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  • Review FIFA 21 - The Slightly More Beautiful Game

    Heading in the right direction

    It's that time of year again, as EA's never-ending FIFA franchise dribbles down the tunnel and out onto the pitch for another brand new season. It's an incremental update for the most part this time around, there are no really big marquee additions or modes to speak of here, beyond Volta's new story "Debut", but the...

  • Review Star Wars: Squadrons - The Force Is Strong With This One

    Use the Force, LukeSkyWLKR1991

    There's an indestructibly attractive core at the heart of the Star Wars franchise that manages to remain forever untarnished no matter how many godawful Christmas Specials, Battles for Endor, butt-clenchingly dull Trade Agreements or "I don't like sand" moments are thrown at it. We're talking about the wonderfully...

  • Review Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time - The Mad Marsupial's Finest Hour

    Grandmaster Crash

    Crash Bandicoot. Was he ever really that great? Did those old games that make up the original trilogy - the less said about other entries in the franchise the better - really warrant the level of hype and excitement that resulted from the announcement of 2018's N. Sane revamp? Whichever side of the fence you happen to fall on, one...

  • Review Marvel's Avengers - Undeniably Fun, But A Bit Rough Around The Edges

    A solid start for the Avengers

    Marvel's Avengers, much like the most recent cinematic interpretations of the MCU, is at once a spectacular, bloated, messy and undeniably fun experience. It nails the characterisations of its central superheroes, provides a surprisingly entertaining and lengthy campaign full of bombastic action and addictive combat,...

  • Review Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 - Returns The Series To Its Former Glory

    The Birdman is back

    It's hard to believe we've reached this point. It's been well over a decade since Tony Hawk fans were last treated to a standout title in the long-running series, and even a past attempt at remastering the original two games didn't come close to hitting the mark back in 2012 with Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD. But this time,...

  • Review Tell Me Why - A Memorable And Thought-Provoking Mystery

    Ain't nothin' but a heartache

    It appears as though the creative masterminds behind Life is Strange took the criticism about the second game's widely spaced out episodes to heart. This time around, Dontnod Entertainment is releasing all three chapters of its brand-new IP Tell Me Why across a three-week period (published by Xbox Game Studios) from...

  • Review Battletoads - A Hilarious And Hugely Entertaining Adventure

    Grip it and ribbit

    We’ll be the first to admit that the trailers for Dlala Studios’ reboot of Battletoads didn’t fill every member of the Pure Xbox team with confidence. Battletoads is an iconic series for many generations: older gamers remember playing it back in the day and enjoying it because of (or despite) its extreme difficulty, while...

  • Review Microsoft Flight Simulator - Takes The Genre To New Heights

    Come fly with me

    It's not very often that a game makes me audibly gasp (in a good way). But then, Asobo Studios' Microsoft Flight Simulator isn't any ordinary game. There's been a lot of hype around the series' first major entry since 2006's Microsoft Flight Simulator X (watch the reveal trailer, and you'll know why) - and I'm pleased to report that...

  • Review Minecraft Dungeons - A Delightfully Breezy Action-RPG

    Diablocks

    It may seem like a somewhat risky move to make a Minecraft game that strips out Mojang's signature gameplay loops of digging, building and crafting endlessly in an infinite open world, but Minecraft Dungeons' shift to a Diablo-esque focus on looting and hack-and-slash combat against the many mobs that roam its blocky lands pays off...

  • Review Formula Retro Racing - The Next Best Thing To Virtua Racing On Xbox One

    Virtua Tracing

    Sega’s seminal 1992 arcade game Virtua Racing has aged like a fine wine. As one of the first ever polygonal racing games, until recently it was considered a bit visually basic by today’s standards. All that changed when Sega re-released the game on Switch with a 1080p and 60fps polish, and suddenly it looked like a cool, stylised,...

  • Review Gears Tactics - Top-Notch Tactical Action

    Let slip the cogs of war

    Gears Tactics successfully manages to transfer the visceral third-person action of the long-running Gears of War franchise to a top down, turn-based strategy setting whilst keeping a surprising amount of the series' trademark cover-slamming, brutal chainsawing and constant wise-cracking intact. Engagements between your...

  • Review Streets Of Rage 4 - The Best Entry In A Legendary Franchise

    Bare those knuckles

    Considering how beloved and revered the Streets of Rage series is, it's remarkable that we've had to wait an agonising quarter of a century to get a new instalment in the franchise. That has a lot to do with the once-mainstream belt-scrolling fighter genre falling out of favour since the '90s, but it's equally attributable to the...

  • Review Bleeding Edge - Lacking Content, But Packed With Potential

    A good idea in Theory

    Given that Ninja Theory has established itself as a studio with a pedigree for fantastic single-player games, it’s interesting that its latest title is a strictly online multiplayer affair. With the outstanding Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice still lingering in the minds of many gamers and its sequel on the way, Bleeding Edge...

  • Review Assassin's Creed Odyssey - The Best Assassin's Creed Has Ever Been

    By The Beard Of Zeus!

    Assassin's Creed Odyssey continues down the exciting new path forged by its predecessor Origins, refining the reworked combat introduced in the ancient Egyptian epic and bolstering the RPG elements which saw that title heralded as something of a grand rebirth for the franchise. This is a huge adventure set in a stunning...

  • Review Resident Evil 3 - A Disappointing Follow-Up To Last Year's Brilliant Resident Evil 2

    Raccoon City Rancour

    Perhaps it was somewhat foolish to expect that a Resident Evil 3 remake, no matter how radical, could manage to reach the heady heights of last year's sublime Resident Evil 2. With much weaker source material to work from – there ain't no Raccoon City Police Department here – this one was always likely to be an uphill...

  • Review Resident Evil 2 - A Stellar Remake Of A Stone-Cold Classic

    Raccoon City Redux

    Ask anyone who played the original release of Resident Evil 2 back in 1998 what they remember most fondly about their time with the game and we reckon a lot of folk will gravitate towards the Raccoon City Police Department. Easily the best setting in a Resident Evil to date – although Resident Evil 7's hillbilly hellhouse runs...

  • Review DOOM Eternal - One Of The Best First-Person Shooters Ever Made

    DOOM! Shake the room

    We've just blasted and beaten our way into a remote cultist facility deep in the Artic Tundra, hot on the heels of the hell priest Deag Ranak. As we enter this towering death complex its tannoy speakers squeal to life – "The slayer has arrived. All mortally-challenged personnel please be advised." Ahead of us lies a bloody...

  • Review Cuphead - Difficult But Downright Delightful

    Studio MDHR gambles and wins

    There are very few games that so completely achieve what they set out to be. Studio MDHR’s Cuphead is one of them, a game that feels like a singular, focused vision come to life – as though it jumped out of its creator’s imaginations without compromise and without having to be made to fit a framework. It’s...

  • Review Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare - A Fresh Take On A Stale Formula

    Breach and clear

    Coming after the mixed reception to 2018’s Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4, Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare already has one plus on its side from the off: a fully-fledged story campaign. While many might argue whether narrative modes have much of a place in an era of battle passes and games as a service, Modern Warfare proves a story mode...

  • Review Ori And The Will Of The Wisps - The Best Platformer On Xbox One

    Over the moon

    There's a quest quite early on in Ori and the Will of the Wisps that neatly encapsulates pretty much everything that's so wonderful about Moon Studios' superlative sequel. Charged with making your way through a windmill in order to get its great big wheels turning again so the poisoned waters of Niwen may run clear once more, you find...

  • Review Gears 5 - Brings The Series Kicking And Screaming Into The Present

    Swarm and cosy

    Once upon a time, back when then the Xbox 360 was just a babe, the original Gears of War was a much-needed dose of adrenaline. Third-person shooters were all the rage back then, but it wasn’t until Epic Games came along and created its own line of bulky space marines that the genre finally stepped up a gear (if you'll pardon the...

  • Review Sea Of Thieves - In Truly Ship-Shape Condition Two Years After Launch

    It's a pirate's life for me

    When Sea of Thieves initially set sail in 2018, it was met with somewhat mixed reviews. Rare's pirate playground is undoubtedly a masterful creation; a vast, dynamic, hyper-stylised sea world dotted with mysterious islands and skeleton forts in which players are set free to create their own grand adventures. However, it...

  • Review Red Dead Redemption 2 - The Death Of The Wild West Comes To Life In Rockstar's Masterpiece

    True Grit

    Has there ever been a video game world as all-encompassing as the one presented in Rockstar's most recent Western epic? Sure, there are some that stand shoulder to shoulder or even surpass it in terms of straightforward size – Assassin's Creed Odyssey's world map is easily bigger – but when it comes to depth, detail and narrative...

  • Review Forza Horizon 4 - The Best Racing Experience On Xbox One

    Fuel Britannia

    Offshoots aren’t meant to surpass their source material. They’re meant to be unusual curios that take an existing concept in twist it in ways the mainline series never could. When the original Forza Horizon casually rolled up onto the scene in 2012, no one really expected it to attract the fan base that it did, but eight years on...

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    Xbox One

    Review Homefront: The Revolution

    Brotherly Loathing

    Homefront: The Revolution has had a rocky road during its development, and that's putting it nicely. Employees went unpaid, although Crytek claims they were totally never on the verge of bankruptcy, and eventually the game switched not just publishers, but developers too. It's pretty incredible that the game exists in a finished...

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    Xbox One

    Review Cubikolor

    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...

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    Xbox One

    Review Hard Reset Redux

    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,...

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    Xbox One

    Review Mystery Castle

    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...

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    Xbox One

    Review Neon Chrome

    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...

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    Xbox One

    Review Soul Axiom

    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...