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Chime Sharp review: Now I get it, I think - First things first… Sometimes it can be nice to throw yourself into a game with no instructions to just kind of figure it out for yourself. In Chime Sharp, however, after my first two hours of playing it, and really thinking I was doing great… I came to realize that I was basically just making 2×2 squares (or quads) Lumines style and doing nothing. After reading online that the goal was to cover all of the game board, I finally understood it (to b...

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Friday new releases: May 26, 2017 - It's another busy Friday for Xbox One gamers with some pretty big indie games all vying for your attention. First up we have Gwent: The Witcher Card Game from CD PROJEKT RED, which was actually made available yesterday through the Xbox Game Preview Programme. Gwent is the popular card game played in The Witcher 3 and is now available on it's own as a free-to-play game. Based on skill rather than luck, the game gives you command of highly customizable armi...

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The Culling coming to Xbox Game Preview June 2 - You ever watch Battle Royale or The Hunger Games and thought to yourself, "I could totally do that"? Well, that's pretty messed up, but at least there's a new game that fits into your wheelhouse. The Culling is a 16-player free-for-all murder simulator where only one can be left standing. Dropped into a giant arena with nothing but the clothes on your back, you have 25 minutes to scavenge, strategize and stay alive at all costs. There's a hug...

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NBA Playgrounds review – In need of a rebound - As I punch the ball out of the hands of my opponent, I pick up the loose ball with Russell Westbrook and put the turbo on with a clear lane to the hoop. Westbrook, one of the best NBA players around, jumps up high above the rim and even adds a ridiculous flip to his dunk attempt, and as he throws it down with authority, the ball bounces off the rim and the opponent rebounds the ball. This is NBA Playgrounds, a game that has tons of flash and b...

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The Walking Dead: A New Frontier finale coming May 30 - It's almost time for Clementine's story to end… for the third time. The finale for Telltale's The Walking Dead: A New Frontier is coming next week, and by the looks of the new trailer they're holding nothing back. The lives of Javier, Clementine and everyone they care about hang in the balance as Richmond descends into madness. As everything around them crumbles, it will be the choices you made throughout the season that will determine...

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Demon's Crystals Review: The Price Is Right - The twin-stick shooter made its debut 40 years ago with Midway’s release of Boot Hill, but it was five years later when the genre took off thanks to Williams’ Robotron: 2084. Williams returned to the genre again in 1990 with Smash TV, which added a second simultaneous player and random weapon pick-ups wrapped in a dystopian game-show theme. Badland Games appears to have taken the gameplay of Smash TV as the inspiration for its value-priced shoot...

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Butcher review: I hardly know her - Butcher takes its inspiration from seminal genre-defining first-person shooter Doom and may be the only game that wasn't a first-person shooter to make that claim. Instead, Butcher looks at everything Doom has to offer that isn't its perspective – the brutality, the gore and the lightning fast combat. This 2D twin-stick shooter does a lot to emulate its inspiration, right down to those old transitions that look like your screen is melting. If the fundamen...

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Wednesday new releases: May 24, 2017 - The gaming week is starting to build up momentum with two new releases hitting the Xbox One store today. First up is Embers of Mirrim from Creative Bytes Studios, a stylish puzzle platformer, featuring Mirrim, a character with the ability to split into two playable forms called embers. Players can control Mirrim's Light and Dark embers independently using the left and right control sticks, offering new ways to solve puzzles, overcome obstacles and trav...

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June Games With Gold announced - The Games with Gold selection has been revealed for June, giving another monthly round of games to Xbox Live Gold subscribers. Starting with Xbox One, the competitive sidescroller SpeedRunners will launch June 1, and can be picked up for free for the duration of the month. The title started its life as the Xbox Live Indie Game SpeedRunner HD, so it's nice to see things have come full circle. Starting June 16, the open world hack-em-up Watch Dogs will also be...

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Tuesday new releases: May 23, 2017 - New week, new games and starting us off is Portal Knights from Keen Games and 505 Games. Described as action-RPG-sandbox hybrid, players will be able to take on the role of Warrior, Mage or Ranger and explore dozens of randomly-generated islands restoring peace to a world torn apart by The Fracture. As well as being able to level up and customise your characters, players can mine resources and craft unique and powerful items and structures. The game also...
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