pits

Fast forward seven months from EnjoyUp's first Xbox One release – the dire Rock 'N Racing Off Road DX - and the developer is back again with a slightly more ambitious title. Grand Prix Rock 'N Racing is another almost-top-down racer, but this time we're looking at F1-style cars racing around much larger tracks with a helicopter-based...

Blues and Bullets - Episode 2 (Xbox One)

Blues and Bullets - Episode 2 (Xbox One)

Eight months later...

What's most difficult about investing in an episodic adventure series is the agonizing long wait between episodes. Having launched its debut episode on Xbox One nearly eight months ago, Blues and Bullets may just be the worst offender for this. It's disappointing, nonetheless, that Episode 2 doesn't land all of its punches. It...

Hitman: Episode 2 - Sapienza (Xbox One)

Hitman: Episode 2 - Sapienza (Xbox One)

Time to kill...

The second episode of the Hitman (Xbox One) content sees the titular assassin leaving the bright lights of Paris and heading to the idyllic Amalfi coast in Italy. The peaceful town of Sapienza hides a dark secret, as a troubled genius has set up home in a mansion in the town, and is busily creating a devastating bio weapon in the en...

Coffin Dodgers (Xbox One)

Coffin Dodgers (Xbox One)

Over the hill

It's been a while since we were in the era of a new licenced kart racer turning up every week. On the back of Super Mario Kart's success, pretty much every publisher decided that games of that type were easy to make and ship, most of them overlooking the things that made Nintendo's evergreen champion just as good as it was and still...

Paranautical Activity (Xbox One)

Paranautical Activity (Xbox One)

Naut the game we thought it was

In a lesson in not judging a book by its cover, Paranautical Activity is a title that suggests a point and click adventure or a horror game perhaps, with the cover art backing up that assumption. It's a surprise, then, when loading up the title reveals it to be a fast paced first person shooter which is reminiscent of...

SUPERHOT (Xbox One)

SUPERHOT (Xbox One)

You are not in control.

When SUPERHOT made its debut on the E3 stage back in 2015, the trailer raised more questions than it answered. Originally created as part of a game jam event, the developer – also called SUPERHOT – managed to raise over $250,000 through crowdfunding to bring the strange FPS to life. Fast forward to the present day and the...

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...