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Hands-On With Positron at Play Blackpool 2018

At this year's Play Blackpool event, I got the chance to get hands on with Positron and try out what looked to be a modern-day 3D version of Snake. Even with a simple premise, I certainly got a bit more than I'd bargained for.

Posted 3 hours ago by Ashley Woodcock, 2 comments

Pinstripe First Impressions

What would you do if your child was kidnapped by a mysterious all-knowing figure? Whatever it takes. I tackled this challenge via my first impressions of Pinstripe.

Posted 4 days ago by Will Cruz, 6 comments

Dandara First Impressions

Dandara is a unique 2D metroidvania platformer that uses movement in a way that I haven't really experienced before. You play as the heroine Dandara, who is tasked with saving the world of Salt.

Posted 5 days ago by Ethan Anderson, 11 comments

Albert and Otto First Impressions

If you enjoy Teddy Bears with special powers, collectibles and extremely light puzzling, it sounds like you'll enjoy Albert and Otto. In my first impressions, I dish out the good and bad of this indie title.

Posted 20 days ago by Will Cruz, 18 comments

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Preview

PUBG is certainly the most popular game in the world right now and it’s just hit Game Preview for Xbox One. So, what is it? It’s just you versus 99 others in a battle royale to the death.

Posted 1 month ago by Kevin Tavore, 45 comments

911 Operator First Impressions

When an emergency breaks out, what’s the first thing you’re told to do? Contact emergency services immediately. Jutsu Games now allows gamers to experience the feeling of being an operator in their latest title.

Posted 2 months ago by Will Cruz, 3 comments

The Mummy Demastered First Impressions

Do you remember one of this summer's greatest blockbusters, The Mummy? The Mummy Demastered is actually completely different. It's a Metroidvania title and it doesn't star Tom Cruise.

Posted 2 months ago by Kevin Tavore, 11 comments

Grow a Variety of Crops With Pure Farming 2018

Early next year, Pure Farming 2018 will be joining the fray. If this title is to stand out from the crowd, it needs to offer something different and developer Ice Flames is looking to do exactly that.

Posted 2 months ago by Rebecca Smith, 7 comments

Create Your Own Platforms to the Beat in Octahedron

Demimonde's upcoming title adds a bit of a twist to the platformer genre. While the levels do indeed contain all of the expected traps and enemies, it's up to you to place the platforms that will get you to the end.

Posted 3 months ago by Rebecca Smith, 4 comments

Yoku's Island Express Uses Pinball Mechanics in a Different Way

Pinball games are becoming more popular but they offer the more traditional pinball experience. Villa Gorilla's upcoming title is aiming to be different.

Posted 3 months ago by Rebecca Smith, 7 comments

Pankapu First Impressions

Pankapu is a narrative action-platformer that feels retro yet new at the same time. The game feels like the present-day version of a platformer that would have released in the '90s.

Posted 3 months ago by Ethan Anderson, 3 comments

Battle Garegga Rev.2016 First Impressions

Battle Garegga is a classic shmup from the 90s that has developed quite a fan base. This new release is the 2016 revision. Dean's here to give us his first impression of the game.

Posted 3 months ago by Kevin Tavore, 1 comment

The Jackbox Party Pack 4 First Impressions

Party games seem a bit scarce nowadays. If you're in dire need to have a good time with friends, look no further than The Jackbox Party Pack 4. Check out my first impressions of the title.

Posted 3 months ago by Will Cruz, 5 comments

Q.U.B.E. 2 Improves Upon Its Block Extrusion Gameplay

The original Q.U.B.E. was released on PC in 2012 before arriving on other platforms. Now a sequel, Q.U.B.E. 2, is on its way to Xbox One and Windows 10 and it seeks to improve upon the first title in every way.

Posted 3 months ago by Rebecca Smith, 5 comments

Fear Effect Sedna Brings A Long Lost Franchise Back to Life

When the Square Enix Collective was formed, one of the aims of the initiative was to relaunch some of the long lost IPs through smaller studios. This is where we are today with Sushee Games and Fear Effect Sedna.

Posted 3 months ago by Rebecca Smith, 16 comments

Danger Zone First Impression

Danger Zone was made in clear reverence to the old Burnout crash mode, and as an imitator it is likely as good as we'll ever get. If you have fond memories of Burnout, or if you think you should, then don't miss this.

Posted 4 months ago by Kevin Tavore, 20 comments

Ninja Shodown First Impression

Indie arena brawler. This is a genre that's had a bit of a renaissance in recent years and many of the games feature ninjas. This is ok, because everyone likes ninjas.

Posted 4 months ago by Kevin Tavore, 8 comments

RAID: World War II First Impression

There are few things in this world that everyone can get behind, but killing Nazis is probably as close as anyone can get. Unfortunately, RAID misses the mark in just about every other way.

Posted 4 months ago by Kevin Tavore, 21 comments

WWE 2K18 First Impressions

WWE 2K18 is here! Wrestling fans have been waiting for this new release with updated superstars, graphics and move-sets. If you're interested, check out my first impressions.

Posted 4 months ago by Will Cruz, 9 comments

PLAY Expo Manchester 2017: A Classic Returns With Tempest 4000

While retro may well be the main focus of the PLAY Expo events, modern gaming isn't left out completely. It was rather fitting to find that one of the latter titles was Llamasoft's upcoming Tempest reboot.

Posted 4 months ago by Rebecca Smith, 9 comments

Lost Words Brings a Story to Life

To a lot of people, their journal is the most private possession that they own. Despite this, we're going to commit that ultimate sin and invade the privacy of a young girl in Lost Words.

Posted 4 months ago by Rebecca Smith, 14 comments

theHunter: Call of the Wild First Impressions

To hunt or not to hunt, that is the question. If you’re interested in becoming a digital hunter but are unsure of the investment, perhaps my first impressions will help out.

Posted 4 months ago by Will Cruz, 42 comments

Transcripted First Impressions Video

Especially as the fall release season approaches, tons of games are launching every week. It's hard to know what's worth a play. But have no fear, Renn is here to tell you all about Transcripted.

Posted 4 months ago by Kelly Packard, 2 comments

Jettomero: Hero of the Universe First Impressions Video

A popular theme in sci-fi and video games is sentient robots either taking over or destroying Earth. But Jettomero, star of Jettomero: Hero of the Universe, isn't about that life. They're trying to save everyone.

Posted 4 months ago by Kelly Packard, 1 comment

EGX 2017: Relax and Explore With Skye

Abertay University runs a game development competition called Dare to be Digital. In 2016, the team now known as Puny Astronaut won the competition with a relaxing exploration title called Skye.

Posted 4 months ago by Rebecca Smith, 3 comments

EGX 2017: You Decide the Fate of the Country in The Occupation

White Paper Games is a developer that won't shy away from discomforting topics. For their second title, The Occupation, players are put in the role of a whistleblowing journalist in 1980's north-west England.

Posted 5 months ago by Rebecca Smith, 4 comments

EGX 2017: Figment Makes Nightmares Look Endearing

Figment is a title whose charm and personality should endear it to both children and adults alike as they fight fears and nightmares that are often pushed to the dark recesses of the human mind.

Posted 5 months ago by Rebecca Smith, 1 comment

Lightfield First Impressions

Traditional racers tend to fall into categories – Simulation or Arcade. Oh, how I wish there was a game that blended these two subgenres together. Well, I’ve been fortunate enough to test drive Lightfield.

Posted 5 months ago by Will Cruz, 4 comments

Time Recoil First Impressions

It's the latest ID@Xbox top down shooter, a game we've seen time and time again. Pun intended. Dean's here to let us know whether it's time to invest in this title.

Posted 5 months ago by Kevin Tavore, 3 comments

Maize First Impressions

Maize is probably one of the weirdest games I have played in a while. Two scientists make a mistake and create sentient corn, and it only gets progressively weirder from there.

Posted 5 months ago by Ethan Anderson, 38 comments

Assassin's Creed Origins Hands-on Gameplay Footage from Gamescom 2017

At this year's Gamescom, I was lucky enough to get some hands-on time with the latest iteration of Ubisoft's long-running Assassin's Creed franchise, Assassin's Creed Origins.

Posted 5 months ago by Dave Horobin, 10 comments

PAX West: Lifeless Moon Feels Plucked Right Out of The Twilight Zone

Stage 2's indie sci-fi adventure game, Lifeless Planet, told a ponderous tale that fans of the genre hopefully did not miss. We got to play the early build of the just-announced spiritual successor, Lifeless Moon, at PAX West.

Posted 5 months ago by Mark Delaney, 11 comments

PAX West: The Church in the Darkness Offers Gameplay Both Technical and Emergent

The studio behind The Church in the Darkness, Paranoid Productions, brought their latest demo to PAX West and we got to go hands-on trying to infiltrate the dynamic cult town. The infiltrate/exfiltrate mission is not easy.

Posted 5 months ago by Mark Delaney, 4 comments

PAX West: Wreckfest Allows Racers To Swap Much More Than Paint

If tight corners and shaving milliseconds off lap times isn't the racing for you, perhaps Wreckfest is. This long in development crash-heavy racer is nearing release after being picked up for publishing by THQ Nordic.

Posted 5 months ago by Mark Delaney, 9 comments

PAX West: Black Mirror is a Gothic Horror with Mysteries Abound

Black Mirror was announced a few weeks ago and we got to go hands-on with it at PAX West in Seattle this past weekend. The adventure game reboot drops its former style in favor of the cinematic flair of a Telltale game.

Posted 5 months ago by Mark Delaney, 6 comments

PAX West: Where The Water Tastes Like Wine Tells a Sorrowful American Folktale

Where The Water Tastes Like Wine is an adventure game, although it plays differently than anything else I've seen. It's a somber, hard to swallow examination of the uneven footing upon which the American Dream is built.

Posted 5 months ago by Mark Delaney, 4 comments

PAX West: Hello Neighbor is an Improbable Mix of Pixar and Hitchcock

With a color palette at home in a children's movie franchise, Hello Neighbor could fool some uninformed purchasers into thinking they're safe. They would be wrong. This smart and relentless AI is your new nightmare.

Posted 5 months ago by Mark Delaney, 15 comments

PAX West: Hand of the Gods: Smite Tactics Aims To Reinvent the CCG

It seems everyone is aiming to get in on the CCG trend as of late. Hand of the Gods is Hi-Rez's unique response to that trend, building on the collectible card game with serious attention to turn-based strategy.

Posted 5 months ago by Mark Delaney, 4 comments

PAX West: Middle-earth: Shadow of War Diversifies Its Open World

Fresh off our recent TA Playlist community playthrough and podcast, Mark was able to sit down for over an hour with Middle-earth: Shadow of War. He came away bloodied and beaten across an array of open world missions.

Posted 5 months ago by Mark Delaney, 15 comments

The Crew 2 Hands-on Gameplay Footage from Gamescom 2017

At this year's Gamescom, Rich and I attended a developer session for Ivory Tower's upcoming open-world racer, The Crew 2, where we able to capture footage of our hands-on time with the game.

Posted 5 months ago by Dave Horobin, 4 comments

Life Is Strange: Before The Storm First Impressions

Life is Strange: Before the Storm has launched just in time since August’s TA Playlist choice was the first game. No prior knowledge of the series is needed to understand this story, though.

Posted 5 months ago by Ethan Anderson, 17 comments

Moon Hunters First Impressions

Moon Hunters is a self-proclaimed “co-op personality test” RPG in which you to build your own story over multiple playthroughs. It can be played alone, or locally with three friends.

Posted 6 months ago by Ethan Anderson, 10 comments

The Way First Impressions

The Way is the latest in a long line of puzzlers to hit the ID@Xbox scene. Set in a gloomy world with an interesting story, it could be something special. That's why we recruited Dean to give us his first impressions.

Posted 6 months ago by Kevin Tavore, 8 comments

Sonic Mania First Impressions

Everyone knows who Sonic is and what he's all about. You go really fast and you get confused about what's going on until you hit an enemy or some spikes and stop dead in your tracks and that is just a wonderful experience.

Posted 6 months ago by Kevin Tavore, 25 comments

GRIDD: Retroenhanced First Impressions

Retroenhanced. What does that really mean? The jury's still out but it looks like it just means fun. GRIDD is an on-rails shooter with an 80's vibe and a modern feel.

Posted 6 months ago by Kevin Tavore, 6 comments

Strange Brigade is a Quest for Ancient Treasure

Set during the 1930s in the darkest corners of the British Empire, the Strange Brigade is a group of explorers searching for ancient treasures while facing hordes of mythological monstrosities.

Posted 6 months ago by Marc Caccamise, 13 comments

Conga Master First Impressions

Whether you can dance or not, you're not going to want to miss my first impressions of Conga Master. Check out what I think about the title.

Posted 7 months ago by Will Cruz, 2 comments

Fortnite Preview

This tower defense, horde mode, third person shooter-RPG, crossed with Minecraft and free to play elements actually works really well. Yeah, it's a mouthful but is it ever delicious.

Posted 7 months ago by Kevin Tavore, 23 comments

Hunt: Showdown is Survival of the Fittest Against Both Man and Beast

Hunt: Showdown is the revitalization of Crytek's Hunt: Horrors of the Gilded Age from several years ago and pits five teams of two against each other to hunt monsters and collect bounties.

Posted 7 months ago by Marc Caccamise, 8 comments

Hyper Sentinel Preview from Play Blackpool 2017

Rob Hewson, community manager for Huey Games, was in attendance at this year's Play Expo Blackpool event with Hyper Sentinel, an old-school, side-scrolling shooter that's easy to pick up and play but tough to master.

Posted 7 months ago by Ashley Woodcock, 3 comments