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”
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”
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”
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 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”
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”
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”
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”
In preparation for a future playthrough of Dread, I’m taking a look at the earliest game in the series’ chronology – Metroid: Zero Mission.
We’re taking a look back at the most under-the-radar entry in gaming’s biggest RPG franchise, Final Fantasy V.