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  • 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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...

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    Review Dangerous Golf

    Out of bounds

    They say that golf is a good walk spoiled. The ex-Burnout developers at Three Fields Entertainment have attempted to put paid to all that walking nonsense though, instead opting to take the sport largely indoors. With Dangerous Golf, their goal is clearly to take the essence of Burnout's "Crash" mode and apply it to a very different...

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    Review TurnOn

    Are friends electric?

    Following what appears to be a meteor strike at a city power station, the surrounding areas are plunged into darkness and chaos soon ensues. Traffic lights are malfunctioning, carnival rides are going berserk and the cover of darkness is all too tempting for those who are up to no good. Only you can restore power to Electro...

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    Review Azkend 2: The World Beneath

    Not a love match.

    Azkend 2: The World Beneath is the latest assault on the Xbox market from the prolific guys over at 10tons Ltd and unsurprisingly, its another match-3 (or more) puzzle game. Much like their last two attempts to crack the puzzle fanbase, Sparkle Unleashed and Sparkle 2, this is a relatively simple puzzler that is unlikely to stretch...

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    Review Dead Island: Definitive Collection

    There and back again

    While fans of the Dead Island franchise try to work out exactly what is happening with Dead Island 2 – a game that's doing a great impression of being a feline owned by Erwin Schrödinger – Deep Silver and Techland have decided to hold back the hordes of rabid fans by releasing this remastered collection of the first two...

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    Review Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan

    The wait for a great TMNT game continues...

    We've reviewed three Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games in Pure Xbox's lifetime, and the highest any of those games scored was a 3/10. That's pretty dire, huh? Not since TMNT: Turtles in Time landed on the Super Nintendo back in 1992 have fans received a genuinely great game based on this timeless...

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    Review DOOM

    Hurt me plenty

    Making a game that's due to be a part of one of gaming's most cherished franchises must be an absolute nightmare for developers. Remastering something that came out a few years ago so that it has shinier graphics and tweaks but still retains the feel of the original must be difficult enough, but to take a game that's so well thought...

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    Review Not a Hero: Super Snazzy Edition

    Get snazzy, ya clown!

    Not A Hero is a side-scrolling 2D cover-based shooter where you're employed by a pink rabbit who wants to be the mayor but who needs to show his ability to clean up the town so that people will vote for him. To do this, he's hired you, playing as one of several anti-heros, to pretty much go in and blow away bad guys in order to...

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    Review Tropico 5: Penultimate Edition

    Viva El Presidente!

    Well over a year after releasing on Xbox 360 and Playstation 4, Tropico 5: Penultimate Edition finally comes to Xbox One, inclusive of all DLC released since the game launched. This dictatorship simulator/construction title has a lot to live up to as it makes its debut on Xbox One, and brings a campaign filled with political...

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    Review OlliOlli2: XL Edition

    Skate or Die

    It took over a year for OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood to make its way onto Xbox One, but now it's here and is packed with bonus content. The delay isn't surprising, as the original OlliOlli didn't come to Microsoft's home console until after the sequel had released elsewhere, but it was disappointing nonetheless. Was the wait worth it...

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    Review Battleborn

    Not Today, Geoff...

    Battleborn is - as you probably already know and as the box art trumpets - is from Gearbox, the same people who made Borderlands. The question is, can this new game make the same kind of splash that Borderlands did? Mixing seemingly disparate elements from the world of FPS, RPG and MOBA, does it blend into a delicious smoothie,...

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    Review Super Night Riders

    Burnt rubber

    They say that you can't judge a book by its cover. The same could be said of videogames and trailers. In the case of Super Night Riders though, you can throw all the sayings out of the window. We had our reservations about the retro motorcycle racer when we first clapped eyes on the announcement trailer but – as we have to - gave it...

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    Review Grand Prix Rock 'n Racing

    The Pits

    Fast forward seven months from EnjoyUp's first Xbox One release – the dire Rock 'N Racing Off Road DX - and the developer is back again with a slightly more ambitious title. Grand Prix Rock 'N Racing is another almost-top-down racer, but this time we're looking at F1-style cars racing around much larger tracks with a helicopter-based...

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    Review Blues and Bullets - Episode 2

    Eight months later...

    What's most difficult about investing in an episodic adventure series is the agonizing long wait between episodes. Having launched its debut episode on Xbox One nearly eight months ago, Blues and Bullets may just be the worst offender for this. It's disappointing, nonetheless, that Episode 2 doesn't land all of its punches. It...

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    Review Hitman: Episode 2 - Sapienza

    Time to kill...

    The second episode of the Hitman (Xbox One) content sees the titular assassin leaving the bright lights of Paris and heading to the idyllic Amalfi coast in Italy. The peaceful town of Sapienza hides a dark secret, as a troubled genius has set up home in a mansion in the town, and is busily creating a devastating bio weapon in the en...

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    Review Coffin Dodgers

    Over the hill

    It's been a while since we were in the era of a new licenced kart racer turning up every week. On the back of Super Mario Kart's success, pretty much every publisher decided that games of that type were easy to make and ship, most of them overlooking the things that made Nintendo's evergreen champion just as good as it was and still...

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    Review Paranautical Activity

    Naut the game we thought it was

    In a lesson in not judging a book by its cover, Paranautical Activity is a title that suggests a point and click adventure or a horror game perhaps, with the cover art backing up that assumption. It's a surprise, then, when loading up the title reveals it to be a fast paced first person shooter which is reminiscent of...

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    Review SUPERHOT

    You are not in control.

    When SUPERHOT made its debut on the E3 stage back in 2015, the trailer raised more questions than it answered. Originally created as part of a game jam event, the developer – also called SUPERHOT – managed to raise over $250,000 through crowdfunding to bring the strange FPS to life. Fast forward to the present day and the...

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    Review TRON RUN/r

    ​Despite being fans, we fight for the users

    If there was ever a movie franchise that should lend itself to a whole host of entertaining videogames, it's TRON. The two films are set in a digital world where everything crackles neon, feature intense disc battles and of course, contain fantastic sequences on light cycles. The latest (and probably...

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    Review Letter Quest: Grimm's Journey Remastered

    Spellbound

    There has been a marked increase in games designed for mobile being released on home consoles and as such, a whole host of accessible bite-sized experiences are now available which open big screen gaming up for all kinds of audiences. Though not always successful, there are a few real gems among this new crop but with a big jump in price...

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    Review Dark Souls III

    Light my fire

    What do you expect of a sequel? Do you expect it to reinvent itself and alter its DNA in substantial ways, or do you prefer that it refines its formula and tastefully enhances its best qualities? If the latter is your preference, you'll be delighted with Dark Souls III. Developer FromSoftware has taken the foundation from past Souls...

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    Review Hitman

    Enter an (episodic) world of assassination

    Back in the day, the Hitman series brought a complex mix of costumes, stealth and planning to the murky world of the gun-for-hire assassin. As the the titular Hitman - Agent 47 - you were given a target, a selection of weaponry and left to your own devices to make the hit a reality. We still fondly remember...

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    Review DiRT Rally

    Get dirty

    When you first fire up Codemaster's latest racer, you're warned that DiRT Rally is a simulation that shouldn't be taken lightly. You'll wonder if that message was even necessary approximately two minutes later, when your car has flown over a sandy bank at an angle in the Greek hills and the sky and the ground have swapped places. Make no...