Shounen is the most popular genre of anime by a country mile. Dragon Ball Z, Naruto, Attack on Titan, One Piece, Bleach, Death Note, Fullmetal Alchemist, Haikyuu!!, My Hero Academia, the list goes on and on. What is it that makes shounen so popular? Could it simply be because people love rooting for the good... Continue Reading →
Greedfalls storytelling is at least as good, if not better, than the Witcher III.
The first RPG I ever played was Skyrim on my Dad's PC. It was so intoxicating and immersive and unlike anything I had played before that, in my mind, it doomed all other RPGs to mediocrity in comparison. I sunk 200 hours into that son of a bitch and still had to resort to modding... Continue Reading →
A Castlevania megafan reviews the Netflix Castlevania series.
Boy, do I love Castlevania. But you know what I don't love? Crappy cash-in movies based off my favourite franchises. I don't trust Hollywood with any of my beloved IPs for a second, not after what they did to Warcraft and Monster Hunter. When I heard Netflix was adapting Castlevania into its own anime series,... Continue Reading →
Let’s talk about Goblin Slayer, and its depiction of sexual violence.
So let me set the scene. I'm browsing my local HMV for a new anime series to watch (I'm old-fashioned so I like to own products outright instead of renting them from streaming services) when season one of Goblin Slayer catches my eye. Huh, Goblin Slayer, I thought. That's Funimation and Crunchyroll's little project. How... Continue Reading →
The True King of JRPGs Part Two – Dragon Quest VII-IX on 3DS and DS Lite
Welcome back to the second half of this Super Mega Series Review of Dragon Quest IV to Dragon Quest IX. You can find the first half of this review and some background on the Dragon Quest franchise, here. Dragon Quest VII Fragments of a Forgotten Past The year 2000 - dawn of a new millennia... Continue Reading →
Octopath Traveller: artistically stunning, narratively lacklustre.
Square Enix have been absolutely knocking it out of the park these last couple of years, churning out top quality titles - Dragon Quest XI, the Final Fantasy remakes, Nier:Automata, etc - like it's going out of style. So when Octopath Traveller hit the scene in 2018, Square Enix's new JRPG with a swanky multi-narrative... Continue Reading →
The Falconeer: another win for solo-developers.
The videogame industry has absolutely exploded in the last fifteen years. There are so many games being developed these days that it would be totally inconceivable to even keep track of them all, never mind to actually play all the newest games on release. In a market this saturated, it has become more difficult than... Continue Reading →
Monster Hunter World heralds a bright new future for the Monster Hunter franchise.
When I think back to my time spent playing Monster Hunter Tri on my 3DS until the small hours of the morning on a school night, never would I have imagined that my favourite franchise in the whole world would one day arrive on my PC. Yet, here we are. There is no greater joy in... Continue Reading →
Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen – there’s more to a quality fantasy-RPG than dungeons and dragons.
As a kid, I always considered myself to be a “die-hard fantasy-RPG junkie.” What I meant by that, of course, was that I had pumped an unholy number of hours into Skyrim but had no interest in anything else the fantasy-RPG world had to offer. Tragic. Alas, I regret to say that I spent my... Continue Reading →
Hades is the best thing to come out of 2020.
I think we can all agree that 2020 has been a hellish year. Global pandemics, national lockdowns, political upheaval, civil unrest. It's been truly ungodly. All we need now is for a global famine and we'll have had a visit from all four Horsemen of the Apocalypse in the space of twelve months. Aren't we... Continue Reading →