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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TA Playlist Game for April 2018 Announced

Next month's Playlist game will be our newest yet, as Sea of Thieves took the victory rather easily as it turns out. Starting on April 1st, all of TA is invited to sell seashells by the seashore. Arrghh you ready?

Posted 3 days ago, 56 comments

The Best Xbox First Person Shooters Available in 2018

First person shooters make up one of the most frequently visited genres in video games. From Randian dystopias deep under the Atlantic to future wars fought with gigantic mechs, here's a look at the best of the genre on Xbox.

Posted 7 days ago, 13 comments

Indie Sidescroller My Memory of Us Depicts Innocence Amid World War II

Indie studio Juggler Games has revealed their title My Memory of Us, a 2.5D puzzle-sidescroller that takes place in a time and place that are meant to closely resemble World War II. It comes to Xbox One in Q3 2018.

Posted 9 days ago, 7 comments

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Launches September 14th, Full Reveal Coming Soon

It feels like the video game industry is leakier than the bathroom faucets at a rundown concert venue lately. Another poorly kept secret has today been officially acknowledged in name. Shadow of the Tomb Raider is real.

Posted 9 days ago, 39 comments

Vote Now for April 2018's TA Playlist Game

It's that time again, time to make the difficult choice of what our next community game will be. More often than not we don't build the Playlist polls around themes, but this one does happen to feature four huge multiplayer games.

Posted 10 days ago, 119 comments

TA Playlist Podcast Episode 11 - Ryse: Son of Rome

Before we get completely lost in Albion, let's venture back to Rome for a quick detour to put a cap on last month's TA Playlist game. Our three hosts and the community all had vastly different opinions of February's game.

Posted 13 days ago, 13 comments

The Best Family Games Available on Xbox One in 2018

Looking for video games to play with your kids, siblings, parents, or weird uncles? Look no further! We've compiled the best family games to play together, whether you're playing pass the controller or jumping into splitscreen.

Posted 13 days ago, 4 comments

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice Xbox Release Outed by Two Ratings Boards

Among the many ways to accidentally reveal your game early, ratings boards are perhaps the most reliable. We've seen plenty of games disclosed this way previously, and it looks like critically acclaimed Hellblade is next.

Posted 17 days ago, 67 comments

State of Decay 2 Releases on May 22nd Cheaper Than You May Expect

State of Decay fans have waited long for today's news. The exclusive sequel is on the way this May. Better yet, the game will debut at a price point more friendly than what you may be expecting.

Posted 18 days ago, 56 comments

Easiest Xbox Achievement Lists from February 2018

Last month we introduced a brand new recurring feature on site, our monthly easy game completion roundup. February has come and gone, so it's time again to ensure no one misses the chance to quickly boost their score.

Posted 23 days ago, 72 comments

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Mulaka Review

Often the greatest appeal of an independent game is witnessing the vision of a small team unaltered by publisher or investor influence. The latest wonderful result of this arrangement is Lienzo's Zelda-like, Mulaka.

Posted 2 days ago, 6 comments

The Council Episode One Review

A new trend was born in 2012 with The Walking Dead. Episodic games were back, and this time they could be all about the story. The Council takes that formula and builds on it with intriguing effect thanks to fun RPG elements.

Posted 11 days ago, 14 comments

The Station Review

The Station is a new science fiction adventure title that will draw in lots of support from the TA community for its easy 1000 Gamerscore. Stay for the story, though, and you just may see it coming from a mile away.

Posted 23 days ago, 8 comments

Past Cure Review

Past Cure is a cinematic stealth-shooter from a rookie studio of eight people, a premise worth rooting for. Sadly, the title lacks polish in all areas and is only salvaged by appealing to those who like really weird games.

Posted 24 days ago, 20 comments

Drift Zone Review

Drift Zone takes one aspect of other racers' multifaceted gameplay suites and tries to create modes interesting enough while focusing only on that. It struggles to do so and would have been best to remain on smartphones.

Posted 1 month ago, 15 comments

Asemblance Review

Often times with first-person narrative adventure games, it's up to the player to piece together a story being told through notes and audio tapes. There's a line you don't want to cross when leaving it up to players, though.

Posted 1 month ago, 16 comments

Wulverblade Review

Side-scrolling beat 'em ups were a staple of arcades and early consoles, but we don't see them nearly as often anymore. Wulverblade brings the genre back into the spotlight with strategic combat and beautiful artwork.

Posted 1 month ago, 11 comments

Mutant Football League Review

Anyone who loves American football but wishes for an alternative for hyper-realistic Madden sims probably thinks back fondly to the NFL Blitz days. Luckily for those people, such days have returned. Well, sort of.

Posted 1 month ago, 27 comments

Batman: The Enemy Within Episode 4 Review

It's episode four for another Telltale series, so that guarantees a cliffhanger ending. Before that, we get another up and down affair between Batman and his many foes. Who will get the last laugh?

Posted 1 month ago, 9 comments

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Review

Say what you will about walking sims, but what they sacrifice in the way of really involved gameplay, they typically make up for with storytelling. Ethan Carter somehow bucks that trend for the worse, but it's still decent.

Posted 1 month ago, 21 comments

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Poll: What's Your Favorite Ubisoft Franchise?
Poll: What's Your Favorite Ubisoft Franchise?

Few publishers have had a hot streak like Ubisoft's lately. From reviving Assassin's Creed to reinventing Rainbow Six to introducing For Honor to even fighting off Vivendi. Which franchise from the storied publisher is best?

Posted just now, 12 comments

Which Xbox Achievement Are You Most Proud Of?

As the celebration of a decade on TA continues all week, today we're looking at the Xbox achievements that have filled us with the most pride when we heard that Pavlovian pop. Which singular achievement is your proudest?

Posted 10 days ago, 242 comments

Color Splashes and Epic Crashes: Interview with ONRUSH Director Paul Rustchynsky

If you haven't heard of ONRUSH just yet, our interview with the Game Director behind Codemasters' newest racing IP is a great starting line -- and if you are in the know already, our interview reveals some brand new details too!

Posted 14 days ago, 8 comments

Poll: Which Site Feature Do You Find Most Valuable?

Happy Friday TA! Happy early birthday too, but we'll get to that shortly. In this week's poll, we look back at last week's winner before asking you to share with us your most valuable site feature from the ever-increasing list.

Posted 15 days ago, 116 comments

Poll: What's Your Most Anticipated Game Release for March 2018?

March may be the first legitimately big month of the year for 2018 games releases. With Microsoft's newest IP, the latest Far Cry, and no fewer than three high profile remasters, things are about to get expensive for many of us.

Posted 22 days ago, 80 comments

In Case You Missed It: Firewatch

In case you missed it, Campo Santo's debut, Firewatch, is one of the finest narrative adventure games to come out of the young genre. It tells a story of two strangers both looking for escapism in the wilderness of Wyoming.

Posted 27 days ago, 68 comments

Poll: PUBG or Fortnite Battle Royale?

The great feuds throughout history: the Hatfields versus the McCoys, Stalin versus Trotsky, the Mystery Inc. gang versus grifters in monster costumes, and now PUBG versus Fortnite Battle Royale. Choose your side!

Posted 29 days ago, 148 comments

How Likely Are These Sequel Announcements in 2018?

Leaks happen all the time, and even when a game is successfully hidden, sequels are very frequent and constantly getting revealed. Let's play a ranking game! Which of these sequels do you expect to be announced in 2018?

Posted 1 month ago, 140 comments

Follow the Leader: The Changing Depiction of Cults in Video Games

Video games have been giving us cults to battle for decades, but recently the way these cults are depicted has become much more like the stories we see in the news. Let's examine why this trend may be occurring.

Posted 1 month ago, 51 comments

Easiest Xbox Achievement Lists from January 2018

You asked for it, so we're bringing it to you. After our community loved the easy Game Pass completions story we did recently, we figured you deserve more similar guides more regularly. Here's the first of a new monthly feature!

Posted 1 month ago, 73 comments

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