Ian Collen

Ian Collen has been working as a journalist and writer for more than 20 years. After cutting his teeth in a radio station newsroom, he moved into print, working on a variety of magazines including Essential Home Cinema back when 5.1 was considered a luxury.

The majority of his magazine life was spent in videogames, writing for and editing a number of titles, primarily XBM, 360 GAMER, ONE GAMER, PLAY GAMER and the innovative custom-made digital title GAMER Interactive. Most recently he was editor of Drone Magazine - the clue is very much in the title on that one.

Now working as a freelance writer, Ian is still spending far too much time playing games and considering it 'research', while also trying to follow the latest developments in drone technology and regulation. He is not fun at parties.

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  • Gaming News

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    Top Ten Most Anticipated Games of 2022

    by Ian Collen
    Top Ten Most Anticipated Games of 2022
    Our top picks of just some of the standout videogames to put on your shopping list for the year ahead…  
  • Gaming News

    23

    Best 10 Games of 2021

    by Ian Collen
    Best 10 Games of 2021
    We cherry pick a handful of our favourite gaming moments from the past 12 months. What did we miss?  
  • Gaming Review

    38

    Battlefield 2042 (Xbox Series X) Review

    by Ian Collen
    Battlefield 2042 (Xbox Series X) Review
    Focusing purely on multiplayer, with up to 128 players causing unbridled chaos across PCs and new-gen consoles, 2042 certainly delivers on spectacle; but when it comes to the actual gameplay it’s a little more hit and miss…  
    7
  • Gaming Review

    25

    Far Cry 6 Review (Xbox Series X)

    by Ian Collen
    Far Cry 6 Review (Xbox Series X)
    The only revolution on display is the uprising you’ll get to lead into battle, as Far Cry 6 focuses purely on delivering more of what made the series great in the first place.  
    8
  • Gaming Review

    62

    FIFA 22 Review (Xbox Series X)

    by Ian Collen
    FIFA 22 Review (Xbox Series X)
    The annual upgrade offers some nice touches and impressive visual polish for new-gen consoles but bereft of any big-name signings the series is beginning to lack real personality.  
    8
  • Gaming Review

    1

    Lost in Random (Xbox Series X) Review

    by Ian Collen
    Lost in Random (Xbox Series X) Review
    It’s far from perfect, but this delightfully twisted adventure combines a great backdrop and quirky storyline with a strategic combat system for a frequently weird and wonderful experience.  
    8
  • Gaming Review

    8

    Psychonauts 2 (Xbox Series X) Review

    by Ian Collen
    Psychonauts 2 (Xbox Series X) Review
    If the 2005 original was something of a sleeper hit, the hotly-anticipated Psychonauts 2 jumps straight into the mainstream with a wonderfully creative and beautifully presented sequel.  
    9
  • Gaming Review

    36

    Hades Review (Xbox Series X)

    by Ian Collen
    Hades Review (Xbox Series X)
    Previously launched on PC and Switch, this award-winning rogue-like dungeon crawler gets an HD upgrade for consoles, and it’s never looked or played better.  
    10
  • Gaming Review

    13

    F1 2021 (Xbox Series X) Review

    by Ian Collen
    F1 2021 (Xbox Series X) Review
    Once again Codemasters delivers an excellent racing experience, even if this isn’t quite the new-gen leap forward we’d all been hoping for.  
    8
  • Gaming News

    37

    E3 2021: Ten of the Best

    by Ian Collen
    E3 2021: Ten of the Best
    We round-up some of the biggest names and new announcements making a splash in the year’s hottest gaming expo.  
  • Gaming Review

    10

    Biomutant (Xbox One) Review

    by Ian Collen
    Biomutant (Xbox One) Review
    Taking some obvious cues from the greats of the RPG genre, Biomutant is a charming action-adventure that’s light on action but has a rich open world that’s ripe for leisurely looting and near-endless exploration.  
    8
  • Gaming Review

    20

    Resident Evil Village (Xbox One) Review

    by Ian Collen
    Resident Evil Village (Xbox One) Review
    Picking up where Biohazard left off, Resident Evil Village builds upon this very welcome return to form, dipping back into the classics from this now 25-year-old series to add a little more action to its survival-horror origins.  
    9
  • Gaming Review

    16

    Outriders Review (Xbox One)

    by Ian Collen
    Outriders Review (Xbox One)
    It’s had its share of tech issues, but this RPG shooter-looter takes inspiration from the classics to deliver some of the best fun-and-gun action around. Outriders is great on your own, but even better with friends.  
    8
  • Gaming Review

    13

    It Takes Two Review (Xbox One)

    by Ian Collen
    It Takes Two Review (Xbox One)
    A delightful two-player adventure that demands genuine co-op gameplay, this highly creative puzzle-platformer is a great way to embrace social distancing with your friends.  
    9
  • Gaming Review

    Stubbs the Zombie Review (Xbox One)

    by Ian Collen
    Stubbs the Zombie Review (Xbox One)
    The 15-year-old cult classic rises from the grave with a zero frills port, leaving a first-gen Xbox title to walk among those living in a new-gen world... but there's still some life in this undead antihero.  
    5
  • Gaming Review

    4

    Little Nightmares II Review (Xbox One)

    by Ian Collen
    Little Nightmares II Review (Xbox One)
    A nightmare you won’t want to wake up from, this delightfully dark twist on the platform genre is as beautiful as it is haunting.  
    8
  • Gaming Review

    1

    Gods Will Fall Review (Xbox One)

    by Ian Collen
    Gods Will Fall Review (Xbox One)
    A challenging hack and slash adventure with a genuine Game Over dynamic that can captivate and infuriate in equal measure.  
    6
  • Gaming Review

    16

    Dirt 5 Review (Xbox One)

    by Ian Collen
    Dirt 5 Review (Xbox One)
    Fast and furious arcade action combine with Codemasters’ stock racing finesse for lots of off-road thrills and spills.  
    8
  • Gaming Review

    14

    FIFA 21 Review (Xbox One)

    by Ian Collen
    FIFA 21 Review (Xbox One)
    A notable lack of summer signings as next-gen qualification beckons, but a number of small victories just about secures the points.  
    8
  • Gaming Review

    3

    Mafia: Definitive Edition Review (Xbox One)

    by Ian Collen
    Mafia: Definitive Edition Review (Xbox One)
    Enjoy some quality family time with this well-polished remake that paints a beautiful picture but still shows its age…  
    8
  • Gaming Review

    1

    Peaky Blinders: Mastermind Review (Xbox One)

    by Ian Collen
    Peaky Blinders: Mastermind Review (Xbox One)
    An intriguing puzzle-adventure crossover for the hit TV show with some great ideas for embracing your inner Shelby, but it ultimately falls a little short.  
    6
  • Gaming Review

    2

    Relicta Review (Xbox One)

    by Ian Collen
    Relicta Review (Xbox One)
    Building on the gravity-defying delights of Portal, Relicta offers up a very welcome budget-priced challenge for puzzle fans.  
    7
  • Gaming Review

    5

    Destroy All Humans Review (Xbox One)

    by Ian Collen
    Destroy All Humans Review (Xbox One)
    Find out if nostalgia is as good it used to be as this cult classic riffing on 1950s B-movies gets a keenly anticipated makeover…  
    7
  • Gaming Review

    22

    F1 2020 Review (Xbox One)

    by Ian Collen
    F1 2020 Review (Xbox One)
    A little more polish gets applied to Codemasters’ winning formula, with the added bonus of racing the full 2020 season that never will be…  
    9
  • Gaming Review

    Beyond Blue Review (Xbox One)

    by Ian Collen
    Beyond Blue Review (Xbox One)
    Made with the support of the BBC’s Blue Planet II team, this deep dive into the ocean is a small game with a big heart…  
    7
  • Gaming Review

    7

    Maneater Review (Xbox One)

    by Ian Collen
    Maneater Review (Xbox One)
    Live out your ultimate Jaws fantasy with an adventure you can really sink your teeth into…  
    7
  • Gaming Review

    34

    DOOM Eternal Review (Xbox One)

    by Ian Collen
    DOOM Eternal Review (Xbox One)
    Bringing more gloriously self-orchestrated carnage to the world, it’s well worth soaking up a little DOOM amidst all the gloom…  
    9
  • Gaming Review

    1

    Zombie Army 4: Dead War Review (Xbox One)

    by Ian Collen
    Zombie Army 4: Dead War Review (Xbox One)
    The undead rise again because slaughtering Nazi Zombies never goes out of style. The arcade action might be limited but it’s still a whole lot of fun.  
    7
  • Gaming Review

    1

    Blair Witch Review (Xbox One)

    by Ian Collen
    Blair Witch Review (Xbox One)
    The horror franchise gets an unsettling case of PTSD.  
    6
  • Gaming Review

    18

    Journey to the Savage Planet Review (Xbox One)

    by Ian Collen
    Journey to the Savage Planet Review (Xbox One)
    A cheap and cheerful start to the gaming year.  
    7
  • Gaming Review

    13

    Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Review (Xbox One)

    by Ian Collen
    Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Review (Xbox One)
    A Tomb Raider with The Force Unleashed  
    8
  • Gaming Review

    Need for Speed Heat Review (Xbox One)

    by Ian Collen
    Need for Speed Heat Review (Xbox One)
    The fading franchise finds life in the basics...  
    7
  • Gaming Review

    99

    FIFA 20 Review (Xbox One)

    by Ian Collen
    FIFA 20 Review (Xbox One)
    The beautiful, if not quite perfect, game. We take an in-depth look at the latest instalment of FIFA.  
    8
  • Gaming Review

    5

    Gears 5 Review (Xbox One)

    by Ian Collen
    Gears 5 Review (Xbox One)
    They may have lost the War but these Gears ain’t losing the fight…  
    8
  • Gaming Review

    86

    Control Review (Xbox One)

    by Ian Collen
    Control Review (Xbox One)
    A slick supernatural mystery that touches on brilliance but has a few ghosts in the machine.  
    7
  • Gaming Review

    22

    Wolfenstein: Youngblood Review (Xbox One)

    by Ian Collen
    Wolfenstein: Youngblood Review (Xbox One)
    Sisters are doing it for themselves in this bitesize co-op spin-off that still packs a punch.  
    8
  • Gaming Review

    115

    F1 2019 Review (Xbox One)

    by Ian Collen
    F1 2019 Review (Xbox One)
    Some new tyres and a slick paint job proves a formula for success.  
    9
  • Gaming News

    107

    E3 2019: Xbox Briefing Report

    by Ian Collen
    E3 2019: Xbox Briefing Report
    Halo Infinite, Gears 5, Cyberpunk 2077 and a new console among the headline makers.  
  • Gaming Review

    73

    Rage 2 Review (Xbox One)

    by Ian Collen
    Rage 2 Review (Xbox One)
    Carefree carnage ensues when the creators of Just Cause, Doom and Fallout collide in a post-apocalyptic world.  
    8

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