409 Published Reviews
Little Nightmares IIXbox One
The original Little Nightmares was an easy recommendation, blending distinctive and disturbing visuals with elegant gameplay that, despite its imperfections, succeeded in being an unforgettable journey. Tarsier's sequel is similarly vivid and will live on in the mind long after you've finished it, but Little Nightmares II is, regrettably, a nightmare for all of the wrong reasons.
Werewolf: The Apocalypse – EarthbloodXbox One
All of this is to say that, if you’d told me that Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Earthblood was a modern remaster of an old Xbox or PS2 game, I’d have believed you. It feels like a relic of an era that has long been left behind, and doesn’t even live up to the standards of many classic titles from that time.
HITMAN 3Xbox One
Maybe that’s because in the original two games, the choice to do whatever I wanted was more valuable than the choice itself, or the amount of choice on offer actually made my final decision regarding how to snap my target’s neck feel more special. Anyway, Hitman 3 remains a very, very good video game, albeit not as good as the other Hitman games that preceded it.
Cyberpunk 2077Xbox Series X
Despite all the bugs, for someone who absolutely adores sci-fi, Cyberpunk 2077 is easily one of my favourite games of all-time; it could have been so much more though for so many people.
Call of the SeaXbox One
Fantastically compelling for its duration, Call of the Sea is an immensely enjoyable puzzle game that manages to expertly combine engaging brainteasers with narrative, linear exploration, a sense of wonder, and Lovecraftian surrealism, in what is essentially a story about the lengths some will go to for love and companionship.
John Wick HexXbox One
At times, Hex is an experience that really makes you feel like John Wick, stalking your way between cover, ruthlessly picking off mercenaries and goons with scalpel-like efficiency, but for the most part you're outnumbered, outgunned, and ever so slightly bored as you stare at the umpteenth 'John is dead' screen. At that juncture, I was wishing I was dead too.
Immortals: Fenyx RisingXbox One
Immortals Fenyx Rising is a strange beast, then. Much of it feels very familiar, and you won’t find many things here that haven’t been done before. Yet, it manages to pull together so many different aspects with such proficiency and love for the source material that it’s impossible not to simply enjoy soaking it all up, in an adventure worthy of the Greek heroes of old.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold WarXbox One
You could play through the campaign a couple of times – and with differing choices and endings, there's ample scope to do so – and not feel too shortchanged. If, however, you always absorb everything that CoD has to offer each year, then Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will prove another comprehensive package that will scratch that itchy trigger finger.
DIRT 5Xbox One
In short, DIRT 5 is undoubtedly Codemasters' best racing game yet - a spectacular series entry that straddles the outgoing and incoming generations with jaw-dropping visuals and a sense of pure fun that's impossible to escape. A fantastic game, there are few racers that thrill and delight in equal measure like this one.
Assassin's Creed ValhallaXbox One
It might fall short of raising the bar that Assassin's Creed Odyssey set for the series, but it certainly has a fair old go at equalling what's gone before. That it also brings some meaningful additions to the table means Valhalla doesn't feel like a retread – it's yet another immersive and hugely accomplished series entry that proves there's more than ample life in Assassin's Creed yet. Onward, Wolf-Kissed!
Ultimately, while The Falconeer is enjoyable at times, it doesn’t quite live up to its incredible potential. The ambition on display here might cast your mind to the popular Greek myth of flying too close to the sun, but while Icarus crashed and burned, The Falconeer does nothing of the sort.
Chicken Police – Paint it RED!Xbox One
Chicken Police isn't without its issues, but it's still a bizarre curio that increasingly garners your interest as you delve deeper into its literal rabbit hole. If you've a penchant for the weird, and fancy a unique point-and-click detective game, this might hold some modicum of appeal for you.
Need for Speed Hot Pursuit RemasteredXbox One
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit was never a slouch in the visuals department, but Remastered looks outstanding, especially if you have a console that supports the game's 4K resolution at 60 frames per second. Car models have been up-rezzed, shadows and reflections have been enhanced, the game's routes have been fleshed out with more objects and scenery, and the textures and draw distance have been boosted.
Yakuza: Like a DragonXbox One
Put it all together and it's impossible not to declare Yakuza: Like a Dragon's new direction for the series an unmitigated triumph. Ichiban's enthusiasm, with his dreams of becoming a hero, proves infectious, and while he may think he's worthy of only a dragonfish tattoo on his back, we think he's worthy of something more like a dragon.
The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little HopeXbox One
It’s not a perfect piece of fiction, with occasional pacing problems and perhaps not enough scares, but The Dark Pictures: Little Hope proves a fun horror romp through a foggy town, and offers players an intriguing mystery that is genuinely entertaining to piece together, even if it is let down by an underwhelming ending.
Watch Dogs LegionXbox One
Once the credits have rolled on the game's story, you'll find few reasons to return to it, despite having an army of oddballs to choose from; the whole thing doesn't hang together quite as well as you'd hope.
From a design perspective, Cloudpunk is fabulous. Stunning soundtrack, a lovely little voxel-art world, but the game itself (and the bugs! So many bugs!) don’t really inspire like the world itself. In truth, it gets incredibly repetitive and rather boring the longer the games goes on, and the narrative isn’t strong enough to get its hooks into you.
Torchlight IIIXbox One
Torchlight 3 is, by the very definition of the word, okay. It’s a perfectly serviceable ARPG that is just fine. It’s kind of fun, but gets repetitive rather quickly. And while Echtra's ARPG effort looks really pretty, it’s completely middle of the road stuff.
Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About TimeXbox One
It looks inviting enough, and an accomplished platformer it may be, but Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time is also bastard hard. For the most part, however, Toys For Bob's Crash outing is good, wholesome fun while it lasts.
EA SPORTS FIFA 21Xbox One
FIFA 21 isn’t going to blow anyone’s mind, but it improves upon last year’s game in almost every area, with an enhanced Career Mode proving to be the highlight. Even if it doesn’t offer much that’s new, it’s the best football game we’ve had in years, and a fitting send off to a generation of FIFA games on Xbox One.
STAR WARS: SquadronsXbox One
Star Wars: Squadrons is the spiritual successor to X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter you've been waiting for, with a compelling story and tight, exciting gameplay that makes every multiplayer match a fast-paced, seat-of-the-pants experience. Rest assured, this has got it where it counts, kid.
Mafia: Definitive EditionXbox One
There are minor frustrations, like protracted loading times and woolly button inputs during stealth sections, that can cause a quiet execution to become a full blown fight – and subsequent mission failure – but these are blemishes in what is otherwise a masterful, streamlined remake.
NBA 2K21Xbox One
Unless you've missed a few iterations of NBA 2K, there are few – if any – reasons to delve into this year's offering. NBA 2K21 features the same old insidious microtransactions that have marred MyCareer for years, but provides very little that's genuinely new or fresh. Capping off the generation with a whimper, we remain hopeful that NBA 2K21 is a lot better on next-gen platforms, because this current-gen version is a lukewarm rehash.
Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-ReckoningXbox One
Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning is certainly starting to show its age, but the game still offers some great combat and a deep, high-fantasy world. If you’re looking for an expansive RPG to get stuck into, you could certainly do worse than Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning, as long as you keep your expectations in check.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2Xbox One
As far as immediate arcade thrills go, few games can compete with the level of gratification you're guaranteed to get from Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2. If you enjoyed the originals or fancy seeing what all the fuss is about, you're in for an absolute treat either way.