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”

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”

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”