My earliest gaming memories come from playing Pokemon Crystal on the Game Boy, Kingdom Hearts on the PS2 and most importantly Halo 3 on the Xbox 360. I've pretty much played video games everyday since and still get excited about what's to come.
Snake Pass is a game that dares to be different. It asks players to engage with it in a way that few games do: forget everything you know about any game you’ve played and relearn it to discover something completely new.
Ghostrunner originally launched in October 2020, but in true parkour fashion this game cannot be stopped, dashing from strength to strength. Ghostrunner’s next dash delivers a hefty next-gen update on Xbox Series X|S and PS5, available today!
A few rough edges do not stop Sable from being a one-of-a-kind adventure about finding yourself while alone in the big wide world. I hope Sable can fix its technical issues soon, because what’s underneath is a game full of discovery, tiny nuggets of wisdom and a plethora of ways to customise your insanely cool hover bike.
Supergiant Game’s Hades launched in 2020 on the Nintendo Switch and PC as one of the year’s biggest indie hits, receiving widespread critical acclaim. The beloved roguelike has finally made its to Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4 and PS5 today. Oh, and Xbox Game Pass too.
Like any hardcore simulation game, Microsoft Flight Simulator is simply not made for everyone. The lengths to which the game goes to accurately recreate cockpits, dials, and the general controls of aircraft is astonishing and this commitment to realism will hook aircraft buffs. But outside of some occasional digital tourism, more casual pilots might not have much to latch onto here.
Xbox Game Pass continues to go from strength to strength, but perhaps no month has been as strong for the service as the one which has just gone by. In fact, July 2021 has been an absolute cracker for Game Pass enthusiasts, with a ton of new games added to the scheme. But what were the best and which should you be playing right now?
Microsoft’s longest running franchise made its big return last summer when it established itself as a tech juggernaut on PC. It was so jaw-dropping it wasn’t clear if it could even make a safe landing on console. Thankfully, while it’s missing on Xbox One, Microsoft Flight Simulator has finally dropped the landing gear and navigated to Xbox Series X|S as one of the few next-gen exclusives since the new consoles launched.
The futuristic horror experience of Observer initially released in 2017 on PS4, Xbox One and PC. In November 2020 the game received a System Redux upgrade for the Xbox Series X|S, PS5 and PC, which bought next-gen optimisations to the game along with a handful of other improvements. Now, Xbox One and PS4 players can make their way back to the world of Observer with that System Redux edition in tow, all available digitally and physically.
Published by Devolver Digital and developed by Acid Nerve – from Titan Souls fame – is Death’s Door. It’s available now on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One through the Xbox Store for £16.74 and PC via Steam for a similar price.
Death’s Door on Xbox is fantastic. Its mysteries are alluring, its world is uniquely sensitive and funny, its combat is harsh and fast. It feels like stepping into a dream space with all of its fantastical designs, elevated by one of the best soundtracks of the year. From almost every perspective, Death’s Door is a game that compels you to keep playing. You’ll be powerless to say no.
Surprise, surprise. Xbox Game Pass continues to grow with new additions hitting the service, today. As sure as the sun, another month means Microsoft slides more games into the service, and inevitably, takes some out.
On one hand, Doki Doki Literature Club Plus! delivers an unbelievably surprising, chilling and suspenseful story. On the other hand, it will be a slog for those who don’t enjoy sifting through dialogue for 3-4 hours. Regardless, this is a story every seasoned gamer should at least try to experience.
Bluey: The Videogame is the first ever video game to feature the little pup, as Outright Games and BBC Studios come together for release on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch and PC.
Available now on Xbox, Game Pass and PC - a console-exclusive, mind you - Party Animals sees up to eight online players (local split-screen is also available) face off in a variety of crazy fighting matches.
Don’t make the mistake of expecting a family movie or an easy watch: Barbie is far more weighty and satisfying than the lightweight plastic might imply. Now we wait for more films based on toys, completely misunderstanding why this one was so great.
After years of having the open world racing scene dominated by Forza Horizon, Ubisoft have certainly found the right gear with The Crew Motorfest. If you're an adrenaline junkie, this is one not to miss.