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HXR Blog: The Good, The Ignored, And The Ugly Of The Xbox One In 2016

Every year I make up a short list of games that did well in the last 12 months, with this year being the toughest list to do by an absolute mile. While we've had a bunch of decent games release on the Xbox One between the months of January and December this year, not one has really stood tall above the rest of them, therefore making it a year for me that will easily be beaten in 2017. Digging through what was on offer, here are what games I liked most this year, what surprised me, what let me down, and what I'm looking forward to next year.

Decent Game 1: Overwatch

This game caught me by surprise, with me only really taking any attention to it a few weeks before it released. With the game having a similar feel to that of a free-to-play shooter, I half expected to go into reviewing it hating it. The fact is I came out loving it, and the only thing that let it down was my lack of spare time and it being a game where you needed a team that would work together to really get the be…

HXR Review - The Little Acre

Every now and then I step down from my big release pedestal that many think I seem to sit upon and allow a smaller game into my eye sockets via my Xbox One and TV. The Little Acre, brought to us by Dublin-based Pewter Games and published by Curve digital, was the lucky game this time around, and a game I had been looking forward to playing since the below trailer was shown off earlier in the year.

The Little Acre is a point-and-click adventure game, in which you take control of two characters, that being Aidan and his young daughter, Lily. The game sees you investigating the disappearance of Aiden's father, with him soon finding himself transported to an odd world that is populated by weird and dangerous characters (some nice ones too). The same thing happens to poor Lily too, as waking up to find her Dad missing she does exactly what her Dad did to get lost and soon finds herself messing about with the same machine that took Grandad and Dad to this odd place. This sees you then …

The Walking Dead: A New Frontier, Two-Part Premiere Set For Release Next Week

A launch trailer was put out last night, with the two-part premiere for this set for release on many formats on December 20th. Episode One: 'Ties That Bind' Part I & Episode Two: 'Ties That Bind' Part II will get the series off to a bang, with the below trailer showing how much better these episodic games have come in terms how they look from the first season. This season promises to act as both a new beginning for players fresh to the series and unfamiliar with Clementine, while also being a  continuation for players who have experienced Seasons One and Two.

HXR DLC Review - Rock Band Rivals

Not so long ago I did a review for Rock Band 4 after picking it up in a sale for just under £30.00, with me finding out while reviewing it that some expansion DLC was on the way for it very soon. Since reviewing the game due to events at home and things going well in regards to obtaining review code for the site, I've only been able to get back on this a handful of times but wanted to see if this DLC added to the game at all in any way. This time of year is when these games get dusted off and used the most, with family members coming over for Christmas and New Year, and us gamers dying to share our love for our silly party games if we can.

This DLC costs $29.99/£23.99 on the Microsoft store, with it offering a couple of new things to play with, but this review will be a very short one that's for sure.

I've sunk most of my time of this review into one of the two new modes available, with the Rockudrama"Behind The Tuneage" being the new career mode found in this ex…

Xbox One Buyers Guide For Newcomers

Christmas is nearly upon us, and with an Xbox One set to find itself under a lot of trees this year, I figured a small post on how to get the best from the new console for your loved one would be a great help to those non-gaming parents out there. If I don't answer your question in this post then please get in touch on social media or the comment section below, and I will be happy to help you out.

What Is Xbox Live Gold And Will I Need it?
Xbox Live gold is a service from Microsoft that will allow you to play with friends and people from around the world online. The console can work just fine without this, but I would suggest this being a must if the loved one you're buying it for has friends who are using this service already, as chances are this is the reason they asked you for it in the first place.

You can buy this service in 1-month, 3-months, 6-months, or a 1-year subscription, with the best place to look for this being places such as CD Keys or other online retailers wh…

HXR Overdue Review - Bethesda Table DLC For Pinball FX2

Standard intro to a pinball review is me saying how much I love Zen and how they keep a game that feels pretty old still ticking over thanks to DLC. I tended to be writing up nothing but Marvel table reviews on this game in the past, but they've decided to have a change this time around and team up with Bethesda for a triple pack of three of their finest games. This pack offers pinball tables in the form of Doom, Fallout, and Skyrim, with the pack costing you just £8.99/$10.99 if you fancy picking it up. If you're expecting a deep review of these tables then I will tell you now this will be anything but. I'm a drop in and out guy when it comes to Pinball FX2, with it working well for a game that offers a great change of pace when I've played too many games for the site.

All Tables have their own little unique thing, with Fallout perhaps having the biggest feature in which you create a character (of sorts) at the start of each game, and as you play the table upgrade hi…

HXR Review - Watch Dogs 2

I recently had a surprise in the post, with Ubisoft being ever so kind in sending me a copy of Watch Dogs 2 to play and review for the blog. It's been a while since I've had the pleasure of reviewing a Ubisoft game for any site, with the last one being a Just Dance game if my memory serves me correctly (not counting the AC Syndicate review on this site, as I bought that myself). I was one of those gamers that enjoyed the previous Watch Dogs game, with it not being the best game ever by any means, but it was enjoyable just messing about on it with friends, and the campaign kept me coming back until finishing it off. As with every sequel we always expect the second instalment to be a more polished experience, and early doors this very much seems to be the case with Watch Dogs 2. This is me talking after only a few hours of playing the game mind you, so the question is how will I feel when I'm 20 hours or so into the game? (cue Wayne's World transition to me in the future…