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392 Published Reviews

The Forgotten City

Xbox OneXbox Series X
8.00
Daniel HollisAug 03, 2021
All in all, The Forgotten City has surprised us with how engaging it is. The time loop mechanic is used to great effect and works much more than a simple gimmick, and the standout is the writing, which keeps you invested line after line. It's not a home run, with some overall clunkiness to the game and certain segments that could easily have been stripped out, but it's definitely a 10-12 hour adventure worth taking, with many paths and possibilities to uncover.

Microsoft Flight Simulator

Xbox Series X
9.00
Fraser GilbertAug 03, 2021
Microsoft Flight Simulator is nothing short of revolutionary, featuring an almost impossibly large, authentic and living open world that's bound to take your breath away. Asobo and Xbox Game Studios have delivered a truly special entry in this historic franchise, and it's only going to get better in the years to come.

SCARLET NEXUS

Xbox Series X
7.00
Daniel HollisJul 06, 2021
While its story falls short, Scarlet Nexus is expertly elevated with stunning combat. The consistent evolution, polished control scheme, and powerful feedback make each fight more satisfying than the last. If only the game had managed to incorporate a stronger story, more depth to its character bonds, and more things to do outside of combat, Scarlet Nexus could have been something special.

Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – The Official Video Game

Xbox OneXbox Series X
7.00
Fraser GilbertJun 29, 2021
It's easy to see how a fan of past Olympics games could be put off by Tokyo 2020, but if you're willing to lean into its arcade tendencies, you can have a lot of fun with it. The games are enjoyable for the most part, the presentation is great, and there's enough depth to keep you playing longer than just a few rounds of each sport.

Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance

Xbox OneXbox Series X
7.00
Liam DoolanJun 29, 2021
If you are a long time D&D player or have played any fantasy action brawlers in the past, you’ll likely enjoy this game – either with friends, or even if you go for the more challenging route of playing alone. It certainly doesn't revolutionise the genre, but considering it’s available on Game Pass at launch, there’s no reason not to give it a go. There’s also some free DLC and a paid expansion on the way, giving Dark Alliance a chance to level up in the future.

Cyberpunk 2077

Xbox One
5.00
PJ O'ReillyJun 15, 2021
Cyberpunk 2077, in its current form on consoles, is a hard game to recommend getting involved with. There's a strong narrative here, brilliantly written characters, some excellent side missions, fun combat and an astonishing setting but, as things stand right now, it's an experience that's in need of some serious TLC.

Little Nightmares II

Xbox One
8.00
Daniel HollisJun 15, 2021
Little Nightmares II is bigger and bolder, which builds upon the foundations from the first game. The game is host to a disgusting, decaying world that opens up as you progress through each chapter. Its inhabitants will haunt your dreams for days and the emotional connection it draws between Mono and Six with absolutely no dialogue is powerful.

BALAN WONDERWORLD

Xbox Series X
3.00
Daniel HollisJun 15, 2021
With a price point of $60, it's hard to recommend Balan Wonderworld, especially when other platformers (and even collections such as Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, which contain multiple games) are a lot cheaper and are much better. The ingredients are all there for a great game, but everything has gone off and rotten.

BIOMUTANT

Xbox One
5.00
Daniel HollisJun 15, 2021
Much like the character you create, Biomutant feels like a Frankenstein creation of various ideas. Some are good, some are bad, but the end result is a misshapen product which feels messy and buried in its own ideas. Areas of the game that should have received more attention - like it’s quest design - feel relatively barebones, while others feel overly complex.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Xbox Series X
7.00
PJ O'ReillyJun 15, 2021
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War combines a bombastic campaign that desperately attempts to shoehorn as much classic CoD action as it can into its rather short running time, with a solid multiplayer suite that feels a little light on exciting new modes and content at launch.
9.00
PJ O'ReillyJun 15, 2021
Hitman 3 is a superb final entry in what must now be regarded as one of gaming's truly great trilogies. This is a fittingly slick and satisfying send off for Agent 47, a succession of expertly crafted and endlessly replayable missions - omitting that final level dud - that sees our favourite assassin wind up his story in triumphantly fine form.

It Takes Two

Xbox Series X
9.00
Fraser GilbertJun 15, 2021
It Takes Two is an absolute delight. The consistently creative gameplay is on par with, if not better than any co-op experience available on Xbox today, and if you have a partner in mind to play it with (don't forget they can access a free "Friend's Pass" if playing online), we think you'll have a real blast with it.

The Medium

Xbox Series X
6.00
Daniel HollisJun 15, 2021
As a narrative focused experience, The Medium generally impresses. In terms of gameplay, it often just feels too easy and lacking in depth. But even with criticisms towards the latter, if you're looking to embrace a horror game for one dark night or two, The Medium is a worthy choice.

MLB The Show 21

Xbox Series X
8.00
Fraser GilbertJun 15, 2021
It's a fantastic year to be getting MLB The Show 21 on Xbox. There's a welcome 'Casual' preset for beginners, the gameplay is more enjoyable than ever, and newcomers will likely be overwhelmed (in a good way) at the sheer amount of content at their disposal.

EA SPORTS FIFA 21

Xbox One
8.00
PJ O'ReillyJun 15, 2021
FIFA 21 is very much an incremental upgrade to last year's outing, but what has changed here makes for a much faster, more fluid and fun game of footie than we've seen from the series since perhaps as far back as 2017. New tweaks to off-the-balls runs and passing are welcome, headers are viable options once again and keepers have been nerfed to the point that all-manner of long-range efforts, vicious volleys and fancy finished shots are back in vogue.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Xbox Series X
9.00
Justin R.R GieniJun 15, 2021
Post patching, Halo: The Master Chief Collection's small quirks can easily be overlooked, though we certainly haven't been pleased with matchmaking issues within the first couple of weeks. For those new to the universe of Halo, a vast array of single and multiplayer content awaits, all revolving around one of the greater ongoing stories available in gaming and featuring the franchise's hallmark genre-defining arena combat.

NINJA GAIDEN: Master Collection

Xbox One
7.00
Liam DoolanJun 15, 2021
Although the Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection could have been much more, the three games included run better than ever and should still be satisfying enough for returning fans. The bloody and brutal gameplay is just as exhilarating and will keep you coming back for more, and the collection is a great way for newer audiences to learn about Ryu Hayabusa's history.
7.00
Fraser GilbertJun 15, 2021
Unsurprisingly, Pacer also features an appropriate soundtrack complete with tunes from Tim Wright, A.K.A CoLD SToRAGE, who is well-known for being a part of the Wipeout series. It all adds up to making Pacer the closest thing you can get to Wipeout on Xbox One (and Xbox Series X and S for that matter), and while it doesn't quite live up to those lofty standards, there's still plenty to enjoy here if you're a fan of the genre.

RetroMania Wrestling

Xbox One
7.00
Fraser GilbertJun 15, 2021
Perhaps the initial asking price is a bit high, then - we think $19.99 would have been the sweet spot for RetroMania Wrestling at launch - but it's still nevertheless an enjoyable game. The art style is fantastic, the gameplay is classic 90s style fun, and you can tell it's been made by people who really love the business of professional wrestling. It's not going to replace WWE 2K's series for casual fans, but hardcore wrestling aficionados might just fall in love with it.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game - Complete Edition

Xbox OneXbox Series X
8.00
Daniel HollisJun 15, 2021
It’s felt like an eternity since we’ve seen this title on our Xbox systems, and having a Complete Edition with touched up visuals and all previously released content is an absolute treat. Whether you’re a fan of the series or a newcomer to the genre, there’s something here to enjoy, and it's a reminder of why so many fell in love with the original game all those years ago.

Taxi Chaos

Xbox One
5.00
Fraser GilbertJun 15, 2021
And in the case of Xbox specifically, it's really hard to find a reason why you'd pay that kind of money when Crazy Taxi is backwards compatible on the platform, and can be picked up for significantly less. That's not to take away from the work that's been put into Taxi Chaos, because it's a competent enough take on the formula, but SEGA's 1999 original has more content, more attitude and a better soundtrack, so it's hard to recommend this one.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Xbox Series X
9.00
PJ O'ReillyJun 15, 2021
Assassin's Creed Valhalla sees the long-running franchise at an absolute high point. A much tighter, more refined and narrative-focused experience, it learns lessons from other recent open world efforts, removing much of the series' tedious open-world busywork and channelling its players through a genuinely excellent and intriguing adventure.

Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance

Xbox One
6.00
Daniel HollisJun 15, 2021
Don't get us wrong, if this was cheaper, we'd be recommending this in a heart beat, despite our reservations. It's a great trip down memory lane, with some addictive combat that still holds up today. But when you can pick up more modernised and arguably better games for the same price, it makes the trip to Baldur's Gate one that's not worth breaking the piggy bank until a sale.

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time

Xbox Series X
9.00
PJ O'ReillyJun 15, 2021
Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time is an excellent modernization of a decades-old franchise that was beginning to really show its age. This is a thoroughly entertaining, slick and addictive addition to the series that funnels players through a meaty campaign packed to bursting point with inventive set-pieces and devilishly devious level design.

Football Manager 2021

Xbox OneXbox Series X
8.00
Fraser GilbertJun 15, 2021
Ultimately then, you're going to need a little bit of patience with Football Manager 2021: Xbox Edition, whether you're brand-new to the series or a PC player looking to transition to console, but once you've spent a few hours with it, the control scheme becomes much easier to wield.