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Another seven days have passed and that means it’s time for us to look back at the last week and point you in the direction of our favourite news pieces, reviews and opinions. We reckon you should be swotting up on this lot…

Download Styx: Master of Shadows for free on Xbox One!

We start this week’s round up with a free game. Styx is now available on Xbox One…as is Gears of War 2 on both Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

The Xbox Games With Gold scheme has delivered us some right goodies over the years and now we get the chance to jump into the shoes of the world’s finest assassin. Styx is the first of his kind, out on a journey of discovery and enlightenment. You’ll need to help the green Goblin climb the Tower of Akenash as he discovers the secret of Amber, the juice which keeps his veins flowing freely.

A stealthy approach is needed at all times and that may be too much for a modern day Call of Duty or Halo runner to get their head round, but for free, you may as well give it a go. We reckon you’ll like what you find.

Just make sure you download it for nothing right now.

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Plants Vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2 now available via EA Access

Sticking with the free theme, the clever ones out there will already have got involved in the stunningly good EA Access scheme on Xbox One. If you have, then you can now go and grab Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2…or at least ten hours of it.

The usual EA trial is now in place and that gives us the chance to check out Garden Warfare 2 as we hope and pray that it builds on everything found in the original Garden Warfare title from a couple of years back. If it does, then it’s odds on that you’ll not be able to resist a full purchase at a later date. Don’t worry though, all your earned stats from the trial will carry straight on over.

Go and give it a shot and let us know what you think of the latest Plants vs Zombies battle.

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Unravel Review

2016 may be in its infancy, but there is already a Game of the Year contender available for purchase. Step forward Yarny!

Unravel tells the tale of the small red character born from an elderly woman’s yarn basket. You’ll need to help the videogame world’s latest star ‘unravel’ a simple but highly powerful story as he swings and explores his way around the world in front of him. The visuals are nothing short of stunning and with an equally great chain of events holding things together, it’s quite possible you’ll be able to overlook the short nature of that which is included.

It’s not often we give a game full 5/5 marks, but Unravel and Yarny more than deserve it. As our review explains.

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Action Henk Hands-On Preview

Action Henk is coming to Xbox One…and we’ve been lucky enough to go hands-on with it prior to release. Will you like the Toy Story-style speedrunner?

Well, we reckon you may just be interested and Henk does his best to keep us interested for long enough.

Think of Joe Danger and the joy that his game brought to our faces a few years back. Action Henk works on similar lines, urging you to constantly test yourself against your PB’s, a number of ghosts and more, shaving milliseconds off your times as you attempt to climb the stage leaderboards.

It’s all a bit colourful, cutesy and cartoony…but we bloody love the direction it is going in and can’t wait for Henk to rock up onto the Xbox One soon.

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Homefront: The Revolution Beta thoughts

We leave you this week with our thoughts regarding the recent beta for Homefront: The Revolution on Xbox One.

After going in to it with high hopes, what we were treated to disappointed us massively, so much so that a game that could well have been on our shopping lists later this year has pushed itself well away from our hard earned cash. Betas are great for selling games – at least the good ones – but when said game struggles to do anything right, the chance to go hands-on with it just turns out to be a bit of a blessing in disguise.

Have a read of our thoughts and let us know how you got on with it. We think you’ll probably agree with what we’ve come up with.

That’s it for another week. Catch you again in seven days time. Now go fire up that Xbox and get some gaming in!

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