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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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...

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    Xbox One

    Review Pure Pool

    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...

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    Review Assassin's Creed Unity

    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...

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    Xbox One

    Review How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition

    The hitchhikers guide to a zombie apocalypse

    What’s more humbling than being devoured by a swarm of bloodthirsty undead? Why, being struck with a bolt of lightning as you swing your axe at the crocodile directly opposite said swarm, who proceeds to toss you around like a ragdoll in a death-roll and in doing so, gets his own crocodile self...

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    Xbox 360

    Review Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of the Ooze

    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...

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    Xbox One

    Review The Legend of Korra

    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...

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    Review Sunset Overdrive

    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...

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    Review Defense Grid 2

    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...

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    Xbox One

    Review Skylanders: Trap Team

    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...

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    Review The Evil Within

    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...

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    Xbox One

    Review Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments

    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,...

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    Xbox One

    Review Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved

    Not taking the Mickey

    Enough words have been written about the history of Microsoft’s second attempt at motion controlled gaming and how it was a mandatory purchase for all bleeding-edge Xbox One owners. We all know how a lot of people – probably the majority, in fact – don’t see even the second iteration of Kinect as being a viable input...

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    Xbox One

    Review Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition

    Let sleeping dogs lie.

    Square Enix are at it again with their "definitive" release of a previous generation title, this time bringing United Front’s open-world, third-person action title Sleeping Dogs to Xbox One with a new coat of polish. But are the visual improvements and included DLC enough to lure you in for another go, or is this purely for...