Category Archives: Xbox One

A Bloodborne convert plays Dark Souls III

Back in 2010 I had to review the original Demon’s Souls on PS3. We did not get along. While I appreciated it trying to stand out from the crowd with its bastard hard difficulty and measured approach, it wasn’t for me. There’s a fun to challenge ratio I find acceptable in games and the unresponsive combat and miserly checkpoints just didn’t sit personally.

By the time Dark Souls appeared, I was relieved to see another member of staff take it on instead. And that was the last I saw of the series until From Software released Bloodborne in the PS4. Our Souls-friendly staffer was yet to grab Sony’s new machine, so I found myself handling the beta and review. Then something strange happened, I started to like it. Continue reading A Bloodborne convert plays Dark Souls III

Hitman Beta Impressions – Agent 47’s job interview

“Just drink the damn wine, you swine!” I mutter murderously. I’m dressed as a member of the cabin crew and am running out of glasses to clean behind the bar while I awkwardly wait for my target to pick up the glass of wine dosed with rat poison and save me the bother of getting throat flesh on my cheese wire. Aaaaand he’s walked away without taking his complimentary drink.

While rushing to follow him, I barge into some plantation owner-looking fossil, he alerts the guards which ends in me getting shot to shit while staggering down the gangway. This must be how Wile E. Coyote feels all damn day as he fails to murder the roadrunner. Welcome, to the Hitman beta. Continue reading Hitman Beta Impressions – Agent 47’s job interview

FIFA 16 Xbox One instant delivery $28.24/£18.99/€25.89

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EA’s top-tier games are usually tough to find a good deal for, but we’ve found an excellent price for a FIFA 16 Xbox One code that smashes the competition. The code will be delivered instantly as soon as you buy, making it an ideal last minute Christmas present. The added bonus of a digital copy is that you wont have to have Jordan Henderson’s mug on a physical box in your home. Continue reading FIFA 16 Xbox One instant delivery $28.24/£18.99/€25.89

Just Cause 3 Review – Appetite for Destruction

We’ve had more than our fair share of open world sandboxes on the new-gen consoles, but the wait for Just Cause 3 has been a rather long one. After all, nobody quite does explosions like Rico Rodriguez.

Just Cause 3 does so many fun things right, but the number of basic elements that it utterly fails at is truly shocking. My first few hours with the game were not good at all actually. However, as I got used to the rough edges, the fun side of the game eventually prevailed and I found myself reluctantly being teased into having a good time. Continue reading Just Cause 3 Review – Appetite for Destruction

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition only $25.65 / £17

Gears of War Ultimate Edition

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition makes the long wait for Gears 4 that little bit more bearable for Xbox One gamers. Grab your 5% discount via the retailer’s Facebook page. You don’t have to enter an email address, just enter any text and press enter for a code. Continue reading Gears of War: Ultimate Edition only $25.65 / £17

Xbox One console with Fallout 4, Rare Replay and Ori – £249.99

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If you’ve been waiting for a Xbox One console bundle with Fallout 4, this Cyber Monday deal is the best we’ve seen. In addition to the 5ooGB Xbox One console and Fallout 4, you’re also getting Rare Replay and Ori and the Blind Forest. All for just £249.99. Continue reading Xbox One console with Fallout 4, Rare Replay and Ori – £249.99

Star Wars: Battlefront Review – Old Rope or a New Hope?

Despite the success of the original Star Wars: Battlefront games back in the PS2/Xbox days, we never saw a third game last-gen. But now, with modern gaming technology and DICE’s expertise on full throttle, we have a game that looks almost as good as the movies that inspired them.

Sure, the animations aren’t as fancy as that original trailer set on Endor, (called it!) but the graphical clarity and slick 60 frames-per-second across all platforms makes this one of the best-looking multiplayer shooters ever made. Continue reading Star Wars: Battlefront Review – Old Rope or a New Hope?

Fallout 4 on PC available at $40.75 / £27.06

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Fallout 4 will take a while to come down in price thanks to the surge of high-scoring reviews and strong sales. But that doesn’t mean everyone is charging full-whack. We have an excellent price for the PC version, along with a few multiformat season pass deals. Grab a 5% discount by going to the seller’s Facebook page and clicking the link.  Continue reading Fallout 4 on PC available at $40.75 / £27.06

Call of Duty: Black Ops III Review – A co-op coup

Call of Duty: Black Ops III is so packed with content it tough to pick a place to start. While many COD players like to skip the campaign each year and dive straight into the multiplayer, Black Ops III’s story mode marks the long-awaited return of co-op, making it one of the best campaigns the series has seen in a while.

However, I ran through the campaign playing solo first. This third entry in the convoluted Black Ops storyline jumps even further into the future. The world has gone to shit, but I can’t remember why. Soldiers have body modifications that allow them to jump higher and wall-run in a similar, but certainly toned down, version of the hyper movement skills seen in last year’s ambitious Advanced Warfare. You can now shoot while mantling over low walls and even reload while sprinting for a much more fluid feeling Call of Duty and these features gel nicely with the competitive multiplayer too. Continue reading Call of Duty: Black Ops III Review – A co-op coup

Tempted by these Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate prices?

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It’s safe to say that Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate turned out to be much better than Unity, well it wasn’t as broken at least. If you’re one of the many gamers that waited for the reviews, you may be interested in one of these deals for PS4, Xbox One and PC in both the US and UK markets. Grab a 5% discount on PC by going to the seller’s Facebook page and clicking the link. You don’t have to enter an email address, enter any text and press Submit for a code. Continue reading Tempted by these Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate prices?

Just Cause 3 preorder prices have all the bang for your buck

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Closing  the packed Xmas release schedule with a bang, Just Cause 3 is mere weeks away from its December 1st release. PC owners are set to benefit from this seriously heavy discount on the PC version. I’ve listed the best console prices too. US and UK options are available. Grab a 5% discount on PC by going to the seller’s Facebook page and clicking the link.  Continue reading Just Cause 3 preorder prices have all the bang for your buck

Multi-format Fallout 4 Season Pass price guide

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Yes, it’s a little early to get excited about Fallout 4’s Season Pass, but these prices are hard to ignore and could prove a great investment when the content rolls out next year. There’s a significant saving on each format and we have prices for US and UK gamers. Grab a 5% discount by going to the seller’s Facebook page and clicking the link.

Stay tuned for more of the hottest prices on your favourite PC and console games.

Need for Speed Review – Burnt out

The Need for Speed series has struggled to find an identity for years, despite takes by numerous developers. Between the forgotten titles, we’ve had the Fast and the Furious-inspired Underground, the cops vs racers of Hot Pursuit (twice), the straight-faced track racer Shift and the open-world attempt by Criterion in Most Wanted.

This latest game has had an extra year of development, breaking the habit of releasing a NFS game every year. The subtitles are gone, 2015’s game is simply Need for Speed. Although, given the nature of the game, EA must have been pretty tempted to call it Need for Speed: Underground 3. Continue reading Need for Speed Review – Burnt out

Life is Strange Episode 5: Polarized Review – The illusion of choice?

Coming in late? Be sure to check out my spoiler-free reviews of Episode 1Episode 2Episode 3 and Episode 4.

Life is Strange’s five part episodic series began life back in January and the last episode was released nearly three months ago. It’s safe to say the release schedule has been a mess. Even the originally-planned six-week gap between episodes should have been flagged as a narrative momentum killer.

Such is life when reviewing and playing episodic content these days. If you’re smart though, you’ll have stayed away until today. Now the final episode is out, you’re free to play through the whole story at your own pace. And to get right to it: you really should.  Continue reading Life is Strange Episode 5: Polarized Review – The illusion of choice?

Bedlam: The Game Review – You’d be mad to come here

Bedlam: The Game Review - You'd be mad to come here

You may already know something about Bedlam as it’s based on a book by Christopher Brookmyre. Packed with pop culture references it featured a chap waking up in an old Doom-style shooter he used to play in his youth. The book followed him as he made his way through multiple familiar game worlds and different gaming genres.

The game follows a similar premise, but puts you in the shoes of a different character for some reason.  This gives the writers an excuse to come up with additional dialogue, which often falls a little flat if I’m honest and may even cause a few eyes to roll. What we’re really after though is an experience of playing through some classic genres akin to the experience in the book. Continue reading Bedlam: The Game Review – You’d be mad to come here

WRC 5 Review – A dirty old clunker

Rallying used to be king of the racers in gaming, but just like real rallying, it’s seen its audience dwindle to a fraction of the glory days. A fact not helped by Codemasters bastardising their own franchise by unleashing Ken Block’s show-ponying over actual racing.

The second wave of WRC titles (Sony had a WRC series on PS2) performed admirably last-gen though, despite always being in the shade of Dirt 2. Milestone were a bit cheeky though, recycling some tracks in their annual release and stripping down the career mode to its bare bones. Continue reading WRC 5 Review – A dirty old clunker