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”

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”

Life Is Strange 2 Episode 3: Wastelands

Welcome to The Play-By-Play, a column where I’ll be writing about an episodic game series as I play through the season, sharing my thoughts on the storyline, the game, and generally any other things that I’ve picked up on. Today, we’re continuing our journey with Dontnod’s Life Is Strange 2. Warning: spoilers abound. The moreContinue reading “Life Is Strange 2 Episode 3: Wastelands”

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”