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”

Why you (probably) should play … Mass Effect: Andromeda

A space odyssey that deserves all of its praise and criticism

So, this is it. Long have I missed out on BioWare games, particularly on the Mass Effect series despite having a very brief encounter with the second in the original trilogy. I even ignored the Dragon Age series, despite the fact that I had lived with a friend who owned the original game. Now, this alarming oversight has been rectified, and hoo-boy did I choose a doozy to start out on.  Continue reading “Why you (probably) should play … Mass Effect: Andromeda”

Why Storytelling is Important in Gaming

A game is only good if a narrative keeps your attention…

When it comes to story, some of the best ones have come from the gaming industry. Now I’m not saying that we should expect the next Hemingway or Dickens to come from a gaming background, but what I am saying is that storytelling and narrative have improved dramatically over the years. From the 8-bit arcade heroes all the way to the modern triple A game, I believe that story has played its part in keeping the gamer hooked onto a game, even when the gameplay or the flaws of a game are beyond forgiveness.  Continue reading “Why Storytelling is Important in Gaming”

Why you should play… Nioh

A game that is ready to both reward and punish you for your skill…

To start off, I have a confession to make. I’ve never played Dark Souls. I have made an attempt at playing Bloodborne but I never really got into it. I don’t know what it is, but I guess I just wasn’t as enthralled to it as much as I thought I would be, especially when I went in knowing that it was going to be a long, hard and thankless slog all the way through. I had wrote it off, in my mind as, ‘not my kind of game’. In reality, I suspect that it never really appealed to me as a gamer; my background is mostly in JRPGs like Star Ocean and Final Fantasy, with a few Action-Adventures on the side, so the masocore (masochistic hardcore for the uninformed) never really entered my gaming stratosphere until Bloodborne, which I didn’t enjoy… and then Nioh came along.  Continue reading “Why you should play… Nioh”

The Games I Never Played, and the Year of the Reinvention

The past that I missed out on has paved the way for a future I’ll take part in

To be truthful, its probably easier to tell you the games that I have played than the ones I have not. The reasons why I haven’t played the games that everyone seems to have though are more of a complicated web when I think about it.  Continue reading “The Games I Never Played, and the Year of the Reinvention”

Why you should play … NieR:Automata

A beautitful, haunting and melancholy game that you really must play!

Just a heads up guys; when I first got this, not only did I have to delete a few games (luckily I wasn’t playing them anymore and my brother, who has space on the PS4, generously allowed me to delete FIFA 16’s application), there was an error getting it to load onto my system. I had to reinsert the disc. Be warned that this might happen if you get the game; it isn’t broken, the update required to fix some really bad bugs in the game just interrupts the loading.

Okay, so NieR. This is actually the first I’ve heard of the series so I was intrigued when an email from my Playstation account appeared in my inbox several months ago about a demo of the game. In one of the most tense but adrenaline-fuelled hour and a half of my life, I was thoroughly persuaded to buy the full version when it came out March 10 of this year in the UK. I then started to read about it while it was finishing up in the development stages, finding myself wondering just what sort of game I would be letting myself in for from a developer that, to me, seemed to have a few loose screws in his head. In the end, the date of delivery came, and after pre-mentioned slight issue, I just allowed myself to go along with the flow of the game. And boy, what a game it is. Continue reading “Why you should play … NieR:Automata”