357 Published Reviews

Mystery Castle

Xbox One
5.00
Josephine LawtonNov 10, 2016
The premise and complexity of the puzzles, mixed with the cheery art style, point to an interesting puzzle experience but you may find that Mystery Castle a bit of an unrewarding drudge if you aren't really into the types of puzzles on offer. It's challenging at points and allows enough flexibility for you to skip stages that prove too perplexing which makes it accessible for most, but there's such a flatness to the level completion that there's no real rush of excitement when you solve a particularly difficult puzzle.

Homefront: The Revolution

Xbox One
2.00
Tyler TreeseJun 12, 2016
Homefront: The Revolution has bigger problems than its myriad of technical issues. Sure, the constant freezing of the game to save is jarring, and the game as a whole is largely unpolished, but even when everything works it just isn't captivating in any way. Pass this up.

Cubikolor

Xbox One
5.00
Lucie MansellJun 10, 2016
Whilst Cubikolor is not a bad game, it lacks the imagination and something special to make it stand out from the crowd. It's an interesting title for a quick pick-up-and-play but is nowhere near as gripping as it could be, given that the core idea behind the gameplay is fairly interesting. Unless you're an absolute puzzle fanatic, you can safely skip it.

Hard Reset Redux

Xbox One
5.00
Paul RenshawJun 10, 2016
The presentation of the story, and the story arc itself are highlights, and will drive you to keep playing, but it's possible that once the story is finished there will be no urge to go and play again on a different difficulty setting. This is a game from only five years ago, but it really shows its age. Unless you are a massive cyberpunk fan, this isn't one that we can recommend.

Neon Chrome

Xbox One
7.00
Ken BarnesJun 08, 2016
Neon Chrome is an admirable blend of genres that provides a stiff challenge and potentially massive amounts of playing time. There's a feeling of repetition to be found for sure and the need to die, die, and die again won't be for everyone. Those with the mettle though, will find a fun and enjoyable shooter that has the potential to be both strangely compelling and unrelentingly addictive.

Soul Axiom

Xbox One
7.00
Paul RenshawJun 08, 2016
The pacing won't be to everyone's liking, as it isn't a fast paced, reaction based experience, but it is compelling more because of this than in spite of it. Add to this the numerous monkeys to be found, as well as three possible endings and the game has more longevity than the average puzzler. If you fancy having your grey matter teased, you could do a lot worse than this.

Dangerous Golf

Xbox One
4.00
Ken BarnesJun 04, 2016
Dangerous Golf is a bit of a letdown. There may be patches along the way that improve things, but as it stands, the game doesn't do justice to the premise and is ultimately frustrating and disappointing as a result. The addiction factor is in full effect relatively early on, but the number of problems it displays will soon put paid to that for most players.

TurnOn

Xbox One
6.00
Josephine LawtonJun 02, 2016
Oozing charm and potential, this really is a great example of what a small development team can achieve and Brainy Studio's pride in their creation is alluded to throughout the game. It's undeniable that TurnOn does a lot of things right, which makes it sadly all the more noticeable when something doesn't quite hit the mark. Even so, if you give it some time, there's a chance that you'll find a place in your heart for Turnon's journey through Electro City's night of darkness.

Azkend 2: The World Beneath

Xbox One
5.00
Paul RenshawJun 01, 2016
In pride of place on Azkend 2's feature list is the phrase "8 different backdrops!" and that really seems to be all you're playing the story mode for here - the chance to see a different barely animated backdrop before more puzzling is thrust upon you. Luckily, the game is not overly pricey at $7.99 and the alternate modes help to keep the interest up, with score chasing on the leaderboard always available to be relied upon to add some interest.

Dead Island Definitive Collection

Xbox One
5.00
Ken BarnesJun 01, 2016
Even at a budget price, players new to the franchise can safely avoid the set as there's much better gameplay to be found elsewhere, such as in the likes of the Metro: Last Light or even Techland's own Dying Light, both of which outshine Dead Island and Dead Island: Riptide in almost every area.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan

Xbox One
5.00
Dave LetcavageMay 29, 2016
Sure, it could be worse (look at the last three TMNT games, for example), but it's especially heartbreaking considering Platinum's history of delivering fantastic action games. This is not Bayonetta. It's not even Transformers: Devastation. Don't shell out your hard-earned cash when you could spend it on delicious pizza instead.

Doom

PS4
9.00
Ken BarnesMay 26, 2016
The multiplayer is playable, though a little less so than you'd expect, but that's more than made up for by the campaign. It's fast, fun, violent, addictive, and highly recommended.

Not A Hero: Super Snazzy Edition

Xbox One
7.00
Ken BarnesMay 24, 2016
Not A Hero is an enjoyable 2D shooter that will provide a decent challenge to the majority of gamers. There are failings to be found here and there, but they're relatively rare and the comedic presentation generally provides enough coverage to paper over those cracks. It probably isn't a game that you'll blast through in a single sitting and it certainly won't be for everybody, but Not A Hero is definitely a good deal of fun.

OlliOlli 2: XL Edition

Xbox One
9.00
Tyler TreeseMay 23, 2016
OlliOlli2: XL Edition is the best version of Roll7's stellar skateboarding game, although just by a smidge. The addition of manuals to the core game is a huge boost to the trick system, and makes it possible to combo every single level from start to finish. Throw in the five lengthy free-skate levels, and you have the best 2D skateboarding game ever made. The extras don't make it enough to double dip if you already own it elsewhere, but those who haven't picked it up should grab their deck and get ready to shred.

Tropico 5: Penultimate Edition

Xbox One
7.00
Josephine LawtonMay 23, 2016
Although it's easy to pick up, Tropico 5 is a deep and complex strategy title which keeps things interesting by throwing ever-changing challenges in to the story structure to mix things up. The humour expertly lightens the mood and adds life to the game, with each character proving slightly more unhinged than the last. Despite the technical error we encountered, it's undeniable that Tropico 5 is a good addition to the series, and the extra content and multiplayer included in this Penultimate Edition means you're sure to be playing this for a long time.

Battleborn

Xbox One
7.00
Paul RenshawMay 21, 2016
The Battleborn experiment has been largely successful. Fusing humour and shooting together with the mechanics from a MOBA sounds like it should be a recipe for disaster, but the charm of the graphical style and characterisation lifts the whole game. The story (or lack of it compared to Borderlands 2, say) is a bit of a let down, but it does enough to keep you interested and eager to see the next mission. There are issues with online play, which we're hoping get ironed out, but there's fun to be had as you and your fireteam roll up the battlefield, combined with the genuine laugh out loud moments.

Super Night Riders

Xbox One
3.00
Ken BarnesMay 16, 2016
Super Night Riders undoubtedly started out as a good idea. 80s and 90s racing games were cool, of that there is no doubt. But when you compare the visuals here to what's on display in upcoming projects such as 90s Super GT or Racing Apex – which aren't even finished yet - and then throw in super-repetitive gameplay and framerate issues, it all runs out of fuel rather quickly.

Blues and Bullets: Episode 2 - Shaking The Hive

Xbox One
6.00
Anthony BacchusMay 12, 2016
The stylish visuals are at full swing, it's just disappointing that most of the gameplay in Episode 2 amounts to nothing more than repetitive gunplay sections that aren't all that much fun to play. We're still excited to see how everything will unfold in this five episode series, so long as the gameplay musters up more variety.

Hitman: Episode 2 - Sapienza

Xbox One
7.00
Paul RenshawMay 12, 2016
The level design is great, with lots of possible approaches to choose from, but somehow it seems to lack focus, being more of an open-world approach to a mission than before. Overall, we can recommend a second dive into Agent 47's murky world.

Coffin Dodgers

Xbox One
4.00
Ken BarnesMay 06, 2016
Coffin Dodgers is a classic example of a good idea backed up by poor execution. The gameplay feels dated before it starts as it doesn't progress things from the karting pretenders that have come before, and the visuals sort of fittingly feel like they're from an older generation. The premise has lashings of potential and there's a chuckle or two to be found, but the game is far too easy and brief for single players.

Paranautical Activity

Xbox One
5.00
Josephine LawtonMay 04, 2016
The soundtrack is the highlight of this mixed bag of good ideas and poor implementation and when all is said and done, it's a shame that the gameplay and visuals cannot live up to the scene set by the music.

SUPERHOT

Xbox One
9.00
Ken BarnesMay 02, 2016
There are many words that could be used to describe SUPERHOT. Cool, addictive, stylish, fun, enjoyable…take your pick. What the development team have done is take a game mechanic that sounds like an excellent idea on paper and turned it into something special by fleshing out a game around it that does it justice and then layering on different ways of playing in the post-game. It flat out tells you to say this but we'd be saying it anyway: SUPERHOT is one of the most innovative shooters that we've played in years. Absolutely essential.

TRON RUN/r

Xbox One
5.00
Ken BarnesApr 20, 2016
Despite TRON RUN/r's relatively simple running nature, there's a fair amount to like here. There's a slight control issue when riding a lightcycle that you'll need to get used to, and we're confused as to why you'd be riding in the brightest game world ever when the movies almost entirely take place at night or in dark arenas, but those things can be overlooked. What we can't get past are the money-gouging tactics that end up detracting from the experience, the botched launch, and the missing season pass content.

Letter Quest: Grimm's Journey Remastered

Xbox One
8.00
Josephine LawtonApr 19, 2016
There is some educational potential here too but primarily you should be picking this up because it's a cute, fun game that is easy to play and a joy to master. It's not particularly long but the challenges, quests and collectibles are pitched just at the right level to keep you engaged long after the main story is over. Plus you'll need to get all the stars to unlock the mysterious final comic page…

Dark Souls III

Xbox One
9.00
Dave LetcavageApr 16, 2016
Dark Souls III improves on its predecessors in nearly every way, making for the most masterfully-crafted, tautly-paced entry in the series. The combat is faster and more flexible, the world design is complex but never bloated, and the atmospheric presentation makes you feel like you're completely engulfed in the unsettling sights and sounds of this volatile fantasy world. Should this truly be the last time we seek respite in the warm glow of a bonfire, we can rest easy knowing Dark Souls III is a deserving and satisfying end to a phenomenal series.

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