842 Published Reviews
Liftoff: Drone RacingXbox One
Liftoff: Drone Racing on Xbox is a Gordian knot of a game. Mastering even the simplest manoeuvres takes time, and that’s before you’ve mastered the improbably difficult racing. Master the racing, and you’re left with a slow, precise racer in an ugly environment. For the casual, it’s simply not worth it, and we can only suggest that you steer to DIRT 5 or Hotshot Racing instead.
Mars HorizonXbox One
All in all, Mars Horizon on Xbox is an excellent and approachable but deep game that will scratch the space exploration itch for a lot of players. Whilst it’s not an adrenaline rush, it’s got a lot of heart and its excellent UI and design will mean you spend many hours crafting and preparing your missions and then tensely watching them launch.
Observer: System ReduxXbox Series X
Equally, the worst bits are excised, as the terrible stealth sections and the thin exploration are left on the neurosurgeon’s floor. What you’re left with is an emphatic horror title, an easy recommendation to the acquainted and unacquainted, and an experience that will live long in the memory.
Poker ClubXbox One
Poker Club on Xbox does promise long-term updates and new features coming soon, but it has launched with a few too many issues to consider a purchase right away. Patches are incoming for the bugs and glitches, but the whole package needs tightening up in multiple areas in order to make it a bit faster and less laborious in its current guise. It may be best for you to hold on for a bit before going all-in with this one.
Destiny 2: Beyond LightXbox One
In conclusion then, while Destiny: Beyond Light on Xbox does axe more content than it adds, it is still worth playing through. The new world is an interesting place, and with a lot of post story content coming from Variks, the scope to have fun is large.
The Four Kings Casino and SlotsXbox One
Like any good MMO, The Four Kings Casino and Slots on Xbox is a huge timesink but is also the perfect way to unwind on an evening. With everything you would expect to see in a casino – plus more – some days you may want to play some bingo, or a few hands of blackjack, and this allows for it. It is all here under the same roof, all feeding into the same progression system and bank balance.
Age of Wonders: Planetfall - Star KingsXbox One
Despite some minor gripes, Star Kings is the best expansion for Age of Wonders: Planetfall on Xbox so far: Paradox has only improved their output with every new content drop and this latest addition keeps to that trend. If you enjoy Planetfall, Star Kings is a no-brainer pickup. It truly adds to, and improves, the game in ways that feel almost necessary now for the full experience.
Dark SauceXbox One
There really isn’t much more to say about Dark Sauce on Xbox, as it’s so slimline. What you see is what you get: a competent, mid-difficulty platformer that lasts you for an hour and showers you with achievements. Outside of the chunky, colourful art style, there isn’t anything you haven’t seen before in dozens of similar games.
Family FeudXbox One
All in all, Family Feud on Xbox brings that Saturday evening gameshow vibe straight to your home. A huge library of questions, combined with a relatively fair price at launch, means there’s good value in this party game. The different modes cater for almost every situation, even for the cold winter nights on your own, and the fact it can enable 10 players to play using a single controller is music to the ears.
So what do we have with Persephone on Xbox? Quite simply, a game that is brilliant both in design and execution. The world our titular hero finds herself in is beautifully designed, with puzzles that make full use of that unique central concept of death as a means to progress. By using a ‘show, not tell’ approach, the game places experimentation at the forefront and encourages the kind of lateral thinking that is so often missing from indie titles in the genre.
Tetris Effect: ConnectedXbox Series X
At the end of the day, Tetris Effect: Connected on Xbox is just Tetris. It’s the game we’ve all played a million times over, it’s a game we all know like the back of our hand, and it’s a game in which we can rack up the highest of high scores with our eyes closed. And that, that feel of familiarity, is quite possibly the only thing that is holding Connected back from utter greatness.
Unrailed! on Xbox is fresh, clever and loads of fun to play. You’ll only realise its full potential when playing with friends locally, which is unfortunately very difficult at the moment. However, online play does the job despite being temperamental at times, yet the support of an ever-growing community should keep this one on the right tracks.
XIII on Xbox is a ‘Four Seasons Total Landscaping’ of a game. Someone, somewhere committed themselves to a mistake and deadline, and refused to back down from it. XIII needed an intervention on its art style, another six months of bug fixing and fine-tuning, and it absolutely, definitely needed to skip the launch of the Series X|S.
50 yearsXbox One
It may be ugly, it may be a clear PC port, but 50 Years on Xbox can be a budget-priced addiction machine if you let it. It somehow manages to cram the joys of Civilisation into a twenty-minute game, and then has the gall to make it more-ish. We’ll take a prettier and slightly more varied version for the sequel, but for now 50 Years is well worth settling on.
Bright MemoryXbox Series X
Bright Memory is a bad bite of a great meal – you can smell something that you might like, you might even get a little of the taste but, before you know it, it’s fallen off the spoon and onto your new carpet. That meal is still coming and it’ll probably be great, but now you’re just a little more sceptical.
Despite some familiar elements on the surface, Evergate on Xbox brings plenty of original ideas to the table. It’s clever, charming and a real joy to play. Stick with it, because there’s a deceptively large adventure on offer here.
Planet Coaster: Console EditionXbox Series X
The effort gone into that is noticeable in every single menu and button press; nothing is restricted by the controller. Plus, the various modes and Frontier Workshop will mean that Planet Coaster: Console Edition on Xbox will have a long and healthy life on its newfound home.
Assassin's Creed ValhallaXbox One
I’m a massive fan of the Assassin’s Creed series and have blown hundreds of hours of my life on the franchise as a whole. Now though, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla on Xbox is possibly my favourite entry in the series – stunningly glorious, fluid as you like, and full of mammoth amounts of content.
Need for Speed Hot Pursuit RemasteredXbox One
In conclusion, if you have ever wanted to smash police cars/racers off the road then Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered on Xbox is the game for you, and that goes double if you’ve never played it before. It’s fast, furious and will have you on the edge of your seat as you hurtle round corners, inches from disaster, winning a race by the skin of your teeth.
Family Mysteries 2: Echoes of Tomorrow (Xbox One Version)Xbox One
Family Mysteries 2: Echoes of Tomorrow on Xbox is prime nonsense; a retelling of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines but peppered with spot-the-difference puzzles and hidden objects, as if Arnie was sent back in time to tidy someone’s room. It’s supremely camp, but the best hidden object games are, and you’ll likely forgive the dodgy animations and script by the time you reach the end of its entertaining three or four hours.
Asterix & Obelix XXL: RomasteredXbox One
This all being said, Asterix & Obelix is not totally without merit. Some of its puzzles can be rather intriguing and the whole package offers an okay classic action platformer experience. Whilst its combat and platforming feel rather lazy, there are still things to enjoy here. Despite this – fundamentally – Asterix & Obelix XXL: Romastered on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S plays it far too safe and ends up offering an experience a little bit worse than the original.
Gears TacticsXbox One
Still, in balance, Gears Tactics on Xbox is one of the best attempts to craft a new turn-based squad shooter game. A rough-hewn, challenging game with a long campaign and lots of options to customize your characters, along with a whole new game-mode, means that Gears Tactics is a must play game for any fans of the Gears universe, turn-based strategy titles or squad tactics games.
Bridge Constructor: The Walking DeadXbox One
Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S has taken on a huge, well-known franchise and managed to gel it with the architecture-based problems better than you’d imagine. Killing walkers by conjuring up weird contraptions is fun, while the new hero commands add a whole extra layer to the strategic affair.
Exit the GungeonXbox One
Overall, I think Exit the Gungeon on Xbox One is a good game; not quite up to par with Enter the Gungeon but still fun. But I also think it can only be truly enjoyed if you’ve played the original. The caveat is that you might not enjoy Exit the Gungeon as much, which can lead to it feeling like a disappointment. Going into things with the right expectations is key to getting the most out of the game.
Knights and BikesXbox One
Knights and Bikes on Xbox One is one of those rare beasts that everyone can enjoy. It may be simple and straightforward to play, but that’s no bad thing. It’s an utterly charming tale that’s loads of fun to play and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.