Latest Xbox game reviews

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 its beefier stablemate is over twice the price, this machine is more accessible; a better family... 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 few 4K HDR TVs around and even fewer sources for Ultra HD content to feed them.Now though, there... 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 that boasts some of the most desirable cars ever made and most of the world's top tracks, so it's... 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 for die-hard fans to pre-order for day one. And a special version of the 1TB Xbox One S was unveiled... 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 provenance. It was the first effort made by Respawn Entertainment, a developer formed by the founders... 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 the series, moved on to pastures new after 2011's Gears of War 3, implying he felt the franchise was... 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 its parent title is all but unprecedented. Yet that is exactly what Forza Horizon has done, and... 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 we want so much more.Battle-scarred and sexy, the Xbox Elite Controller - Gears of War 4 Limited Edition... 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, third-person shooter mayhem. And ahead of time we got to play a couple of hours of... 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 has become more competitive and a greater threat to the PlayStation 4. Especially with games like Quantum... 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 released for Windows 10 PCs, and while that's nice, that's not the main reason it stood out for us.... 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 Sony's PlayStations. And we're not the only ones. We've often heard that hardcore and pro gamers... 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 in the build-up to Christmas. Rise of the Tomb Raider and Forza Motorsport 6 aside, Halo 5 Guardians... 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 two models to choose from.There's one for Master Chief and another for the rival team leader, Jameson... 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 out even more about the driving game sequel that will set it apart from its predecessors.During E3,... 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 actually need, we decided to stop by its stand to check out the new versions of the Nyko Data Bank... 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 are plenty of games out there or on the horizon that feature hoards of the undead. And survival.... 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 become accustomed to - on its single disk, you will find Halos 1, 2, 3 and 4 in all their glory, plus... 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 Digital TV Tuner is it.By effectively turning the Xbox One console into a Freeview HD set-top-box,... 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 for its genre. But has it got enough to keep the others at bay or will it soon be overtaken?Car... 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 consoles so far.An Xbox One exclusive due for late 2015, the game will be mostly a third-person... 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, it invited Pocket-lint to check out some of those coming to the console in a few months time.Not... 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, each attached to a major games release.There will be bundles for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Sunset... 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 TV Tuner at some point during our Gamescom visit, we didn't bank on it lying in plain sight during a... 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 unexpected hit, perhaps. Not to those in the know, but certainly to the rest of us.Its premise is... 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 across southern Europe, it's hard to not marvel at the glorious graphics while dodging oncoming... Read more

Xbox One Brazil Now preview: Hands-on with Microsoft's World Cup companion
Xbox One Brazil Now preview: Hands-on with Microsoft's World Cup companion By Rik Henderson

Microsoft is really pushing the boat out with its plans for the World Cup in Brazil. As well as create an entire hub for exclusive video and other content centred on this year's tournament, it will release a dedicated voice-controlled application that... 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 the launch, Respawn Entertainment and EA teamed up with Microsoft to produce a special limited edition... 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 last June. Titanfall was Microsoft’s "one more thing" during its Xbox One press conference, even... 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 public outing since, the admiration has grown ever larger by those who have been lucky enough to... 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 and Xbox One version.But here's the thing: FIFA 14 on the next-generation consoles is no mere update... 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 limited-edition box. The console is identical, and the box, which you'll no doubt chuck in the... 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 announced at E3 2012 and made its debut on the Xbox 360.SmartGlass for Xbox One is a separate app... 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 5 on the Xbox One, Dan Greenawalt, creative director at Turn 10 Studios, pointed out that usually... 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 out the details heading towards the 22 November launch date.There's one area of the Xbox One that... 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 shoulders.We sat down with Yannick Boucher, Project Manager at Crytek, to play through four levels of... 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 games, having had enormous success with Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 and subsequent expansion packs in... 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 could essentially be put down to the inclusion of the Kinect so it is really important that it gets... 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 360's controller is an extremely capable device. It suits larger hands well, it's comfortable and feels... 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. At Gamescom 2013 in Cologne, Germany, that game is Titanfall.While it was officially announced at E3... Read more

Xbox One hands-on video: We examine the hardware
Xbox One hands-on video: We examine the hardware By Ian Morris

There aren't any fully-working Xbox One consoles for review just yet, we're a while off that, but Microsoft did let us get some time with a "non-working" sample. Although, we have a feeling that this console would have worked if we'd had a power adaptor... 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 attended a demo during Gamescom 2013 in Cologne, Germany, that changed all that.We saw the main... 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 a brief demonstration of some of the gameplay, even though the final game will not see the light... 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 the current-generation Xbox 360 too. Despite 2013 being the launch platform for next-gen, current-gen... 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, it turns out, was to redesign it to look like the Xbox One, to make it part of the family.Microsoft... 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 to be one such title. We looked on as hours-long queues built up around the EA stand on the show... 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 Spark has a premise that is similar, but offers far more than basic level creation tools or landscape... 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 stage with the Xbox One version of Killer Instinct. However, it wasn't in use on the Mad Catz stand,... 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 ludicrously difficult game mechanics on the player, both have attained cult status and many eyes, therefore,... 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 720p online video, it is clear that Turn10's first next-generation driving game is something special.... Read more