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. 

We Were Here Forever Review

We Were Here Forever is the biggest game of the series so far, and it’s pretty good without reaching the upper echelons of its genre. Sure, the story isn’t going to put you on tenterhooks, but the ingenuity of the puzzling more than makes up for its shortcomings in that department.

TheXboxHub Official Podcast Episode 150: Xbox and Bethesda Developer Direct

Reaching such an important milestone like 150 and coinciding with the Xbox and Bethesda Developer Direct is surely fate. Therefore, in TheXboxHub Official Podcast Episode 150 we’re going to discuss the latest showcase, but that’s not all as it’s also an opportunity to see whether Forspoken is being fairly or unfairly criticised. Tune in to find out more!

The 6 reasons why Dragon Ball Fighterz is still a great fighter

In a world where the likes of Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat dominate the fighting genre, it’s tough for any franchise to get a look-in. That didn’t stop developers Arc System Works from having a go on behalf of Bandai Namco though, with their 2.5D fighting game Dragon Ball FighterZ in 2018. Now, half a decade since its launch, let’s look at how Dragon Ball FighterZ became successful enough to still be talked about and how it is considered one of the best games of the franchise.

One Piece Odyssey Review

Will One Piece Odyssey be a rare treasure that’s able to stand out amongst the droves of turn-based RPGs on the market, or is it just another anime adaptation falling short of its potential?

Gundam Evolution Review

Bandai Namco’s free-to-play team-based shooter Gundam Evolution has arrived on console to deliver some strategic PvP action. Should Gundam fans be rushing to give Gundam Evolution a whirl, or is it just a shallow, microtransaction filled cash grab?

TheXboxHub Official Podcast Episode 148: 2023 Preview and Skull and Bones Delayed Again

After a lengthy hiatus, TheXboxHub team returns to look ahead to the most anticipated titles coming out in 2023 like Starfield and Redfall, as well as going over the usual segments. There’s also bad news regarding the upcoming release Skull and Bones. So get ready to hear about games, games, and even more games in TheXboxHub Official Podcast Episode 148, with a little bit of TV and film thrown in for good measure. 

Accident Review

Accident falls short, stumbling at the opportunity to deliver a fulfilling experience.

Box Align X Review

Box Align X, or simply Box Align as it is known on other platforms, first rocked up on the gaming shores in 2018. Now though, it’s arrived on Xbox with a shed load of puzzles and a ridiculously low price point to boot. Does such quantity and cheapness necessarily guarantee that Box Align X is actually worth your time and money? 

EDENGATE: The Edge of Life Review

EDENGATE: The Edge of Life is essentially a walking sim, however developers HOOK have described it as an interactive experience; either way, you know pretty much what kind of game to expect. But is EDENGATE: The Edge of Life a narrative masterpiece that will keep you hooked, or does it ultimately fail to captivate?

Watch Over Christmas Review

Christmas games are in short supply, which is surprising because it’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. In reality, very few developers really embrace it. Dionous Games are one of the few however, with their most recent title being a Christmas themed point-and-click adventure. It’s called Watch Over Christmas and you’re going to have to perform a Christmas miracle, but is it an adventure that’s worth embarking upon this festive season?

Soccer Story Review

Everyone has football fever whenever a world cup comes around, so you can understand why developers PanicBarn tried to capitalise on this by releasing Soccer Story. Unlike most football - or ‘soccer’ - games though, it’s not a sports simulation, nor is it really an arcade-like sports offering. No, Soccer Story is in fact a physics-driven, open-world adventure RPG interpretation of the beautiful game.

HEROish Review

HEROish delivers a MOBA castle-defense type adventure that’s a lot of fun to play on your own.

How to Fool a Liar King Remastered Review

How to Fool a Liar King Remastered shouldn't be seen as an instant recommendation for visual novel enthusiasts.

McPixel 3 Review

Prepare for a bonkers experience in McPixel 3 as you’ll have to save the day in the weirdest possible ways, over and over again.

Marvel’s Midnight Suns Review

It’s not simply a souped-up version of XCOM with superheroes instead of top tier soldiers however, for there’s card-play, RPG elements, adventure, and much more in Marvel's Midnight Suns. Have Firaxis Games nailed it with their first attempt at such an ambitious concept, or does Marvel's Midnight Suns fall short of its potential?

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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.