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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    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
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    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

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    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

    21

    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

    6

    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

    2

    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

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    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.  
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    71

    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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