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Monkey Pirates (Xbox One)

Monkey Pirates (Xbox One)

The only bay in the pillage?

There seems to be an increase in low price titles from smaller studios in the Xbox store recently, offering a range of gaming experiences for budget-conscious gamers and giving independent developers an opportunity to break into the mainstream. Monkey Pirates is a naval combat title from the five man team over at...

The Escapists: The Walking Dead (Xbox One)

The Escapists: The Walking Dead (Xbox One)

Pixel Zombie

The Walking Dead is one of those franchises that seems to be everywhere. From television to every other type of merchandise, Robert Kirkman's comic series has become a global phenomenon and the video game industry has more than taken note, with mobile iterations and story-telling masters Telltale Games giving the zombie epic a highly...

Assassin's Creed: Syndicate (Xbox One)

Assassin's Creed: Syndicate (Xbox One)

Back on track

When it comes to the recent history of the Assassin's Creed series, do we really need to talk about the last version all that much? Surely, everybody knows that at launch – although post-launch patches alleviated some of the issues – Assassin's Creed: Unity was a buggy, broken affair that even Ubisoft acknowledged just wasn't good...

Kaiju Panic (Xbox One)

Kaiju Panic (Xbox One)

Kaijuuuu!

There's no getting around the fact that tower defence titles have been done to death in recent years. Checking the genre listings on Steam shows that 135 of them are up for grabs on PC at the time of writing. With that said, the apparent limitations of using a controller as opposed to a keyboard and mouse means that not a great deal of...

Rock 'N Racing Off Road DX (Xbox One)

Rock 'N Racing Off Road DX (Xbox One)

Bunkered

It's been way too long since the incredible Ivan "Ironman" Stewart's Super Off-Road was released. Since the game's debut in 1989, nothing has come remotely close to improving on the mix of sandy arcade vehicle jumping fun, so when we heard that a game with a similar feel - Rock 'N Racing Off-Road DX - was coming to Xbox One, we sat up and...

Blood Bowl 2 (Xbox One)

Blood Bowl 2 (Xbox One)

Fumbling the ball

Blood Bowl 2 comes to Xbox One as part of Games Workshop's continual use of their fringe franchises away from the tabletop. Blood Bowl was a popular tabletop Gridiron and Warhammer violence-laden mashup first introduced in 1987, seeing numerous re-releases since, the most radical of which occurred in 1994. With Games Workshop now...

Crimsonland (Xbox One)

Crimsonland (Xbox One)

Spilling the claret

Gaming these days can feel more like work than play. When you've weighed up the 800 million different options that you have to be able to just buy a game (and the preorder bonuses, and the Season Pass, and the holographic Steelbook case, and the "Limited Edition" statue) and finally got your new game installed and patched, you'll...

Draw a Stickman: EPIC (Xbox One)

Draw a Stickman: EPIC (Xbox One)

3, 2, 1... Draw!

Games that have an interesting or unique premise are always going to grab attention in today's expanding market, as they promise an experience unlike the ones that have come before. Draw a Stickman: EPIC is one such game. The player starts the game by drawing their very own stick figure, who then serves as the protagonist of the...

Overruled! (Xbox One)

Overruled! (Xbox One)

Underwhelming

Imagine a fast-paced brawler where players can chop and change the rules mid game – switching the objective from chaotic deathmatch to a more strategic king of the hill, or switching up the rules and mechanics to directly influence everyone's abilities and sabotage your enemies. Sounds pretty great to us, and with the distinct lack...

Fermi's Path (Xbox One)

Fermi's Path (Xbox One)

A road too far travelled

From the very outset, Fermi's Path will put you in mind of a number of other games. The game tasks you with controlling a particle, which moves forward automatically and leaves you to dodge and jump over obstacles such as you do in Temple Run or any number of other endless runners. The rotation mechanic, which sees you...

Laserlife (Xbox One)

Laserlife (Xbox One)

Bit tripped

When the developers of the excellent BIT.TRIP games announce that they're releasing a rhythm action adventure, that's enough of a reason for people to stop and take notice. When that very game looks to be shaping up to be a cross between Rez and Child of Eden, you throw out your work for the week of release because you're relatively sure...

Skylanders SuperChargers (Xbox One)

Skylanders SuperChargers (Xbox One)

Supercharged ... or running out of steam?

Skylanders Superchargers is the latest in a chain of games featuring the Skylanders, a collection of plastic figures that are transformed by the "Portal of Power" into characters you can control on the screen. So far, it's been so good. Each year, a new refinement to the formula is introduced. We've had...

The Jackbox Party Pack 2 (Xbox One)

The Jackbox Party Pack 2 (Xbox One)

Jack of all trades, master of fun

Whether they loved it or hated it, nobody can deny that Jackbox's first compilation – The Jackbox Party Pack – was exceedingly well crafted. Providing support for up to 100 players on one console using smart devices such as phones and tablets, the package breathed life into more than a few parties with its...

LEGO Dimensions (Xbox One)

LEGO Dimensions (Xbox One)

Out of this world

Back at a gaming conference in 2011, when Team pX first placed a Spyro figure on a portal and made him come to life on the screen, it was clear that Activision were on to a winner. Even still, we couldn't have predicted the massive popularity that "toys-to-life" games like Disney Infinity and the various versions of Skylanders have...

Three Fourths Home: Extended Edition (Xbox One)

Three Fourths Home: Extended Edition (Xbox One)

Are you sitting comfortably?

To kick things off here, we'd like to address a bit of criticism that we've seen for Three Fourths Home across social media since it launched on Xbox One. The main critique – despite the game's description containing the words "visual short story" – seems to be that the product is not a game at all. Then again, we...

Rugby League Live 3 (Xbox One)

Rugby League Live 3 (Xbox One)

Play the ball

With two absolutely rancid rugby union titles already available for Xbox One (Rugby 15, Rugby World Cup 2015) it was with apprehension that we strode out onto the field to take on the competing code of rugby league in Big Ant's latest offering. Fortunately, the team is nothing to do with those godawful games, but is responsible for the...

Polychromatic (Xbox One)

Polychromatic (Xbox One)

Round and round

In a world where twin-stick shooters are becoming more and more popular, it takes an awful lot to even think of climbing the ladder to battle against the might of titles such as Geometry Wars 3. One way that smaller studios can attempt to take the big guns to task – aside from getting the gameplay down, of course – is by...

Extreme Exorcism (Xbox One)

Extreme Exorcism (Xbox One)

Scarily addictive platfoming

The resurgence of retro-inspired platformers is something that has not gone unnoticed. Through the [email protected] program, more and more of these little titles appear to be popping up on Xbox One and their popularity speaks volumes about the genre itself. Extreme Exorcism is one such title. Giving a twist to the established...