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    Xbox One

    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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    Xbox One

    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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    Xbox One

    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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    Xbox One

    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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    Xbox One

    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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    Xbox One

    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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    Xbox One

    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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    Xbox One

    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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    Xbox One

    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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    Xbox One

    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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    Xbox One

    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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    Xbox One

    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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    Xbox One

    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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    Xbox One

    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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    Xbox One

    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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    Xbox One

    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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    Xbox One

    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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    Xbox One

    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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    Xbox One

    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...

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    Xbox One

    Review Screencheat

    I Lie! I Cheat! I Steal!

    There's been some disappointing first-person shooters as of late. Major releases such as Call of Duty: Black Ops III and Star Wars: Battlefront have either lacked inspired gameplay, freshness, or content, so it's been great to see things pick up on the independent scene. We've already seen the speedrun focused Lovely Planet...

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    Xbox One

    Review Quantum Break

    The future is bright

    Quantum Break is one of the most sophisticated cinematic experiences on Xbox One, with lavish production values, convincing performances, and a riveting science-fiction plot enveloping its time-bending mechanics. The developer Remedy Entertainment – known for Max Payne and Alan Wake – has crafted a third-person...

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    Xbox One

    Review Active Soccer 2 DX

    Red card

    Back in the day, pretty much every game publisher had at least one football title on their books. That was certainly the case on the 16-bit systems and earlier, with every other big-name football star having a game featuring their name on the cover. Whether it was side-on (John Barnes European Football), isometric (Manchester United: The...

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    Xbox One

    Review Teslagrad

    "I Give Up, This Whole Thing's Very Russian!"

    Any game that will allow us to use a line of dialogue from the Schwarzenegger classic Red Heat as a tagline is already a long way to winning a place in our gaming hearts. The fact that the line fits the whole style of the game is just the icing on the cake. Coming from Rain Games, Teslagrad is a...

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    Xbox One

    Review MagNets: Fully Charged

    Unattractive

    In MagNets: Fully Charged you control Park Ranger Faraday, who has discovered that not only have the MagNetPets gone missing, but also the Bloxbots have gone mad! It's not quite clear what Bloxbots or MagnetPets are, but, according to your guide (a holographic projection identified only as "Sir") it's definitely up to you to sort it...

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    Xbox One

    Review Casey Powell Lacrosse 16

    High cheese

    When it comes to a ranking of the most niche sports that have been turned into videogames, lacrosse is probably toward the top of the list. Following on from the relatively successful XBLIG release of College Lacrosse 12 for Xbox 360, Crosse Studio have been working on the next iteration. For Casey Powell Lacrosse 16 though, they've...

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    Xbox One

    Review Stranger of Sword City

    Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, that's a stranger!

    The Xbox 360 made a hard push at tapping into the Japanese market with the likes of Blue Dragon and The Last Remnant. Stranger of Sword City - a dungeon role playing game - was a lesser-known title that also came to the platform. The Xbox One has seen nowhere near the same level of support in terms...

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    Xbox One

    Review TrackMania Turbo

    Mania is right

    If there's one game that's been flying under the radar since it was announced, it's Trackmania Turbo. Everyone was aware that the series – which had a sizeable fanbase on PC - would be challenging to take across to consoles, mainly due to the fact that even though it ships with a healthy supply of tracks, Trackmania is known as...

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    Xbox One

    Review Cel Damage HD

    Racing back in time

    Back in 2001, Cel Damage was released for the original Xbox. Offering a cartoony, cel shaded take on the then popular vehicular combat genre, it was an immediate hit and many people still have a soft spot for it today. Fast forward to 2016, and Frontline Games have produced an HD remake of the game, but has time been kind, or...

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    Xbox One

    Review Blast 'Em Bunnies

    Blast 'em into the sun

    When it comes to game concepts, the one supplied by Blast 'Em Bunnies couldn't be much simpler. You play a bunny, manning (bunnying?) a rotating gun turret. Other rabbits of various types – grenadiers, paratroopers, burrowers, walkers, etc. - are trying to get to you so that they can knock you out and take your stuff. You...

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    Xbox One

    Review Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition

    A little goes a long way

    Ori and the Blind Forest released back in March of last year, and by now, you're likely well aware of the indisputable fact that it's a phenomenal game. We awarded it a 9 out of 10 in our review and called it "one of the best games available for the Xbox One," a statement we stand by 100%. With the Definitive Edition...