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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (Xbox 360)

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (Xbox 360)

Strike three. And you're out!

Final Fantasy XIII had a pretty convoluted plot, and Final Fantasy XIII-2 didn’t help clarify it much. Final Fantasy XIII: Lightning Returns adds even more confusion to the narrative, so much so that it’s very difficult to enjoy the tale it’s trying to weave. However, if you can look past the ridiculous, and...

Earth Defense Force 2025 (Xbox 360)

Earth Defense Force 2025 (Xbox 360)

Buggin' Out

Earth Defense Force 2025 takes itself about as seriously a SyFy original film would. Tonally, it’s a little bit Starship Troopers and part Godzilla, offering up non-stop, mindless bug-killing action. Missions aren’t very complex; hundreds of giant enemies are about to drop into the environment…kill them all. And that’s about the...

Thief (Xbox 360)

Thief (Xbox 360)

Can it steal the gold?

Since the release of Thief: The Dark Project in 1998, the Thief franchise has been known as the grandfather of the stealth genre. It's mastery of simple, yet elegant stealth mechanics, sound design and environments have been a benchmark ever since. Now Eidos Montreal have taken the development reins for the fourth installment...

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 (Xbox 360)

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 (Xbox 360)

Second time round.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 isn't going to grab your attention as firmly as its predecessor did. The narrative fumbles along and the structure flutters between confusing and tedious. Indeed this denouement to MercurySteam’s take on this cherished franchise doesn't live up to their first foray. However, creative boss...

PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures (Xbox 360)

PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures (Xbox 360)

Pac isn't back.

For this first time since the last time, everyone’s favourite spherical pill-muncher is back, apparently. Only this time he has an American “surfer dude” voice. But that isn’t the only change, oh no. He’s friends with some of the ghosts that he was looking to gobble up in the iconic original title for starters and on top of...

South Park: The Stick of Truth (Xbox 360)

South Park: The Stick of Truth (Xbox 360)

Great or just m'kay?

Reviewing South Park: The Stick of Truth on a family-friendly site was always going to be a tough proposition. We may have to break a long-standing site rule or two here in order to describe the content and get our point across. After all, it doesn’t matter how much of an accomplished wordsmith you are, you can’t describe...

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood (Xbox One)

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood (Xbox One)

Artful or awful?

Let’s get this out of the way first: prepare to die a lot in Max: The Curse of Brotherhood. Press Play’s latest puzzle platformer will test your patience with its “trial-and-error” approach and finicky controls — which often led to Max plunging to his death more times than we could count. With that being said, Max’s...

Fighter Within (Xbox One)

Fighter Within (Xbox One)

Fighter Without.

In a world where Kinect for Xbox One is seen as nothing but a gimmick designed to ensure that you pay more for a console than you otherwise would, it was imperative that the first Kinect-only experience was compelling. A Wii Sports for the Xbox One, if you will. So who better to leave in charge of such a thing than Ubisoft, the...

Peggle 2 (Xbox One)

Peggle 2 (Xbox One)

Addiction, thy name is Peggle.

When PopCap’s John Vechey took the stage at E3 2013 to announce the company’s new titles, he expected the announcement of Peggle 2 to be something of a megaton. “Ladies and gentlemen, PEGGLE 2!” he bellowed, as the room went dark and a short video trailer took what seemed like aeons to kick in. During the...

Angry Birds: Star Wars (Xbox One)

Angry Birds: Star Wars (Xbox One)

Flies in the oink-ment.

Try and find somebody who’s never played an Angry Birds title, and you’ll find that it’s a tough ask. After launching on mobile devices a few years back, the game has gone from strength to strength, and is now – as we all know – available in a million different varieties, for a million different devices. There’s a...

Zoo Tycoon (Xbox One)

Zoo Tycoon (Xbox One)

Monkeying around

When shown next to the likes of Dead Rising 3, Battlefield 4 and Killer Instinct, Zoo Tycoon seemed an odd addition to the Xbox One launch line-up. It's not a traditional kids' title or an in-depth strategy game. It doesn't showcase the Kinect sensor in any spectacular fashion, nor is it a well established franchise on the Xbox 360...

Need for Speed: Rivals (Xbox One)

Need for Speed: Rivals (Xbox One)

We fought the law.

Though it’s a far less technical and therefore more arcade feeling racer than Forza, Need for Speed: Rivals isn’t something you want to miss as part of the Xbox One launch offering. Its schizophrenic identity of law breaker versus law maker, provides a dual experience of fast cars, dangerous pursuits and intense road battles...

Powerstar Golf (Xbox One)

Powerstar Golf (Xbox One)

Swingin'!

If there’s one thing every console apparently needs, it’s a golf game. Whether you’re seeking realism in one of EA’s PGA-licenced affairs, or firing up the over-the-top action of the excellent Everybody’s Golf series, there always seems to be at least one available relatively early on in a console’s life-cycle. Powerstar Golf...

Dead Rising 3 (Xbox One)

Dead Rising 3 (Xbox One)

Dead fun.

If you're a fan of the original title and the sequel, then Dead Rising 3 is going to impress and please you. The series' intriguing lore and storyline, over the top, ridiculous psycho boss battles, and oodles of extravagant combo weapons are all present and accounted for, enhanced further by the Xbox One's powerful hardware. Dead Rising 3...

Killer Instinct (Xbox One)

Killer Instinct (Xbox One)

C-C-C-Combo Breaker!

Fans have been asking for it for years and finally Killer Instinct has returned, albeit with a new developer - Double Helix - who have adopted a free-to-play model for the game's characters, which is also now sporting fancy new visuals. However, fans can relax their cynicism and rejoice, as Killer Instinct on Xbox One retains...

Ryse: Son of Rome (Xbox One)

Ryse: Son of Rome (Xbox One)

Veni, vidi, vici, all in a day

Ryse: Son of Rome is an excellent showcase for the Xbox One hardware. The visually stunning, fast paced action title delivers intense combat, an intriguing story and a pleasantly surprisingly slice of cooperative multiplayer to introduce this new generation of gaming. It's far from flawless but it's undoubtedly...

Battlefield 4 (Xbox 360)

Battlefield 4 (Xbox 360)

Children of the Levolution™

It's always somewhat difficult deciding on how to review such heavily multiplayer-centric games. There's no shortage of single-player affairs on the market that feature a tacked-on multiplayer component, seemingly put together at the final hour in order to tick one of the many boxes that developers - or rather,...

The Bridge (Xbox Live Arcade)

The Bridge (Xbox Live Arcade)

A point of view.

When it comes to ticking all the indie boxes, someone at intriguingly named developer Quantum Astrophysicists Guild seems to have had a long old list to run through when it comes to The Bridge. From furnishing the game with a black and white pencil sketch art style, via allowing you to fast-rewind time with a simple button press,...

Call of Duty: Ghosts (Xbox 360)

Call of Duty: Ghosts (Xbox 360)

Do you know what time it is?!

With the "It's Call of Duty time" tagline that's plastered across advertisements far and wide, comes expectations; the expectation that we know what to expect. If you’re one of the people who think they know what kind of experience is to be found in Infinity Ward’s latest military shooter, chances are you’re...