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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 2 days ago by Rebecca Smith, 1 comment

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 3 days ago by Rebecca Smith, 5 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 days ago by Will Cruz, 0 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 12 days ago by Kelly Packard, 0 comments

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 19 days ago by Rebecca Smith, 0 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 24 days ago by Rebecca Smith, 0 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 24 days ago by Rebecca Smith, 0 comments

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 25 days ago by Will Cruz, 1 comment

Time Recoil First Impressions

It's the latest 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 26 days ago by Kevin Tavore, 0 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 1 month ago by Ethan Anderson, 1 comment

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 1 month ago by Dave Horobin, 0 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 1 month ago by Mark Delaney, 0 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 1 month ago by Mark Delaney, 0 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 1 month ago by Mark Delaney, 0 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 1 month ago by Mark Delaney, 1 comment

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 1 month ago by Mark Delaney, 0 comments

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

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 1 month ago by Mark Delaney, 0 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 1 month ago by Dave Horobin, 0 comments

Life Is Strange: Before The Storm First Impressions

Life is Strange: Before the Storm has launched just in time since the first game was one of June's PS+ choices. No prior knowledge of the series is needed to understand this story, though.

Posted 1 month ago by Ethan Anderson, 0 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, 0 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 2 months ago by Marc Caccamise, 2 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 3 months ago by Will Cruz, 0 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 3 months ago by Kevin Tavore, 0 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 3 months ago by Marc Caccamise, 0 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 3 months ago by Ashley Woodcock, 1 comment

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 3 months ago by Ashley Woodcock, 0 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 3 months ago by Marc Caccamise, 2 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 3 months ago by Ethan Anderson, 0 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 4 months ago by Will Cruz, 3 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 4 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 4 months ago by Kevin Tavore, 0 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 4 months ago by Ethan Anderson, 2 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' upcoming release.

Posted 5 months ago by Will Cruz, 0 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 5 months ago by Ethan Anderson, 0 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 5 months ago by Will Cruz, 0 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 5 months ago by Kevin Tavore, 1 comment

TGN First Impression: Flinthook

Flinthook is one of the latest platformers 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 5 months ago by Kevin Tavore, 0 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 6 months ago by Kevin Tavore, 0 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 6 months ago by Kevin Tavore, 0 comments

[email protected] 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 6 months ago by Sam Quirke, 0 comments

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 6 months ago by Kevin Tavore, 0 comments

[email protected] 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 6 months ago by Sam Quirke, 1 comment

TGN First Impression: Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight

Momodora looks like it would be right at home on a classic gaming console, but with a mix of Metroidvania and Dark Souls, TGN's Ethan believes it might be worth taking a look at the game.

Posted 6 months ago by Kevin Tavore, 0 comments

[email protected] Rezzed: Super Smashing Fun with Brawlout

Every Playstation gamer who played Smash Bros. back in the day wishes they could get trophies in the Nintendo classic, right? Brawlout is likely the closest we'll get, as we discovered during our hands-on preview.

Posted 6 months ago by Sam Quirke, 1 comment

TGN First Impression: RBI Baseball 17

The RBI Baseball series makes its yearly at-bat in 2017 with another arcade baseball game that hopes to be just what fans are looking for.

Posted 6 months ago by Kevin Tavore, 0 comments

[email protected] Rezzed: Making Friends in AWAY: Journey To The Unexpected

Hidden among all of the titles spouting terms like "rogue-lite" and "randomly-generated" is a quirky upcoming RPG with cartoon graphics, wacky humour and a strong heart.

Posted 6 months ago by Sam Quirke, 0 comments

TGN First Impression: Blackwood Crossing

It's the loving tale of brother, sister and a creepy rabbit, but does it do anything unique or interesting with the genre that demands your attention? Ethan lets you know what he thinks.

Posted 6 months ago by Kevin Tavore, 0 comments

[email protected] Rezzed: Hands on with Aaero and The Sexy Brutale

Tearing ourselves away briefly from the adorable Snake Pass, we took the time to sample some of the indie titles on offer at this year's EGX Rezzed. First up was Aaero and The Sexy Brutale.

Posted 6 months ago by Sam Quirke, 0 comments

TGN First Impression: Has-Been Heroes

One of the highlights of the Nintendo Switch reveal has made its way over to Xbox with its own unique blend of roguelike and RPG. Ryan gives us his thoughts and lets you know if it's worth your time.

Posted 6 months ago by Kevin Tavore, 0 comments

TGN First Impression: Skykeepers

Skykeepers is a metroidvania-inspired action platformer. It's also a quick completion so I know some of you already have your finger on the trigger. Let my first impression be your guide.

Posted 6 months ago by Kevin Tavore, 0 comments