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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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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 2 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 2 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 2 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 3 months ago, 6 comments

For Honor's Second Season Begins on May 16th

Season One of For Honor ended in April with Viking forces taking the victory and the spoils. Season Two kicks off in May, with the Samurai and Knight factions getting an extra hero in their quest to reclaim their honor.

Posted 3 months ago, 4 comments

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 months 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 4 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months ago, 37 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 4 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 5 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 5 months 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 5 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 5 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 6 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 6 months ago, 3 comments

METRICO+ Review

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 7 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 7 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 8 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 months 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 4 months ago, 7 comments

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