James Birks

Been gaming casually since the SNES as a youngster but found my true passion for games on the Playstation 1 (the forbidden word ooo). My addiction grew to its pinnacle with the purchase of an Xbox 360 & Xbox Live Service. A recovering GS hunter that will still play literally any game.

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Agatha Christie – Murder on the Orient Express Review 

Agatha Christie - Murder on the Orient Express is the best Poirot game of recent times and really brings out your inner detective.

Paintball 3 – Candy Match Factory Review

Paintball 3 - Candy Match Factory conjures up creative and engaging match-3 gameplay that will hook you in for hours.

SWORD ART ONLINE Last Recollection Review

SWORD ART ONLINE Last Recollection fails to deliver a memorable climax to the series.

Harmony’s Odyssey Review

Harmony’s Odyssey is a delightfully whimsical adventure full of puzzling and charming dioramas.

MY HERO ULTRA RUMBLE Review

MY HERO ULTRA RUMBLE exceeds expectations as an extraordinary take on the battle royale genre.

Pinball FX – Williams Pinball: Star Trek: The Next Generation Review

I suggest you set the speed to warp factor nine and go buy Pinball FX - Williams Pinball: Star Trek: The Next Generation immediately!

TheXboxHub Official Podcast Episode 180: October’s best games and EA Sports FC 24

A new month is here and so TheXboxHub Official Podcast Episode 180 features a look ahead to what new games are releasing in October. Furthermore, there’s an in-depth analysis of EA Sports FC 24 alongside a selection of other titles the team have been playing lately.

EA Sports FC 24 Review

EA Sports FC 24 has really stepped up for the rebrand and the gameplay is the most interesting it has been in years.

The Expanse: A Telltale Series – Episode 5 Review

The Expanse: A Telltale Series - Episode 5 doesn't change the fact that, as a whole, it’s a mediocre episodic adventure.

TheXboxHub Official Podcast Episode 179: Xbox, leaks, Death and Taxes

It’s been a week of ups and downs for Xbox, so naturally we’re going to give our take on the leaks, the Tokyo Game Show, and more in TheXboxHub Official Podcast Episode 179.

A new age of evilness is coming in Dungeons 4

Bigger, better, and filled with even more dynamic Evilness to satisfy your wicked ways.

The Expanse: A Telltale Series – Episode 4 Review

The final stages of The Expanse: A Telltale Series episode four create a real buzz for the finale, but the rest of it kills all enthusiasm.

eFootball 2024 Review

There’s no doubt eFootball 2024 is a flawed game and, if a measly update is all that’s coming each year, it’s hard to see it ever being worthy of your time.

Agatha Christie – Hercule Poirot: The London Case Review

Agatha Christie – Hercule Poirot: The London Case could possibly be recommended at a discounted price, but even then the technical issues may well put a stop to that.

APICO Review

APICO is an eye-opening sim that’s enlightening in regards to beekeeping and the important role bees have in our ecosystem.

Trine 5: A Clockwork Conspiracy Review

Trine 5: A Clockwork Conspiracy is a co-op puzzling masterclass encapsulated by a wonderfully charming world.

Let’s Build a Zoo: Aquarium Odyssey Review

Let’s Build a Zoo: Aquarium Odyssey is an excellent extension to an already brilliant game. It’s fantastic how much freshness the theme brings.

Jack is back! Hands-on with Ghostrunner 2

The fast and furious Ghostrunner 2 is looking mightily impressive, especially with its many noticeable improvements and additions.

The Expanse: A Telltale Series – Episode 3 Review

It’s difficult to weigh up episode three of The Expanse: A Telltale Series, because the positives are almost totally cancelled out by the negatives.

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Before PlateUp! released, I never would’ve thought that running a restaurant would make for a fun roguelite game, but I am glad it has proved me wrong.

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