Metroid: Samus Returns

First, there was Metroid. Samus’ debut adventure on the NES back in 1986 effectively created a whole new genre of game. And then, while the Mario franchise had sequel after sequel, and The Legend of Zelda had its own quirky follow up, Metroid got… nothing. That was the case for five years, until a sequelContinue reading “Metroid: Samus Returns”

First Impressions: Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Kirby is one of the Nintendo characters that has never quite stuck with me. Sure, I like the character itself, but I’ve rarely clicked with the games. Kirby 64 being the big exception. As a child, I loved going through those levels and exploring what new combinations of powers I could make along the way.Continue reading “First Impressions: Kirby and the Forgotten Land”

Night In The Woods: Community In The Face Of Existential Nihilism

For many people, few philosophies are quite as scary as nihilism. It’s a set of beliefs that seem determined to take away everything that you thought you knew about yourself – your place in the world, your identity, your raison d’être – and leave you stranded in a cold, unforgiving universe. It’s likely a philosophyContinue reading “Night In The Woods: Community In The Face Of Existential Nihilism”

Exploring Connection With Kusama Yayoi and Shiota Chiharu

People have long pondered the concept of identity. Who are we? Where do we come from? Perhaps more pressingly, where do we go? Myriad answers have appeared over the years as various modes of thinking come and go, fading in and out of fashion. Different cultures value different kinds of answer too. The West isContinue reading “Exploring Connection With Kusama Yayoi and Shiota Chiharu”

Red (Taylor’s Version)

Many musicians have that one album, their magnum opus, the one fans point to as the pinnacle of their career, the distillation of everything that makes the artist great. Few are lucky enough to have more than one such album, but, with various sonically and visually distinct eras, Taylor Swift managed to become one ofContinue reading “Red (Taylor’s Version)”

The Ten Best PlayStation 5 Games

With the PlayStation 5 having now been in the hands of scalpers for just over a year, and having had the opportunity to play through a good number of releases on the platform myself, it’s time to start tracking the best titles available on Sony’s console. I plan to keep revisiting this list throughout theContinue reading “The Ten Best PlayStation 5 Games”

Campfire Comforts and Cosmic Inversion

It’s almost unbelievable to think about how much a rather janky-looking game from a niche Japanese developer has managed to change the gaming industry. Since its launch on the PlayStation 3, FromSoftware’s Demon’s Souls has spawned a whole new subgenre in the industry – the ‘soulslike’ – and has effectively rewritten the language of games.Continue reading “Campfire Comforts and Cosmic Inversion”

Looking Ahead: Gaming Goals for 2022

With 2021 now safely behind us, it’s time to start the inevitable look towards the year ahead. 2022 looks set to be the year when promises made for 2021 will finally be fulfilled, with a large number of titles originally slated to release towards the end of last year slipping into the early months ofContinue reading “Looking Ahead: Gaming Goals for 2022”