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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 9 hours 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 6 days ago by Ethan Anderson, 36 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 13 days 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 13 days ago by Mark Delaney, 6 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 15 days 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 16 days 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 17 days 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 18 days 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 19 days 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 20 days 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 21 days 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 21 days 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 25 days 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 28 days 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 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 2 months ago by Ashley Woodcock, 3 comments

Hands On with Bloody Zombies from Play Blackpool 2017

I sat down with Dan Sheridan, communications manager at nDreams, as he guided me through the first couple of levels of Bloody Zombies in four player local co-op and even let me have a go through a level in virtual reality too.

Posted 2 months ago by Ashley Woodcock, 4 comments

Vampyr's Leveling System Impacts the Greater World

Vampyr offers players a dilemma that revolves around the very core of its RPG gameplay. As a vampire, you need to feed to grow stronger, but who will you feed on, and why?

Posted 2 months ago by Marc Caccamise, 18 comments

Poi First Impressions

Poi is a 3D platformer in which two orphans set off on an adventure with the goal of exploring the many lands that their world has to offer. It is reminiscent of games like Banjo Kazooie and Super Mario 64.

Posted 2 months ago by Ethan Anderson, 12 comments

Ghost of a Tale First Impressions

SeithCG have been hard at work developing Ghost of a Tale. Though there's still work to be done, the title has just launched Xbox's game preview program. Curious about the game? Check out my first impressions here.

Posted 2 months ago by Will Cruz, 13 comments

Aven Colony Preview

City building simulation games aren’t exactly new in the gaming industry. Mothership Entertainment and Team 17's upcoming Aven Colony offers a new twist on the genre. How is it?

Posted 3 months ago by Will Cruz, 12 comments

The Culling First Impressions

Did you ever picture a battle royale game that mimics The Hunger Games? Neither did I. If you're interested but not sure if you're ready to brawl, click here to check out my first impressions.

Posted 3 months ago by Will Cruz, 7 comments

Everspace First Impressions

Whether you’re a fan or Star Trek, Star Wars or Battlestar Galactica, one of the most underrated characters is the setting itself, Space. If traveling the Galaxy peaks your interest, check out my first impressions video.

Posted 3 months ago by Will Cruz, 7 comments

Tango Fiesta First Impressions

Tango Fiesta isn't what it sounds like. It's a shoot 'em up game that parodies eighties action films. Will you dance your way into battle? Check out our first impressions on the adventures of John Strong, action hero.

Posted 3 months ago by Will Cruz, 0 comments

Friday the 13th First Impressions

It's Jason versus the counselors all over again in this asymmetrical multiplayer experience. Scares await, but does good gameplay come with them, or is your time better spent out in the woods? Renn lets us know.

Posted 3 months ago by Kevin Tavore, 25 comments

RiME First Impressions

RiME is a mysterious puzzle/adventure game with an immediately eye catching art style. It begins as you wash up on the beach of an island with no shortage of puzzles to solve.

Posted 3 months ago by Ethan Anderson, 14 comments

Demon's Crystals First Impressions

Demon's Crystals is the latest twin stick shooter with anime characters. Beyond that, there's not a whole lot to be said. It's better to see what it's all about.

Posted 4 months ago by Kevin Tavore, 4 comments

Save the Ninja Clan First Impressions

Sometimes even ninjas need saving. And when they do, it's pretty fun to save them. Tack on a cheap price point and an easy completion and you've got a match made in platforming heaven.

Posted 4 months ago by Kevin Tavore, 5 comments

Mr. Pumpkin Adventure First Impressions

Mr. Pumpkin sets on an adventure to regain his memory. Will amnesia get the best of him? Or will he overcome all odds? Check out our first impressions with Cotton Games latest release.

Posted 4 months ago by Will Cruz, 14 comments

Elliot Quest First Impressions

Elliot Quest is an adventure/RPG that is clearly inspired by old school games of the genre. It's time to platform and fight your way across an island to find a cure for a rare curse. Let me show you what I thought about it.

Posted 4 months ago by Ethan Anderson, 6 comments

Injustice 2 First Impressions

Fans have been craving Injustice 2 for many years. Does the sequel build off the original? Or does the predecessor remain in the shadow of gods? We got a lot of hands on time with DC's fighter and came away very impressed.

Posted 4 months ago by Will Cruz, 12 comments

Bit Dungeon Plus First Impressions

Guess what? It's a roguelike dungeon crawler just as its name suggests. It's kinda like an arena Legend of Zelda and Ethan is here to let us know if it's worth swinging a sword for.

Posted 4 months ago by Kevin Tavore, 2 comments

TGN First Impression: Race the Sun

Race the Sun is all about...racing the sun. Ok, well that's simple enough. It's a bit like an endless runner with a timer where that timer is the setting sun, but there's a bit more to it than that. Let Ethan show you.

Posted 4 months ago by Kevin Tavore, 3 comments

TGN First Impression: Planetbase

Best case scenario, it's like The Martian meets Sim City. Worst case? Let's not go there. Join Rhys has he attempts to create a settlement from scratch on an alien planet in his First Impression of Planetbase.

Posted 4 months ago by Kevin Tavore, 10 comments

TGN First Impression: NBA Playgrounds

You've got all your favorite players from Stephen Curry to Shaq. You've got street rules basketball without a ref in sight. What's not to love? Anything? Will's here to let us know with his first impression.

Posted 4 months ago by Kevin Tavore, 11 comments

TGN First Impression: Punch Club

There's a fight club pun to be made here somewhere, but you'll get enough in the game. Punch Club is an interesting combination of The Sims and fighting culture and Rhys is here to give us his first impressions of it.

Posted 4 months ago by Kevin Tavore, 3 comments

TGN First Impression: Flinthook

Flinthook is the latest ID@Xbox platformer and it seeks to set itself apart with its excellent hook mechanic that will see you launching across the maps. But is that enough to make this worth your time?

Posted 4 months ago by Kevin Tavore, 1 comment

TGN First Impression: 'n Verlore Verstand

'n Verlore Verstand. Its got a name that doesn't tell you much, so we've let Renn do the telling. He's here to give us his first impressions of this interesting first person platformer.

Posted 4 months ago by Kevin Tavore, 10 comments

TGN First Impression: Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap

Back in the 80's there was a series of games that became known as quite a classic. This new remaster is a quick completion, sure, but it's also one of the most beautiful ID games yet.

Posted 5 months ago by Kevin Tavore, 6 comments

TGN First Impression: Crawl

Dungeon crawling with all the classic elements you'd expect plus one unique twist - assymetrical PVP multiplayer. Is this game going to be a staple in your collection? Josh gives us his first impression.

Posted 5 months ago by Kevin Tavore, 0 comments

TGN First Impression: The Sexy Brutale

It's a dark night and murder is afoot. Many of them. Some people like to solve crimes but you? You're going to prevent them during this masked adventure. Renn shares his impressions of his experience.

Posted 5 months ago by Kevin Tavore, 3 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 5 months ago by Sam Quirke, 1 comment

TGN First Impression: Neurovoider

NeuroVoider is the old idiom "you can't judge a book by its cover" put into real world practice. It's a twin stick shooter RPG in a roguelike world and it's fiendishly addictive.

Posted 5 months ago by Kevin Tavore, 3 comments

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 5 months ago by Sam Quirke, 2 comments