Latest Xbox game reviews

Forza Horizon 4 review: Best racing game ever?
5.0 stars Forza Horizon 4 review: Best racing game ever? By Rik Henderson

Moving the Forza Horizon series to the UK is a masterstroke, offering more varied terrain and driving conditions than ever before.... Read more

Xbox One S review: Great console and 4K Blu-ray player for the budget concious
4.0 stars Xbox One S review: Great console and 4K Blu-ray player for the budget concious By Rik Henderson

After the Xbox One X was released in 2017 you could be forgiven for thinking the lesser specced Xbox One S would be slowly phased out. Not so. Considering... Read more

Xbox One X review: 4K HDR console gaming doesn't get better than this
4.5 stars Xbox One X review: 4K HDR console gaming doesn't get better than this By Rik Henderson

When Microsoft first announced it was creating “the world’s most powerful console” – under the working title “Project Scorpio” – there were... Read more

Forza Motorsport 7 review: Racing in reverse gear
3.5 stars Forza Motorsport 7 review: Racing in reverse gear By Steve Boxer

Microsoft's flagship driving franchise, Forza Motorsport, has always had to perform a tricky balancing act. On the one hand, it's a big-budget production... Read more

Xbox One S Minecraft Limited Edition Bundle preview: Jeepers Creepers
Xbox One S Minecraft Limited Edition Bundle preview: Jeepers Creepers By Rik Henderson

On the Sunday prior to Gamescom 2017, Microsoft pulled a couple of console announcements out of the bag.There is an Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition... Read more

Titanfall 2 review: A total blast
4.5 stars Titanfall 2 review: A total blast By Steve Boxer

The original Titanfall arrived amid a blaze of hype which was impressive even by games industry standards – and which came about due mainly to the game's... Read more

Gears of War 4 review: Stepping up a gear
4.5 stars Gears of War 4 review: Stepping up a gear By Steve Boxer

Gears of War, the genre-defining third-person cover-shooter, has had a slightly chequered recent history – Cliff Bleszinski, the driving force behind... Read more

Forza Horizon 3 review: Bigger, brasher and better-looking than ever
5.0 stars Forza Horizon 3 review: Bigger, brasher and better-looking than ever By Steve Boxer

Spin-off franchises - equivalent, say, to the way in which Cheers spawned Frasier - are very rare in the games industry, and for such a franchise to outshine... Read more

Xbox One Gears of War 4 Elite Controller: The best gamepad just got even better
Xbox One Gears of War 4 Elite Controller: The best gamepad just got even better By Rik Henderson

We've always loved the Xbox One Elite Controller and its mad, pricey ways, but during its E3 2016 media briefing Microsoft announced a new version that... Read more

Gears of War 4 multiplayer preview: Grinding those gears
Gears of War 4 multiplayer preview: Grinding those gears By Mike Lowe

The chainsaws are back. Gears of War 4's multiplayer is due to go into closed public beta from 18 April, to give a taster of all the duck-and-cover, shotgun-to-the-face,... Read more

Quantum Break review: All in good time
4.0 stars Quantum Break review: All in good time By Rik Henderson

Since Microsoft reassessed its Xbox One strategy and decided to focus more on the games than the box as an all-round entertainment machine, the console... Read more

Gears of War Ultimate Edition in 4K preview: Windows 10 PC version best yet
Gears of War Ultimate Edition in 4K preview: Windows 10 PC version best yet By Rik Henderson

One of the highlights of the Xbox Spring Showcase in San Francisco last week was perhaps unexpectedly so. Gears of War: Ultimate Edition has just been... Read more

Xbox One Elite Controller review: The price of perfection
5.0 stars Xbox One Elite Controller review: The price of perfection By Rik Henderson

Until recently we've felt that the controllers that come with Microsoft's Xbox consoles have been far superior to the DualShock ones that have accompanied... Read more

Halo 5 Guardians review: Benefits with friends
5.0 stars Halo 5 Guardians review: Benefits with friends By Rik Henderson

Being the first dedicated Halo game on the Xbox One there's a lot riding on Halo 5's shoulders, especially considering the PS4 lacks triple-A exclusives... Read more

Halo 5 limited edition Xbox One controllers now available: This is what they look like
Halo 5 limited edition Xbox One controllers now available: This is what they look like By Rik Henderson

Microsoft has announced that its limited edition Halo 5 Xbox One controllers are now on sale in the UK and they can be bought for £59.99 apiece, with... Read more

Forza Motorsport 6 preview: Wet and wild
Forza Motorsport 6 preview: Wet and wild By Rik Henderson

We have little more than a month to go until Forza Motorsport 6 hits the Xbox One and in a behind closed doors session at Gamescom in Cologne we found... Read more

Nyko has Xbox One gamers covered with its new Data Bank enclosure, Type Pad keyboard, and more (hands-on)
Nyko has Xbox One gamers covered with its new Data Bank enclosure, Type Pad keyboard, and more (hands-on) By Elyse Betters

Nyko went to E3 2015 with a new lineup of peripherals, and because the company is ridiculously good at making useful and brilliant gaming accessories we... Read more

State of Decay Xbox One remaster could be the only zombie game you will ever need
State of Decay Xbox One remaster could be the only zombie game you will ever need By Rik Henderson

You can't move in a videogames shop these days without bumping into a zombie or twenty. Zombies are by far the biggest trend in gaming right now and there... Read more

Halo The Master Chief Collection review: High-def history lesson
4.0 stars Halo The Master Chief Collection review: High-def history lesson By Steve Boxer

Conceptually, Halo: The Master Chief Collection is unique in the history of videogames. It's the first proper games equivalent of the DVD box-sets we've... Read more

Xbox One Digital TV Tuner review: The final piece in the entertainment jigsaw
4.5 stars Xbox One Digital TV Tuner review: The final piece in the entertainment jigsaw By Rik Henderson

If you want or need further confirmation that Microsoft has a different path for its current console than Sony's route with the PS4 to date, the Xbox One... Read more

Forza Horizon 2 review
4.5 stars Forza Horizon 2 review By Rik Henderson

In the great race of social driving games, Forza Horizon 2 just pipped DriveClub and The Crew to the finishing line and can therefore be seen as a trailblazer... Read more

Quantum Break hands-on preview: Xbox One exclusive explored
Quantum Break hands-on preview: Xbox One exclusive explored By Rik Henderson

Quantum Break is a hugely ambitious game which if developer Remedy's enthusiasm is anything to go by will be the most-groundbreaking title for the next-generation... Read more

Xbox One October update and beyond: We look at DLNA streaming and other new features
Xbox One October update and beyond: We look at DLNA streaming and other new features By Rik Henderson

Microsoft has not been shy in announcing new feature changes for its Xbox One dashboard experience and as part of its Gamescom 2014 Media Briefing in Cologne,... Read more

Sunset Overdrive white Xbox One and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare limited edition Xbox One in the flesh
Sunset Overdrive white Xbox One and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare limited edition Xbox One in the flesh By Rik Henderson

During its Gamescom 2014 Media Briefing event, Microsoft revealed several Xbox One bundle packages that will be available in the next couple of months,... Read more

Xbox One Digital TV Tuner hands-on: It's smaller than you think
Xbox One Digital TV Tuner hands-on: It's smaller than you think By Rik Henderson

It's amazing what you can find lurking in a place you least expect. And while we were hoping to catch up with the recently announced Xbox One Digital... Read more

Evolve preview: Monster Xbox One action with one of E3's hottest games
Evolve preview: Monster Xbox One action with one of E3's hottest games By Rik Henderson

There are plenty of top top games at this year's E3 trade show in Los Angeles, but few have engaged us as much as Evolve. That's partly because it is an... Read more

Forza Horizon 2 gameplay preview: Glorious racing, whatever the weather
Forza Horizon 2 gameplay preview: Glorious racing, whatever the weather By Mike Lowe

Forza Horizon 2 is more than just the original racing game with some added weather effects. As you battle to stick your supercar to the tarmac in locations... Read more

Xbox One Titanfall controller pictures and hands-on
Xbox One Titanfall controller pictures and hands-on By Chris Hall

Titanfall has been one of the most eagerly anticipated titles for the Xbox One, launching on 11 March in the US and 14 March in Europe. To commemorate... Read more

Titanfall review
5.0 stars Titanfall review By Rik Henderson

And so the second wave of next-generation games starts with what is unarguably the most talked about title since its first showing at E3 in Los Angeles... Read more

Titanfall preview: First play of Beta - Attrition, Hardpoint and Last Titan Standing modes (video)
Titanfall preview: First play of Beta - Attrition, Hardpoint and Last Titan Standing modes (video) By Rik Henderson

Behold the game of 2014. Titanfall has been lauded by eager praise ever since its non-playable debut during the E3 trade show last June. And with each... Read more

FIFA 14 (PS4 & Xbox One) review
5.0 stars FIFA 14 (PS4 & Xbox One) review By Rik Henderson

Having already fully reviewed the current generation version of FIFA 14 it would seem sensible to just adjust that entry to encompass the PlayStation 4... Read more

Xbox One Day One Edition pictures and hands-on
Xbox One Day One Edition pictures and hands-on By Stuart Miles

Launch day is almost here, and we've managed to bag a Day One Edition Xbox so those of you who have ordered it, or not, can see what you get in the special... Read more

Xbox One SmartGlass explored: Smartphone console control
Xbox One SmartGlass explored: Smartphone console control By Chris Hall

SmartGlass is the Xbox's companion app, linking up with your console and bringing some of the experience to your smartphone or tablet. SmartGlass was first... Read more

Forza Motorsport 5
4.5 stars Forza Motorsport 5 By Chris Hall

Forza Motorsport races back onto our screens, this time as an Xbox One launch title, looking to showcase the new Xbox's power.When were introduced to Forza... Read more

Xbox One dashboard preview: Here's how your next-gen console will work
Xbox One dashboard preview: Here's how your next-gen console will work By Chris Hall

When it comes to the Xbox One, we've seen a lot of games, we've read a lot about features, we've been following the news up and down as Microsoft fleshes... Read more

Ryse: Son of Rome preview: Playing Crytek's vision of next-gen gaming
Ryse: Son of Rome preview: Playing Crytek's vision of next-gen gaming By Chris Hall

As an Xbox One exclusive and one of the headline launch titles for the new Microsoft console, there's a lot resting on Ryse: Son of Rome's armour-clad... Read more

Zoo Tycoon Xbox One preview: If we could talk with the animals
Zoo Tycoon Xbox One preview: If we could talk with the animals By Rik Henderson

Switching the development duties for the new Zoo Tycoon game to Frontier seems to be an inspired move. Not only has it plenty of experience with simulation... Read more

Kinect Sports Rivals Xbox One preview: Becoming a champion in a hands-on session
Kinect Sports Rivals Xbox One preview: Becoming a champion in a hands-on session By Rik Henderson

Microsoft is banking on the new Kinect sensor to swing the next-gen console battle this Christmas. The £80 price disparity between the Xbox One and PS4... Read more

Xbox One hands-on video: Meet the new controller
Xbox One hands-on video: Meet the new controller By Ian Morris

You could argue until the sun goes down and the cows come home about which console controller is the best. What is hard to argue with, is that the Xbox... Read more

Titanfall Gamescom 2013 preview: We finally get a chance to go hands-on
Titanfall Gamescom 2013 preview: We finally get a chance to go hands-on By Rik Henderson

At every video games exhibition or conference there is always a game that is like Breaking Bad, in that those who have seen it won't shut up about it.... Read more

Xbox One UI eyes-on: First look at the new console's user experience
Xbox One UI eyes-on: First look at the new console's user experience By Rik Henderson

Much has been said about the Xbox One, but little has been seen of its user experience, the home hub, the place you will see more than any game. Pocket-lint... Read more

Fable Legends Xbox One trailer and gameplay eyes-on
Fable Legends Xbox One trailer and gameplay eyes-on By Rik Henderson

Microsoft announced Fables Legends for Xbox One during its Xbox Media Briefing event on the eve of Gamescom in Cologne and Pocket-lint has been taken through... Read more

Xbox 360 (2013) review
5.0 stars Xbox 360 (2013) review By Stuart Miles

When Microsoft shed light on the next-generation Xbox One at the E3 gaming trade show earlier this year it simultaneously announced that it was revamping... Read more

Hands-on: Xbox One and Xbox 360 (2013) together at last
Hands-on: Xbox One and Xbox 360 (2013) together at last By Stuart Miles

When Microsoft announced that it's new Xbox One console wouldn't have backward compatibility, it had to decide what to do with the Xbox 360. The answer,... Read more

Titanfall gameplay preview
Titanfall gameplay preview By Mike Lowe

If this year's E3 gaming expo in Los Angeles made one thing clear it's that we've got some serious first person shooters in the pipeline. Titanfall looks... Read more

Project Spark Xbox One preview and screens
Project Spark Xbox One preview and screens By Rik Henderson

Minecraft and Little Big Planet took in-game creation to a new level, by effectively making the creation of a game into the gaming experience itself. Project... Read more

Mad Catz Arcade Fightstick Tournament Edition 2 for Xbox One pictures and hands-on
Mad Catz Arcade Fightstick Tournament Edition 2 for Xbox One pictures and hands-on By Rik Henderson

One of the few pieces of hardware on display during the Xbox Media Briefing at E3 in Los Angeles was a new arcade control unit from Mad Catz - used on... Read more

Dead Rising 3 Xbox One preview
Dead Rising 3 Xbox One preview By Rik Henderson

The first Dead Rising and its sequel were an acquired taste. Not taking themselves too seriously in the zombie slaughtering stakes, yet levying almost... Read more

Forza Motorsport 5 Xbox One preview and screens
Forza Motorsport 5 Xbox One preview and screens By Rik Henderson

Of Microsoft's own exclusives planned for the launch of Xbox One, the latest version of Forza is perhaps the most eagerly anticipated.Even from just a... Read more

Crimson Dragon preview: First play of Xbox One exclusive
Crimson Dragon preview: First play of Xbox One exclusive By Mike Lowe

Crimson Dragon feels a lot like the spiritual successor to Panzer Dragoon. Created by the director behind the classic Sega Saturn series of games, this... Read more

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