Welcome one and all, to another one of my bi-annual public therapy sessions. You know, I love videogames. But some games are shit, and playing shit games results in a build-up of negativity - negativity which must be purged in the fires of sick journalistic burns, which I will now vomit out onto the Internet.... Continue Reading →
Scarlet Nexus may be a painfully average anime, but the game slaps hard.
When an anime and a game share the same IP, it tends to be that the anime is the original source material (which is probably based off of a manga before that) and the game is the adaptation. However, in Scarlet Nexus' case, it's the opposite way round. I watched the Scarlet Nexus anime earlier... Continue Reading →
Monster Hunter Stories 1 and 2 – Capcom should probably stick to the 3rd person action genre
The Monster Hunter franchise was always destined to jump on the monster-catching bandwagon - with so many unique and iconic monsters to tame, it was only a matter of time. I mean, who hasn't wanted to ride a Rathalos, right? I wasn't able to get my hands on Monster Hunter Stories 1 upon release as... Continue Reading →
Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition requires a truly ‘colossal’ investment of your time.
The JRPG genre is famous for having more than its fair share of long-ass games. So the fact that, even amongst JRPGs, this game has a reputation for being a handful is should tell you all you need to know about Xenoblade Chronicles. Originally released on the Wii in 2010, it achieved unexpected critical and... Continue Reading →
So is Nexomon just a Pokémon rip-off, or what?
Love it or hate it, it's hard to deny that Pokémon is just as (if not more) culturally significant amongst millennials now than it was when we were actually its target audience. Everywhere you look these days, it's poké-this and poké-that, it gets pretty poké-nnoying after a while. But listen, I understand. Every once in... 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 →
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 →
The True King of JRPGs Part One – Dragon Quest IV-VI on DS Lite
Ah, Dragon Quest. The JRPG series that just refuses to die. The JRPG series that had the audacity to include the word 'Dragon' in its title despite featuring almost no actual dragons. Whereas other JRPGs like Final Fantasy and Pokémon have transformed themselves beyond recognition to appeal to modern audiences and remain relevant, Grandad Dragon... Continue Reading →
Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance – A challenging tactical RPG, but with added anime.
For many centuries, the world's greatest philosophers and thinkers have pondered over why all the most ridiculous and over-the-top creations always seem come out of Japan. Whilst we are no closer to answering this most confounding of conundrums, in the meantime, Japanese videogame developers continue to anoint the world with some of the weirdest and... 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 →