Melchor Lullaby Hotline Vol. 1

Sometimes you find that, as cliché as it may be, the age-old adage ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ really does ring true. That’s exactly what happened to me when I first came across Adam Melchor’s debut album, Melchor Lullaby Hotline Vol. 1. Now, straight off the bat we have to acknowledge some bigContinue reading “Melchor Lullaby Hotline Vol. 1”

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”

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”

Life Is Strange 2 Episode 2: Rules

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.

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”

Exploring Spacetime With Genesis Noir

Every now and again, when you’re browsing through the Nintendo eShop or other such gaming stores, you’ll come across a graphic that really captures your imagination, and you’ll click through to find out more about the game. That’s exactly what happened to me with Genesis Noir, developed by New York City-based studio Feral Cat Den.Continue reading “Exploring Spacetime With Genesis Noir”

Maquette Is Brilliant

Playstation Plus has been getting a lot of good press recently thanks to its run of strong releases, especially ones close to release day. That reputation is continuing to grow with this month’s free offerings – Final Fantasy VII Remake getting a particularly large amount of coverage. Hidden inside FFVII’s shadow however, is a littleContinue reading “Maquette Is Brilliant”