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Orion Haste Review

There are worse shooters out there than Orion Haste, but there are also many that are a lot better. Including Contra: Operation Galuga…

Xatrom Command Review

Xatrom Command is a decent game, but nothing more, and there are certainly better twin shooters out there.

Demons of Asteborg Review

If you fancy a retro styled action platform game, you’re not short of choice, and Demons of Asteborg should be another to add to the list. 

Top Racer Collection Review

As a proposition in this day and age, Top Racer Collection is not a Forza or GT7 beater, but it isn’t meant to be.

8-Bit Adventure Anthology – Volume 1 Review

Come with me back to the ‘80s; a time of tie-dyed clothes, outrageously coloured socks and the most shocking fashion crimes committed since, well, the ‘70s! When we weren't trying to style our hair like A Flock of Seagulls, or look like Boy George out of Culture Club, we had another diversion in the shape of adventure games. It appears that the crest of the wave for retro ports of old games hasn't been reached yet, as the 8-Bit Adventure Anthology - Volume 1 proves. Is it me, or is calling your game Volume 1 a bit ambitious/presumptuous? How do you know that the first Volume will sell enough to warrant a second? Let’s check it out and see if that faith is displaced.

5 Xbox One Games To Make Your Halloween Go With a Bump

It’s getting to that time of the year when witches fly and things go bump in the night. Yep, it’s Halloween! And what better way to make the night in question go with a scream than by playing some of 2017's scariest Xbox One games? There is an added bonus as well - to appreciate these games fully you need to have a headset plugged in and turned up loud. If you do, you won't be able to hear the trick or treaters banging on the door, or indeed the splattering of eggs on the outside of the house with. So turn off the lights, crank the volume and get ready to tremble!

Destiny 2 – It’s all about the endgame!

How does Destiny 2's endgame stack up? Surprisingly well, is the answer.

Walk the Light Review

Charlie is an electrician. A brave electrician, apparently. I'm not sure what qualifies him as brave. Maybe he works on circuits without flipping the breaker? Although that would make him a stupid electrician, surely?

Rogue Trooper Redux Review

First of all, I have a confession to make - I really don't mind all the remakes and remasters that are being released for Xbox One. Dragon's Dogma? I loved that on the 360, so if I’m given the chance to play it again with better graphics, I'm going to jump at that. This game, Rogue Trooper Redux, first saw the light of day way back in 2006, and on its first release passed me by completely, mainly because I didn't buy an Xbox 360 until 2009. But in the time honoured fashion, I now need to find out whether the years have been kind to Rogue Trooper or if it should have stayed in the memory banks.

Forza Motorsport 7 Review

Forza Motorsport has a long and storied history on the Xbox. I myself have been playing since 2009, way back to the days of Forza 2, and as a series it has provided me with many happy hours of racing and painting. The series has got increasingly shiny as it’s gone on, with each iteration improving on the graphics of its predecessor. But now we come to Forza 7 and it boasting on the cover about being in 4K and enhanced for the Xbox One X - the question I guess is how good does it look today?

Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 – The Sabotage DLC Review

I think it’s fair to say that on release, Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 received a somewhat lukewarm reception. Despite this, CI Games have pressed on with a program of DLC, and the latest piece, entitled The Sabotage, is now available to owners of the season pass. Does it improve on the base game, or is it just more of the same? Come with me to Georgia in order to find out!

Battle Chasers: Nightwar Review

Every so often, a game that was not even on your radar comes out of the left field, captures your imagination and refuses to let go until it is beaten. Without wanting to completely void the point of this review, Battle Chasers: Nightwar has become one of these games.

Destiny 2 Review

As those of you who have read my previous ramblings may well be aware, I was a big fan of the original Destiny game, sinking more hours into the game than I care to think about. I was expecting big things from the sequel, the imaginatively named Destiny 2, especially having been whipped into a frenzy by the beta and Bungie’s carefully staged reveals. Having now spent 3 days, 1 hour and 16 minutes in the game in the last two weeks (a stat that is still beaten by 20 people on my friends list), I feel that I am more than qualified to drop some thoughts on this new game. So come with me into a world of Vex, Cabal and big guns!

Knock-Knock Review

One of the things that I've noticed recently is that in the games industry today, as a rule, there’s precious little originality. Almost every game that is released, if it’s not a numbered sequel, owes a debt or has a cheeky head nod to a game that has come before it. Well, Knock-Knock bucks that trend by being unlike anything I've played before. Not since Okami on the PS2 have I been so completely baffled by a game, and spent quite so long scratching my head and saying "What am I supposed to do now?!".

Destiny 2 – 20 hours in!

Destiny 2 has launched. At 11:30pm on a cold Tuesday night, I was stood in my local GAME store, seeing the staff (and a solitary customer) dressed up as Guardians, as I waiting for the midnight launch of the game I have been looking forward to since those first screenshots appeared way back at the end of 2016. After listening to the cosplaying customer explain to me for the third time why she loved Destiny so much, I finally grabbed the game and its expansion pass (yes, already), jumped back into the car and made my careful way home. After sliding the disc reverently into my Xbox One, I was hit with a 6Gb patch so went to bed, resolving to start my adventures the next day.

Path of Exile Review

Path of Exile: The Fall of Oriath is a game that owes a massive debt to the seminal loot based action RPG, Diablo. Grinding Gear Games have brought all the fun of Diablo to the Xbox One but at a fraction of the cost. The game itself is one of the growing number of Free-to-Play titles that are appearing, but is it worth a look?

Circuit Breakers Review

I used to love Smash TV back in the ‘90s, and it is still one of my proudest completions on the SNES. What we have here is almost the spiritual grandson of that game - a fast paced, multiplayer twin-stick shooter that has an intense adrenaline hit from the first wave of enemies. Excalibur Games are bringing this game to the Xbox One after a successful run on the PS4 and Steam, so the question is, is it worth your time, or are better shooters out there?

Slime Rancher Review

Slime Rancher has been in the Xbox Preview program for quite some time, but has only now been released as a full title. The time spent in the Preview program seems to have done it some good, as the game feels solid and runs smoothly. Indeed, Monomi Park, the developers, are to be congratulated for creating a world that seems so plausible and believable, if you'll just ignore that whole "transported through space to a distant planet" stuff. Oh, and that you’re left dealing with Slimes and their poo.

Destiny 2 Launch Trailer Revealed

As we expect from Bungie, as the clock ticks down to Destiny 2's release on September 6th, they will ramp up the hype with trailers and sneak peeks. We saw it with Destiny, and true to form, just ahead of Gamescom, Bungie have hit us with the official launch trailer for Destiny 2.

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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...

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