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    Xbox One

    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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    Xbox One

    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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    Xbox One

    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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    Xbox One

    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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    Xbox One

    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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    Xbox One

    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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    Xbox One

    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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    Xbox One

    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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    Xbox One

    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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    Xbox One

    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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    Xbox One

    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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    Xbox One

    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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    Xbox One

    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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    Xbox One

    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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    Xbox One

    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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    Xbox One

    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...

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    Xbox One

    Review The Book of Unwritten Tales 2

    Pen to paper

    It's no secret that there has been a resurgence in the popularity of point-and-click adventure games in recent years, with titles such as Life is Strange receiving both critical and player acclaim and Telltale Games gaining similar plaudits for the likes of The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us. The genre is ripe for the plucking and...

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    Xbox One

    Review FIFA 16

    Pitching in

    When the generally super-positive reviews of Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 started hitting the net, it was hard to see – given the relatively limited list of improvements that EA were touting – quite how FIFA 16 had any real chance of defeating Konami's franchise this time around. Despite impressing in some areas though, PES contained...

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    Xbox One

    Review Rugby World Cup 2015

    No try. In more ways than one.

    When it was announced that HB Studios, the development team behind the diabolically bad Rugby 15, were developing the official game based on the 2015 Rugby World Cup and that it was due to be released just nine months after their first effort, alarm bells started to ring all over the show. Would the developer take on...

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    Xbox One

    Review Penarium

    Psycho Circus

    Penarium is a 2D arcade-style game about survival. When a boy named Willy is tricked into joining the circus, he quickly finds out it's not what he expected. The man running things, referred to as the Director, imprisons Willy and forces him to endure one of the most inhumane big-top shows of all time. With simple pick-up-and-play...

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    Xbox One

    Review Blues and Bullets - Episode 1

    Seeing red

    It's a wonderful time to be a fan of the adventure game genre. Whether you prefer traditional point-and-click puzzle solving (King's Quest, Broken Age) or more recently, the flurry of choice-based narrative stories (Life is Strange and anything from Telltale), it's becoming increasingly clear that this once-ignored genre is most...

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    Xbox One

    Review Pro Evolution Soccer 2016

    A game of two halves

    It isn't our policy to look at reviews from other publications before playing a game that we know we'll be reviewing here at PureXbox but this time around, we weren't sure whether or not we'd be reviewing Pro Evolution Soccer 2016, so we indulged in a little light reading. It appears that the game is universally loved and is –...

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    Xbox One

    Review Pumped BMX+

    Pump it louder

    In this world of games that are filled with tutorials, guides that hold your hand through half of the product, rewards for every little thing you do and achievements that rain down from the skies for going into an options menu, it's rare to see a title that bucks that trend. Pumped BMX+ is one such game and heavens, it's a refreshing...

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    Xbox One

    Review Toy Soldiers: War Chest

    The sum of its parts

    Toy Soldiers: War Chest comes to Xbox One on the back of two successful iterations in the form of Toy Soldiers and Toy Soldiers: Cold War for Xbox 360. This, coupled with the addition of popular toy licenses makes this new entry an exciting proposition. Excitement for the game, however, may be short lived upon noticing how War...

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    Xbox One

    Review Forza Motorsport 6

    Start your engines...

    We reckon that we can do away with the preamble with this review, given that if you aren't aware of what the Forza series is by now, you probably never will be. With this sixth iteration (if you forget the Horizon interludes) being a pretty important title for Xbox One as a platform as it heads into the holiday season, let's...

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    Review Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime

    Saving the world with love

    When it comes to gaming, the word "innovative" is bandied about an awful lot, especially since the dawn of the indie game. The gun that you had in that Game X? Well in Derivative Game Y, it can fire grenades too! Innovative. Remember how difficult it was to tackle the striker in that soccer title? Well in this season's...

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    Xbox One

    Review Leo's Fortune

    Great Balls of Fluff

    Leo's Fortune started out life as a mobile platformer, released on the Apple Store and for Android in 2014. Even back then it was clear that 1337 & Senri LLC had a little gem on their hands and fans immediately begged for it to be brought to their next-gen console, so that they could spend more time with protagonist Leo...