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Maybe It's a Lake After All

It's been seven years since Alan Wake arrived on Xbox 360. Its status as a cult classic is rarely questioned, but its sequel prospects now feel like a closed window. Maybe the lingering mystery left behind is a happy ending.

Posted 2 months ago by Mark Delaney, 71 comments

Try Before You Buy

The demo section is the rarely visited corridor of the digital Xbox store, with new demos hitting the store infrequently and in very low numbers since the Xbox One launched. Am I the only one clamoring for more demos?

Posted 2 months ago by Mark Delaney, 63 comments

Three Lingering Questions for Project Scorpio

The Scorpio specs have now been officially revealed and it's clearly just phase one. We have plenty of questions left even after a hugely exciting day for the Green Team. What's still on your mind?

Posted 3 months ago by Mark Delaney, 193 comments

TA Top Five: What Took So Long?

It's said that patience is a virtue and that good things come to those who wait, but in the gaming world who tried our patience the most and was it really a good thing that we ended up with?

Posted 5 months ago by Andrew Ogley, 72 comments

Leaving Well Enough Alone

Video games, like movies and sometimes books, are prone to sequels. Selling a known commodity is always a good head start when looking to make money, but often times these continuations make the overall story worse.

Posted 5 months ago by Mark Delaney, 81 comments

How Hard is Hard?

Plenty of gamers aren't in pursuit of a challenge when it comes to their gaming, but for those who are, where do they find that challenge? Is there a universal understanding of difficulty that spans across all games?

Posted 5 months ago by Marc Hollinshead, 189 comments

The Uncertain Fate of Social Gaming

The long, silent death of... okay let's not be overly dramatic here. Gaming is social and it always will be. But that doesn't mean everything is going well for the online side of gaming.

Posted 5 months ago by Kevin Tavore, 65 comments

Game Changers: Resident Evil

Resident Evil christened and defined a whole new sub-genre of games and has become synonymous with video game horror ever since. Twenty one years later we have the latest installment set to terrify gamers once again.

Posted 6 months ago by Andrew Ogley, 35 comments

The Road Ahead: What Can We Expect From The Next Forza?

A simple forum post from the CEO of Fanatec revealing Forza Motorsport 7 raises a number of questions and leads us to speculate about what might be in store for the next installment in the hugely popular racing franchise.

Posted 6 months ago by Andrew Ogley, 41 comments

We Deserve Better

The Game Awards was broadcast live across several platforms on Thursday night. If you missed it, consider yourself fortunate. The show was as bad as ever, and as gamers we deserve better. When will we see improvement?

Posted 7 months ago by Mark Delaney, 103 comments

The Long, Silent Death of the JRPG

Once the pinnacle of storytelling in the gaming world, the JRPG genre has slowly moved toward an inevitable death over the course of years. On the eve of Final Fantasy XV's release, it's clear things are over.

Posted 8 months ago by Kevin Tavore, 351 comments

The Gaming Dead

Despite the games industry's deep affection for undead-centric stories and settings, I still find myself chasing the perfect zombie game. When will we see it and what has come close so far?

Posted 9 months ago by Mark Delaney, 49 comments

A Video Game Renaissance

History always repeats itself, and gaming is no different. With new ideas and a reinvigorated desire to experience classic gameplay in modern games, we're in a Renaissance. Where will we go from here?

Posted 10 months ago by Kevin Tavore, 86 comments

Console Racing Comes Of Age

With the increased power of the console and more advanced peripherals to match, racing on the console has never been so good.

Posted 11 months ago by Andrew Ogley, 69 comments

The Curse That Never Was

Sports and superstition go hand-in-hand. No superstition is perhaps more famous than one that also touches on video games - the Madden Curse. I'm sorry to say, however, that there's no solid history to support such a hex.

Posted 11 months ago by Mark Delaney, 39 comments

The Best of The Best

I spent most of my gaming life disinterested in multiplayer games, Twitch streamers, and e-sports. Then I watched competitive Rocket League, and everything changed.

Posted 11 months ago by Mark Delaney, 39 comments

Microsoft's Vision for The Future - Where's the Benefit?

Play Anywhere. Project Scorpio. Microsoft says they're here for our benefit but what do we really get? The fear is rife on the internet over what might happen, so let's shine a light on things and see what we're really getting.

Posted 1 year ago by Kevin Tavore, 234 comments

Downloadable Discontent

DLC isn't going away. What was once reserved for only the most hyped AAA titles is now a near inevitability for titles big and small. But the DLC model is shifting, and with that we have to ask: is it shifting for better or worse?

Posted 1 year ago by Donyea Cooley-White, 120 comments

The New Nightmares

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” - H.P. Lovecraft The American author, father of cosmicism, and creator of such mythical beasts as Cthulhu, Lovecraft was famous for practicing what he preached. Sadly nev

Posted 1 year ago by Mark Delaney, 49 comments

A Very Particular Set Of Skills

10,000 BCE. The world of Oros is a brutal, unforgiving place. Mauled by sabre-toothed tigers, bashed by rampaging cannibals... Takkar's life is simply a case of kill, or be killed. As he wrenches an arrow from his shoulder and wipes the blood from his club, Takkar sees a mysterious symbol

Posted 1 year ago by Sam Quirke, 47 comments

Call of Duty: Consumer Warfare

“50,000 people used to live here. Now it’s a ghost town.” That’s the opening line to the iconic Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare trailer that blew everyone’s mind at E3 2007. “Our so called leaders prostituted us to the West..."

Posted 1 year ago by Kelly Packard, 180 comments

Hero of Everything

This article contains spoilers from Mass Effect 3. Don't read any further if you have not played this game and intend to do so in the future. Destroy. Synthesize. Control. What'll it be? That was the controversial question posed to me in the final moments of Mass Effec

Posted 1 year ago by Mark Delaney, 41 comments

Table For One

Being alone. Besides love, which is in some ways its antithesis, it might be the most prevalent theme in the history of music. From The Beatles instructing us to "ah, look at all the lonely people", to Roy Orbison's melancholic line about how "only the lonely know the heartaches I've been through",

Posted 1 year ago by Mark Delaney, 107 comments

On Second Thought

"Who wants my coleslaw?" For many years it was a question I posed to the table whenever I went out to eat. I'd tried it a bit as a kid, didn't like it, and wrote it off from that point on. I wasn't into cabbage, or the raw carrots, or the dressing. Nothing about it was "for me". One day se

Posted 1 year ago by Mark Delaney, 83 comments

I'm Getting Too Old For This

Something of which gamers can always eagerly anticipate is a generous offering of end of the year releases. For me, that usually means one to three new games on my Christmas wishlist. I’m usually luc

Posted 1 year ago by Mark Delaney, 272 comments

Where's My Campaign?

I'm a gamer who grew up in the days where online gaming didn't exist. If you wanted to play a multiplayer game, you and your friends had to cram together on the couch or the floor, with multiple cont

Posted 1 year ago by Rebecca Smith, 296 comments

Xbox Milestone - 100,000 Achievements Available

On November 22nd 2005, the Xbox 360 arrived in stores, along with 18 launch titles and a total of 415 available "achievements". Xbox gamers' lives would never be the same again. On July 31st, 2015, t

Posted 2 years ago by Rich Stone, 174 comments

In My Xbox Dreams, I See That Town

The only me is me. Are you sure the only you is you? In the Silent Hill story universe, some things are never explained. Those visiting the eerie town are blanketed in equal parts confusion and fog.

Posted 2 years ago by Mark Delaney, 62 comments

Blockbuster or Art House Indie?

If you're anything like me, and who's to say you're not, you spent at least a few minutes watching last night's Academy Awards show and probably had a favorite or two for whom you were rooting. With

Posted 2 years ago by Jonathan Barnes, 17 comments

You Must Choose, But Choose Wisely

Kyle Crane is a drone, an errand boy, and the protagonist of Dying Light. From the outset, he is dropped into zombie-filled Harran on a mission from a generic, quasi-governmental organization to reco

Posted 2 years ago by Jonathan Barnes, 42 comments

Please Sir, I Want Some More

Today's news about Destiny's first expansion shouldn't be a surprise to gamers. The developer (Bungie) and publisher (Activision) had already announced their plans for expansions well before the game

Posted 2 years ago by Jonathan Barnes, 104 comments

The Xbox One - Eighty?

Earlier today, Phil Spencer (like a gamer's Moses) brought down digital tablets from high to proselytize a new gospel from Microsoft. No longer would gamers be required to purchase a Kinect with thei

Posted 3 years ago by Jonathan Barnes, 233 comments

If It Ain't Broke... Or Even If It Is

Yesterday's news that WB Games would not be working on any more patches for their (reportedly) still-buggy release, Batman: Arkham Origins in favor of working on DLC sent minor ripples through the in

Posted 3 years ago by Jonathan Barnes, 120 comments

The Year That Wasn't

Like many of you, I took a good bit of time reflecting on the Xbox 360 games of 2013 before sitting down to vote in our Game of the Year poll. More than that, as one of the contributors to our Game o

Posted 3 years ago by Jonathan Barnes, 138 comments

How Much is Too Much?

While a select few might think the big news concerning http://www.trueachievements.com/The-Elder-Scrolls-Onlin....htm this week was the slow dripping of new screenshots, the real meat of the story ca

Posted 4 years ago by Jonathan Barnes, 251 comments

In Defense of 'Tacked On' Multiplayer

Some games are just meant to dominate the online community. Halo 2 and Xbox Live were essentially synonymous terms during the heyday of the original Xbox; Counter-Strike defined PC shooters, and argu

Posted 4 years ago by Janitor Doon, 119 comments

Capcom Plants Its Flag

Yesterday, we showed off a new trailer for Capcom's upcoming action-adventure game, Remember Me. This, in and of itself, is not a huge story, the trailer is nice and the game looks like it could be a

Posted 4 years ago by Jonathan Barnes, 43 comments

Destiny, Is It Yours?

This past weekend, Bungie pulled back the curtain on Destiny, their new game which is coming to multiple platforms and being published by Activision. In addition to the ViDoc announcement, they also

Posted 4 years ago by Jonathan Barnes, 110 comments

The History of Cheating: From God Mode to Tilting

People cheat. No matter how you care to perceive it, most, if not all of us have cheated in some way or another. From leaning over to smell the girl in front of you only to sneak a peek at the brania

Posted 4 years ago by SgtDigglesworth, 195 comments

What's Up With Japan?

Last week, an interesting discussion broke out in the Newshound offices. Two intrepid Newshounds (Dog of Thunder and me, osubluejacket) both weighed in with thoughts that would drive a man insane, w

Posted 5 years ago by Jonathan Barnes, 154 comments

Who Do You Trust?

This Op-Ed will contain spoilers large and small for Halo 4, BioShock, and Borderlands 2 as well as David Fincher’s Fight Club, Shyamalan’s The Sixth Sense and Bryan Singer’s The Usual Suspects. Con

Posted 5 years ago by Jonathan Barnes, 42 comments

You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege to review the XBLA release of http://www.trueachievements.com/Dragons-Lair-xbox-360.htm. Reviewing this game led me to think about how games age, how we treat the

Posted 5 years ago by Jonathan Barnes, 77 comments

Venomous shooter players. Do they migrate?

One thing we've all come to know and love - wait, I mean know and loathe - is the pervasive presence of foul-mouthed, apparently racist, usually homophobic, bigoted and just downright unsavory indivi

Posted 5 years ago by Joseph C, 109 comments

What a Load of Blow

This week, The Atlantic wrote an extensive profile/preview piece on Jonathan Blow and his upcoming game, The Witness, titled ”The World’s Most Dangerous Gamer”. Before reading this Op-Ed, I encourag

Posted 5 years ago by Jonathan Barnes, 120 comments

You Know What Really Grinds My Gears?

Gears of War 3 has been out for around six months now, received several DLC packs, a few updates and a legion of Gears marching towards that glorious, shining Seriously 3.0. Unfortunately, there are

Posted 5 years ago by IAMBECOME DETH6, 104 comments

The Pavlovian Nightmare

Earlier this week, I found myself with a free afternoon and decided to fire up http://www.trueachievements.com/Mass-Effect-3-xbox-360.htm for some multiplayer. One of my good friends from college the

Posted 5 years ago by Jonathan Barnes, 165 comments

Don’t Hobble the Artist

In the interest of full disclosure, let me say that I have not yet finished http://www.trueachievements.com/Mass-Effect-3-xbox-360.htm, and am trying to savor every luscious minute before rushing tow

Posted 5 years ago by Jonathan Barnes, 250 comments

Grab Thine Pitchforks!

By now, I’m sure 99.9% of gamers have had time to read, rage, read again, and rage again over the fiasco that was Ocean Marketing. If you’re not familiar, feel free to check out the full story on Pen

Posted 5 years ago by Jonathan Barnes, 153 comments

Do We Really Want Half-Life 3?

Last week, the internet exploded (again) with a supposed leak of a Valve employee rocking a Half-Life 3 t-shirt while out and about. We didn’t run the story here on TA, so here’s the shirt for your v

Posted 6 years ago by Jonathan Barnes, 281 comments

Child's Play Charity Fund-Raising Drive

Now that the chaos of Black Friday and Cyber Monday is drawing to a close, people tend to reflect on the amount of money that they've managed to save through the amazing bargains over the weekend. Ho

Posted 6 years ago by Dog of Thunder, 50 comments