We Need to Talk About Ann

Is she being too sexualised to be taken seriously?

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So after an enforced break from Persona 5, I finally managed to continue from where I had left off… though something has been bothering me a little bit. Perhaps its because Ann is starting to get her arse handed to her in recent battles which means she’s on the floor most of the time, or maybe its because there’s been a few more subtle to not-so-subtle dominatrix references in-game, but is it just me or are women being sexualised to a fetishist’s degree in Persona 5? To be more specific, is Ann being too sexualised to be taken seriously? Continue reading “We Need to Talk About Ann”

Mario & Luigi Dream Team Bros., a Retrospective Review

What a dreamy game! And you should play it!

So here we are. The first of the Retrospective Reviews, and since we’ve last played and reviewed a platformer, I thought we’d stick with the theme by playing one of the Grand Old Plumber’s games on the 3DS. Mario & Luigi Dream Team Bros. -or sometimes just known as Mario & Luigi Dream Team outside of Europe and Australia- is the fourth in the Mario & Luigi series, which melds traditional platforming with role-playing elements such as stats, equipment and turn-based combat. Sounds like it shouldn’t work, yet it does. Beautifully.  Continue reading “Mario & Luigi Dream Team Bros., a Retrospective Review”

Why Nostalgia can be Both a Good and Bad Thing for Games

One double-edged sword that needs proper care when swinging

Nostalgia. It’s a finicky, fickle mistress. It builds up good memories of games that you absolutely loved when you were growing up to the point that you end up forgetting some of its flaws, only to drag you back down again when a modern game tries to bring back the spirit of it and fail. Nostalgia is basically a distortion of your memories of anything that was good at the time, but if you tried to bring it back now to modernise it you’d probably only find that a select group of people would enjoy it for the old memories while newcomers might find bewildering.  Continue reading “Why Nostalgia can be Both a Good and Bad Thing for Games”

Why you may want to play … Yooka-Laylee

Keep your rose-tinted glasses on firmly with this retro-flavoured game

For me, while this is definitely not my first time playing a platformer, it is the first time I’ve played a platformer in the spirit of 90s stalwart Banjo-Kazooie. I’m considering this a chance to make up for the fact that I never got a chance to play Banjo-Kazooie, but as someone who hasn’t played the spiritual predecessor to Yooka-Laylee, I feel that I can review it without the nostalgia rose-tinted glasses on. Theoretically of course.  Continue reading “Why you may want to play … Yooka-Laylee”

Why Addressing Big Issues in Gaming is a Good Thing

Gaming can be just as good a platform as a book, film or TV show

Please note that there are spoilers for the opening hours of Persona 5, as well as spoilers for Nier: Automata and Mass Effect: Andromeda. If you don’t want to be spoiled, please look away now.  Continue reading “Why Addressing Big Issues in Gaming is a Good Thing”

Why you REALLY NEED to play … Persona 5

Seriously. Get it.

I’m not joking. Persona 5 needs to be in your game library, not because its a good JRPG, but because it is the JRPG. The definitive example of what a JRPG can be at its absolute best, and I’d even go as far as to say the one game you could open up the genre to newcomers with. This is a game where the hype that went around it was completely deserved, and it lived up to its expectations and then some.  Continue reading “Why you REALLY NEED to play … Persona 5”

How Jaal, Peebee, Drack, Cora et al Convinced Me To Keep Playing Mass Effect: Andromeda

Come for the exploration, stay for the merry band of misfits.

For my first ever Bioware game, part of me was a little upset that the pedigree of the game was somewhat compromised by the writing that had gone into it. More than the glitches or the tendency for characters to look hilariously expressionless while in the midst of clearly good voice acting (seriously, Natalie ‘Margaery Tyrell’ Dormer is voicing Dr. Lexi… how cool is that?!) The writing was a mess of being either too earnest, too lazy but sometimes just completely cheesy and cliched during the main campaign, but really, what kept my attention on the game was the side missions… or more specifically, the missions you do for your squad mates.  Continue reading “How Jaal, Peebee, Drack, Cora et al Convinced Me To Keep Playing Mass Effect: Andromeda”