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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TheXboxHub Official Podcast Episode 165: Games for June and Fable rumours

TheXboxHub Official Podcast Episode 165 looks towards the gaming releases on Xbox for June, but that’s not all.

World Championship Boxing Manager 2 Review

Ultimately, World Championship Boxing Manager 2 swings and misses with its simple, yet repetitive, boxing management sim.

Gematombe Review

Gematombe launches a decent arcade puzzle concept onto the market, but then misfires in various ways.

TheXboxHub Official Podcast Episode 164: PlayStation Showcase May 2023

Showcase season has officially begun as Sony held their PlayStation Showcase this week, so it’s time for us to delve into everything we saw. Tune in to TheXboxHub Official Podcast Episode 164 to find out what games stood out, which would make our team instantly fire up the PS5, and whether the latest batch of VR titles will see hardware sales skyrocket. 

TheXboxHub Official Podcast Episode 158: Dead Island 2 and Diablo IV

What do Dead Island 2 and Diablo IV have in common? Well they’re hotly anticipated games and some of our team had a hands-on with both. Furthermore, there’s a ton of news to discuss including delistings, trailers and release dates, alongside the titles played recently such as Tchia. So, expect plenty of insight during TheXboxHub Official Podcast Episode 158. 

DC’s Justice League: Cosmic Chaos Review 

Whenever the Justice League are involved in a DC project, expectations and anticipation levels usually rise, but for DC's Justice League: Cosmic Chaos it hasn’t quite been the case. Perhaps the family friendly aura, alongside minimal marketing, is the reason its release has flown under the radar slightly. So this is a rallying call to DC fans to pay attention to DC's Justice League: Cosmic Chaos, because it’s an action-packed brawler that’s a real credit to the franchise.

Defend the Rook Review

The rook is perhaps one of the most valuable chess pieces outside of the royal family, so you can understand why its protection might be of importance. Despite the use of a rook and a game board though, Defend the Rook actually has very little to do with chess. It’s strategic, sure, but the focus is on turn-based combat featuring a group of heroes which is infused with tower defense and roguelike elements. 

TheXboxHub Official Podcast Episode 157: Resident Evil 4 and PS5 Pro?

With rumours of a PS5 Pro circulating, it’s on the agenda for our team in TheXboxHub Official Podcast Episode 157. The upcoming Resident Evil 4 remake also gets discussed alongside a host of recently released games that have been keeping us busy. On top of that is a quiz and a giveaway, so be sure to tune in!

Cube Farmer Review

Cube Farmer is a puzzler involving farming, but not in a conventional sense and it’s definitely not easy. But is it worth spending your cash and brain power on? Or should you harvest your cash for something else?

Road Stones Review

The tower defense concept is a difficult one to get right, with only the cream of the crop - like Plants vs Zombies - able to bring longevity to a generally repetitive game loop. Developers HugePixel, whom you may recognise from the Lord of the Click series, are looking to provide a tower defense with a slight twist. Could Road Stones deliver something new for a path well-trodden, or is it lacking direction and the ability to hook you in?

TheXboxHub Official Podcast Episode 155: Tin Hearts and Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty

You’re in for a real treat this week as we’ve got an exclusive interview with the creative director of the immersive puzzle adventure, Tin Hearts. There’s not only that in TheXboxHub Official Podcast Episode 155, but also opinions on the recent PlayStation State of Play and a selection of new games like Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty. 

Pinball FX Review

Zen Studios originally brought the magic of pinball to the virtual world back in 2007 with Pinball FX. It had a few tables at launch and there were a batch of additional offerings available via downloadable content. Skip ahead well over a decade, bypassing two rather successful sequels, and now the whole concept is getting a reboot. Pinball FX has risen from the ashes as a free-to-play hub for all your pinball needs, but is it the next logical step for the franchise or a step in the wrong direction?

Iris and the Giant Review

After a decent outing in the form of Legend of Keepers: Career of a Dungeon Manager, Goblinz Studio are back with a collectible card game featuring roguelike and RPG components, Iris and the Giant. When done right, CCGs in combination with those elements outlined above have the potential to be very addictive. Such titles like Slay the Spire, Monster Slayers and Monster Train can hook you in for hours, leaving you yearning for just another go. 

Bumblebee – Little Bee Adventure Review

Bumblebee - Little Bee Adventure is the latest 3D flying experience from EpiXR Games; prolific developers looking to create a buzz. They’re well versed in this genre after churning out numerous Aery titles and a couple of Life of Fly instalments. The idea for Bumblebee - Little Bee Adventure is to deliver a similarly relaxing, narrative-driven exploration adventure, but involving a bee instead. So, is this new venture the bee's knees, or in the end is it not all it’s cracked up to bee?

Space Accident Review

Space Accident is set in the year 2119, at a time when human civilisation has decided to up their game in regards to the colonisation of the planets within the solar system. With many projects in development, the idea is to harness and establish power on the untapped space territories. You’re part of the Callisto Colonization Mission crew, which is on a five year expedition of Jupiter’s satellite. Something happens during the journey however, putting the important mission in jeopardy - the captain is found dead and all signs point to murder.

TheXboxHub Official Podcast Episode 153: Deliver Us Mars and Cosmic Chaos

It’s been a slow news week, but fortunately for you our team still has a shed load of games to chat about, including Deliver Us Mars and DC’s Justice League: Cosmic Chaos. There’s even a quiz, so be sure to tune in and give a listen to TheXboxHub Official Podcast Episode 153.

Uniting against chaos with the heroes of DC’s Justice League: Cosmic Chaos

DC’s Justice League: Cosmic Chaos is an open-world action-adventure featuring the legendary Justice League as they face off against a real handful of an enemy, Mr. Mxyzptlk - and we've had a look at it.

Project SNAQE Review

Who could have guessed that a concept involving a line, often considered a snake, which grows in size and must avoid obstacles to survive, would still be relevant decades after its first inception. Obviously the Snake phenomenon on the old Nokia phones is the most successful version to date, but developers Teggno Interactive hope to find their own success in their title inspired by the aforementioned game. Let’s dig in and see if Project SNAQE is going to be your latest addiction, or just another mediocre imitation.

Sword and Fairy: Together Forever Review

Sword and Fairy: Together Forever conjures up a magical, mythical RPG that puts onus on storytelling before anything else.

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Forza Horizon 5 Festival Playlist Weekly Challenges Guide Series 21 – Autumn

Time waits for no man, as the saying goes, and so it proves as Autumn rolls into Mexico in Forza Horizon 5 and with the Festival Playlist Weekly Challenges. We've got some flamingos to catch!

Forza Horizon 5 Festival Playlist Weekly Challenges Guide Series 21 – Summer

It is that time of the month again, when a whole new Series rolls around to the sun drenched shores of Mexico in Forza Horizon 5… Series 21 - Summer

SteelSeries release the Arctis Nova 4 headset for Xbox, PlayStation and PC

The SteelSeries Arctis Nova 4 promises to deliver the audio that any gamer requires, built for our gaming lifestyles, providing accessible and affordable wireless freedom along the way.

PGA Tour 2K23 vs EA SPORTS PGA TOUR: Which is the hole-in-one and which is out of bounds?

Which is the best golf game on Xbox? Is it PGA Tour 2K23 or EA SPORTS PGA TOUR?

5 of the best fishing games on Xbox One

As I've played almost every fishing experience that you can find on the big black box, I thought I'd attempt to rank them, nailing a list consisting of 5 of the best fishing games on Xbox One, if you will.

Latest Reviews

Minecraft Legends Review

Minecraft Legends is a proper strategy game, despite the friendly look. Scratching the surface will show a surprising amount of depth and whilst hardcore RTS players may sneer, it brings a ton of fun to the table.

Ghostlore Review

If you have an interest in an ARPG, and are looking for something outside of Diablo, Ghostlore is well worth your time. 

World Championship Boxing Manager 2 Review

Ultimately, World Championship Boxing Manager 2 swings and misses with its simple, yet repetitive, boxing management sim.

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum Review

A sadly undercooked game that shows sparks of promise and a real passion for the source material. Unfortunately it is tough to recommend The Lord of the Rings: Gollum in its current form, especially at full price.

Infini Review

Stick around with Infini and it will stick around with you long after you have finished it.