Sam Quirke

Sam Quirke (kintaris)

Sam has been a Newshound since 2016. He's also been gaming long enough to know what a text parser is. When not hopelessly lost in the latest open-world epic, Sam is busy devouring books and podcasts or trading Pokémon with his wife.
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Transference Gets Extra Creepy In New Trailer

Last year, Ubisoft revealed a collaboration with Elijah Wood's movie studio on a creepy thriller, available on VR and traditional consoles. A year later, it's time for a creepy trailer and a Fall 2018 release window.

Posted 14 days ago, 3 comments

Elder Scrolls Online: Enter the Wild with Murkmire and Wolfhunter DLC

With everything that went down at Bethesda's E3 event last night, you could be forgiven for forgetting about little old, 11-million player Elder Scrolls Online. There's more content headed our way beyond Summerset.

Posted 14 days ago, 2 comments

Just Cause 4 Adds Extreme Weather to Rico's Chaotic World

After the game's reveal at Microsoft's E3 conference, Avalanche Studios released a behind-the-scenes look at the new features of Just Cause 4, including new enemies, new tools and new extreme weather.

Posted 14 days ago, 11 comments

Twin Mirror, Dontnod‘s New Thriller, Arrives in 2019

Hot on the heels of their release of Vampyr, Dontnod Entertainment's next title has been announced ahead of E3. Twin Mirror is a small-town psychological thriller headed our way in 2019.

Posted 17 days ago, 8 comments

South Park: The Fractured But Whole DLC Gets Release Date

After giving brief details of The Fractured But Whole's Season Pass some months ago, Ubisoft has now given us an idea of what to expect from this first major DLC, From Dusk til Casa Bonita.

Posted 3 months ago, 35 comments

System Shock Remaster Put On Indefinite Hiatus

Unfortunately, another Kickstarter appears to have bitten off more than it can chew. In a reasonably candid update, System Shock Remastered's developer tells us they need to take a break and refocus.

Posted 4 months ago, 34 comments

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in Action in the Latest Injustice 2 Trailer

Cowabunga! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are about to emerge from the sewers of Injustice 2. See them in action in this new gameplay video.

Posted 4 months ago, 7 comments

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 Vignette Showcases the Inhumans

Marvel's Inhumans is the latest iteration of the company's attempt to dominate our small screens, but the superhero family will also be gracing the next instalment of their LEGO franchise too.

Posted 9 months ago, 2 comments

Roguelite Shmup HyperParasite Revealed

Troglobytes Games has been working on a Metroidvania RPG since its announcement last year but funding is proving an issue. HyperParasite is a smaller-scale shmup that they're hoping will help foot the bill.

Posted 9 months ago, 5 comments

Overwatch Developer Update: Play Nice, Play Fair

Poor Jeff Kaplan just wants everyone in Overwatch to get along. In the latest developer update, the Game Director reveals the struggles Blizzard has faced in tackling the problem of toxic behaviour.

Posted 9 months ago, 13 comments

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Super Lucky's Tale: Gilly Island DLC Review

Super Lucky's Tale is headed into the Game Pass, and Playful have seen fit to celebrate this by releasing a piece of surprise DLC. It's short, and it doesn't do anything new, but it's a charming little extra for the game's fans.

Posted 3 months ago, 8 comments

de Blob 2 Review

A vibrant and creative 3D platformer that makes for a perfect title for playing along with the kids -- but with a backwards compatible 360 version already available, does the Xbox One version do enough to justify the purchase?

Posted 3 months ago, 14 comments

Fe Review

Fe is the latest game in the EA Originals brand, which saw some success with stringy puzzler Unravel. This 3D platformer wears its influences proudly, but lacks its own confidence and character.

Posted 4 months ago, 9 comments

Celeste Review

On the surface, Celeste is just another pixel-art indie game with a steep difficulty curve, but give it a chance and you'll find an engrossing challenge, a beautiful little story and a rewarding journey to the summit.

Posted 4 months ago, 29 comments

The Sims 4 Review

A significant amount of us have loved The Sims over the years. For many it was a formative experience, a gateway into the hobby we all love. Sadly, The Sims 4 on console is a sore reminder that nostalgia can only take you so far.

Posted 7 months ago, 41 comments

Super Lucky's Tale Review

Little Lucky is on a platforming adventure and some would say Xbox is in need of a family-friendly hero to rival certain plumbers and bandicoots. This simple tale helps to fill the niche but stumbles over a few foxholes.

Posted 7 months ago, 48 comments

Morphite Review

Today we embark on a space adventure that seeks to capture the feeling of a true final frontier in the randomly-generated stars. But can Morphite shine bright enough to capture our attention?

Posted 8 months ago, 1 comment

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 1 year ago, 13 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 year 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 year ago, 5 comments

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The Mountains We Make: Celeste and Mental Health

I recently reviewed indie darling Celeste, which on the surface is an extremely competent and charming platformer. Underneath that, it's a fascinating parable about mental health - both in story and gameplay.

Posted 4 months ago, 26 comments

Top Five Next Steps for the Assassin's Creed Franchise

Assassin's Creed Origins has emerged almost unquestionably triumphant. It was full of bold steps forward and surprised everyone... but how does Ubisoft follow that success? Let's throw some ideas out there.

Posted 5 months ago, 71 comments

Road Rage Achievement List Revealed

The spiritual sequel to the classic Road Rash series, Road Rage, will see players take to the roads with their bikes and their melee weapons yet again. Smash your competitors off the road to ensure domination in the races.

Posted 7 months ago, 35 comments

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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago, 1 comment

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