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  • Review Resident Evil 3 - A Disappointing Follow-Up To Last Year's Brilliant Resident Evil 2

    Raccoon City Rancour

    Perhaps it was somewhat foolish to expect that a Resident Evil 3 remake, no matter how radical, could manage to reach the heady heights of last year's sublime Resident Evil 2. With much weaker source material to work from – there ain't no Raccoon City Police Department here – this one was always likely to be an uphill...

  • Review Resident Evil 2 - A Stellar Remake Of A Stone-Cold Classic

    Raccoon City Redux

    Ask anyone who played the original release of Resident Evil 2 back in 1998 what they remember most fondly about their time with the game and we reckon a lot of folk will gravitate towards the Raccoon City Police Department. Easily the best setting in a Resident Evil to date – although Resident Evil 7's hillbilly hellhouse runs...

  • Review DOOM Eternal - One Of The Best First-Person Shooters Ever Made

    DOOM! Shake the room

    We've just blasted and beaten our way into a remote cultist facility deep in the Artic Tundra, hot on the heels of the hell priest Deag Ranak. As we enter this towering death complex its tannoy speakers squeal to life – "The slayer has arrived. All mortally-challenged personnel please be advised." Ahead of us lies a bloody...

  • Review Cuphead - Difficult But Downright Delightful

    Studio MDHR gambles and wins

    There are very few games that so completely achieve what they set out to be. Studio MDHR’s Cuphead is one of them, a game that feels like a singular, focused vision come to life – as though it jumped out of its creator’s imaginations without compromise and without having to be made to fit a framework. It’s...

  • Review Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare - A Fresh Take On A Stale Formula

    Breach and clear

    Coming after the mixed reception to 2018’s Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4, Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare already has one plus on its side from the off: a fully-fledged story campaign. While many might argue whether narrative modes have much of a place in an era of battle passes and games as a service, Modern Warfare proves a story mode...

  • Review Ori And The Will Of The Wisps - The Best Platformer On Xbox One

    Over the moon

    There's a quest quite early on in Ori and the Will of the Wisps that neatly encapsulates pretty much everything that's so wonderful about Moon Studios' superlative sequel. Charged with making your way through a windmill in order to get its great big wheels turning again so the poisoned waters of Niwen may run clear once more, you find...

  • Review Gears 5 - Brings The Series Kicking And Screaming Into The Present

    Swarm and cosy

    Once upon a time, back when then the Xbox 360 was just a babe, the original Gears of War was a much-needed dose of adrenaline. Third-person shooters were all the rage back then, but it wasn’t until Epic Games came along and created its own line of bulky space marines that the genre finally stepped up a gear (if you'll pardon the...

  • Review Sea Of Thieves - In Truly Ship-Shape Condition Two Years After Launch

    It's a pirate's life for me

    When Sea of Thieves initially set sail in 2018, it was met with somewhat mixed reviews. Rare's pirate playground is undoubtedly a masterful creation; a vast, dynamic, hyper-stylised sea world dotted with mysterious islands and skeleton forts in which players are set free to create their own grand adventures. However, it...

  • Review Red Dead Redemption 2 - The Death Of The Wild West Comes To Life In Rockstar's Masterpiece

    True Grit

    Has there ever been a video game world as all-encompassing as the one presented in Rockstar's most recent Western epic? Sure, there are some that stand shoulder to shoulder or even surpass it in terms of straightforward size – Assassin's Creed Odyssey's world map is easily bigger – but when it comes to depth, detail and narrative...

  • Review Forza Horizon 4 - The Best Racing Experience On Xbox One

    Fuel Britannia

    Offshoots aren’t meant to surpass their source material. They’re meant to be unusual curios that take an existing concept in twist it in ways the mainline series never could. When the original Forza Horizon casually rolled up onto the scene in 2012, no one really expected it to attract the fan base that it did, but eight years on...

  • Review Homefront: The Revolution (Xbox One)

    Brotherly Loathing

    Homefront: The Revolution has had a rocky road during its development, and that's putting it nicely. Employees went unpaid, although Crytek claims they were totally never on the verge of bankruptcy, and eventually the game switched not just publishers, but developers too. It's pretty incredible that the game exists in a finished...

  • Review Cubikolor (Xbox One)

    No Rubik in sight

    The puzzle genre is not the most fondly tended in the gaming universe. Standout titles such as Portal, The Witness or Q.U.B.E: Director's Cut are often differentiated from the narrow pack because they offer something more than mere puzzling. This is sadly not the case with Cubikolor which, at it's most basic, is a simplistic...

  • Review Hard Reset Redux (Xbox One)

    Domo arigato, Mr Roboto!

    Hard Reset Redux is a remake of a PC FPS that was first released back in September 2011, created by Polish developers Flying Wild Hog. It received an expansion entitled Exile in 2012, and now the whole shooting match has been released into the crowded Xbox shooter market. Story driven, the game is a single player experience,...

  • Review Neon Chrome (Xbox One)

    Shine on

    In a world where top-down shooters aren't exactly thin on the ground, it takes a brave developer to release one these days and hope that it draws money. With Neon Chrome though, developer 10tons have mixed things up somewhat. Rather than dealing in the sort of relatively throwaway fun the likes of Crimsonland and Polychromatic (amongst many...

  • Review Soul Axiom (Xbox One)

    Soul survivor? It's in your hands...

    Soul Axiom is a first person perspective puzzle game, first released for the PC back in February this year by Wales Interactive. Now released on to the console market, can this story driven puzzler cut the mustard, or does it earn itself a raspberry? The game begins as it means to go on, as your character...

  • Review Dangerous Golf (Xbox One)

    Out of bounds

    They say that golf is a good walk spoiled. The ex-Burnout developers at Three Fields Entertainment have attempted to put paid to all that walking nonsense though, instead opting to take the sport largely indoors. With Dangerous Golf, their goal is clearly to take the essence of Burnout's "Crash" mode and apply it to a very different...

  • Review Azkend 2: The World Beneath (Xbox One)

    Not a love match.

    Azkend 2: The World Beneath is the latest assault on the Xbox market from the prolific guys over at 10tons Ltd and unsurprisingly, its another match-3 (or more) puzzle game. Much like their last two attempts to crack the puzzle fanbase, Sparkle Unleashed and Sparkle 2, this is a relatively simple puzzler that is unlikely to stretch...

  • Review Dead Island: Definitive Collection (Xbox One)

    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...

  • Review Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan (Xbox One)

    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...

  • Review DOOM (Xbox One)

    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...

  • Review Not a Hero: Super Snazzy Edition (Xbox One)

    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...

  • Review OlliOlli2: XL Edition (Xbox One)

    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...

  • Review Battleborn (Xbox One)

    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,...

  • Review Super Night Riders (Xbox One)

    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...

  • Review Grand Prix Rock 'n Racing (Xbox One)

    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...

  • Review Blues and Bullets - Episode 2 (Xbox One)

    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...

  • Review Hitman: Episode 2 - Sapienza (Xbox One)

    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...

  • Review Coffin Dodgers (Xbox One)

    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...

  • Review SUPERHOT (Xbox One)

    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...

  • Review TRON RUN/r (Xbox One)

    ​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...