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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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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 3 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 3 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 3 months ago, 13 comments

Raiders of the Broken Planet Open Beta Starts September 15th

The upcoming third-person "shooter-brawler" is getting an open beta in just a few days ahead of the game's release later in the month. A new character spotlight video shows off the bare buttocks of a Prussian mercenary.

Posted 3 months ago, 6 comments

ARK: Survival Evolved Aberration Expansion Detailed in New Trailer

ARK may be out of Game Preview as of last week, but that's certainly not the end of the story. The next expansion, "Aberration", is on the way in October. This trailer shows off some of the new features.

Posted 3 months ago, 20 comments

The Evil Within 2 Gets the Giggles in New Gameplay Video

The Evil Within 2's playable demo has been touring the game shows ahead of its suitably ominous Friday 13th release in October. Here's a glimpse of the giggling horror that players have been facing.

Posted 3 months ago, 12 comments

The Golf Club 2 Swings By With New Details

There aren't many golfing game options on modern consoles, but The Golf Club was one of the more successful attempts. Its sequel is just around the corner, so the developers have brought some last-minute details to E3.

Posted 6 months ago, 8 comments

Pure Farming 2018 Ploughing Onto Xbox One Next Year

Have you got enough realistic farming simulators in your life? Of course you haven't. That's why you need to keep an eye on this new IP from Ice Flames, featuring real-world brands, global settings and industrial hemp!

Posted 6 months ago, 8 comments

A Way Out Announced, Arriving in 2018

If you enjoyed Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons, or you're a fan of Prison Break, this one might interest you. An entirely co-op adventure sees you and a friend help two convicts on their road to freedom.

Posted 6 months ago, 19 comments

A Hole New World Announced for Consoles

A Hole New World is another throwback to the glory days of the NES. Fight monstrous creatures from the Upside Down World. If you nab all of the achievements quickly, you might just get a special gift...

Posted 7 months ago, 6 comments

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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 13 days ago, 40 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 month 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 2 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 8 months 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 9 months 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 9 months ago, 5 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 9 months ago, 9 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 9 months 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 10 months ago, 14 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 10 months ago, 3 comments

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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 1 month 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months ago, 4 comments

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