13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim

Vanillaware have been one of gaming’s most interesting and exciting developers for me ever since I dipped my toe into their worlds with Muramasa: The Demon Blade (a game I’ve previously written about). After that, I tried out Dragon’s Crown, and, although it’s a genre I don’t normally have an affinity for, I was ableContinue reading “13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim”

Zero Escape: The Nonary Games

Sometimes, you’ll come across a piece of media at just the right time, and it’ll hit just right. Maybe the tone will match how your feeling at the particular moment, maybe the events will resemble some part of your life… There are myriad reasons for us to connect with any piece of art. The factContinue reading “Zero Escape: The Nonary Games”

Xenoblade Chronicles

Towards the end of the Nintendo Wii’s lifespan, support for the console really began to trickle to a halt. Fewer and fewer games were released, and the ones that were tended to be of average quality at best. At least, that’s how it seemed to me. Even before the ill-fated WiiU was announced, it wasContinue reading “Xenoblade Chronicles”

Super Mario Odyssey

I’ve talked before on this blog about how Mario played a big part in my early gaming days – playing Super Mario 64 with my parents and exploring the cosmos with Super Mario Galaxy and its sequel. There was however, a dark time in Nintendo history, when I completely fell out of love with theContinue reading “Super Mario Odyssey”

Muramasa: The Demon Blade

For me, the Nintendo Wii generation was a time of real experimentation. Until the Wii, my game experiences had tended towards games that my parents chose for me on the PlayStation 2 (such as the very underrated Jackie Chan Adventures) and a variety of Pokémon games on the Nintendo DS. With the Wii however, IContinue reading “Muramasa: The Demon Blade”

Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies

The DS was, in my humble opinion, the perfect RPG system. The portability, the convenience of the double screens, the bright screens and non-distracting design of the console meant that it was super easy for me to just sink in and get lost in some fantasy world. I never had a GameBoy Advance SP withContinue reading “Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies”

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda has been my favourite Nintendo franchise ever since I explored the world of Twilight Princess on my Nintendo Wii. The worlds, the stories, the dungeons… They all worked together and gripped my imagination. I used to spend lunch times at school with my friends looking over the Legend of Zelda Wikipedia,Continue reading “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild”

God of War

Walking along the streets of Oxford, you’d often see buses driving by, many with advertisements for some new movie or product plastered along their sides. In April 2018 however, it was Sony’s latest Playstation exclusive, Santa Monica’s God of War that had pride of place on those advertisements. It was there for months, and lookedContinue reading “God of War”

Bioshock Infinite

Watching the plane go down in the middle of the ocean during Bioshock’s opening sequence was one of my first experiences with modern triple-A gaming. The game that followed was one that took a hold of me and hung around in my memory long after the credits rolled – those dilapidated corridors, the shrieks ofContinue reading “Bioshock Infinite”

Super Mario Galaxy 2

Reinvention is basically Mario’s M.O. at this point, from those early days pioneering 2D platforming, to the jump into 3D and the wild, gravity defying exploits of Super Mario Galaxy, the plumber has been continually pushing the boundaries of what his games can achieve and be. Each time, Nintendo has been unsatisfied with letting MarioContinue reading “Super Mario Galaxy 2”