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”

Loop Me Baby One More Time

Originally announced at E3 2019 before making a big appearance at Sony’s PlayStation 5 event in June 2020, Deathloop is a game that has been enticing me from the first time I laid eyes on it. I’ve had a pretty good run with Arkane Studios, developers of Deathloop, over the last few generations – theirContinue reading “Loop Me Baby One More Time”

The Importance (And Dangers) Of Vision

The other day, my friend Jonny downloaded the PS4 version of Shadow of the Colossus, a widely praised remake of the PS2 original which I had played for the first time last year. He was taken pretty quickly with the visual improvements made to the game – the first message I received was him commentingContinue reading “The Importance (And Dangers) Of Vision”

Himawari Veterinary Clinic

If you’ve had the chance to take a look at my post on Bleach Advance, you’ll know that I recently found a GameBoy Advance gatcha machine on a small street corner in Japan. Today, I’d like to continue my adventure into these random prizes and see if I can uncover any other gems. After beingContinue reading “Himawari Veterinary Clinic”

Ranked: The Games of Nintendo 64 Online

So, Nintendo’s long awaited Nintendo 64 expansion to their Nintendo Switch Online programme has finally landed, and I’ve had a bit of time to play through each of the games included in the service so far. At the time of writing, there are a total of nine games available on the platform – a numberContinue reading “Ranked: The Games of Nintendo 64 Online”

Bleach Advance: Crimson Stained Soul Society

A couple of days ago, I was walking home from the station and I decided to pop into one of my favourite retro game stores near me. There’s an abundance of retro goodness to be found there – plenty of games for the SNES, N64, PS2 and many more. I’ve spent a long time inContinue reading “Bleach Advance: Crimson Stained Soul Society”

It Takes Two (To Make It Through Lockdown)

2020 was basically a disaster of a year. As with many people around the world, it felt for me a little like the joy had been sucked out of life. Here I was, unable to meet friends easily, separated from my family half a world away, with not a lot on the horizon to lookContinue reading “It Takes Two (To Make It Through Lockdown)”

Röki Offers a Touching Look at Grief

Please be aware that spoilers abound in this post. Grief has got to be one of the most universal human experiences – something that will affect us all at some point in our lives – but also the most personal. It famously affects us all in a multitude of ways, differing not only from personContinue reading “Röki Offers a Touching Look at Grief”