Mark Delaney

Mark Delaney (N0T PENNYS B0AT)

Mark is a Boston native now living in Portland, Oregon. He's the Editorial Manager on TA, loves story-first games, and is one of three voices on the TA Playlist podcast. Outside of games he likes biking, sci-fi, the NFL, and spending time with his fiancée and son. He almost never writes in the third person.
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Exclusive: Telltale Mega Collection Bundles Nearly All Their Games Since 2012

In the market for some story-driven games with easy gamerscore? A new bundle from Telltale Games puts nearly their entire body of work over the past half decade into one digital package. Ten games, 10,000 gamerscore.

Posted 17 hours ago, 48 comments

EA Closing Visceral Games, Reroutes Upcoming Star Wars Project

In a statement from Patrick Söderlund, EA has today revealed the double whammy of Visceral Games' closing as well as a seismic shift in the production of the studio's former untitled Star Wars game.

Posted 2 days ago, 90 comments

Vote Now for November 2017's TA Playlist Game

November is a very busy month for many people, so this month's poll focuses on shorter games that we expect will still generate interesting discussions. Click through to vote for your preferred game before the week is out!

Posted 4 days ago, 119 comments

The Best ID@Xbox Games Available in 2017

The ID@Xbox program has, perhaps quietly, become one of the greatest strengths of the Xbox One. With well over 500 games and counting, it was tough to make cuts, but we picked out several of our favorites to be played in 2017.

Posted 7 days ago, 3 comments

OpenCritic Says They Are Going to Take a Stand Against Loot Boxes

The loot box debate isn't going away, but hopefully it can become a bit clearer soon. OpenCritic,is looking to build a platform where consumers can easily determine what kind of in-game paid content each game offers.

Posted 9 days ago, 155 comments

Slayaway Camp: Butcher's Cut Coming to Consoles This Month

Slayaway Camp is a highly lauded puzzle game with a horror twist. In it, you play as a slasher villain preying on teens just like some of the genre's greats, but to achieve bloodshed, you'll need to solve puzzles.

Posted 17 days ago, 4 comments

Star Wars Battlefront II Invites You to Inferno Squad

Star Wars Battlefront II is just a little over a month from releasing. If you find yourself eager to see the game's story mode, this new cutscene taken from the game may tide you over. Check out the game's all-new protagonist.

Posted 17 days ago, 3 comments

TA Playlist Podcast Episode 6 - Dark Souls

Our month of dying in Dark Souls has come to an end, and that means our latest episode of the TA Playlist Podcast is now ready for downloading or streaming. Click through to hear our thoughts -- and yours -- on the brutal game.

Posted 17 days ago, 18 comments

TA Playlist for October 2017, Alien Isolation, Has Begun

October is here, and for some people, that means an entire month of Halloween festivities. We wanted to bask in the orange and black glow for TA Playlist, and we'll be doing just that with Alien Isolation all month long.

Posted 18 days ago, 37 comments

PUBG Devs Call Out Fortnite for "Replicating" Their Game

The games industry is one of imitators and inspirations. One game does something fun and innovative and several others follow suit like clockwork. How close is too close, though? Bluehole Inc. thinks they know the answer.

Posted 27 days ago, 92 comments

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Raiders of the Broken Planet Review

Raiders of the Broken Planet is an indie game but you wouldn't know it by looking at it. It boasts AAA visuals and some impressive settings, but it gets dragged down in a number of ways that keep it from becoming great.

Posted 10 days ago, 6 comments

Batman: The Enemy Within Episode 2 Review

After another great premiere from the Great Premiere Factory known as Telltale Games, Batman season two continues its high marks with a solid follow-up that isn't afraid to pile on the rogues gallery. The gang's all here!

Posted 14 days ago, 2 comments

Cuphead Review

StudioMDHR's debut title garnered significant pre-release hype for itself thanks in large part to its stunning visual design. Thankfully, with tough design and excellent co-op, Cuphead is much more than just a pretty face.

Posted 20 days ago, 118 comments

Planet of the Eyes Review

Planet of the Eyes is an indie puzzle-platformer that can reasonably draw comparisons to other stylish games in the same genre. The puzzles aren't as special as some of its genre-mates but its story is thought-provoking.

Posted 29 days ago, 16 comments

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider Review

It's unclear whether Death of the Outsider is truly meant to be the end of the series or simply the end of this arc and its cast of characters. In either case, it's a worthy sendoff to one of the last decade's best new series.

Posted 30 days ago, 24 comments

Don't Knock Twice Review

Don't Knock Twice is a first-person horror game that coincides with a recent film of the same name. Maybe its status as a sneaky movie tie-in is why no one should be surprised Don't Knock Twice is so forgettable.

Posted 1 month ago, 15 comments

Madden NFL 18 Review

Despite the criticisms received by annual sports games, Madden has been on the upswing for nearly half a decade. Madden NFL 18 comes with a few huge bullet point features but doesn't totally deliver on some of them.

Posted 1 month ago, 9 comments

Batman: The Enemy Within Episode 1 Review

Batman's second season is here just a year after the first season premiered. It's a quick turnaround for Telltale and maybe that's why it hits a lot of the same notes, although it's tough to argue with their effectiveness.

Posted 2 months ago, 20 comments

Infinite Minigolf Review

A game called Infinite Minigolf is simultaneously implying it's exactly what you'd expect and so much more. You can't really reinvent the proverbial wheel but Zen Studios does let you reinvent the golf course over and over.

Posted 3 months ago, 15 comments

What Remains of Edith Finch Review

Walking sims don't care about gameplay. They sacrifice interesting mechanics in favor of story. It's a polarizing trade-off but one people are accustomed to, or at least they used to be before the time of Edith Finch.

Posted 3 months ago, 52 comments

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Loot Boxes: Who's To Blame?

Loot boxes and other microtransactions are the talk of the industry right now? Are they an example of gambling? Do we deserve any blame as the consumers? How can we get them to go away? Do we even want that?

Posted 5 days ago, 194 comments

Eight Horror Movies That Would Make Good Video Games

Recent horror hits like Friday The 13th and Alien Isolation reveal just how well a known franchise can transition from the big screen to our consoles. Here are eight more haunts that would make fun horror games.

Posted 6 days ago, 59 comments

PAX West: Lifeless Moon Feels Plucked Right Out of The Twilight Zone

Stage 2's indie sci-fi adventure game, Lifeless Planet, told a ponderous tale that fans of the genre hopefully did not miss. We got to play the early build of the just-announced spiritual successor, Lifeless Moon, at PAX West.

Posted 1 month ago, 11 comments

PAX West: The Church in the Darkness Offers Gameplay Both Technical and Emergent

The studio behind The Church in the Darkness, Paranoid Productions, brought their latest demo to PAX West and we got to go hands-on trying to infiltrate the dynamic cult town. The infiltrate/exfiltrate mission is not easy.

Posted 1 month ago, 4 comments

PAX West: Wreckfest Allows Racers To Swap Much More Than Paint

If tight corners and shaving milliseconds off lap times isn't the racing for you, perhaps Wreckfest is. This long in development crash-heavy racer is nearing release after being picked up for publishing by THQ Nordic.

Posted 1 month ago, 9 comments

PAX West: Black Mirror is a Gothic Horror with Mysteries Abound

Black Mirror was announced a few weeks ago and we got to go hands-on with it at PAX West in Seattle this past weekend. The adventure game reboot drops its former style in favor of the cinematic flair of a Telltale game.

Posted 1 month ago, 6 comments

PAX West: Where The Water Tastes Like Wine Tells a Sorrowful American Folktale

Where The Water Tastes Like Wine is an adventure game, although it plays differently than anything else I've seen. It's a somber, hard to swallow examination of the uneven footing upon which the American Dream is built.

Posted 1 month ago, 4 comments

PAX West: Hello Neighbor is an Improbable Mix of Pixar and Hitchcock

With a color palette at home in a children's movie franchise, Hello Neighbor could fool some uninformed purchasers into thinking they're safe. They would be wrong. This smart and relentless AI is your new nightmare.

Posted 1 month ago, 15 comments

PAX West: Hand of the Gods: Smite Tactics Aims To Reinvent the CCG

It seems everyone is aiming to get in on the CCG trend as of late. Hand of the Gods is Hi-Rez's unique response to that trend, building on the collectible card game with serious attention to turn-based strategy.

Posted 1 month ago, 4 comments

PAX West: Middle-earth: Shadow of War Diversifies Its Open World

Fresh off our recent TA Playlist community playthrough and podcast, Mark was able to sit down for over an hour with Middle-earth: Shadow of War. He came away bloodied and beaten across an array of open world missions.

Posted 1 month ago, 15 comments

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