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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...

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    Xbox One

    Review 101 Ways To Die

    Let us count the ways

    In the bowels of an abandoned looking mansion, in deepest Blutenstein, Professor Ernst Splattunfuder has worked long and hard on his manual of unique and horrific ways to kill and maim when, alas, his assistant blows up the fruits of his labour in a terrible lab 'accident'. Distraught, the professor calls the minion agency and...

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    Xbox One

    Review Tom Clancy's The Division

    Ubi squad lootin'

    The Division doesn't make the best first impression. When the game begins, you're dropped into a section of New York City that's devoid of substance. There are few missions that show up on the map, and running through the lifeless streets from A to B is a chore. There are no unscripted moments, no random events to engage in, and...

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    Xbox One

    Review Ironcast

    Take That, Jeremy, You Bounder!

    Ironcast is an odd beast. After a successful Kickstarter campaign by its developers Dreadbit, the game was released on PC back in May 2015. The conversion to console is now here, and we can see what all the fuss has been about. At its heart, Ironcast is a simple colour-matching puzzle game, but the strategy and...

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    Xbox One

    Review Tiny Troopers: Joint Ops

    Cannon Plodder

    Tiny Troopers: Joint Ops is the result of two mobile games being combined into one Xbox One release and although it's good fun, it doesn't make enough of a departure from the casual style gameplay that one would expect on a phone to allow it to make any real impact in the console space. The story takes place across two sets of...

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    Xbox One

    Review Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2

    Dangerzone!

    With the gaming landscape rife with shooters, be they sci-fi based or super realistic, it can be a little daunting for those who fancy a little more whimsy on their battlefield. When Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare hit the scene two years ago, it wasn't even clear if there was a market for something as colourful and ridiculous as a...

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    Xbox One

    Review Action Henk

    Henk, not Hank

    Action Henk is a massive star that can do anything he turns his hand to. Well, you'd believe that to be the case if you took a look around the room in which he lives. He was kickflipping in Action Henk's Pro Skater 2, replaced Bruce Willis in Die Henk, and seemingly was a part of every other franchise that folks of a certain age will...

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    Xbox One

    Review The Flame in the Flood

    The girl Scout's guide to survival

    The Great Outdoors isn't just the name of a classic movie starring the late John Candy and Dan Aykroyd. Believe it or not, it's an actual place that exists beyond our TV screens and our many other technological distractions. Beyond the prefab homes and fast-food joints cluttering our field of view lies a...

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    Xbox One

    Review Pixel Piracy

    Booty or Bilge?

    Fancy captaining a crew of villainous pirates and sailing the seven seas on a quest for booty? Feel like storming other ships and plundering their supplies or commandeering their vessel? How about taking the remains of their ships to custom build your very own scourge of the seas? If the answer to any of these questions is "Yes" then...

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    Xbox One

    Review Agatha Christie - The ABC Murders

    The clues are there...

    If you know your crime novels, you are probably familiar with super detective Hercule Poirot – one of British crime queen Agatha Christie's main protagonists and best-known private eyes. During her lifetime, Christie published no less than 66 novels starring the dapper Belgian. Despite Christie repeatedly claiming that she...

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    Xbox One

    Review Rocket League

    Blast off

    When it comes to surprise success stories, there are none more surprising in recent memory than Psyonix's Rocket League. 2008's downloadable PlayStation 3 title Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle Cars which, while decent fun, was generally forgotten about or passed over by most, was hardly the most likely title to spawn a game that...

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    Xbox One

    Review Bike Mayhem 2

    Bike Meh-em

    Less open minded gamers will groan at the sight of mobile ports, but they absolutely have a place on consoles. Games such as Pumped BMX+ have shown that the best mobile games can shine on Xbox One, as long as they're brought over with care. Sadly, not every developer ports their games with the care that Curve Digital does, and that leads...

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    Xbox One

    Review D/Generation HD

    Jetpack couriers need a trade union...

    D/Generation HD is a reworking of a fondly remembered action/adventure/puzzle game that was first released back in 1991, on PC, Amiga and ST. According to developers West Coast Software Ltd, the game has been recreated from the original source code and still contains all the original features, but has had a...

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    Xbox One

    Review Dying Light: The Following

    Parks and Recreation and Zombies

    Dying Light: The Following is a strange proposition that's available in a whole bunch of ways. It's an expansion pack that also alters the main game in a few areas, which can be purchased standalone if you own the original Dying Light without the season pass, will be delivered free if you DO own the season pass, and...

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    Xbox One

    Review Factotum 90

    In space, it takes two to tandem

    From Portal to Q.U.B.E, when physics-based puzzle games are done well, they stay in your memory and earn a valued spot in your games collection. TACs Games Factotum 90 is a likely contender to this club, taking a unique premise and making you feel like a genius while keeping the gameplay simple and engaging. Set...

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    Xbox One

    Review Electronic Super Joy

    Hold on to your butts!

    Labelling a game as being aimed at hardcore players always brings with it implications of exclusion or inaccessibility. Suffice to say then, that Electronic Super Joy is very challenging and may cause bouts of swearing, controller throwing rage and irrational outbursts in both skilled players and novice platforming...

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    Xbox One

    Review This War of Mine: The Little Ones

    War is hell

    Inspired by the 1992 – 1996 Seige of Sarajevo during the Bosnian War, This War of Mine is a bleak and desolate game. The entire thing is rendered pretty much entirely in a monochrome pencil drawing style, with only the minimum level of highlighting in place to show off things that you can select. It sounds bland, but that's far from...

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    Xbox One

    Review Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia

    A Hard Day's Nyet

    When Ubisoft debuted their alternative take on the Assassin's Creed world with Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China back in 2015, announcing that it was the first of a three-part trilogy, there was hope in our hearts. Hope that starting from the promising base that the first title provided, the development team would listen to...

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    Xbox One

    Review LEGO Marvel's Avengers

    Assemble Avengers!

    Traveller's Tales have been ambitious with this, the latest in the chain of LEGO games which stretch back into the mists of time. Promising as it does to include content from Avengers Assemble, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Iron Man 3 and Thor:The Dark World,...

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    Xbox One

    Review The Living Dungeon

    Pretty Dicey

    There was genuine excitement when The Living Dungeon dropped into our review queue. Fans of tabletop games will agree that this genre is currently not well served on the Xbox One and even the Xbox 360's back catalogue is a little lacking, offering only a few that really break the mould alongside a whole host of more mainstream titles...