Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Final Fantasy VII Playthrough: Part 20 - Diamond Weapon

"Diamond Weapon"? Has Final Fantasy VII gone gangsta?

Before we find out, a recap. Things just keep going from bad to worse. Not only is Sephiroth still on the loose, but Meteor is still hurtling through space towards the planet, and we've just blown up a rocket trying to stop it. Right now we're hanging out on the bridge of the Highwind ingesting about how terrible everything is. In fact, this is exactly how the last few instalments of the play through stated off, and I'm hoping this repetitiveness means you won't notice that I haven't updated it in 4 months.

They delay is partly to do with the fact that my PC started electrocuting me and I had to get my live-in IT guy to re-build it from scratch, but the main reason is that after the last episode of the playthrough I took a short new year's break, and when I returned to Final Fantasy VII I could not remember what I was supposed to do next and why. Modern games don't really have this issue; there's generally some kind of diary or hint system telling you where the next part of the quest is, but Final Fantasy VII is from the 90s, when shit was real.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Lara in my pocket: Tomb Raider on Android review

Tomb Raider on Android is 99p. If you are able to play the game at all it's because you've already spent at least £200 on a phone, so I would only recommend against buying it if you don't have time to play it. 

There are small niggles with the port itself, and I'll get to those, but overall I'm happy to say that this is very much Tomb Raider, just the way you remember it. Archaeologist-adventurer Lara Croft is contracted by the mysterious Jacqueline Natla to find the Scion, a mysterious artefact buried in the long-lost tomb of Qualopec, in Peru. One T-Rex, several wolves and some flirty banter with a cowboy later, and Lara learns that the Scion is just one piece of three, and she's going to have to travel to Greece, Egypt and the lost city of Atlantis to pocket the other bits and find out just what Natla's got planned.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

The Banner Saga, and living for the now

Here is a fact about me that will surprise absolutely no-one: I prefer winter to summer.

Even though it's only February, I am already hiding from the lengthening days in the chilly embrace of The Banner Saga, a tactical RPG set in a winter so bleak that the sun itself has frozen in place in the sky. Gameplay consists of making decisions for and fighting battles as a small caravan of humans and Varl, a race of horned giants who are the last of their kind because they can't reproduce (they're all male) and the god who made them is, like all other gods, dead.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Dual Wielding: Autobiography of a Fangirl

I bang on about Tomb Raider a lot because this is a video game blog, but Lara Croft actually shares the main plinth in my own personal Hall of Fandom with another 90s icon, Tori Amos.

This is why my autobiography is going to be entitled Dual Wielding, a reference to the fact that while most people are happy just using one gun or one piano at a time, the two women who will have inspired my meteoric rise to fame, fortune and international renown had mastered the art of using two at the same time.

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Final Fantasy VII Playthrough: Part 19 - Cloud returns, kinda

After a nerve-wracking few weeks that have seen Tifa and then Cid try their hand at leadership while Cloud suffered a mental breakdown, fell into the Lifestream and took a journey through his subconscious only to discover that he wasn't Cloud at all, things are finally back to normal.

"Normal", of course, being a race against time to save the planet from physical and existential destruction at the hands of Sephiroth, Meteor and Weapon.