Sam Quirke

Sam Quirke (kintaris)

Sam has been a Newshound since 2016 and is now the Editor for both TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies. He loves gaming on all devices and in all genres. He still plays Pokémon GO with his wife.
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Xbox Game Pass Quests Guide – Unlock Achievements, Earn Points, Save Money

Did you know that you can boost your Microsoft Rewards points via Xbox Game Pass? Not only is it pretty easy to tick off every Quest in the month, the process is more fun – and the rewards larger – than clicking around in Bing.

Posted 7 days ago, 43 comments

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition Update Brings 12 New Achievements

We have just picked up new achievements for Age of Empires: Definitive Edition (Win 10). There are 12 achievements worth a total of 250 Gamerscore, none of which are secret.

Posted 9 days ago, 19 comments

Railway Empire's Pun Achievements Go Off The Rails

We've just picked up the latest DLC achievement list for Railway Empire, and the developers have really doubled down on their puns. Brace yourself for some terrible jokes based on classic French stereotypes.

Posted 9 days ago, 12 comments

Was The Official Splinter Cell "Reveal" A Drunk Troll Tweet? Probably

After years of disappointment, Splinter Cell fans on Twitter went into meltdown last night when it appeared that several senior Ubisoft developers were collaborating on a new game. Turns out, it was a joke. Wasn't it?

Posted 9 days ago, 19 comments

The Full E3 Schedule for 2019 – Conference Times, Confirmed Games and More

When is E3 2019, and what can we expect to see? Find answers to all of these questions and more in our round-up guide, which includes conference schedules, confirmed games and the biggest rumoured announcements.

Posted 11 days ago, 40 comments

RAGE 2's Walmart Leak Celebrated With a Custom Controller

Last year, the games industry received a gold mine of information from an unexpected source. Walmart Canada accidentally released the names of several titles due to be announced at E3. RAGE 2 is celebrating the anniversary.

Posted 14 days ago, 28 comments

Another Major Studio Talent Joins The Initiative

While we still have no idea exactly what Microsoft's "AAAA" studio The Initiative is working on, we certainly know they have talent. Another esteemed designer, this time from Naughty Dog, has come aboard.

Posted 14 days ago, 39 comments

Kinda Funny Games Showcase Announced for E3 2019

Kinda Funny Games has announced another showcase event, this time at E3 2019. Last year's event showed off an eclectic mix of games, including Super Meat Boy Forever and news of a Celeste physical edition.

Posted 14 days ago, 6 comments

Monster Hunter World Iceborne Release Date and Gameplay Revealed

Monster Hunter: World's big expansion Iceborne was announced at the end of last year, but now we have a much better idea of its contents. Take a look at these videos from Capcom for more details.

Posted 14 days ago, 16 comments

Available Now in Xbox Game Pass: For The King

A new roguelike tabletop RPG has launched straight into Xbox Game Pass. For the King blends the quest-die-repeat mechanics of rogue-likes with a hexagonal tile-based strategy game. So far, it's getting good reviews.

Posted 14 days ago, 21 comments

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Shadowgate Review

This latest remaster reaches all the way back to the eighties for its source material, but perhaps there is some value in returning to the classics? Shadowgate doesn't innovate, but in a way it's still refreshing to play.

Posted 1 month ago, 6 comments

Dangerous Driving Review

Calls for a new Burnout game have become part of the gaming meme-scape as much as Half Life 3 or another Skate. Sometimes we need to be careful what we wish for though. This clone is more Burnt-out than Burnout.

Posted 1 month ago, 28 comments

Cities: Skylines – Parklife Review

Cities: Skylines: Parklife helps accentuate the beautiful intricacies of the base game, but does it add enough to the game to be worth the cost? Read our official site review to find out.

Posted 1 month ago, 5 comments

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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago, 31 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago, 1 comment

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Poll: What's Your Most Anticipated Xbox Game of May 2019?

Another month is coming to an end, so it's time we look ahead to May's releases. Once again it's a slim month, but RAGE 2 is the big hitter and A Plague Tale could end up being the underdog to watch...

Posted 28 days ago, 86 comments

Kerbal Space Program: A Journey Through Space and Time

Despite its goofy exterior Kerbal Space Program is the detailed space simulator we all need, in order to fully respect the mind-boggling mental gymnastics that a space program must endure.

Posted 1 month ago, 10 comments

Poll: How Much Does Console Exclusive Extra Content Bother You?

Control is the latest game getting a little bit of heat thanks to their content flowchart released at the end of last month, highlighting disparities between what PS4 players will get and what Xbox players can expect. Do you care?

Posted 1 month ago, 99 comments

Another New Achievement Revealed For Minecraft in the Bedrock Update

We have just picked up a new achievements for Minecraft. There is 1 achievement worth 20 gamerscore, but stackable across all of the various platforms still supported by the developers.

Posted 2 months ago, 46 comments

Crackdown 3 Proves There's Still Room For Mindless Fun – Especially On Game Pass

Crackdown 3 first hit the headlines this week for its poor performance in the industry's standard retail charts. However our gameplay chart has shown that it's doing fine on Xbox Game Pass – and that's no bad thing.

Posted 3 months ago, 70 comments

Ten DLCs That Totally Changed The Story

While the relative merits and disadvantages of substantial extra content can be debated, there's certainly been a few expansions that are near-essential to the main game's narrative. Here are some of the most significant.

Posted 4 months ago, 83 comments

Starlink Preview: The Closest We'll Get to Starfox on Xbox

Starlink: Battle for Atlas is a new toys-to-life experiment from Ubisoft in which you attach a space ship to your controller and use it to explore a far-flung solar system. We got hands on with the game and had a blast.

Posted 8 months ago, 23 comments

In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Lara's Journey Has Evolved

In the third instalment of the rebooted series, Lara is a competent and skilled hunter albeit plagued by doubts. Her competence comes off in the gameplay, where players have more stealth, combat and puzzling options than ever.

Posted 9 months ago, 10 comments

Forgotten Free-to-Play Shooter Warface Seeks a Second Chance on Console

With nearly 50 million registered players and a esports prthat has featured 60,000 players across 14 tournaments, Warface is a big deal internationally. Can a second attempt at a console port find an audience in the West?

Posted 11 months ago, 48 comments

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 1 year ago, 26 comments

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