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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 2 days ago by Will Cruz, 4 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 5 days 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 11 days 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 23 days ago by Kevin Tavore, 19 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 24 days 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 24 days ago by Kevin Tavore, 19 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 28 days 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 6 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 6 months ago by Kevin Tavore, 5 comments