Sam Quirke

Sam Quirke (kintaris)

Sam has been gaming long enough to know the pain of a failed DOS install on the fifth floppy disc. As well as writing news, he also looks after our Community Interviews. Send him a PM if you are interested!
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Rock Band 4 Online Quickplay Update Detailed in Video

Online Quickplay is very nearly upon us in Rock Band 4's "Rivals" DLC, a feature long awaited for the game. In this video the developers take us behind the scenes and tell us exactly how they've tried to perfect the feature.

Posted 11 hours ago, 10 comments

Circuit Breakers Teases A Couple Of Screens

Circuit Breakers promises to be pretty chaotic, if last week's six-way co-op video was anything to go by. To tide us over until release, Excalibur Games have teased a couple more screenshots. Take a look!

Posted 11 hours ago, 3 comments

CDF Starfighter Origins Video Showcases "Instant Action Mode" Gameplay

As we reported last month, CDF Starfighter will be VR enabled for Project Scorpio. If you're not into that sort of thing, fear not: the "Origins" version exists for non-VR audiences. Here's another look at the gameplay

Posted 16 hours ago, 5 comments

NBA 2K18 Announced

Surprising no one, it appears that 2K will be dribbling their NBA franchise back onto the console court this year with 2K18. Details are scant, but a multi-platform release is assured.

Posted 6 days ago, 29 comments

Styx: Shards of Darkness Shows Off The Art of Stealth

Styx's second adventure is only a couple of months away, so it's time for a cinematic trailer. In this short scene we see Styx use all of his stealthy tricks to nab a massive jewel.

Posted 6 days ago, 10 comments

Scalebound Has Been Cancelled

Microsoft isn't having the best time with its exclusive games in development at the moment. Less than a year on from the cancellation of Fable Legends, it looks like Scalebound could be meeting the same fate...

Posted 11 days ago, 228 comments

Conan Exiles Shows Off Its Ambitious Settlement Crafting

Conan Exiles is a swords-and-sandals MMO that promises plenty of blood and brutality. What you might not know is that it also offers a whole lot of real estate and some ambitious settlement building to match.

Posted 11 days ago, 7 comments

Mass Effect: Andromeda Arriving in March

The highly anticipated new entry in the Mass Effect saga is nearly here. Andromeda will land on shelves and digital stores from March 21st... in North America. Europe will have to wait until the 23rd. How will we cope?

Posted 16 days ago, 38 comments

Vostok Inc Revealed

Look in any app store and there's several games in which you repeatedly click your way to the top of a corporate ladder. But do any of them also have twin-stick shooting in space? Vostok Inc is here to fill the gap in the market.

Posted 1 month ago, 2 comments

The Escapists Gets More Free Festive Content

Last year, The Escapists celebrated its success - and the holiday season - with the free "Santa's Sweatshop" update. They're at it again, offering us "Jingle Cells" while we wait for a full sequel in 2017.

Posted 1 month ago, 8 comments

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Crypt of the Serpent King Review

Crypt of the Serpent King is a port of an Xbox 360 Indie title, a simple dungeon crawler full of stereotypical high fantasy enemies. If you've seen screenshots, you know it looks terrible but does it play any better?

Posted 10 days ago, 37 comments

Steep Review

Steep was a surprise announcement at Ubisoft's E3 conference this year, seeing the publisher take the ailing snow sports genre off piste to new, open-world horizons. A bold move for sure, but has it paid off?

Posted 1 month ago, 21 comments

Tennis in the Face Review

10tons is bringing yet another destructive puzzler to home consoles after enjoying success on smart phones. If you've played Baseball Riot then you'll be on familiar ground, but does Tennis in the Face offer anything special?

Posted 1 month ago, 8 comments

Furi Review

Picture that one boss through which you desperately parried and dodged, only to be wiped out by an insane attack that defied your reflexes. Furi takes that heart-hammering frustration and makes a whole game out of it.

Posted 1 month ago, 7 comments

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TA Community Interview – Joshatron1205

2016 is nearly over, but there's still time for another Community Interview. Joshatron1205 is our latest guest – a big fan of Pokémon, but The Game Awards? Not so much...

Posted 1 month ago, 8 comments

Steep Achievements Revealed

What better way to get into the festive spirit than wing-suiting face-first into a massive snow bank? Steep is Ubisoft's latest grand open world with a snow sports twist and the achievements have arrived.

Posted 1 month ago, 6 comments

Assassin's Creed The Ezio Collection Achievements Revealed

With updated visuals, all of the original single-player DLC and the inclusion of short movies Embers and Lineage, Assassin’s Creed The Ezio Collection gives achievement hunters a welcome excuse to indulge in some nostalgia.

Posted 2 months ago, 45 comments

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition Achievements Reveal

2011 was a fantastic year for me. I met the beautiful lady who would become my wife and we were both introduced to the wonderful world of Skyrim with its incredible vistas and mysterious Dwemer artifacts.

Posted 3 months ago, 107 comments

TA Community Interview – ZNMS

It's time for another TA Community Interview! This time we're speaking to ZNMS. Songwriter, executive director, gaming industry socialite - this guy has a more interesting backstory than most video game protagonists!

Posted 3 months ago, 9 comments

TA Community Interview – II Kazz II

Who better to have at your side in a zombie apocalypse than someone who knows the genre like the back of their hand? Read on to learn a little more about this hardcore achievement hunter with a penchant for the shuffling horde...

Posted 4 months ago, 15 comments

TA Top Five: Life Lessons Learned From Games
TA Top Five: Life Lessons Learned From Games

Life can be pretty tricky to navigate, and school really doesn't prepare us that well for its subtleties. Luckily, our virtual playgrounds can sometimes help fill in the gaps in our education. What have you learned from games?

Posted 4 months ago, 48 comments

Firewatch Achievement List

It's the rise of the walking simulators on Xbox One. We already have an achievement list for Dear Esther, a highly-praised example of the genre that has gotten an Xbox edition.

Posted 4 months ago, 32 comments

ReCore Achievement List

In a game that is seemingly determined to hit all of our nostalgia buttons, how will its achievements stack up against its spiritual ancestors? Check out the list below to get an idea.

Posted 4 months ago, 36 comments

TA Community Interview – PistolMcAwesome

I'm not the only one with less-than-brilliant memories of Final Fantasy X-2... Read on for this week's Community Interview with PistolMcAwesome, Mega Man X speedrunner and DmC expert.

Posted 5 months ago, 14 comments

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