Xbox One Reviews

Cubikolor (Xbox One)

Cubikolor (Xbox One)

No Rubik in sight

The puzzle genre is not the most fondly tended in the gaming universe. Standout titles such as Portal, The Witness or Q.U.B.E: Director's Cut are often differentiated from the narrow pack because they offer something more than mere puzzling. This is sadly not the case with Cubikolor which, at it's most basic, is a simplistic...

Hard Reset Redux (Xbox One)

Hard Reset Redux (Xbox One)

Domo arigato, Mr Roboto!

Hard Reset Redux is a remake of a PC FPS that was first released back in September 2011, created by Polish developers Flying Wild Hog. It received an expansion entitled Exile in 2012, and now the whole shooting match has been released into the crowded Xbox shooter market. Story driven, the game is a single player experience,...

Mystery Castle (Xbox One)

Mystery Castle (Xbox One)

Could it be magic?

As seems to be the current trend, another mobile game has made the transition to consoles and this one manages to offer both a reasonable price point and tons of content. Runestone's recently released puzzle/action game Mystery Castle promises a host of colourful characters, varied enemies and five environments to explore as well...

Neon Chrome (Xbox One)

Neon Chrome (Xbox One)

Shine on

In a world where top-down shooters aren't exactly thin on the ground, it takes a brave developer to release one these days and hope that it draws money. With Neon Chrome though, developer 10tons have mixed things up somewhat. Rather than dealing in the sort of relatively throwaway fun the likes of Crimsonland and Polychromatic (amongst many...

Soul Axiom (Xbox One)

Soul Axiom (Xbox One)

Soul survivor? It's in your hands...

Soul Axiom is a first person perspective puzzle game, first released for the PC back in February this year by Wales Interactive. Now released on to the console market, can this story driven puzzler cut the mustard, or does it earn itself a raspberry? The game begins as it means to go on, as your character...

Dangerous Golf (Xbox One)

Dangerous Golf (Xbox One)

Out of bounds

They say that golf is a good walk spoiled. The ex-Burnout developers at Three Fields Entertainment have attempted to put paid to all that walking nonsense though, instead opting to take the sport largely indoors. With Dangerous Golf, their goal is clearly to take the essence of Burnout's "Crash" mode and apply it to a very different...

TurnOn (Xbox One)

TurnOn (Xbox One)

Are friends electric?

Following what appears to be a meteor strike at a city power station, the surrounding areas are plunged into darkness and chaos soon ensues. Traffic lights are malfunctioning, carnival rides are going berserk and the cover of darkness is all too tempting for those who are up to no good. Only you can restore power to Electro...

Azkend 2: The World Beneath (Xbox One)

Azkend 2: The World Beneath (Xbox One)

Not a love match.

Azkend 2: The World Beneath is the latest assault on the Xbox market from the prolific guys over at 10tons Ltd and unsurprisingly, its another match-3 (or more) puzzle game. Much like their last two attempts to crack the puzzle fanbase, Sparkle Unleashed and Sparkle 2, this is a relatively simple puzzler that is unlikely to stretch...

Dead Island: Definitive Collection (Xbox One)

Dead Island: Definitive Collection (Xbox One)

There and back again

While fans of the Dead Island franchise try to work out exactly what is happening with Dead Island 2 – a game that's doing a great impression of being a feline owned by Erwin Schrödinger – Deep Silver and Techland have decided to hold back the hordes of rabid fans by releasing this remastered collection of the first two...

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...