Richard Dobson

Avid gamer since the days of Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Grew up with the PS1 and PS2 but changed allegiances in 2007 with the release of Halo 3.

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5 Tips to Help You Beat the Blinds in Balatro

Balatro is fantastic but success rates can vary. So here we are with 5 tips on how to beat the Blinds in Balatro on Xbox and PC.

Balatro Review

Balatro is unique in that when you aren’t playing it, you’re thinking about it.

qomp2 Review

It is really quite impressive how much traction qomp2 gets out of just two inputs.

Multiple versions of Edge of Reality out now

The Xbox achievement community love what is known as a ‘double dip’: a chance to earn double achievements for the same game with multiple achievement stacks. It usually happens when a game is given a next-gen update and another list of the same achievements. Sometimes it also happens when a game releases, and that’s what we have here. Except this is a triple dip, with achievement lists for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and Windows. Edge of Reality is out today on Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch and PC.

The Stunning Art of Rally Launches on Xbox, Switch and Game Pass

The old argument of whether games can be art rages on but with art of rally launching today on Xbox and Nintendo Switch we can answer that question with a resounding ‘YES’! And it comes via Game Pass too.

Nostalgic Narrative Adventure Button City Arrives on Xbox Series X|S, PS5, Switch and PC

Get ready to relive those Saturday morning cartoons you grew up with in the '90s as Button City arrives today for Xbox Series X|S, Steam, PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch. Suitable for all ages, but mainly kids and big kids who simply refuse to grow up.

Button City Review

Main narrative-wise, Button City is first rate. It’s a charming throwback to cartoons of the ‘90s that kids and big kids will enjoy in equal measure. Both Gobabots and rEvolution Racer are also decent minigames in their own right as well, but there is an over-reliance on fetch quests in order to progress the story. It’s after the linear first hour of Button City where the game opens up, with a lot to explore and fully engross yourself in.

Finish the Raid in CrossCode: A New Home DLC

Arriving today on consoles after receiving critical acclaim on PC is the epilogue DLC for CrossCode - A New Home.

Gaps by POWGI Review

Gaps by POWGI is one of the simplest word puzzlers from Lightwood Games in terms of concept, but this helps it by not overcomplicating things that could potentially draw away interested parties. The puns are back too which is only ever a good thing, as is the very easy Gamerscore.

7 of the Easiest Xbox Achievements of July 2021

This latest month has played host to a heatwave that has seen sales of £15 Argos fans skyrocket, as if they make any noticeable difference in this heat. So, most of our easy achievements for the month of July will reflect this hot weather, and how we simply cannot function properly to even score some easy Gamerscore.

MouseBot: Escape from CatLab Review

The challenge is certainly present in MouseBot, but it never feels unfair and with the near instant restarts any failures are forgotten almost immediately, not only as you strive to do better for yourself, but also your little MouseBot too.

Watch Dogs: Legion – Bloodline Review

Watch Dogs: Legion – Bloodline is easily better than the main game. Removing recruitable NPCs in favour of established characters means every interaction is more meaningful, both between characters and with the player themselves.

Complete the trials of MouseBot: Escape from CatLab

You can’t go wrong with Vector Unit; their quirky titles such as the Riptide series and Beach Buggy Racing always bring a smile to the players face. Their latest offering, MouseBot: Escape from CatLab subverts the domestic animal food chain into a laboratory-based platformer that releases on Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch and PC today.

A Plague Tale: Innocence Xbox Series X Review

A Plague Tale: Innocence is superb. If you’ve ever played the PlayStation exclusive The Last of Us, you will feel very at home with A Plague Tale. Already regarded as one of the best games of the last generation, the next-gen improvements solidify it into a must play-title.

Getting to know the pesky Space Punks

Coming to PC Early Access soon and consoles in 2022 is Space Punks, the latest looter shooter vying for your attention. This time, it is Flying Wild Hog’s turn to develop their own title, the teams responsible for the Shadow Warrior series and Hard Reset Redux. With their pedigree of making fast-paced shooters, and with the power of Jagex Partners backing them up, Space Punks could well be your next favourite time-sink.

Mina & Michi Review

Despite its cutesy graphics that hark back to early Game Boy Advance titles, the shallow gameplay of Mina & Michi is rarely nostalgia-inducing. Puzzles are repetitive, enemies lack any invention and Mina is just a bit useless. It is just another game useful for achievement fodder that many will put down as quickly as they pick up once every achievement has been unlocked.

What are the best Xbox games of 2021 so far?

It might seem a bit premature to be talking about favourite games of the year, but do me a favour and just check your calendar please. You'll see that we’re in July, officially the second half of 2021. That means six months has passed of 2021, and we are closer to the start of 2022 than the end of 2020. With that in mind then, here are some of TheXboxHub’s favourite Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S games of 2021 so far.

Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – The Official Video Game Review

With the majority of sports on offer in Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – The Official Video Game proving to be fun and easily accessible, it makes this latest Olympic Games game an easy recommendation for those looking for a party game to be enjoyed with friends. It might not quite have the charm of the Mario and Sonic Olympic Games variants, but it still manages to borrow a lot of what makes those games fun by toning down a bit of the emphasis on sports simulation.

Taking an early look at ELEX II

We were recently invited to a hands-off presentation of upcoming action-RPG sequel ELEX II, shown a quick video of some early gameplay footage and given the chance to ask some questions afterwards. It wasn’t much, but it was enough to get us mildly excited for this upcoming release that offers a lot of promise.

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Forza Horizon 5 Festival Playlist Weekly Challenges Guide Series 30 – Spring

I’m here with all the suggestions for cars and tunes you’ll need to get the challenges found in Forza Horizon 5’s Festival Playlist Weekly Challenges for Series 30 Spring ticked off.

Call of Duty killer? Easy Red 2 and multiple expansions are now available on Xbox

Easy Red 2 is a super intense World War 2 shooter on Xbox. Looking to go up against the big guns - quite literally - this is a game that lets us get involved in both the European and Pacific fronts of the war.

Titan Books announce official companion book for indie horror, Sally Face

A fan of Sally Face? You’re going to want to get hands-on with Titan Books’ Sally Face: Art, Lore, and More when it releases this September. 

Unleash your hero with new Fortnite themed Xbox and Nintendo Switch accessories

Love a bit of Fortnite? You'll love the latest Xbox and Switch gaming accessories that have come out of the PowerA team. New controller, anyone?

A wasteland to call home – Welcome to ParadiZe!

The zombie hordes are amassing, and so there's only one thing to do - put them to work! It's exactly that which you'll be doing as you head to a wasteland you'll call home in Welcome to ParadiZe. 

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