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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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 6 days ago, 16 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 6 days 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 13 days 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 13 days 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 20 days 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 20 days 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 25 days 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 25 days ago, 5 comments

SUPERBEAT: XONiC Brings The Beat To Consoles

Following a successful run on the PlayStation Vita, this fast-paced rhythm action title is on its way to the Xbox One. You'll need quick reflexes to match the patterns laid over 65 different music tracks.

Posted 1 month ago, 2 comments

HITMAN January Update Out Now, With New "Landslide" Mission and Achievements

The latest update to HITMAN celebrates and coincides with the physical release. Not only is there a bonus mission and a heap of new challenges, there are also three new achievements tied to the update.

Posted 1 month ago, 10 comments

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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 2 days 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 7 days 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 13 days 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 18 days 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 25 days 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 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 3 months 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 3 months ago, 8 comments

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2Dark Achievement List Revealed

There's been a lot of survival horror throwbacks in the last few months, so it seems appropriate that the creative force behind the original Alone in the Dark should step back into the ring with this tense and creepy chiller.

Posted 10 days ago, 2 comments

TA Community Interview – Darkwings17

Welcome to another edition of the TA Community Interview. This week we're talking to Darkwings17, who has a great idea for a TV show tie-in game and loves a bit of Stardew Valley. Come and say hi!

Posted 12 days ago, 30 comments

LEGO Worlds Achievement List Revealed

LEGO Worlds will break the normal mould of heavily branded adventures and deliver a much more open world experience in which you can create whatever you want. Check out the achievements list!

Posted 17 days ago, 21 comments

Sniper Elite 4 Achievement List Revealed

Sniper Elite 4 is the latest title in Rebellion's wartime series. Following on from the Zombie Army Trilogy, a series spinoff, the fourth entry will be an ID@Xbox title. Check out the new achievement list.

Posted 1 month ago, 18 comments

TA Community Interview – Eurydace

Who is Eurydace? Why is he here, and what is his purpose? Sure, we know that he's a community interviewer, a vociferous newshound and an opinionated features writer. But did you know that he has a cat that acts like a dog?

Posted 1 month ago, 57 comments

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 3 months 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 3 months 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 4 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 5 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 5 months ago, 9 comments

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