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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Smash, Bash and Crash to your heart’s content in TRAIL OUT

TRAIL OUT is out now on Xbox Series X|S.


SOUTH PARK: SNOW DAY! feels like a generic multiplayer game with the thinnest South Park skin layered over it.

Planet Zoo: Console Edition Review

Planet Zoo: Console Edition is Frontier Developments at their finest, creating the best zoo simulation game of all-time.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky Review

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky should be seen as an expansion rather than a full prequel, but it is one that fans will enjoy nonetheless.

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.

Want some quick Xbox Gamerscore? These are the easiest Achievements from June 2021

Football might not be to everyone’s liking, but you know what is? Cheap, easy Gamerscore. It’s true! And here are some of the easiest Achievements that you may have missed from the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S games which have released or dropped onto Game Pass in the month of June 2021. Is football coming home? Not as quickly as it takes to unlock these cheevos.

Mixups by POWGI Review

Perhaps one of the more challenging titles from Lightwood Games, Mixups by POWGI will test players far more than previous titles. It’s a shame then that sometimes there isn’t a unique pun to reward you for completing the puzzle, but after spoiling players with hundreds of them in five previous games, we shouldn’t complain too much.

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Looking Back to 2012 and the super sexy combos of Devil May Cry HD Collection

For those of you who have been living under a rock or deep in the jungle for the last ten years, the Devil May Cry games feature a protagonist called Dante. And this is Dante when he was just effortlessly cool...

Forza Horizon 5 Festival Playlist Weekly Challenges Guide Series 32 – Autumn

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Goons: Legends & Mayhem takes on Mario Strikers!

Announced back in the early months of 2023, Goons: Legends & Mayhem has got something about it. Mostly a bit of Mario Strikers and a bit of Windjammers! Them's good things though, yeah?

Forza Horizon 5 Festival Playlist Weekly Challenges Guide Series 25 – Spring

Taking a look at the best cars and tunes needed to complete the Forza Horizon 5 Festival Playlist Weekly Challenges on Xbox, Game Pass and PC

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