Why you should play… The Sexy Brutale

A darling little gem from the indie scene!

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First things first, I’d like to apologise for the sudden prolonged break. I had a terrible case of the summer cold, meaning I didn’t feel like doing very much at all. I’ve only really started to recover now. So to make up for my lack of appearance online, I’m going to FINALLY post this piece that I was meant to review back at the end of April.

The Sexy Brutale. Part murder mystery, part Groundhog Day simulator. All wrapped up in some honestly terrifying supernatural circumstances and events, bloody girls and soul-sucking haunted masks aside, and in a setting befitting of an Agatha Christie novel… maybe. If she were on acid or laudanum, or era appropriate narcotic of choice. It’s this heady mix of Christie-esque glamour, murderousness and a killer soundtrack that makes this one of the most addictive games I’ve had the pleasure of playing.  Continue reading “Why you should play… The Sexy Brutale”

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 (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”