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Telltale Games' Poker Night 2 (Xbox Live Arcade)

Telltale Games' Poker Night 2 (Xbox Live Arcade)

Hold 'em or fold 'em?

If you’re making a game about poker, you should really focus on the getting the features of the actual cardplaying right – or at least up to speed with your competition – before throwing in characters from a bunch of franchises, and a witty script. That doesn’t seem to be what’s gone here, though. Poker Night 2...

God Mode (Xbox Live Arcade)

God Mode (Xbox Live Arcade)

By the beard of Zeus!

Sometimes, it can be good to settle in with a game that attempts to do away with the hours of cutscenes and hundreds of pages of story scripts that most modern titles come bundled with, and just get down to the core of things. That’s what God Mode attempts to do, throwing the player directly into a third-person shooting fest...

Sacred Citadel (Xbox Live Arcade)

Sacred Citadel (Xbox Live Arcade)

Old-school meets new-school.

Back when the excellent Castle Crashers released in 2008, the gameplay contained within the adorably-designed package was something of a revelation. You could have a number of characters on the go at a time, playing through the game as each of them in turn as you tried to get them all levelled up to the point of being...

Motocross Madness (Xbox Live Arcade)

Motocross Madness (Xbox Live Arcade)

Back once again...

Back in the day, Motocross Madness was a technically impressive, addictive PC game that did away with the narrow borders of conventional racing games, providing a relatively open world for the player to barrel through. The last entry in the series – Motocross Madness 3 for the original Xbox – was a bit of a stinker when...

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 (Xbox 360)

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 (Xbox 360)

A Fair Way To Go

It’s that time of year again. The smell of freshly-cut grass is in the air, the birds are singing, the sun is in the…well, it’s mostly rainy and windy here in the UK, but there you go. Whatever the weather, its Tiger Woods PGA Tour time. This year, EA have provided a mostly iterative update to the series, with a couple of big...

BattleBlock Theater (Xbox Live Arcade)

BattleBlock Theater (Xbox Live Arcade)

The Behemoth Is Back

BattleBlock Theater is an Xbox Live Arcade platform puzzle game from The Behemoth, who are the developers of the excellent Castle Crashers and slightly-less-excellent Alien Hominid HD. The graphics are cartoonish, it features a good deal of laughs and some tricky puzzles that will test your dexterity later on. Also, it allows...

Bioshock Infinite (Xbox 360)

Bioshock Infinite (Xbox 360)

BioShockingly Brilliant...

After fours years in development and tens of millions of pounds in resources, the team at Irrational have finally shipped the highly-anticipated sequel to one of the most beloved video games of this generation. You play as Booker Dewitt, a man tasked with rescuing a girl from the floating city of Columbia in order to pay...

Terraria (Xbox Live Arcade)

Terraria (Xbox Live Arcade)

Going deeper underground?

The much beloved PC indie hit Terraria has finally made the jump to Xbox Live Arcade, and within the first few minutes of playing you get a sense that Re-Logic have done a good job in making the switch. There are many titles available to the console-based mining enthusiast right now, but aside from it’s wonderful 2D...

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 (Xbox 360)

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 (Xbox 360)

Hit and miss.

In the FPS market, the idea of stealth is very much overlooked. That sounds like a crazy thing to say given that every other game that involves gunplay also involves at least one mission where you have to navigate behind obvious cover points to avoid detection, taking out clueless enemies one by one. What we mean is that while hiding...

Gears of War: Judgment (Xbox 360)

Gears of War: Judgment (Xbox 360)

The Xbox 360's testosterone-fuelled swan song?

There isn’t much to say about Gears of War that hasn’t been written countless times before. It’s undoubtedly one of the most beloved video game series of this generation, and went from being a relative unknown to one of Microsoft’s most important trump cards. Gears of War shifts systems and has...

WRC Powerslide (Xbox Live Arcade)

WRC Powerslide (Xbox Live Arcade)

Rally, rally not good.

The prospect of a title that harnesses the soul and overall concept of the classic Neo Geo arcade racing titles such as Mille Miglia (The Great 1000 Miles Rally) and Neo Drift Out, and mixes it with the fun and high quality multiplayer gameplay of Mario Kart 7 is a mouthwatering one, to say the least. When you throw the...

Tomb Raider (Xbox 360)

Tomb Raider (Xbox 360)

She's back...

When it comes to the social and political issues that surround the dawn of a new era for the game that helped make gaming somewhat more acceptable than it previously was, we’re not expertly placed to comment. Therefore, we won’t. We are expertly placed to talk about the game as a game though, so let’s do that. Tomb Raider is not...

Crysis 3 (Xbox 360)

Crysis 3 (Xbox 360)

Crysis averted?

With consoles dominated by simplified mass-market FPS titles - like Activision’s Call of Duty behemoth - the arrival of the Crysis franchise was a breath of fresh air. Initially a PC exclusive that garnered a reputation as a hardware-crushing FPS for the hardcore gamer, it would be easy to assume that the incredible graphics that...

Capcom Arcade Cabinet (Xbox Live Arcade)

Capcom Arcade Cabinet (Xbox Live Arcade)

Once more, with feeling.

Another year goes by, and another game publisher has a notable birthday. This year, Capcom is celebrating the formation of its business 30 years ago, in 1983. To mark the occasion, they’re releasing a series of classic arcade titles on Xbox Live Arcade. We assume that when their 35th birthday rolls around during the next...

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (Xbox 360)

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (Xbox 360)

Hack-tastic.

Let’s get it right out of the way. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance isn’t your standard Metal Gear title. With Platinum Games (Bayonetta, Vanquish) picking up the developmental reins, it was never going to be and as much as we love the stealth subgenre’s favourite son, it isn’t a bad thing. There are some cunning nods to previous...

Under Defeat HD: Deluxe Edition (Xbox 360)

Under Defeat HD: Deluxe Edition (Xbox 360)

Under Your Skin

42 seconds. That’s how long it will take the average gamer to start cursing, the first time they play Under Defeat. Not at all coincidentally, that's also around about the length of time it will take for them to lose their first life. Fear and panic doesn’t prepend the inevitable expiry, oh no. It just happens. And then it...

Kinect Party (Xbox Live Arcade)

Kinect Party (Xbox Live Arcade)

Ain't no party like a Kinect Party.

Depending on when you pick it up, the decision on whether or not to get Kinect Party is a bit of a no-brainer. For a while after release day, it was available for absolutely no charge and should you have missed out, the price is 800 MSP. The product itself is also a bit of a no-brainer at times too, and while...

Toy Story Mania! (Xbox 360)

Toy Story Mania! (Xbox 360)

Somebody's poisoned the waterhole.

Seemingly since the beginning of time, there hasn’t been a festive season that’s gone by where at least one publisher hasn’t reached into their box of previously released titles and decided to port one to a new format just in time for the Christmas rush. And that – unfortunately – is exactly what’s...

Red Bull Crashed Ice Kinect (Xbox Live Arcade)

Red Bull Crashed Ice Kinect (Xbox Live Arcade)

Born slippy.

If you aren’t aware of what Red Bull’s “Crashed Ice” event series is, then you’re missing out. In short, the sport of ice cross involves a bunch of ice skater types starting at the top of an icy track that contains all manner of twists, turns, bumps, and jumps, and they have to race to the finish line in the fastest possible...

Need for Speed: Most Wanted (Xbox 360)

Need for Speed: Most Wanted (Xbox 360)

Fast and furious.

Back in 2008, when Criterion released Burnout Paradise into the world, they changed people's perceptions about what an open-world racer could truly be. Sweeping vistas, recognizable streets and some truly revolutionary multiplayer gaming were the order of the day, and the gaming public responded well. 2010's Need for Speed: Hot...