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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...

Assassin's Creed Rogue (Xbox 360)

Assassin's Creed Rogue (Xbox 360)

A cold, hard, cash grab?

Given most of Ubisoft's marketing budget went on Assassin's Creed Unity this year, you'd be forgiven if you thought Assassin's Creed Rogue was a cash grab or an afterthought when it was announced in early August. Though the latter may feel slightly true given some of the games presentation decisions, Rogue is able to bring a...

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...

Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom (Xbox 360)

Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom (Xbox 360)

Totes alright... but not quite mathematical

To be blunt, last year’s Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW (hence forth referred to as ETDBIDK) was a poor game. With bland and repetitive dungeon crawling that desperately needed another dose of Adventure Time’s wacky flavor, as well as more overall purpose, it was a game that...

WWE 2K15 (Xbox One)

WWE 2K15 (Xbox One)

Catch as catch can't.

Ever since THQ released WWF No Mercy and WWF Wrestlemania 2000 for Nintendo 64, fans of “sports entertainment” (or professional wrestling, to the uninitiated) have been crying out for a game that emulates the exciting, epic battles that take place inside the squared circle. Unfortunately, despite some half-decent efforts,...

Halo: The Master Chief Collection (Xbox One)

Halo: The Master Chief Collection (Xbox One)

What once was old...

Legends. Our species has always had a weakness for them. From cave paintings on walls dating back tens of thousands of years to those incredulous tales of ancient Greece and Rome, we are storytellers and we love a great hero. This may be why Spartan-117, John, The Master Chief and his ongoing journey to save us, the human race,...

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (Xbox One)

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (Xbox One)

Nananananana - Batman!

Sorry. Well, not sorry – it had to start like that. The Batman theme tune from the old TV-show is probably one of the most iconic TV themes of all time and Batman himself is probably one of the most iconic superheroes. Just like LEGO is one of the most iconic toy brands on the market. Throw it all in a blender and you should...

Shape Up (Xbox One)

Shape Up (Xbox One)

Ship out.

A Kinect-only fitness title, published by Ubisoft, shown at E3, then never spoken of again until it’s on the store shelves, and on top of that, nobody has reviewed it almost a week after it’s been released. It doesn’t bode well for Shape Up, does it? It wouldn’t be fair to rush to judgement, though. After all, the on-stage demo...

Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 (Xbox One)

Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 (Xbox One)

On the up

The annual soccer head-to-head battle is on once again, given that nobody else has come forward to try and bring a new entrant into the fight. Konami are making the step up to the new generation properly – last year’s effort can hardly be counted – with Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 and the early demo-fuelled hype suggests that the game...

Pure Pool (Xbox One)

Pure Pool (Xbox One)

Pure and too simple

When it comes to sports simulations, snooker and pool have a rich and varied history. From the simple Trick Shot for the Atari 2600, via Side Pocket on the NES, Archer Maclean’s Pool for the Amiga and Atari ST, Virtua Pool for DOS, Pool Paradise on PlayStation 2 and Hustle Kings for the PlayStation 3, we’ve reached our...

Assassin's Creed Unity (Xbox One)

Assassin's Creed Unity (Xbox One)

Divided you'll fall

When you load up an Assassin’s Creed title for the first time, you kind of know what to expect. Every entry in the series adds another layer of things that we assume will continue through to appear in the next game. From the basic free-running of the first title, through to the sprawling open-world adventure that was Black...

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of the Ooze (Xbox 360)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of the Ooze (Xbox 360)

Another turtle-tastrophe

We apologize in advance for doing this, but click here and here. Last year saw the release of two video games based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles license, and you should know that we found both of them to be pretty terrible. But despite these Galapagos tortoise-sized cowabummers, when TMNT: Danger of the Ooze was...

The Legend of Korra (Xbox One)

The Legend of Korra (Xbox One)

Elementary elements

When you hear that Platinum Games is working on a title, you generally sit up and listen, such is the general quality of their titles. You even take notice when you hear that they’re working on a title based on a Nickelodeon TV show for Activision, despite the quality of game that sort of sentence would usually result in. Even...

Sunset Overdrive (Xbox One)

Sunset Overdrive (Xbox One)

Chaos never tasted so good

Insomniac Games has been responsible for creating great exclusive software for the PlayStation brand over the years. With franchises like Spyro the Dragon, Ratchet & Clank and Resistance earning both critical praise and impressive sales numbers, it’s easy to see why Sony has held the developer so close to the chest...

Defense Grid 2 (Xbox One)

Defense Grid 2 (Xbox One)

Build 'em up...knock 'em down.

It's been a few years since Defense Grid: The Awakening was released on the Xbox 360, garnering a wealth of positive reviews and offering an interesting and challenging strategy gaming experience. Five years on, Defense Grid 2 is available to download on Xbox One for $24.99/£19.99. That's a pretty steep price for a...

Skylanders: Trap Team (Xbox One)

Skylanders: Trap Team (Xbox One)

Fool us once...

To say that we were sceptical about the latest Skylanders title, Trap Team, would be an understatement. Having not had a great deal of experience with the series, but having seen the shelves upon shelves of toys for sale at seemingly ludicrous prices in every supermarket and specialist store for the last couple of years, we thought...

The Evil Within (Xbox One)

The Evil Within (Xbox One)

Survival horror revival

The Evil Within is the best Resident Evil 4 imitation to date, and in no way is that a bad thing. The similarities are nearly endless — zombie-like creatures, chainsaw-wielding maniacs — but the most common thread is that both games are created by survival horror mastermind, Shinji Mikami. With the bar raised so high, you...

Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments (Xbox One)

Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments (Xbox One)

Welcome to 221b Baker Street

There hasn't been that much written about Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments - in fact, so little has been said that one could almost end up thinking that the developers really wanted it to fly under the radar. Which is a shame...no, really. Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments takes place in the gritty,...