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Reader Reviews - Outlast 2

I thought it was about time I let you guys also have your say on the blog, with reader reviews hopefully being something you guys feel like taking part in the future, and something we can see more of as the months go on. I don't get to review all the games that become available, both through choice and through sometimes just missing out. Now to get the reviews up for disc releases this is just a case of me trying to fit a rental version of the game into my life if I can, but digital releases would cost me an absolute load of money to buy them all. Sometimes you guys buy these games, and if you're anything like me you just want to have your say about them. The people who write these reviews will have all social media links to find them at the bottom of their review.

Thanks to Aaron today, who has decided to give us his thoughts on the recently released Outlast 2, which to be honest after the recent Resident Evil 7 review I was not looking forward to having to play for a review…

HXR Overdue Review - Resident Evil 7 Biohazard

Games that come out that have the sole purpose of just making you crap your pants are games I tend to avoid the older I get. Back in my younger days I lovedddddddd Resident Evil, with the dogs jumping through the windows being the one time I got my older brother to leap off his bed like a frog while playing the game in the dark. Just knowing that part of the game was coming up as he played it and having to hold in my excitement of finally getting my own back on this person who had mocked me for being scared of the likes of Jason and Freddy for the last few years, will be one gaming memory that will always stick with me. It's so much better too when you can laugh at someone else pooping themselves at scary things, but when it's you doing the pooping it's not funny anymore at all.

With nothing to review I decided I had to man up and finally play this after renting it from Boomerang games here in the UK about three weeks ago. I did start to play it when it showed up back the…

HXR Review - Voodoo Vince Remastered

Voodoo Vince was a game that must have gone under my radar when it released on the original Xbox back in 2003. No idea what I was doing at the time, but the original Xbox for me was the console that got me back into online gaming, as not since the Dreamcast had I dipped my toes into the murky waters of online play. Maybe because Voodoo Vince was a single player experience I just ignored it, as I was too busy with games like Burnout to care what a voodoo doll could offer me. Nostalgia is a word I can't seem stop typing up of late in reviews, what with Yooka-Laylee still being fresh in the mind, and Voodoo Vince sort of being the same sort of game once you get going with it. Maybe then this was a terrible time to review the game, as I had a love-hate relationship with Yooka, so what could a game that turns 14 in October offer me any different.

You play Vince, a voodoo doll of Madam Charmaine who at the start of the game is kidnapped along with some of her zombie dust by a bunch of …

HXR Blog - One Year Old / Giving back To You Lot (GIVEAWAY)

A year ago today I decided to bring back Honest Xbox Reviews with the hope that people would actually come and read whatever words I typed up on review items that I got my hands on.  Like the little box on the side of the blog has said since this started, I know I'm not the greatest when it comes to forming words into a sentence, but hopefully, my passion and enjoyment of typing comes across in what I do.

I've been doing this now for what feels like forever, with this name being used on a website previously, and then Honest Games Reviews being my writing home. Sure this journey has had its ups and downs over the years, but I still enjoy getting to meet new people on social media and also offering reviews that don't hold back or tiptoe around something being utterly pants because it might end with me being ignored in the future

If you've followed me from day dot (I'm talking HXR first time around) you will know I always try to give back to those who support and re…

HXR Review - Yooka-Laylee

Back in 2015, the Internet went nuts for Yooka-laylee and its Kickstarter project, with the project raising £2.1 million by the time it closed and helped make the dreams of Playtonic become a reality. You only have to look at Kickstarters for games such as Yooka-Laylee and Shenmue to see the chance of a dev team or once loved game series coming back to life seemingly making most gamers throw all their money at their computer screens. I have fond memories of game called Croc back on my PS1, and it's actually because of those memories that I even wanted to give Yooka-Laylee a look. Ask me my feelings on Banjo-Kazooie and you will just get a shrug of the shoulders, as I can't say I've ever been a fan or played the game longer than half an hour in my whole life.

Yooka-Laylee sees you taking control of the duo that is Yooka and Laylee, with Yooka being the green lizard character and Laylee being the Bat that sits on your head. The story goes that evil Capital B (who looks noth…

The Walking Dead: Season 2 & Assassin's Creed Revelations Are Now Available With GwG

The title of this post pretty much sums it up really, with two new games now available to download for your Xbox One (or 360 in the case of AC Revelations). The Walking Dead is a great game to download if you want to play an interactive TV show, with ACR being a game I can't really remember playing that much if I'm honest, with a check on achievements showing I only made it to DNA sequence 3 when I played it.

You can be taken to the store for The Walking dead by clicking here, and for AC Revelations by clicking here.

Sine Mora EX (Remaster) Slated For A Summer Release On The Xbox One

For those of you who are not Familiar with the game Sine Mora, well it was a game that was released back on the Xbox 360 way back in 2012, with the game being a pretty decent if my memory serves me correct. I did review it at the time, but sadly that review seems to either have been deleted or lost when we moved sites at my other place of writing. But anyway, we are going off track here.

Sine Mora EX is slated for a Summer release on a bunch of formats (including the Xbox One), and looks to be a remaster of the original game with a few new perks added to it. The website for the game lists things such as the game offering local co-op for up to 2 players in Story mode, three New versus modes called Race, Tanks, and Dodgeball, New challenge levels, and also Improved Rendering. However, going through the website and old 360 listing I did notice a decrease in how many weapon combinations there would be in the game, with the original game offering 60 and this new EX version offering only 5…

HXR Review - LEGO City Undercover

LEGO games have pretty much stuck to the tried and tested formula of being fun games yet not upgrading too much for a good few years now. On the one side, why should they. As they are just silly games to play and they do a good job of that. But on the other side you have the gamers who grew bored of what felt like the same game but in a different skin release after release, and because of that they now just ignore every new LEGO release that is on the way. I tend to not try and play every single LEGO game because of this reason too, with me only ever finishing a handful of them if I for whatever reason found myself getting addicted to what it had to offer. The last LEGO game to do this to me was The Hobbit, with something about that game just sucking me in and me finding myself losing around 50 hours of my life to it when I last checked.

Seeing stuff for Lego City Undercover (Originally released on the WII U in 2013) before release I had that feeling I was going to enjoy this one. Mo…

HXR Review - Punch Club

Punch Club is the sort of game I look at wanting to play it, but never go through with the purchase because I know I will suck at it. I remember first seeing Punch Club when it came onto Steam back in 2016, and I think I may have checked out the Twitch stream they did where if the Twitch audience beat the game they would release it early. It just looked cool, and I remember saying to myself back then I must give the game a look when it comes to consoles. Sure enough here we now are with it released the Xbox One, so after putting a few hours in the ring here are my thoughts.

Punch Club falls under a number of genres once you give it a chance, and is certainly worth checking out if you enjoyed games such as the recently released Fallout Shelter on the Xbox One. If you want an actual genre however, well the website calls it a Fighter management sim with RPG and tycoon elements, so let's go with that.
The story of the game starts with you as a child watching your shirtless Dad punch …

HXR Review - Aaero

I have started many drafts of this review up filled with humorous jabs at the fact this game shares its name with a certain chocolate bar that many of us have shoved down our faces, with mint being my personal favourite. We are all strapped for time though, so I shall skip the lines filled with chocolate bars and just get on with talking about this little gem from the guys at Mad Fellows.

I first set eyes on this game a few weeks ago, with a Kickstarter underway so the game could get onto Steam, a tweet came into my timeline and the rest is history. Watching a few trailers the music sunk into what remaining brain cells I have left and repeated themselves until I had no other choice, I needed this game in my life.
I pretty much covered the concept of Aaero in the recent news post I did, with that feeling still being the same now I've played it too. Have you ever tapped your head and rubbed your belly or vice versa? Well, that's this but with a kickass soundtrack to it. Your go…

HXR Review - Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition

Bulletstorm for the Xbox 360 was a game I bought thanks to it having a Gears beta code offer attached to it at launch. Sure the trailers looked semi-decent at the time, but I was just there for Gears and nothing else. When I finally had the game in hand and got to play it however, I found a game that was not only fun to play, but it also offered something very different to what was available at that time when it came to shooters. Was it that good that it deserves a remaster and re-release six years later? That's something up for debate.

Bulletstorm sees you playing the role of Grayson Hunt, the leader of a group called Dead Echo who are nothing more than paid assassins on the payroll of a man known as General Sarrano. After a mission in which they kill a reporter by the name of Bryce Novak, they find out the general has been lying to them all along about who these targets were, with Grayson and team thinking they were taking out high-end targets when actually the people they have…

Three New Games Coming To The EA Access Vault Between Now And June

EA Access if the gift that keeps on giving, with the vault set for three new games to join the already bumper list that is on offer for a small monthly or yearly sum. GAME and other trade in stores better get ready, as one game joining the vault will see these guys overloaded with a certain loved/hated franchise coming through their doors a lot in the next couple of weeks.

FIFA 17 is coming to the vault first on April 21st, with Dragon Age: Origins and Medal of Honor Airborne that are both Xbox 360 titles coming sometime after between then and June. You can check out my FIFA 17 review by clicking here, and read up all about EA access by clicking here.

Cars 3: Driven To Win Coming This July To The Xbox One

Say what you will about previous Cars games on consoles, but I know that all have been enjoyed by one Cars fan in my house, that being the Son who has enjoyed getting Dad gamerscore on them since the first game and film.

Cars 3 Driven To Win is set for release on July 14th for the Xbox One and also a number of other formats, with the game promising to extend the storyline of Cars 3 with all-new adventures, while taking players through a high-speed competition that is filled with both familiar and new faces. The likes of Lightning McQueen, newbies like Cruz Ramirez and Jackson Storm are all set to feature in the game, with the game having more than 20 customisable playable characters to choose from. Players can also select race environments from a series of iconic settings from the film, such as Radiator Springs and Florida International Speedway with over 20 unique tracks to choose from across 13 different locations. Looking forward to this, if not just for the sweet gamerscore that …

HXR Review - Troll And I

Just before Christmas, I came across this interesting looking game while scrolling through the coming soon section of the game rental service I use, a game that looked to offer something along the same lines of Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons, or so I thought and even hoped at least. Not going to be a long review this one, so let's crack on shall we.

Troll And I follows the adventures of a teenage boy called Otto, and a Troll who he befriends after watching his home (with dear Mum there too) set on fire, with the hunters who did this on the lookout for this mythical creature. The hunters are there thanks to a rich man wanting a troll dead or alive for his collection, it's that simple.
The game kicks off with a little tutorial showing how to hunt things down and craft new items, with the first 15 minutes or so seeming like this game is going to be all about you needing items to survive and to sneak around killing little goblin like characters that you face (all look the same afte…

HXR Spoiler Free Review - Mass Effect: Andromeda

I glanced through a load of reviews for this a few days before launch day while waiting for my copy to show up, with many of them seemingly wanting to make readers aware of not only how much love they had for past games in the series, but also how every little detail of the ME storyline had somehow stayed with them over the years. Sadly my mind forgets what happened a week ago, let alone when years pass. I played ME1 (for an hour as this one bored me) and ME2 and ME3 for a stupid amount of time, but to sit here and pretend I remember every single detail about my experience would be a lie. The only lasting memory other than growing to care for the characters in the later games was of me spending hours trying to make love to a blue alien and Miranda, just so I could tick it off the list. Don't judge me, as we all know most of us did this. So will this review have lines filled with me looking fondly back on how I went out on adventures with other characters? Nope is the short answer…