Xbox One Reviews

Unmechanical: Extended Edition (Xbox One)

Unmechanical: Extended Edition (Xbox One)

The little robot that could

Sidescrolling puzzle games are truly a dime a dozen these days, and we’re getting to a point where it’s hard not to wince every time a new one is announced. That's not to say that a strong selection of these games haven't been knockouts — Braid, Limbo, and Fez, for example, have been absolute homeruns — but even...

Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell (Xbox One)

Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell (Xbox One)

Into the depths

It has to be said that there can be few people who weren't salivating at the prospect of a new game set in the Saints Row universe being released for less than £16. Even fewer when you consider that the new title would also be available with a rehashed edition of the excellent Saints Row IV for less than £40 for the pair. Indeed,...

Riptide GP2 (Xbox One)

Riptide GP2 (Xbox One)

Drop in the ocean

Anyone that lived through the last couple of generations of console gaming has probably at least tried their hand at a water-based racing game. Whether it was the seminal Wave Race, the fondly-remembered Hydro Thunder, the massively underrated Splashdown, or even the somewhat disappointing Rapid Racer, more or less every platform...

Resident Evil (Xbox One)

Resident Evil (Xbox One)

REmake. REmastered. REmarkable

The Resident Evil name doesn't quite hold the same weight it once did. While Resident Evil 4 is widely accepted as the peak of the franchise, it also marked the beginning of a series that would continually struggle to find an identity in the years to follow. So perhaps Capcom's decision to remaster the GameCube remake...

Funk of Titans (Xbox One)

Funk of Titans (Xbox One)

Something's funky

Funk of Titans is a tough game to describe, but we're going to give it a go. The ancient Greek god of the sky and thunder, Zeus, has tasked you, Perseus, with defeating the ancient Music Titans of Pop, Rap, and Rock, using your own brand of "Funk-fu." To do this, you must auto-run and jump through a series of levels, collecting...

Rabbids Invasion: The Interactive TV Show (Xbox One)

Rabbids Invasion: The Interactive TV Show (Xbox One)

Keep calm and BWAAAAAAAAH!

First there were Rabbids. Then there were Minions. But the Rabbids were first. It's probably impossible for anyone to have missed the Ubisoft spectacle that is the Ravin' Rabbids. They are loud, they are over-the-top, and they are everywhere! They don't have a proper language, but their mimed slapstick (heavily infused by...

Tetris Ultimate (Xbox One)

Tetris Ultimate (Xbox One)

Block-dropping beats

When it comes to rebooting games, building a new version of Tetris has to be the easiest thing that can be done. After all, as long as you at least have the basic tetromino-dropping and line-clearing endless gameplay mode that set the world on fire back in the 80s, you'll have a bunch of satisfied customers who just want to play...

Kalimba (Xbox One)

Kalimba (Xbox One)

Two Is Better Than One

Developer Press Play has a track record of consistently creating interesting platformers that allow players to experience inventive mechanics. In Max: The Curse of Brotherhood, they allowed players to wield a magic marker to interact with the game's levels, for example. They continues with their trend of crafting well-made...

Forza Horizon 2: Storm Island (Xbox One)

Forza Horizon 2: Storm Island (Xbox One)

Making it rain.

When crafting a DLC package of any significant weight for a game that has gone down really well with gamers and critics alike, developers have to be careful. What they add can’t interfere with the mix that they already had, as they really don’t want to be messing with a successful formula. Playground Games found a way to ensure...

Pinball FX2 - Venom (Xbox One)

Pinball FX2 - Venom (Xbox One)

Lick it up

One of the many things that we appreciate about Zen Studios' work with their Marvel Pinball tables is their commitment to acknowledging characters and properties that don't have as much mainstream appeal as, say, Spider-Man, Iron Man, or Captain America. For every Fantastic Four and The Avengers, we've had Doctor Strange and The Infinity...

Never Alone (Xbox One)

Never Alone (Xbox One)

Ice cold.

Some games are truly beautiful and – let’s not waste any time here – Never Alone kicks off with the potential to be one of them. Telling tales of the Alaska native Iñupiat people and their folklore, the game is part educational experience, part non-traditional side-scrolling platformer. While one half of that is really well done,...

The Crew (Xbox One)

The Crew (Xbox One)

Crew cut.

When it comes to writing reviews, some games are easier than others to cover. There are times when you can play a game for an hour or two, and have at least an idea of at least the general direction of where your review is headed. Ubisoft’s The Crew most certainly does not fall into that camp. We think it’ll be safe to say that this...

Boom Ball for Kinect (Xbox One)

Boom Ball for Kinect (Xbox One)

Short boom.

It’s no secret that the number of Kinect-compatible titles for Xbox One is on the low side, to say the least. Given Microsoft’s decision to unbundle the console from the Kinect sensor at retail, that’s unlikely to change anytime soon. However, the device is perfect for a bit of ID@Xbox experimentation and that’s what we see here,...

Threes! (Xbox One)

Threes! (Xbox One)

3+3=6, 6+6=12

Threes! may not look like much at first sight, but it's actually one of the more potent, more addictive games for tablets and smartphones that's now been ported to Xbox One. The concept is simple — you basically make big numbers by adding up smaller numbers; 3+3 makes 6 and so it goes. The game is based around a board consisting of...

Pier Solar and the Great Architects (Xbox One)

Pier Solar and the Great Architects (Xbox One)

Built with love

You’ve gotta hand it to the folks over at Watermelon. Taking on a project as ambitious as Pier Solar and the Great Architects is by no means an easy task. Originally conceived in 2004 as a small homebrew project known as Tavern RPG for the Sega Genesis, development swiftly transformed into something much bigger. As the team puts...

Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions (Xbox One)

Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions (Xbox One)

Everything old is new again

When Bizarre Creations was shuttered a few years ago, a lot of people feared for one of the company’s finest creations, Geometry Wars. A twin-stick shooter released via digital means, the game flew in the face of the overblown and increasingly-complex hundred-hour behemoths that were slowly becoming the backbone of the...

Terraria (Xbox One)

Terraria (Xbox One)

Can you dig it?

Colourful 2D adventure/exploration/building game Terraria is already available on almost every system capable of displaying more than a handful of pixels, but developer Re-Logic have tried to ensure that there are no excuses for failing to pick up their Minecraft-like construction title. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a...

Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox One)

Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox One)

The boys are back in town

Last year, we reviewed Grand Theft Auto V for Xbox 360 and walked away all kinds of impressed. We thought the game’s only real weakness - the only thing holding it back from a perfect score - was that it was a current-gen game with next-gen ambitions, which resulted in minor technical complications that could occasionally...

Monopoly Plus (Xbox One)

Monopoly Plus (Xbox One)

This version Mayfair well.

When it comes to converting the ubiquitous property trading board game Monopoly from the living room table to digital platforms, things have not always gone well. Despite being released for every console, computer, and mobile device known to man, it’s probably safe to say that there hasn’t been a genuinely good and...

Costume Quest 2 (Xbox One)

Costume Quest 2 (Xbox One)

Trick or treat?

Four years ago, Double Fine delighted fans with the original Costume Quest; a charming RPG starring twins Wren and Reynold and their friends on a Halloween-themed adventure in their local neighbourhood and beyond. Costume Quest 2 starts where the first game finished (if you ignore the first game's DLC) with little explanation of who...