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Uno Returns To Consoles This August

I totally meant to get a post up about this when it was announced on July 19th, but never got around it. So yeah, Uno returns to consoles on August 9th, and if you're anything like me you have nothing but fond memories of it when playing it on your Xbox 360 back in the day.

If you've not played an Uno game before (where the hell have you been), it's a card game in which players take turns trying to get rid of colour coded numbered cards as quick as they can by matching a card in their hand with the colour or number card shown on the top of the playing deck. You also get cards that can change the colour that needs to be played, which also make the next player pick up a bunch of cards too.

This version of Uno will have a variety of online and social features, with players also having the ability to drop in and out of games, as well as using voice and video chat. Also things such as weekly and global leaderboards, interactive tutorials telling you all you need to know before…

HXR Quick Look - Snooker Nation Championship (Now Over)

The game preview program on the Xbox One has seen some great releases since it was announced back at E3 of 2015. I've personally enjoyed games like Ark: Survival Evolved, Subnautica, and also getting to experience We Happy Few before it gets a full release next year. I will admit that perhaps Snooker Nation Championship didn't get the Internet flowing with excitement like the games mentioned above, but none the less I picked it up due to the low price that it had, with it costing just £4.79.

Me and snooker don't have a long loving relationship like many men my age tend to have with it. Sure I used to be forced to watch it on TV as a kid thanks to my Dad, and I may have even had a table in our kitchen for a couple of years, but it was never a sport (It's a sport right?) that I took that much of an interest in. In terms of games though I've always had a little soft spot for games with balls (leave ittttttt), and have fond memories of both pool and snooker games bac…

HXR Review - Dangerous Golf

If you've read any of my reviews recently, you will see that most of them have been lacking when it comes to just having some mindless fun, not counting LEGO SW of course. Like many of you out there in gaming land, I love me a game every now and then that doesn't need me to remember a huge back story or a set of complex buttons when loading up a game up every time, so getting the chance to take a golf ball and smash the living bejesus out of everything in sight seemed something right up my street.

Dangerous Golf saw a release a while ago now, with the game seeing a mixed bag of reviews right across the internet. I said in a recent gameplay video I did for DG on my YouTube channel that this was a game I was looking forward to, and I was. But with money tighter than ever before, I had to watch it release and suffer until the funds were at hand. Before this could happen, those lovely guys behind the game kindly sent me over a review code when the recent update went live. So now …

HXR Review - WWE 2K16

These reviews are taken from my previous website that I wrote on. While they may be a bit old (will add at the top of the review when the review originally went live), I will try my best to bring them up to date by adding in any new feelings I have into the reviews if time allows it.

Originally posted  November 12th, 2015

With WWE 2K16 coming to Games With Gold On August 16th, I thought I would go through my old reviews elsewhere and bring this old review back to life. Enjoy.

Ding ding. The latest game is the WWE series is now available to buy, and thanks to 2K who kindly sent us over a review copy last week I can now share my thoughts on it thanks to 25+ hours being spent on it over the weekend. I think it’s a fair comment to say that the last few years hasn’t really seen the series take any risks or bring anything new to the table upon each release.But for any wrestling fan out there it is still the only game on offer that will give you your wrestling fix in gaming form. A few tweaks…

Xbox Games With Gold Choices For August Revealed

The four games that both Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners can download as part of their Xbox Live gold membership was revealed last night, with the month of August looking alright, I must say.

Xbox One owners can look forward to playing Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate on August 1st, with WWE 2K16 joining the promotion on August 16th. Xbox 360 owners (games also on the Xbox One thanks to backwards compatibility), can look forward to Sperlunky on August 1st, followed by Beyond Good and Evil HD on August 16th.

HXR Review - Prison Architect Xbox One Edition

The first time I ever set eyes on Prison Architect was way back in September of 2015, as visiting EGX at that time, the game had a fancy yet small cell-like setting right next to the YouTube stage where my eldest son had me standing most of the time. Not having the time to actually give the game a go, it was a still a game that I always remembered thanks to the setting it had at that event.

Not normally a genre  of game that I play on a regular basis if I'm honest with you, Prison Architect looked to be a game that needed a lot of time sunk into it to see any sort of return, and as I've told you guys plenty of times before, time is something I just don't have. Getting caught up with other reviews, summer holidays starting earlier in the week, add in a wife at home not being well for a good month and a half, and time has never been such a valuable commodity to me right now. None the less, I've sat down with the game now for a good seven hours or so and find myself feel…

Sonic The Hedgehog Returns With A New 2D Adventure In 2017

If there's one game that has carried me through my whole time as a gamer, it'd be Sonic The Hedgehog. Sure we've seen some stinkers along they way, but Sonic and crew are iconic figures in this business, so a new game is massive to me.

Sonic Mania is coming to the PS4, Xbox One, and PC in Spring of 2017, with the game taking it right back to the beginning with a brand new 2D adventure. The game will feature new zones as well as remixed classic levels, and let you play as either Sonic, Tails, or Knuckles.

Riptide GP: Renegade Coming To The Xbox One This August.....Maybe

Those lovely people over at Vector Unit have recently announced that their latest racer, Riptide GP: Renegade, is due out very, very soon. Being an Xbox One blog, we will ignore the fact that they're releasing the game on places such as PS4 & Steam on July 26th, and focus more on the fact that the Xbox version should see a release sometime after August 2nd, as no proper date has been specified just yet. The only price I have for the game at the moment is in dollars, and that price has the game listed at $14.99.

I will be the first to tell you that Vector Unit games in the past might not be the greatest games ever made. But games such as Beach Buggy Racing and Hydro Thunder have seen my two kids taking an interest in them when they've released, so for that reason I have a soft spot for these guys now. Fear not, when the review code for this drops into my emails in a few weeks, I will be as honest with you guys as ever. Fingers crossed the game is good.

HXR Review - LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens

An easy way to make money is by taking two massive franchises and putting them together to make something big, which is something Warner Bros and TT Games have been doing for what seems like an eternity now. We've seen the likes of Batman, Harry Potter, The Hobbit (still my personal favorite), and other Star Wars adventures to name just of the few games. The focus this time around is once again on Star Wars, with The Force Awakens getting the now standard LEGO spin on what the film offered to those who got around to watching it.

I've said this in the past about the Star Wars series, I can happily live without the recent films in all honesty. While in my younger days enjoying the movies and even owning some of the vehicles and figures being a big part of my growing up, I guess I just grew out of it all the older I got. What these games do is sort of let me enjoy seeing what the movie had to offer, while at the same time giving me some mindless fun as well as those sweet tasting…

HXR Giveaway - Monochroma (Now Over)

Once again I bring the gift of games, this time thanks to the guys at Nowhere Studios giving me some spare codes for Monochroma to share with you. I've already given those lovely Twitter followers two of the codes, but this code is for all and not just those guys on Twitter. Below is a bunch of ways to enter to get this code, so do as little or as much as you want for a chance to win. Good luck.
Winner was chosen and sent code.

HXR Review - Carmageddon: Max Damage

Nostalgia sometimes plays a wicked trick on us into thinking that a game we once loved would be as good when put alongside the current offerings that we have right now. While some games have made a comeback and brought a ton of happiness along with them. more often than not, when a game or series we enjoyed returns, it feels like a dagger to the heart by absolutely sucking, therefore tarnishing the love we once had for it.

Carmageddon is a series of games that passed me by first time around in all honesty. Judging the game only on what I've read and seen about it, I went in almost expecting a GTA like experience form the game, where it seemed that shock value was the main aspect and what was mostly focussed on when reading the press releases and seeing new trailers for the game. Running pedestrians over in games was a fun thing to do back in the late 90's, we were an easy bunch to please. A lot has changed in gaming since that time however, so to shock the average gamer now i…

WWE 2K17 NXT Collector’s Edition Revealed

Those guys at 2K are spoiling us once again, as WWE 2K17 will be seeing a fancy collector's edition. This year it's all about those guys at NXT, with the likes of Finn Bálor and Shinsuke Nakamura being a huge part of this edition of the game. The NXT Collector's Edition will cost around £79.99 here in the UK, with it being a GAME store exclusive for us. This edition has the following goodies alongside the standard game if you're interested in it at all.

Exclusive premium packaging
NXT Enhancement Pack
Playable NXT Superstars: Shinsuke Nakamura, Nia Jax and Apollo Crews
50 percent more points at NXT in MyCareer
Exclusive Canvas 2 Canvas lithograph designed by WWE artist Rob Schamberger and autographed by NXT Superstar Shinsuke Nakamura
Exclusive eight-inch “Demon” Finn Bálor collectible figurine
Exclusive Topps NXT TakeOver: London Mat Relics Card
Each card will include a piece of authentic ring canvas from the event
Each card will feature one of 14 featured Superstar…

HXR Review - Lost Sea

I first heard about Lost Sea a while ago while manning my normal station on the Twitter handle of my previous place of writing. At the time I was busy writing and recording other things to take any real notice of the game in all honesty, but it had sunk into my brain enough that the name of the game rung a bell when seeing a tweet go up about it on my Twitter timeline recently.

Lost Sea is an explorative action-adventure game set inside the mysterious place that is the Bermuda Triangle. After your plane comes crashing down in an intense storm and finding yourself washed up on a remote island, you're left to choose from a bunch of characters and go around islands collecting tablets and unearthing secrets along the way. Sounds a walk in the park right? well, that's because I forgot to add in the permadeath feature that the game has implemented into it. See that 45 minutes you've just spent forming your crew, collecting boat upgrades, and gaining skills with coins for your c…

Dangerous Golf Update Coming Tonight

I watched the release of Dangerous Golf very closely when it came to the Xbox One and other formats on June 3rd. Since a week or so had passed after the release of the game, the guys at Three Fields Entertainment have been working away tirelessly to improve on some of the faults that both reviews and buyers of the game had brought to their attention. This update should be going live on all formats right about now. Here is the list of improvements you can expect in this update.

Fast Restarts – number 1 requested feature. We’ve reduced them from 30secs to 2-3 secs and it transforms the game in Single Player, in Co-Op and in Party Golf.

New Control system – we have introduced a significantly easier single stick, single buttons control system and added in game prompts for all actions. Note that if you have a previous save game the controls will default to the original, more advanced controls. You can change this in Settings.

More control over Tee off  – introduced ‘Free Aim’ on the Te…

Snooker Nation Championship Coming to The Xbox One Game Preview Program

Eagle Eyed Reddit user, Daviedv, spotted that those guys at Cherry Pop Games are bringing Snooker to the Xbox One game preview program soon it seems. The listing on the Xbox store can be seen by clicking here, with the game already seeing an Early Access release on Steam back on April 27th, with a price tag of just £3.99. The listing on the Xbox store does not have a release date, but it does have some information on what to expect from it when it does release.

"The Snooker Nation Championship, the most important event in your digital Snooker diary. The offline tournament spans 6 rounds, competing in the qualifiers through to the grand final held in the Snooker Nation Championship venue, played on meticulously created Championship specification tables. Or take a break from the crowds by challenging players online and climb the global leaderboards. Collect a variety of cues and compete in online snooker leagues. Snooker Nation Championship is digital snooker at is best. Full deta…

HXR Review - Monochroma

In an attempt to get this review backlog actually moving, I sit here at 2am after just finishing Monochroma up, and have sat down to start typing my thoughts on it. For those of you that haven't heard of  Monochroma before, well, it's brought to you and I by the guys at Nowhere Studios, and will cost you just £7.99 if you decide to pick it up after reading this review.

The selling page on the Xbox store pretty much sells you the game itself. As it ignores the now standard big fancy words with the hard sell, and actually just gives it you straight. The game is a cinematic puzzle platformer that takes place in an industrial like city set in the 1960's, with you playing the role of one-half of a brother combo as you go through this puzzle-filled world.


Now I've been down this brother route before with Brothers: A tale of two sons, and that ended with me crying like a baby. So when I loaded up the game and saw once again this combo was taking place, I expected by the end …

The Future For EA Access (When To Expect New Games In The Vault + Early Plays Of New Releases)

The EA Access team have just done a little post to let members know when & what they can expect from the service in the coming months.

On July 12th both Unravel and Need For Speed (not The Rivals, that's already in it) will be joining the vault, with Plants Vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2 coming a bit later on August 30th.

As for first plays on new titles, we have a bunch of those to look forward to with the following dates worth noting down somewhere so you can give these new games a try almost a week before they launch.

Madden 17 - August 18th
NHL 17 - September 8th
FIFA 17 - September 22nd
Battlefield 1 - October 13th

You can enjoy EA Access on the Xbox One from anywhere between £2.00/£3.99 a month, or £18.99/£19/99 for the year depending if you go via Internet stores selling a subscription, or if you go officially via the Xbox One console. No matter which way you decide to go though, it's clear to see that the service is still going strong, and offers you a ton of games t…

Xbox Live Summer Sale Is Now On

The Summer Sale for Xbox Live is now on until next week, with some pretty decent games and bundles on there for the Xbox One, 360, and also Windows 10. I'm not going to print the whole list on here, as that would just be dumb, as it's massive. Rather than you scrolling on here for five minutes, I will link you over to the Major Nelson post that has all the links that you need, along with the list of the games and things on offer.

Having a quick look through the sale on my laptop Xbox App this morning, I've already got my eye on a few Xbox One games myself. Let me know what you've picked up in the comment below or over on Twitter @HXboxreviews






Review: Lumo

As of late, I appear to be in what could be seen as retro heaven or retro hell, depending on what side of the fence you sit on. In recent weeks I have played a ton of games that all sort of give a tip of the hat or cheeky wink to games that were a big thing when most of us (well maybe not me) were still in nappies. Getting ready to play through my latest review saw me seeing a ton of names of previous games being thrown at me, which in truth worried me a little. Not being a big player of this type of genre before, left me wondering if Lumo was more for the hardcore retro guys out there who loved sticking tapes in machines for half an hour to play a simple game.

Lumo kicks off with your character visiting a retro convention, but as always in game land, something goes wrong. Soon enough you're being sucked into a retro game, slapped into a wizard outfit and sent on your way into 400 levels/rooms over four unique zones. Lumo brings with it a certain charm that you will see you eithe…

Overdue Review - Nightmares From The Deep: The Cursed Heart

Overdue reviews is a section on the blog where I finally get to play and review a game a while after the game has launched. Chances are you already own it by the time I post these up, so these reviews are purely to get some content up on the blog in these early days, with games I never reviewed elsewhere being the ones I focus on

I've found myself of late watching and reading what the guys at Artifex Mundi have had to offer with their puzzle games on the Xbox One, mostly from friends doing gameplays and fellow reviewers dropping reviews for them all. I really wanted to give these games a look for myself, but I rarely have time to buy and enjoy a game these days, as half the time they just sit there in my pile of digital shame as I'm busy playing things for the blog for a review. The most recent games to join the list of games I've only been able to touch briefly are games such as Quantum Break & Doom, so what chance does a small indie puzzler have of getting some of my…