370 Published Reviews
There’s a lot to like about Screamride, if you can look past its inconsistencies and the fact that you have to play through every mode to unlock the good ones. Is it groundbreaking? Not really – but breaking bricks is fun enough.
The EscapistsXbox One
The Escapists is, despite its depth, limited by its 2D perspective and SNES-style visuals - if this was a 3D game it could have been infinitely more complex and atmospheric. But the jarring contrast between the ultraviolence, where you can put a bar of soap in a sock and beat someone to near-death with it, and the cutesy, colourful visuals is pretty hilarious.
Assassin's Creed Unity: Dead KingsXbox One
We feel like this DLC is a reminder of everything we didn't like about a game we did like: it's glitchy, confusing, labyrinthian, dull and fiddly. We had fun with the hugely overpowered Guillotine Gun, but the puzzles and the maze-like tunnels made us curse the day Arno Dorian ever donned his hidden blades.
This game oozes perfection in its simplicity. Its ideas are well-executed and spot-on, the dialogue is witty and clever, and though it's often tricky, you're always willing to hop in for another blast.
The CrewXbox One
The tantalising world and systems are fine in their own right, but shoddy car handling saps any desire to play beyond a few minutes at a time. Dock a point if you don't have likeminded pals.
Far Cry 4Xbox One
Full of an overwhelming amount of stuff to do this is insane value for money and pretty to boot. Still, we can't help but feel a shake-up is needed for Far Cry 5 to prevent series fatigue.
Grand Theft Auto VXbox One
So good that it almost seems deceitful: like a CG trailer of what the highest level of fun might look like. After 17 years, it's incredible that the series still has such power to astound and excite.
Dragon Age: InquisitionXbox One
Enormous, handsome and in love with the subtleties of world design, storytelling and class-based combat. The finest Dragon Age yet, and the most accomplished RPG so far on Xbox One.
Assassin's Creed UnityXbox One
Glosses over the changes and additions made in Black Flag, but it's more than deserving of recognition. The skill and attention to detail make this hugely accomplished, if flawed. It's a return to Brotherhood - but that's not necessarily a bad thing.
Halo: The Master Chief CollectionXbox One
Astonishing value for money for newcomers, that goes without saying, but those that have already finished the fight(s) on previous Xboxes should think hard about whether they'd be better off investing their money on new experiences. For the hardcore fan craving a return however, this collection is a dream come true - all four mainline Halo titles, updated and optimised, and in a manner that allows you to endlessly remix and reinvent your own personal Halo experience.
Call of Duty: Advanced WarfareXbox One
Kevin Spacey might take top billing, but it's the array of powerful PMC tech that's the real star of the show, making the stalest formula in contemporary videogames feel remarkably fresh. Move over, Infinity Ward and Treyarch - COD has a new king.
Sunset OverdriveXbox One
This isn't the temporary rush of a sugary gulp, but a can of ideas shaken and shaken until it explodes in glorious mess. Apocalypse now? Nah, in Sunset City, good things come to those that wait. The wackiness never clicks, but the relentless combat momentum certainly does. It won't change the world, but does a very good job of splattering it with mutant blood.
Styx: Master of ShadowsXbox One
Still, Styx isn't interested in greatness - simply reaching the exit in one piece is quite enough to be going on with, providing he can swipe a few valuable objects in the process. The character's sheer stuntedness is the basis for one of the most unpretentious stealth titles in quite some time, comparable to the original Assassin's Creed in the leanness of its execution. If you're sick to the back teeth of peacocks in wolfskin clothing, give this goblin a whirl.
F1 2014Xbox 360
The visuals hold up well, though they fall comfortably behind the best that this year has to offer. The weather system in particular remains gorgeous, smothering you with glorious H2O as you tentatively approach every turn, but it doesn't affect races in any new or interesting ways.F1 2014 delivers on the racing, but its lack of new features suggests a stagnancy in the series. We're eager to see what 2015 delivers, and if things get booted back into gear.
The Evil WithinXbox One
Evil Within grafts Resident Evil 4's gold standard survival action to a far less forgiving world. That it even comes close to matching Capcom's masterpiece is cause to celebrate. And sweat. And quiver.
Borderlands: The Pre-SequelXbox 360
This feels like the beginning of a new take on Borderlands - a more reactive, immediate, Australian game, better built for lone players but still accommodating for the co-op crowd - although by no means distinct enough to be called a follow-up.
Sleeping Dogs: Definitive EditionXbox One
Regardless, there's a lot of fun to be had here and it looks undeniably better for the generation jump, so it remains a game worthy of your attention. The concern is that, with the reissue of GTA V on the horizon and the end of year releases about to hit, Sleeping Dogs could find itself ignored by many that haven't played it before. With a game of this quality, that would be a real shame.
Alien: IsolationXbox One
Unique stealth-horror thriller that combines great pacing and smart design with razor-sharp AI that's unpredictable in all the right ways. It's an arduous undertaking, but it begs to be experienced.
A bit broken, quite derivative and short on narrative appeal - but rich with customisation possibilities and enjoyable at the level of the firefight.
Middle-earth: Shadow of MordorXbox One
Monolith might not have the basics quite down, but the Nemesis system is the year's most original game mechanic, and makes for a game that feels - and reacts to your play - unlike any of its peers.
D4: Dark Dreams Don't DieXbox One
While it tries too hard at times, it's difficult to deny D4's zany charm. There's something irresistible about a game where you have literally no idea what's coming next. We're stoked for the next instalment.
Forza Horizon 2Xbox One
A triumph in so many respects that lets itself down with some technical issues and a world that needed more variety in the way it looks. That, however, shouldn't stop you from picking this up and loving it until the end of this console generation. Forza Horizon 2 is an accomplishment, and a showcase for what open-world racers can do.
Slender: The ArrivalXbox 360
Slender is an interesting, even essential but not very fleshed-out curio, a resilient meme that doesn't quite hold up as an actual game. Survival horror fans should definitely check out the trial or download the free PC original, but anybody looking for a chiller with serious legs may want to give this gangly spectre a miss.
FIFA 15Xbox One
FIFA is always at its best when the pitch is tilted in the attacking side's favour, and this year's is a peach. It's not the 'true' next-gen FIFA we've been waiting for, but it's as dynamic and thrilling as any entry in the series thus far.
Not quite the epic journey into the unknown we were hoping for, mostly thanks to poor writing and a reliance on XP farming, but a treasure trove of single and multiplayer adventures nonetheless.