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Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishment Review


Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishment is an investigation style game with a gentle nod to the great point and click adventure titles of the early 90’s when full exploration and experimentation were required, not just added for fun. Developed by Frogwares and published by Focus Home Interactive Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishment was released for Xbox One (and Xbox 360) on September 30th.

Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishment takes place in 19th century London and the surrounding suburbs composed of varied and somewhat exotic locations including central London with its dark and grimy alleys, sun kissed Chinese Gardens, the Roman ruins of St Albans and the world famous Kew Gardens. It draws inspiration from and resonates with the Russian novel Crime and Punishment by the novelist and philosopher Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky. Dostoyevsky’s literary works explore human psychology in the context of the troubled political, social, and spiritual atmosphere of 19th century Russia. Frogwares have focused on the player finding the right culprit and making the moral choice of either absolving or condemning the culprit with various outcomes and knock-on effects dependent on the your choice.

There are six unique cases in Sherlock Holmes Crimes & Punishments and each one has clearly been inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original stories and also written in the same traditional style. Each new case opens up a number of new locations to explore and clues that will need to be pieced together. Exploring and gathering clues will take up the majority of your time in Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishment. As you progress and discover new clues they’ll be added to a list of deductions accessible from the Y button. Clues are gathered from crime scenes, exploring places of interest, interrogating suspects in Scotland Yard » Continue Reading.

Forza Horizon 2 Review

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Playground Games blockbuster franchise returns for a next-gen outing on Xbox One with Forza Horizon 2. Take a glamorous road trip across the glorious European scenic setting for the racing festival event of the year as you head from southern France to northern Italy leaving behind all your worries for a competitive beautiful ride across some breath-taking terrains.

The original Xbox 360 Forza Horizon was a surprise hit when it first launched in 2012 and we scored it rather favourable noticing a less serious take on Turn 10’s more realistic racing series being Forza. Within Forza Horizon 2, the fun continues offering a vast range of competitive events both online and offline in the biggest open world racer yet for Xbox One with a choice of around 200 vehicles to race! Maintaining the high standards of a first class racing game; and for those gamers who may never of experienced the joys of its predecessor, this time around everything within the world of Forza Horizon 2 is highly polished, fine-tuned and raring to be enjoyed with a more socially integrated experience courtesy of the Forza Hub (available as an App download and jam packed with rewards). Extremely detailed and bursting with Mediterranean atmosphere, you’re not only in awe of the environments whilst playing, but you’re fast drawn in to ambiance and electricity of the festival events – you’re definitely playing to win as Forza Horizon 2 encourages cutthroat competitions between your Xbox Live Friends.

When playing in Solo Mode, your primary goal is to obtain as much CR Rewards as you can by winning races to progress further within the Festival events. A combination of CR and XP rewards score will also contribute to you levelling up, and to assist with even more score improvements you need to » Continue Reading.

FIFA 15 Review

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Being a massive football fan, this time of year is special to me; maybe just that little bit more at the moment! The Premiership season is well underway, Arsenal are currently unbeaten and are flaunting stars like the German playmaker, Mesut Ozil and Chilean attacker, Alexis Sanchez. United on the other hand are doing pretty bad, which is quite nice! Not only that, but it is that time of year when EA release their obligatory football game and one that I’ve actually been dying to play since tinkering with the demo for a brief period in the build up to launch on Xbox One.

I know the non-football fans out there will be saying “FIFA 15, surely just FIFA 14, with updated squads, kits, etc” – I have exactly the same conversations about another one of my favourites, Football Manager, too (but that’s for another time) – to the non-Football/FIFA fan, yes it is. But, for those schooled in the art of ‘FIFA’ you’ll start noticing that every FIFA title is different to its predecessor, and FIFA 15 being no exception to the rule.

When you load the game up you can immediately see the improvements made from the last addition of FIFA because the intro has more wow factor, the menus (albeit based on FIFA 14’s) are slicker, and there’s even a news feature that gets updated for your preferred team. I was blown away before I even kicked a ball. Though, after flicking through the menus for a while to see what goodies EA had in store for this year, I decide to play a few Online games – nothing teaches you the game quicker than playing someone else online and I instantly found the passing way more precise than previously. Additionally the shooting is a lot » Continue Reading.

Destiny Review

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With much anticipation and hype, Destiny from Bungie has finally been released after an agonising wait since the Beta came to an end just a few months ago. As one of the most expensive games ever made (if we are to believe the rumours of $500Million spent on development and marketing) coupled with the title of the most pre-ordered game in history – does it really live up to the hype and exceed expectations formed from the success of the Beta?

Whilst Destiny is a promising first entry into a story that will eventually span a whole decade, it doesn’t feel completely original because the lingering history of Halo still lives on. Maybe it was hard for Bungie to let go since the first similarity between the two titles is the noticeable companion of a Ghost in Destiny that resembles Guilty Spark in Halo. The two are very similar in their technical purpose of how they interact with certain in-game objects with both other comparisons easily made between rifle weapons, pulse weapons, enemies and level design.  Halo’s Grunts with their all-in guns blazing approach could easily be identified as the annoying flying robots who scour the nearby areas for your ass! Maybe for other console players Destiny is a whole new experience, but for Xbox fans – it’s a case of having been there and done it all before (cough cough Halo: ODST / REACH) only now it is part MMO-esque.

Destiny comes across as dripping in a Halo Reach firefight skin, but with far larger environments and an online persistent world with seamless drop-in, drop-out PvP multiplayer. Halo from Bungie was a world class master piece with Destiny coming across like that older brother who isn’t quite as popular with the ladies. Destiny is bland in many » Continue Reading.

Madden 15 Review

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It’s great being a Seattle Seahawks fan at the moment, we’re Super Bowl champions, we got off to great start in our first game (though we lost our second) and generally things are pretty good, so it was great joy that Madden 15 fell my way complete with the Legion of Boom gracing the home screen.

After really enjoying Madden 25, I was looking forward to seeing the updated rosters and how the new gameplay features would improve upon the last game. The biggest change you’ll notice if you have played the previous games is that the defence had has some great change made to it. Being able to swap the camera round so you have the defence in front of you is great because you can get a much better of view of what’s going on with your team. For those with quick reaction there is a mini game that involves pressing the right trigger when the play is made and you feel the vibration, which can help give you that extra time to go for the QB, if you get blocked you’ll have one more opportunity to get past the offense by pressing the corresponding prompt that comes up on screen.

I didn’t notice any real change in terms of the offence, but there is a subtle new feature that can prove quite useful, Tempo changes allow you to alter the how quickly your team responds to the play clock, trying to wind down time to protect a win? Then you can ‘Chew the Clock’ to hold breaking your huddle until as late as possible, the opposite gives you the option to have no huddle and get through your plays as quickly as possible. The playcalling as had some interesting changes made to it to, especially » Continue Reading.

Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition Review


Diablo III is the third in a series of iconic PC cooperative dungeon crawler RPG’s. The franchise is well known and respected in PC gaming circles; it ranks high up there with other RPG’s and dungeon crawlers like Neverwinter Nights and Baldur’s Gate.  It is quite literally one of the industry’s most popular franchises, a battle between Good and Evil, Heaven and Hell, and now Blizzard have released Diablo III, the Reaper of Souls expansion and a bunch of other features in the all new Ultimate Evil Edition for Xbox One (amongst  other systems).

To date Over 13 million players have battled the demonic hordes of Diablo III. That’s an outstanding achievement considering a third are console players. The Ultimate Evil Edition contains both Diablo III and the Reaper of Souls expansion set together in one definitive volume with some tweaks and patches added in for good measure. The main storyline is still intact with an expansion that includes a fifth act based in Westmarch, but now additionally added is an open world Adventure Mode in which players will revisit locations from the story and hunt bounties on the elder evils that lurk throughout the mortal realms. Players can also complete boss battles and enter Rifts to fight for rare loot and heaps of gold. Adventure Mode is only available to players who complete the main story; whether solo or with other players in CO-OP Mode.

Like its predecessors, this iteration is a diabolically (like what I did there?) hellish, cooperative dungeon crawler that isn’t afraid to ratchet up its toughness from time to time. Diablo III, while featured completely in 3D with a 3D environment, follows closely in Diablo II’s track by using the classic isometric view, fast gameplay, and randomized content for high » Continue Reading.

Flockers Review

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Team 17, who are better known for creating highly addictive puzzle games with a sinister undertone that inflicts excruciating slaughter methods on sweet innocent looking creatures such as Lemmings and Worms are back at it again!  This time it is all about Sheep in their newest IP – Flockers. This new brain-teasing, often mind-boggling title is another fantastically designed puzzler that closely resembles Lemmings in terms of gameplay, but with a Worms style design for the environments. It is difficult not to compare Flockers to Lemmings because each level is filled with dangerous obstacles in your path whilst controlling a herd of sheep from one start location to their final destination as you would with Lemmings.

Flockers is just incredible in the way its complex puzzles can leave you determined with a will to succeed when you do not want the level to have beaten you, and at times it can really make yew frustrated. In the beginning, you get led into the traps and puzzles with baby steps as the first few levels are simplistic with prompts in place to point you in the right direction. This is just a teaser to give you awareness of how the game functions because a few more levels down the line and those prompts have vanished, the Sheep count increased; they then start coming out from more than one direction all heading for a buzz-saw to their death unless you can save them in time. It very soon becomes a fast frantic “what-must-I-do-next” situation leaving you no choice but to think quickly about your next move.

Unlike Lemmings there is less creativity in how you travel from your A to B destinations, but I’d say Flockers has far more difficult obstacles in your path with far more larger sinister environments » Continue Reading.

Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate Review


When Warriors Orochi 3 fell into my path I’ll admit to not knowing what to expect, I tend to have a fairly good gaming knowledge but I’m always on the lookout to expand it where possible, I knew I’d heard of the game from somewhere and after some research my original thoughts we confirmed. Warriors Orochi was released 3 years ago across the last generation of consoles, it brought together two game series, Samurai Warriors and Dynasty Warriors and now it is time for the Next generation treatment.

To those of you who are fans of the two games you’ll know all about which characters have come from which series, who is missing and who is new, for me however it’s a whole new world of awesome looking characters with some brilliant looking moves, so I’ll apologise in advance to the hardcore fans!

Once you start the game you are greeted with a whole host of modes, I naturally started with the story mode to try and get a better understanding of what was going on. Time and space has been warped by the Serpent King known as Orochi, forcing china and Japan together to defeat a huge beast known as the Hydra. This beast was far too powerful for the warriors and defeated them one by one, but hope was not lost thanks to a Mystic known as Kaguya who was able to travel through time and change the past giving the two sets of heroes to change the course of time and defeat the Hydra. Now hopefully that made sense and you are still with me!

The first thing you’ll notice is the huge amount of enemies you go into battle with, the draw distances aren’t as impressive as I’d hope but when you have what feels » Continue Reading.

Metro Redux Review

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Deep Silver has released two completely spruced up last-gen titles as one fantastic package for the Xbox One with Metro Redux. Having been enhanced both visually and packed with extra content, this is a fully remastered collection all in fast fluid 60FPS! Metro Redux as one complete disc features Metro 2033 Redux and its sequel Metro Last Light Redux; where Metro 2033 has been rebuilt from scratch in the new updated 4A engine, Metro Last Light has its own visual enhancements and also contains all previous Season Pass content released on Xbox 360. Not only is this the best looking Metro to date, but in terms of gameplay it is certainly the best value considering it’s a budget price at retail. Two separate games, but together they form the show-piece for one colossal adventure.

Primarily both Metro titles are survival first person shooter game’s based on fear that focuses on comradeship and determination amongst the darkest days Russia could face in the midst of a post-apocalyptic Moscow following a nuclear war. Survivors and military factions live deep down in the Metro tunnels where they are safe from toxic fumes and the demons that have formed and lurk above ground. Inspired by the events of Dmitry Glukhovsky’s best-selling novel Metro 2033, Metro Redux is a heart-pounding thriller set against the toxic ruins where law and order still forms the governing army that allows survivors to coexist in a city devastated and infested with mutants. It is advisable to play Metro 2033 first before Last Light to understand how Last Light continues the story in an even darker way as thought-provoking tale of survival against all odds following the events of 2033.

Your adventure begins to save yourself and the world around you as you brave a deadly evil known » Continue Reading.

The Golf Club Review

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The first real golf simulation game for Xbox One is now available from the Games Store as The Golf Club. Developed by HB Studio’s, The Golf Club is serious business for golf gaming fans complete with its own course designer allowing you to set challenging holes for players on Xbox LIVE. With some features that rival the PGA Tour series, virtual golfing with this simulator can be a satisfying experience. It may lack the licensed players and courses based on their real-world counter-parts, but The Golf Club is a raw, stripped bare title where it’s one man and his 7-Iron with potentially unlimited courses so long as you have plenty of free time to explore them all!

Straight from the main menu that itself resembles a modern Windows Metro application, you can choose from a variety of options that include playing just a round, a whole Tour or even a full-on Tournament. For new gaming golfer’s or just to get you back in full swing again (if it’s been awhile) it’s worth practising out on just a Round to get used to the controls and the thinking process behind the accuracy of your shots. Unless you have extra controllers and more friends or family who want to challenge you, you will be limited to just Stroke Play mode (solo) because the game doesn’t allow for online gameplay with multiple players. If you’ve just dropped what you’re holding or even spat out something you’re drinking and thinking WTF no online multiplayer! The Golf Club is community focussed on course building and sharing as well as statistics and competitive scoring against your Xbox LIVE friends and other members of the community. I wasn’t all that bothered about the lack of online multiplayer lobbies because it was generally quite refreshing not having » Continue Reading.