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    Review Fat City

    Not enough meat on its bones

    Before setting off, let's get one thing clear: Fat City is not out there fat shaming anyone. It's a reference to the rich affluence of New Orleans' "Fat City" neighbourhood, as well as talking about all the fat wads of banknotes the game's main protagonist Chris Knox is banking as you play through this simple, yet at...

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    Review Rise of the Tomb Raider

    Rise again

    It isn't really the job of a review to comment on the business decisions that led up to a game being released as a timed exclusive on a platform, so if you're hoping for us to praise or admonish Microsoft for throwing a bundle of cash Square Enix's way to bring Rise of the Tomb Raider to Xbox platforms first, you're going to be...

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    Review Toto Temple Deluxe

    Partly party

    Toto Temple Deluxe is yet another entry into the recently bulging "party game" segment of the Xbox One market. We all know the type of game that the description of the genre conjours up, with those titles generally being a bit limited in single player, but coming alive when like-minded friends pop round with some intoxicating liquor, or...

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    Review Guitar Hero Live

    Striking the right chord

    Had you asked us two years ago if we'd be reviewing a Guitar Hero game in 2015, the chances are that we would have laughed you out of the building. So, we were as surprised as anyone when Activision announced that they'd be reviving the franchise this year and attempting to bring it into the current generation. And...

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    Review Halo 5: Guardians

    Combat Evolved

    343 Industries took a lot of risks with Halo 5: Guardians. Tampering with the fundamentals of a series as respected and beloved as Halo could be disastrous, but the Microsoft-created studio went ahead and did it anyway. Considering Halo 4 divided the fan base and caused many to worry that the franchise might be in the wrong hands, you...

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    Review Plague Inc: Evolved

    Going viral

    Plague Inc made a splash on mobile when it launched back in 2012 and millions of copies have been sold in the three years since release. With the strategy genre still under-represented on consoles, this pandemic simulator is a welcome addition to the Xbox One store, but the question is whether or not there have been enough improvements...

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    Review ORBIT

    Revolutionary

    You have to hand it to recently formed Norwegian developer 4Bit Games; getting your first title straight onto the Xbox One store is no small achievement, especially when your company had no prior games industry experience. Orbit is a retro-styled space brawler which combines the intensity of four-player multiplayer battles with the...

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    Review Wasteland 2: Director's Cut

    Putting The Fun Back Into "Dysfunctional"?

    First released on the PC back in September 2014, Wasteland 2: Director's Cut is a sequel to the 1988 title Wasteland, a game that has been credited with providing the inspiration for the Fallout series of games. So, it has quite a legacy to live up to, and some mighty big boots to fill! The question we hope...

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    Xbox One

    Review Adventure Time: Finn and Jake Investigations

    Adventure Crime

    The first hour of Adventure Time: Finn and Jake Investigations is a bit rocky. If you've played a classic adventure game before, you should have an understanding of the agenda almost immediately: search the environments as thoroughly as possible by talking to NPCs, interacting with objects, and collecting items that could be useful...

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    Review Monkey Pirates

    The only bay in the pillage?

    There seems to be an increase in low price titles from smaller studios in the Xbox store recently, offering a range of gaming experiences for budget-conscious gamers and giving independent developers an opportunity to break into the mainstream. Monkey Pirates is a naval combat title from the five man team over at...

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    Xbox One

    Review The Escapists: The Walking Dead

    Pixel Zombie

    The Walking Dead is one of those franchises that seems to be everywhere. From television to every other type of merchandise, Robert Kirkman's comic series has become a global phenomenon and the video game industry has more than taken note, with mobile iterations and story-telling masters Telltale Games giving the zombie epic a highly...

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    Review Assassin's Creed: Syndicate

    Back on track

    When it comes to the recent history of the Assassin's Creed series, do we really need to talk about the last version all that much? Surely, everybody knows that at launch – although post-launch patches alleviated some of the issues – Assassin's Creed: Unity was a buggy, broken affair that even Ubisoft acknowledged just wasn't good...

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    Review Kaiju Panic

    Kaijuuuu!

    There's no getting around the fact that tower defence titles have been done to death in recent years. Checking the genre listings on Steam shows that 135 of them are up for grabs on PC at the time of writing. With that said, the apparent limitations of using a controller as opposed to a keyboard and mouse means that not a great deal of...

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    Review Rock 'N Racing Off Road DX

    Bunkered

    It's been way too long since the incredible Ivan "Ironman" Stewart's Super Off-Road was released. Since the game's debut in 1989, nothing has come remotely close to improving on the mix of sandy arcade vehicle jumping fun, so when we heard that a game with a similar feel - Rock 'N Racing Off-Road DX - was coming to Xbox One, we sat up and...

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    Xbox One

    Review Blood Bowl 2

    Fumbling the ball

    Blood Bowl 2 comes to Xbox One as part of Games Workshop's continual use of their fringe franchises away from the tabletop. Blood Bowl was a popular tabletop Gridiron and Warhammer violence-laden mashup first introduced in 1987, seeing numerous re-releases since, the most radical of which occurred in 1994. With Games Workshop now...

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    Review Crimsonland

    Spilling the claret

    Gaming these days can feel more like work than play. When you've weighed up the 800 million different options that you have to be able to just buy a game (and the preorder bonuses, and the Season Pass, and the holographic Steelbook case, and the "Limited Edition" statue) and finally got your new game installed and patched, you'll...

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    Xbox One

    Review Draw a Stickman: EPIC

    3, 2, 1... Draw!

    Games that have an interesting or unique premise are always going to grab attention in today's expanding market, as they promise an experience unlike the ones that have come before. Draw a Stickman: EPIC is one such game. The player starts the game by drawing their very own stick figure, who then serves as the protagonist of the...

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    Review Overruled!

    Underwhelming

    Imagine a fast-paced brawler where players can chop and change the rules mid game – switching the objective from chaotic deathmatch to a more strategic king of the hill, or switching up the rules and mechanics to directly influence everyone's abilities and sabotage your enemies. Sounds pretty great to us, and with the distinct lack...

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    Review Fermi's Path

    A road too far travelled

    From the very outset, Fermi's Path will put you in mind of a number of other games. The game tasks you with controlling a particle, which moves forward automatically and leaves you to dodge and jump over obstacles such as you do in Temple Run or any number of other endless runners. The rotation mechanic, which sees you...

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    Review Laserlife

    Bit tripped

    When the developers of the excellent BIT.TRIP games announce that they're releasing a rhythm action adventure, that's enough of a reason for people to stop and take notice. When that very game looks to be shaping up to be a cross between Rez and Child of Eden, you throw out your work for the week of release because you're relatively sure...

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    Review Skylanders SuperChargers

    Supercharged ... or running out of steam?

    Skylanders Superchargers is the latest in a chain of games featuring the Skylanders, a collection of plastic figures that are transformed by the "Portal of Power" into characters you can control on the screen. So far, it's been so good. Each year, a new refinement to the formula is introduced. We've had...

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    Review The Jackbox Party Pack 2

    Jack of all trades, master of fun

    Whether they loved it or hated it, nobody can deny that Jackbox's first compilation – The Jackbox Party Pack – was exceedingly well crafted. Providing support for up to 100 players on one console using smart devices such as phones and tablets, the package breathed life into more than a few parties with its...

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    Review LEGO Dimensions

    Out of this world

    Back at a gaming conference in 2011, when Team pX first placed a Spyro figure on a portal and made him come to life on the screen, it was clear that Activision were on to a winner. Even still, we couldn't have predicted the massive popularity that "toys-to-life" games like Disney Infinity and the various versions of Skylanders have...

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    Review Three Fourths Home: Extended Edition

    Are you sitting comfortably?

    To kick things off here, we'd like to address a bit of criticism that we've seen for Three Fourths Home across social media since it launched on Xbox One. The main critique – despite the game's description containing the words "visual short story" – seems to be that the product is not a game at all. Then again, we...

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    Review Rugby League Live 3

    Play the ball

    With two absolutely rancid rugby union titles already available for Xbox One (Rugby 15, Rugby World Cup 2015) it was with apprehension that we strode out onto the field to take on the competing code of rugby league in Big Ant's latest offering. Fortunately, the team is nothing to do with those godawful games, but is responsible for the...

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    Xbox One

    Review Polychromatic

    Round and round

    In a world where twin-stick shooters are becoming more and more popular, it takes an awful lot to even think of climbing the ladder to battle against the might of titles such as Geometry Wars 3. One way that smaller studios can attempt to take the big guns to task – aside from getting the gameplay down, of course – is by...

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    Review Transformers: Devastation

    Exactly what meets the eye

    Transformers: Devastation is not a catastrophe like Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5. It's clearly a game that was made on a modest budget during a restricted development cycle, but it's a Platinum game and that's exactly what it feels like – exactly. It's an action-packed, fluid, and adrenaline-rousing exercise in ultra-quick...

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    Review Extreme Exorcism

    Scarily addictive platfoming

    The resurgence of retro-inspired platformers is something that has not gone unnoticed. Through the [email protected] program, more and more of these little titles appear to be popping up on Xbox One and their popularity speaks volumes about the genre itself. Extreme Exorcism is one such title. Giving a twist to the established...

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    Review Guns, Gore and Cannoli

    Disorganized crime

    In Guns, Gore & Cannoli, players fill the shoes of Vinnie Cannoli, an enforcer for the mob in the 1920s. When Vinnie is sent into Thugtown to locate a person of interest for his employer, he soon finds that circumstances are dire. Zombies and rival gang members are everywhere, and the city is in disarray. With an arsenal of...

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    Review Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart

    Walking the plank.

    Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart comes to Xbox One during an extremely odd phase in digital game publishing on the platform. Developers looking to make a quick buck can now seemingly easily publish their quickly-ported games on the Xbox Store and see them get front page coverage upon release. This doesn't always work all...