Sam Quirke

Sam Quirke (kintaris)

Sam has been gaming long enough to know what a text parser is. As well as writing news, he also looks after our Community Interviews. Send him a PM if you are interested!
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Sonic Forces Takes A Spin Back To Green Hill Zone

While Sonic Mania is drumming up plenty of interest thanks to its faithfulness to the original games, fans are looking at the more modern Sonic Forces with some reservations. Maybe this classic zone reveal will help.

Posted 4 days ago, 12 comments

Minecraft Patch Fixes "Glide" Issues As New DLC Hits The Store

A month ago, the latest minigame "Glide" was added to console editions of Minecraft. Alongside the release of a new DLC map pack for the minigame, a new patch irons out a few wrinkles.

Posted 5 days ago, 12 comments

Crawl Revealed for Xbox One, Arrives April 11th

While wandering through fantasy gaming's many dungeons, have you ever sympathised with the poor monsters you must slay in order to continue? Crawl might be just the game for you, and it's out next month!

Posted 1 month ago, 18 comments

The Banner Saga 2 Survival Mode DLC Released With New Achievements

It seems cruel to add to the Viking's woes, but developer Stoic have decided to do just that by adding a "Survival Mode" DLC to the game.

Posted 1 month ago, 6 comments

Telltale's Guardians of the Galaxy First Look and Cast Details

Last year's Game Awards brought us a teaser trailer for the next franchise to get a Telltale-ing – Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. We now have some cast details and a few more teases, this time in screenshot form.

Posted 1 month ago, 37 comments

Everspace Updates Add a Bunch of Features

A couple of updates for Everspace have hit simultaneously on Xbox One, introducing new ships and gameplay elements as well as a new voice actor. A massive haul of screenshots appeared alongside the patch notes.

Posted 1 month ago, 4 comments

GTA Online Gets Even More Content This Spring

Grand Theft Auto Online on the Xbox One hasn't exactly been lacking in content updates, but Rockstar still aren't finished. More modes, cars, races and general explosive craziness is on the way this Spring.

Posted 1 month ago, 17 comments

Mass Effect: Andromeda Gets a New Trailer, Cancels Tech Test

Mass Effect: Andromeda is just a few weeks away, and everyone is gearing up to explore a new galaxy. It looks like we're all going to have to wait until release day to try out the multiplayer now, unless you're going to PAX East.

Posted 1 month ago, 20 comments

Troll and I Producer Discusses Story and Dual-Protagonist Gameplay

Dual-protagonist action-adventure will be with us very shortly, at the end of March. It's time to look at some footage of the story and gameplay in action, including hunting and foraging in the Scandinavian wilds.

Posted 2 months ago, 4 comments

Pixel Noir Screens Show Off Pinnacle City

Pixel Noir is an intriguing concept - a gritty detective story with JRPG gameplay and a 16-bit art style. Sadly we apparently won't see it until 2018, but we do have some screens and details to share.

Posted 2 months ago, 5 comments

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Thimbleweed Park Review

Thimbleweed Park is a love letter to classic LucasArts adventure games and their fans, courtesy of some of the original creators. Beyond that, it's a bizarre mystery full of eccentric characters.

Posted 21 days ago, 12 comments

Death Squared Review

Death Squared is the latest game to try and capitalise on Portal's fame with a tricky puzzler set in a shady corporation full of robot testing. Behind the stereotypes is a decent brainteaser with satisfying couch co-op.

Posted 1 month ago, 9 comments

Sublevel Zero Redux Review

If you remember Descent on the PlayStation fondly, you might want to take a look at this one. Sigtrap Games are here to revive the mostly dormant "six degrees of freedom" subgenre by mixing in some rogue-like elements.

Posted 1 month ago, 4 comments

2Dark Review

2Dark is the brainchild of Frédérick Raynal, creator of Alone in the Dark and considered one of the founding fathers of survival horror. Stealth infitration and voxel graphics add a twist to the usual genre stereotypes.

Posted 1 month ago, 8 comments

Ghost Blade HD Review

Ghost Blade HD is unashamedly a throwback to arcade classics. It's short, migraine-inducing chaos that remains absurdly addictive despite us having moved on in the last thirty years, but now you can compare scores online.

Posted 1 month ago, 10 comments

Spheroids Review

Spheroids is the latest iteration in a long history of games riffing on the bubble-popping arcade classic, Pang. Eclipse Games attempts to add some variety with platforming and goofy humour, but has the bubble finally burst?

Posted 2 months ago, 13 comments

TowerFall Ascension Review

The latest in the never-ending torrent of retro inspired indie games, this is a frenetic couch multiplayer game in which archers can either duel it out or team up to defeat hordes of monsters. Can it stand out from the crowd?

Posted 2 months ago, 3 comments


METRICO+ is an odd concept: A puzzle platformer in a world of pastel infographics and fluctuating bar charts. Like any good presentation, it aims to dazzle us in the statistics... but does it actually add up to much?

Posted 3 months ago, 1 comment

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 3 months ago, 39 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 4 months ago, 21 comments

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TA Community Interview – BruceWayne1008

With TA Playlist just around the corner, there's just one of the trio of hosts who has yet to sit under the Community Interview spotlight. Let's correct that!

Posted 7 days ago, 35 comments

TA@EGX Rezzed: Braving the Chill in Impact Winter

Combining classic isometric RPGs, creepy John Carpenter movies and modern survival games, the first 15 minutes with Impact Winter certainly gave me a chill.

Posted 9 days ago, 1 comment

TA@EGX Rezzed: Mopping Up a Bloody Mess in Serial Cleaner

This guy knows where the bodies are buried because he's the Mafia's clean up maestro. In a twist on the top-down stealth genre, we got to sneak around an active crime scene and hide the evidence. Sometimes in a crocodile.

Posted 14 days ago, 2 comments

TA@EGX Rezzed: Super Smashing Fun with Brawlout

Every Xbox gamer who played Smash Bros. back in the day wishes they could get achievements in the Nintendo classic, right? Brawlout is likely the closest we'll get, as we discovered during our hands-on preview.

Posted 17 days ago, 7 comments

TA@EGX Rezzed: Booping Snoots In Ooblets

ID@Xbox wasn't shy about bringing an eclectic mix of titles to EGX Rezzed this year. Ooblets definitely doesn't fit the usual mould for Xbox and that's no bad thing. This could be the closest we ever get to a Pokemon game...

Posted 18 days ago, 0 comments

TA@EGX Rezzed: Making Friends in AWAY: Journey To The Unexpected

Hidden among all of the ID@Xbox titles spouting terms like "rogue-lite" and "randomly-generated" is a quirky upcoming RPG with cartoon graphics, wacky humour and a strong heart.

Posted 19 days ago, 5 comments

TA@EGX Rezzed: Investigating The Mystery of Tacoma

This year, ID@Xbox brought yet another atmospheric space mystery to unravel. Tacoma has its own unique flavour, though, as you'll be puzzling it out via 3D holographic recordings of the missing crew.

Posted 20 days ago, 1 comment

TA@EGX Rezzed: ID@Xbox Shows Off Aaero and The Sexy Brutale

Tearing ourselves away briefly from the adorable Snake Pass, we took the time to sample some of what ID@Xbox had to offer at this year's EGX Rezzed. First up was Aaero and The Sexy Brutale.

Posted 23 days ago, 1 comment

TA@EGX Rezzed: Battalion 1944 Aims For The "Old School" Feel

Rumours are already swirling that certain major franchises might be taking a trip back to WWII, but Bulkhead Interactive also want to take us back to the glory days of the FPS in a departure from their puzzle-platformer debut.

Posted 26 days ago, 4 comments

TA@EGX Rezzed: Cities Skylines Arrives April 21st

Cities Skylines finally has a release date, announced just as we got hands-on with the game at EGX Rezzed. The hit PC game has been carefully tweaked to work effectively with home console controllers.

Posted 27 days ago, 7 comments

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