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    Xbox One

    Review Rugby 15

    Rucking terrible.

    When it comes to forming an opinion of the annual sports titles that we love to hate, it can be really easy to overlook all the things they get right. The little things that build up into the overall picture, such as the pace of the game, the way players move, and the intelligence of the AI. We tend to focus on the new features...

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    Xbox One

    Review The Escapists

    A Great Escape

    As a reviewer of video games, every now and again you can fall into a bit of a dull patch. Every game looks the same. Nothing is interesting. Nothing on the horizon really excites you the way that games of old did. It all gets, for want of a better phrase, a bit "meh." Generally though, you'll find that something comes along that...

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    Xbox One

    Review Dying Light

    Are you afraid of the dark?

    To say that Dying Light is influenced by developer Techland's other main franchise, Dead Island, would be something of an understatement. Entire gameplay features are reemployed in this title, which admittedly, contains a heck of a lot more polish and refinement than any of the Dead Island games. That isn't to say that...

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    Xbox One

    Review Unmechanical: Extended Edition

    The little robot that could

    Sidescrolling puzzle games are truly a dime a dozen these days, and we’re getting to a point where it’s hard not to wince every time a new one is announced. That's not to say that a strong selection of these games haven't been knockouts — Braid, Limbo, and Fez, for example, have been absolute homeruns — but even...

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    Xbox One

    Review Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell

    Into the depths

    It has to be said that there can be few people who weren't salivating at the prospect of a new game set in the Saints Row universe being released for less than £16. Even fewer when you consider that the new title would also be available with a rehashed edition of the excellent Saints Row IV for less than £40 for the pair. Indeed,...

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    Xbox One

    Review Riptide GP2

    Drop in the ocean

    Anyone that lived through the last couple of generations of console gaming has probably at least tried their hand at a water-based racing game. Whether it was the seminal Wave Race, the fondly-remembered Hydro Thunder, the massively underrated Splashdown, or even the somewhat disappointing Rapid Racer, more or less every platform...

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    Xbox One

    Review Resident Evil

    REmake. REmastered. REmarkable

    The Resident Evil name doesn't quite hold the same weight it once did. While Resident Evil 4 is widely accepted as the peak of the franchise, it also marked the beginning of a series that would continually struggle to find an identity in the years to follow. So perhaps Capcom's decision to remaster the GameCube remake...

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    Xbox One

    Review Funk of Titans

    Something's funky

    Funk of Titans is a tough game to describe, but we're going to give it a go. The ancient Greek god of the sky and thunder, Zeus, has tasked you, Perseus, with defeating the ancient Music Titans of Pop, Rap, and Rock, using your own brand of "Funk-fu." To do this, you must auto-run and jump through a series of levels, collecting...

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    Xbox One

    Review Rabbids Invasion: The Interactive TV Show

    Keep calm and BWAAAAAAAAH!

    First there were Rabbids. Then there were Minions. But the Rabbids were first. It's probably impossible for anyone to have missed the Ubisoft spectacle that is the Ravin' Rabbids. They are loud, they are over-the-top, and they are everywhere! They don't have a proper language, but their mimed slapstick (heavily infused by...

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    Xbox One

    Review Tetris Ultimate

    Block-dropping beats

    When it comes to rebooting games, building a new version of Tetris has to be the easiest thing that can be done. After all, as long as you at least have the basic tetromino-dropping and line-clearing endless gameplay mode that set the world on fire back in the 80s, you'll have a bunch of satisfied customers who just want to play...

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    Xbox One

    Review Kalimba

    Two Is Better Than One

    Developer Press Play has a track record of consistently creating interesting platformers that allow players to experience inventive mechanics. In Max: The Curse of Brotherhood, they allowed players to wield a magic marker to interact with the game's levels, for example. They continues with their trend of crafting well-made...

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    Xbox 360

    Review Juju

    Partners in cute

    Juju is a total surprise. When a platformer such as this comes out of nowhere with little to no promotion behind it, it’s tough not to expect that it will be another dud that deserves to disappear into the darkest corner of the Xbox Live Marketplace. But then we got our hands on it, and within minutes it was apparent that this is...

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    Xbox One

    Review Forza Horizon 2: Storm Island

    Making it rain.

    When crafting a DLC package of any significant weight for a game that has gone down really well with gamers and critics alike, developers have to be careful. What they add can’t interfere with the mix that they already had, as they really don’t want to be messing with a successful formula. Playground Games found a way to ensure...

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    Xbox One

    Review Pinball FX2 - Venom

    Lick it up

    One of the many things that we appreciate about Zen Studios' work with their Marvel Pinball tables is their commitment to acknowledging characters and properties that don't have as much mainstream appeal as, say, Spider-Man, Iron Man, or Captain America. For every Fantastic Four and The Avengers, we've had Doctor Strange and The Infinity...

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    Xbox One

    Review Never Alone

    Ice cold.

    Some games are truly beautiful and – let’s not waste any time here – Never Alone kicks off with the potential to be one of them. Telling tales of the Alaska native Iñupiat people and their folklore, the game is part educational experience, part non-traditional side-scrolling platformer. While one half of that is really well done,...

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    Xbox One

    Review The Crew

    Crew cut.

    When it comes to writing reviews, some games are easier than others to cover. There are times when you can play a game for an hour or two, and have at least an idea of at least the general direction of where your review is headed. Ubisoft’s The Crew most certainly does not fall into that camp. We think it’ll be safe to say that this...

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    Xbox One

    Review Boom Ball for Kinect

    Short boom.

    It’s no secret that the number of Kinect-compatible titles for Xbox One is on the low side, to say the least. Given Microsoft’s decision to unbundle the console from the Kinect sensor at retail, that’s unlikely to change anytime soon. However, the device is perfect for a bit of [email protected] experimentation and that’s what we see here,...

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    Xbox One

    Review Threes!

    3+3=6, 6+6=12

    Threes! may not look like much at first sight, but it's actually one of the more potent, more addictive games for tablets and smartphones that's now been ported to Xbox One. The concept is simple — you basically make big numbers by adding up smaller numbers; 3+3 makes 6 and so it goes. The game is based around a board consisting of...

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    Xbox One

    Review Pier Solar and the Great Architects

    Built with love

    You've gotta hand it to the folks over at Watermelon. Taking on a project as ambitious as Pier Solar and the Great Architects is by no means an easy task. Originally conceived in 2004 as a small homebrew project known as Tavern RPG for the Sega Genesis, development swiftly transformed into something much bigger. As the team puts it,...

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    Xbox One

    Review Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions

    Everything old is new again

    When Bizarre Creations was shuttered a few years ago, a lot of people feared for one of the company’s finest creations, Geometry Wars. A twin-stick shooter released via digital means, the game flew in the face of the overblown and increasingly-complex hundred-hour behemoths that were slowly becoming the backbone of the...

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    Xbox One

    Review Terraria

    Can you dig it?

    Colourful 2D adventure/exploration/building game Terraria is already available on almost every system capable of displaying more than a handful of pixels, but developer Re-Logic have tried to ensure that there are no excuses for failing to pick up their Minecraft-like construction title. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a...

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    Xbox One

    Review Grand Theft Auto V

    The boys are back in town

    Last year, we reviewed Grand Theft Auto V for Xbox 360 and walked away all kinds of impressed. We thought the game’s only real weakness - the only thing holding it back from a perfect score - was that it was a current-gen game with next-gen ambitions, which resulted in minor technical complications that could occasionally...

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    Xbox One

    Review Monopoly Plus

    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...

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    Xbox 360

    Review Assassin's Creed Rogue

    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...

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    Xbox One

    Review Costume Quest 2

    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...

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    Xbox 360

    Review Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom

    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...

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    Xbox One

    Review WWE 2K15

    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,...

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    Xbox 360

    Review Persona 4 Arena Ultimax

    The P-1 Grand Prix is back and better than ever

    Few fan bases are more passionate about what they care about than Persona fans. So when acclaimed fighting game developer Arc System Works was tasked with creating a fighting game based on Atlus' beloved RPG series, many were skeptical on how it would be able to translate the turn-based gameplay into a...

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    Xbox One

    Review LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

    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...

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    Xbox One

    Review Pro Evolution Soccer 2015

    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...