Peggle 2 is more Peggle, and that is exactly what we wanted. Oh, there is a new visual style and some new victory fanfares tossed in there, but the core gameplay of bouncing balls off of pegs to rack up high scores is just like you remember it. Still crazy fun. Still crazy addictive. See our full Peggle 2 for Xbox One right here.
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Rather than doing new full reviews for the Xbox One's lineup of cross-gen games at launch (cross-gen meaning games that appear on both Xbox 360 and Xbox One), which would be a pain considering most of them saw little to no changes from one version to the next, we have instead done mini-reviews of the Xbox One versions that showcase what is actually different, better, or sometimes worse than the past-gen version.
Need for Speed: Rivals Xbox One Mini-Review
NBA 2K14 Xbox One Mini-Review
FIFA Soccer 14 Xbox One Mini-Review
Madden NFL 25 Xbox One Mini-Review
Call of Duty: Ghosts Xbox One Mini-Review
Battlefield 4 Xbox One Mini-Review
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Xbox One Mini-Review
Skylanders: SWAP Force Xbox One Mini-Review
Dead Rising 3 isn't exactly a next-gen graphical powerhouse (though the sheer numbers of zombies onscreen is pretty impressive) but it will absolutely win you over because of how well it plays. All I have ever really asked of the Dead Rising series is to let me kill zombies, and Dead Rising 3 makes it easier and more fun than ever. See our full Dead Rising 3 review for more info.
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With a world as interesting as the Land Of Ooo and characters as awesome as Finn and Jake and LSP and Ice King and all the rest, you'd think making a game based on "Adventure Time" would be easy. Apparently, it isn't so easy, though, as even the great WayForward, which usually does great work, struggled with it. Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW! may have the best name of any game ever, but the dungeon crawling gameplay can only be described as dull and repetitive. See our full review for more.
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Hot Shots Golf has always been one of my favorite series, and the absence of a similar arcade-style golf experience on Xbox consoles has always been a bit of a bummer. For the Xbox One launch, however, Microsoft and developer Zoe Mode finally fill that arcade golf void with Powerstar Golf. Powerstar Golf plays great - with the classic three-click-swing! - and looks pretty decent to boot. It doesn't have a ton of features, unfortunately, but what is here is definitely quality. See our full review for more.
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When you're out on the track, there is no doubt Forza 5 is the best Forza yet. When you're doing anything else in the game, however, it is hard not to be disappointed with it. Missing features, a small car and track list, and downright insulting DLC plans and intrusive microtransactions mar what is otherwise a superlative racing experience. It looks great and plays amazingly well, but Forza 5 has issues elsewhere that are hard to ignore. Our full review has all of the details.
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Since this is the Xbox One's first Holiday season, your options for gift ideas are kind of limited because there isn't very much stuff out yet. Instead of just giving another game or an extra controller, we have some ideas for more useful gifts that the Xbox One owner in your life will really appreciate. See the list below.
LocoCycle never looked particularly fun or interesting at any point when it was shown over the last couple of years, so it isn't really a surprise that the final released product is pretty much a stinker. There is some fun to be had with the totally ridiculous premise, but the gameplay is just tedious and the graphics are more in line with Xbox 360 launch titles instead of Xbox One. See our full review for all of the disappointing details.
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I love the Killer Instinct series, so when a new KI was revealed at E3 2013 as an Xbox One launch title, I was pretty excited. I have to admit, though, that I didn't really have faith that the series' original developer, Rare, had the ability to revive the series properly anymore. Lucky for me and gamers everywhere, then, that a different developer, Double Helix, was brought in to actually put the new KI together.
Admittedly, Double Helix doesn't have the best track record, but key members of the old KI dev teams were brought in along with help from the fighting game community to make the new Killer Instinct the best game it could be both as an homage to the old games as well as a serious competitive fighting game entry. And they absolutely succeeded. Killer Instinct is back. See our full reveiw for all of the details.
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An unfortunate reality, particularly these days when electronics are so sophisticated, is that the launch of a new product brings a lot of joy, but for some folks, a lot of frustration as well when their new toys don't work right. The PS4 has had its share of reported hardware issues following its launch, and now the Xbox One is right there with it. Faulty disc drives, among other things, are the main culprit for the XONE (including my personal system). Our article takes a look at some of the reported problems as well as what you should do if you do experience any Xbox One hardware issues.