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Llamasoft: The Jeff Minter Story Review

Llamasoft: The Jeff Minter Story is an unmatched trip into one of gaming's most unique minds, and you'll be all the luckier for having gone in on it.

Penny’s Big Breakaway Review

While some momentum-killing levels and technical issues hold Penny's Big Breakaway back from perfection, the killer aesthetics and buttery smooth gameplay loop make the game an undeniable breakout hit.

Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League Review

Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League is a bit of a mixed bag.

THE FINALS Review

With time, I suspect THE FINALS will blossom into an upper echelon first person shooter.

“Receiving Water When You Really Want a Coke” – The Importance of Setting Expectations When Thirsty for Next-Gen Details

On Thursday May 7th 2020, Xbox finally showed some third-party Series X games in action and needless to say, the response was not the most positive.

Telling Lies Review – Intimate Mystery

Telling Lies on Xbox One is not going to be for everyone. It is very much a cinematic, interactive story first and a game second. However, the brilliant performances and top-notch writing that stands among some of Hollywood's best easily makes this a must-play for fans of FMV games or cinema in general.

Bleeding Edge, Grounded, and the Place for AA games from Xbox’s AAA Studios

Ninja Theory's first game as part of Xbox Game Studios - Bleeding Edge - was unleashed onto the world, and needless to say it was not for everyone. While I was personally a big fan of the game overall, many critics and gamers were not. All of this made it abundantly clear that the game wasn't everything players were hoping for from a studio with a reputation as solid as Ninja Theory's, particularly in the single-player community. Honestly, that's totally okay.

SiNKR Review: Reel-y Good

SiNKR on Xbox One is a thoroughly satisfying experience, and one definitely worth the play. It may frustrate at times, but the satisfaction that comes from completing a difficult level is rather euphoric. Also, given the easy 1000 Gamerscore on offer, and the low asking price, it's not hard to recommend you spend time with the game. If sinking pucks sounds up your alley, or you just love puzzle games, SiNKR is definitely for you.

Bleeding Edge Review: The First Rule of Cyberpunk Fight Club

Bleeding Edge on Xbox One is just pure fun. It's a tight, fast thrill-ride that keeps me playing which, as someone who predominantly plays single-player, is not easy to do. While it certainly isn't what some fans of Ninja Theory may be expecting, it is still a great first collaboration from what will likely be one of Xbox Game Studios' finest teams.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps Review – If this isn’t art, I don’t know what is!

Ori and the Will of the Wisps on Xbox One is an amazing work of art that happens to double as a truly fantastic game. Moon Studios have outdone themselves here with an emotional, engaging, difficult but above all enjoyable game that should delight gamers everywhere.

Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection Review: Greater Than Zero

Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection on Xbox One is a rock(man)-solid compilation of some classic GBA and DS titles. The presentation is great, the games are incredibly polished and fun, and the value is undeniable.

Cruz Brothers Review – Cruz’n Brazil

There are some great ideas, and an admirable aesthetic, but when you can pick up better fighters such as SoulCalibur 6, Mortal Kombat X, Tekken 7 and even Marvel Vs. Capcom Infinite for far less, it's hard to really justify the price.

Foxyland 2 Review – Not So Foxy

Foxyland 2 on Xbox One is not a good challenge, as the majority of the difficult moments are due to off controls, poor hit detection and the 1-hit deaths. The aesthetics are great, but the core gameplay is incredibly frustrating

PING REDUX Review – Not Your Grandfather’s Pong!

Ping Redux is a radical blast from the past with great visuals, music and levels. The value is superb and the gameplay is truly addicting.

Far-Out Review – Far Out, Dude!

Far-Out on Xbox One is difficult to recommend at the price tag. However, I still had a decent amount of fun with the game. The puzzles themselves are clever, the music is great, the old-school challenge is refreshing and the world-building entertaining. It's just tied up in a package that doesn't work particularly well on the Xbox One.

Red Bow Review – Red Dead Redemption

Red Bow on Xbox One is a game worth supporting. It's a carefully crafted throwback with excellent writing and plenty of achievements to earn.

Darwin Project Review: Oh, Canada!

Darwin Project is a delightfully charming battle royale genre mashup with a distinct Canadian flavor (or should I say flavour). The director adds a level of engagement not found in any other game in the genre, and the tone is whimsically sadistic.

Why The Xbox Series X’s Lack of Exclusives in the First 1-2 Years Isn’t the Deal breaker You Think it is

Head of Xbox Game Studios Matt Booty recently dropped a bombshell in a recent interview: The Xbox Series X will not have exclusive games for the first one to two years. The games will, instead, be cross-gen across Series X, One and PC. The response was immediate, swift and unsurprisingly divisive. I’d like, if I may, try to address some of the concerns raised. In order to do this, I must first outline four of the most common talking points among this group and try to bring to light what may be the rationale behind the internal decision at Xbox Game Studios and Microsoft.

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