Continuing in my loose theme of classic game franchises I’ve barely scraped the surface of, the original Castlevania is a game that I’ve tried to chip away at over the course of years but always found myself making basically no headway. The franchise itself is more widely famous these days for Symphony of the Night, … Continue reading Castlevania
One thing I’ve come to love about games I discover through itch.io is the breadth of topics and themes they take on. Often they’re quite heavy ones but I think that’s only natural; after all, it’s the heaviest emotions which inspire us the most, whether that’s the blossoming highs of love or the vicious weight … Continue reading 1365
In the grand pantheon of fighting games there are few names as storied as that of Tekken. It’s a series that I discovered quite young. I can just about remember long nights spent at my brother’s house playing Tekken 3 - well, I say playing, but more like button-mashing, as is tradition for any unskilled … Continue reading Tekken
a new life.
The last few weeks on this blog have felt pretty hectic and heavy. I obviously play quite a lot of stuff for this blog - I kind of have to, in order to keep up my self-imposed weekly schedule - and I quite happily dive into stuff that can be either (or both) lengthy and … Continue reading a new life.
When it comes to the pantheon of beloved indie games, few stand as more revered than Hollow Knight. It’s hard to believe it’s 6 years old at time of writing; I still see it crop up in conversations constantly today. It remains a game with a strong streaming presence, many of my friends still run … Continue reading Hollow Knight
The Last of Us
The Last of Us is a game that stayed with me for a long time. We’ve all got games like that, I think; ones that well after the credits have rolled still stick in the mind like a needle scraping away at the back of your brain. The first time I beat it I had … Continue reading The Last of Us
I knew I’d end up playing Death’s Door the first time I saw it streamed by my friends. A tiny crow, running around fighting enemies, in a pretty fantasy world is a fairly easy sell, I’d say, and that only cemented further in my head when I saw the artwork for it and fell in … Continue reading Death’s Door
The Yakuza franchise is one I’ve studiously ignored over the years for no discernable reason. I can remember - very vaguely - trying the very first game out back on the PS2 as a youngster; there was something about a snazzily-dressed Japanese mobster and some fighting? That was more or less the extent of my … Continue reading Yakuza Kiwami
Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire
By the sixth generation of Pokemon games it seems that Game Freak had settled on a new customary release tactic: the remake. Perhaps the whole “three game structure” had become trite by the mid ‘teens, or perhaps Nintendo had merely cottoned on to the hideous, awe-inspiring power of re-making old stuff and watching the money … Continue reading Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire
When it comes to the era of Kickstarter-fuelled retro throwback games, perhaps none were as huge as Yooka-Laylee. I can remember when this game’s crowdfunding campaign was happening; it seemed like everyone on the internet was queueing up to fire money at then-nascent developer Playtonic, a group of ex-Rare employees who had gathered together to … Continue reading Yooka-Laylee