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    Xbox One

    Review Mad Max

    Maximum carnage

    With the critical and commercial success of Mad Max: Fury Road, it's no wonder that the video game adaptation of the Mad Max universe has been so highly anticipated. Then, when you consider the fact that publisher WB Interactive has also had a rockin' year of releases – Batman: Arkham Knight, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and Mortal...

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    Xbox One

    Review Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition

    To Infinity...and beyond?

    Everyone in the world has heard of Disney Infinity by now. Well, at least those of us with children certainly have! The Disney take on the formula started by the Skylanders has always had a different slant, with much more emphasis being placed on community-created content. The Toy Box mode allows whole games and worlds to...

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    Xbox One

    Review The Deer God

    Not Deer Good

    Following a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2014, The Deer God has finally hit Xbox One this month as a free title under the Games With Gold banner. It's the tale of a hunter who is killed in a hunting accident, only to be given a chance to atone for his sins and experience the pain he has brought to other animals by being...

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    Xbox One

    Review Super Toy Cars

    Micro amounts of fun

    When it comes to arcade racing, few can argue that the likes of the classic Micro Machines titles from the 90s or even the likes of Mashed from the 00s are right up there in the list of brilliantly fun experiences, especially when it comes to gathering a couple of players around the console for a few rounds. Super Toy Cars is...

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    Xbox One

    Review Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse

    A Tale of Two Snakes

    Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse comes to the Xbox One with a pedigree built up over its many years as a premium point-and-click adventure series. It had a slightly different development trajectory along the way when compared to other titles in the series and as a result, it seems a little confused at times as to what it...

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    Xbox One

    Review Magnetic: Cage Closed

    Push and Pull

    Magnetic: Cage Closed is a first-person physics-based puzzle game set within a grimy prison that harbours a dark and sinister secret in the basement. The player takes on the role of Rachel Randall (better known throughout proceedings as Prisoner XE-47623), an inmate on death row, as she is escorted on a gurney into the lower levels of...

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    Xbox One

    Review Gears of War: Ultimate Edition

    Changed like a remix and raised like a Fenix

    Back in 2006, the original Gears of War was one of the first games to really showcase what the Xbox 360 was capable of, both in terms of technical prowess and cinematic delivery. With an engrossing campaign – which could be played locally with a friend – and a thrilling online multiplayer offering,...

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    Xbox One

    Review Bridge Constructor

    A bridge too far

    There's a bit of a lack of truly perplexing puzzle and strategy games on Xbox One and that's just one of the reasons we were excited to give Clockstone's Bridge Constructor a spin. Crossing the chasm from mobile devices and PC, the game comes complete with the SlopeMania expansion and given the decent reviews the whole package...

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    Xbox One

    Review No Time To Explain

    Not worth the time

    Originally released in 2011 as a browser game on Newgrounds, No Time To Explain on Xbox One doesn't really add a whole lot of "new" aside from a smoother visual presentation and soundtrack. The cold hard truth though is that No Time To Explain wasn't a great game back then, and all of the problems associated with it are still...

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    Xbox One

    Review Mega Man Legacy Collection

    Cheap Man

    When Capcom first announced that they'd be bringing a collection of Mega Man games to modern consoles, everyone was a little bit light-headed at the prospect of the sheer number of titles that the package would contain. Given that the core series debuted with the original Mega Man on the NES in 1987 and saw its last release in 2010 with...

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    Xbox One

    Review Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

    Seeing double

    Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is a journey. One that explores mature themes of family and loss while retaining it's ability to be utterly endearing. If you are one of the many people who experienced and thoroughly adored the story when it was released on Xbox 360 in 2013, you may well understand how excited we were to be able to play...

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    Xbox One

    Review Adventures of Pip

    Hip to be square

    Another day, another retro-styled platformer hits the Xbox One via the [email protected] program. That's not necessarily a bad thing when the idea behind the game is as compelling as the one that features in Adventures of Pip, though. The evil Queen DeRezzia has kidnapped the Pixel Kingdom's princess and is hell bent on destroying the entire...

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    Xbox One

    Review Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings

    LittleBigLeague

    It feels like ages since an Xbox console has received a great baseball game. The MLB 2K series was mediocre for years before retiring its number, and the mobile-quality R.B.I. Baseball games aren't exactly doing anything to impress on home consoles that are capable of much more. If you think back to The Bigs 2 on Xbox 360 and EA's...

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    Xbox One

    Review ZOMBI

    Scratching the glitch

    When it was confirmed a while ago that the sequel to 2012's Wii U exclusive ZombiU had been canned, most thought that the series was a goner. That would be a shame, given that the survival-horror title brought with it more innovation than people give it credit for. It wasn't just a straight-up gorefest that required you to scan...

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    Xbox One

    Review Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians

    Get down

    In a period of time where pretty much any relatively average indie game ports are practically falling from the skies and on into the Xbox Store, it's nice to see that some of the more ingenious titles of the last few years haven't been neglected. Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians is very much one of those ingenious romps, blending puzzles...

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    Xbox One

    Review Q.U.B.E: Director’s Cut

    Much more than your average puzzler

    On the surface, Q.U.B.E - or Quick Understanding of Block Extrusion, if you want to get technical - is a physics-based 3D puzzler. The player, with the aid of a rather nifty pair of high-tech gloves, manipulates a variety of coloured blocks in order to solve puzzles and escape from the mysterious, sterile white...

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    Xbox One

    Review Rare Replay

    From Rare with love

    To celebrate its 30th year as a developer, Rare has crammed 30 of its games into a single package for just $30. Not only does that make for a brilliantly-coordinated promotion, it also makes for a value almost unheard of for a new release. Instead of breaking down each individual game in this collection, which would push us well...

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    Xbox One

    Review Beyond Eyes

    A case of perspective

    Here at Pure Xbox we pretty much always write articles from the third person perspective. It allows us to present a more professional tone, we feel. From time to time, the Editor (hey there!) will pen an Editor's Opinion piece from his own point of view but other than that, the third person perspective is the order of the day...

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    Xbox One

    Review Squid Hero for Kinect

    Less than ink-redible

    While developers seem to be moving ever farther away from Kinect in general, one developer seems to be most definitely leaning toward it, creating Kinect-specific digital experiences to keep fans of the device amused. That developer is Virtual Air Guitar Company - the team behind Boom Ball for Kinect – and they're back again...

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    Xbox One

    Review Tachyon Project

    Quickfire

    Another month, another neon-infused twin-stick shooter for Xbox One. It can get tiresome with the same old gameplay being trotted out time and again with just a minor twist here or there to differentiate the current title from the others, but to write Tachyon Project off due to the sins of the games that have come before it would be wrong...

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    Xbox One

    Review Tembo the Badass Elephant

    Here comes the boom

    Tembo the Badass Elephant is a 2.5D side-scrolling action game with a hand-drawn comic book art style that somewhat resembles Regular Show and other Cartoon Network cartoons. When the evil Phantom Commander and his loyal army take over Shell City, the military calls on the aid of Tembo the elephant, drawing him out of retirement...

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    Xbox One

    Review Spectra

    Rinse and repeat and repeat and repeat.

    When it comes to retro racers on Xbox One, there's something of a shortage. Sure, there are a few arcade racers kicking about, but nothing that could really be described as harking back to days of old. Spectra: 8-bit Racing promised to fill that gap, providing a chiptune-powered and neon-cloaked experience...

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    Xbox One

    Review F1 2015

    Burnt out

    Finally, it's time for a little Formula One action in the current generation. If you put aside the cameo appearances of F1-style cars in other titles, we've yet to get our F1 fix on Xbox One. That was due to Codemasters deciding that they were going to release F1 2014 for last-gen machines back in September, whilst creating a "new...

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    Xbox One

    Review Sparkle Unleashed

    The sincerest form of flattery

    Back in the very early days of the Xbox 360, one of the first titles to help shape the idea of what Microsoft's then-innovative Xbox Live Arcade service could be was PopCap's Zuma. The game was a rightfully popular puzzler which tasked players with firing coloured marbles into a rapidly-advancing line of similar...

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    Xbox One

    Review LEGO Jurassic World

    Not that clever

    In what is now becoming a well-oiled new release machine, Traveller's Tales recently unleashed their latest installment in the LEGO series - LEGO: Jurassic World; which spans all four movies and adds a couple of new mechanics to the tried and tested formula in an effort to bring this beloved franchise to life in brick form.

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    Xbox One

    Review Payday 2: Crimewave Edition

    A Complete Bust

    Last year, several notable releases found themselves under scrutiny for releasing in a broken state. Sadly, this trend has continued into 2015 as yet another broken game is available for purchase. This time around it is publisher 505 Games who have put a horrendous version of Overkill Software's popular cooperative shooter Payday 2...

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    Xbox One

    Review Quantum Rush: Champions

    A bit too rushed

    There are a lot of people out there clamouring for F-Zero and Wipeout to make a proper return on current hardware. Unfortunately, neither of these classic series have plans to stage a comeback any time soon (not that we know of, at least). It's not all bad news, though, because games like FAST Racing NEO and Quantum Rush Champions...

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    Xbox 360

    Review Shooting Love 200X

    Bad romance

    It isn't every day that a Japanese-made title is released worldwide for either of the currently-available Xbox platforms. Shooting Love 200X came out of absolutely nowhere when it was released back in April for Xbox 360 and was very much a surprise release, especially when you consider that it was first published in Japan back in...

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    Xbox One

    Review Batman: Arkham Knight

    Tanks for the memories

    When it was announced that the Batmobile would be making its début in Arkham Knight, there was much skepticism amongst fans of the Arkham series. While the promise of commanding such a capable vehicle and battling an army of tanks sounded like a blast on its own, the concern resided with how this method of transportation...

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    Xbox One

    Review Le Tour De France 2015

    Pedal pusher

    As a rule, the phrase "fans of the series/sport/show will love it" is one that reviewers should try to avoid. The reason is simply because the statement is pretty much redundant. If you're a fan of watching paint dry, then you'll probably be far more forgiving about the shortcomings of Paint Drying Simulator 2015 than you would be about...