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”

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”

Red (Taylor’s Version)

Many musicians have that one album, their magnum opus, the one fans point to as the pinnacle of their career, the distillation of everything that makes the artist great. Few are lucky enough to have more than one such album, but, with various sonically and visually distinct eras, Taylor Swift managed to become one ofContinue reading “Red (Taylor’s Version)”

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”

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”