Sunday, 30 October 2011

À la Recherche du Jeux Perdus: La Quatrième Partie

Way back in the mists of time, I wrote about how Wing Commander's sense of freedom and power made my childhood self hungry for video games. I finished by saying that I found the next few years confusing as a result. You probably can't remember that. I wish you could do one of those "Previously on Battlestar Galactica" montages for prose.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Deus Ex Human Revolution: The Missing Link Review

It feels odd that I haven't written about Deus Ex: Human Revolution yet. The story of unwilling augmentee Adam Jensen and his gravelly voice have been at the forefront of my mind for the last two months. Something about the game really got under my skin, though whether it's the art direction, the story, the incredible soundtrack or the gameplay, I don't know.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Tomb Raider Debate: Was it Necessary to Change Lara Croft's Biography?

I wrote this article at the request of Katie Fleming, who regular readers will know as the provider of all the Tomb Raider screenshots on this blog. Katie also writes Tomb Raider stories, and has been running her site for over 11 years. You can learn more about it here.

Being a fan isn't always easy. Alongside the great things that come with it is the occasional sense that you're in a one-sided relationship. As attentive as many developers/artists/writers/etc are to their fanbases, they can't possibly take each individual fan's needs into account. So when a large decision is made, it's inevitable that whilst a proportion of the fanbase welcome it, others are bound to be disappointed.

Back in 2006, Tomb Raider fans around the world fired up the long-awaited Tomb Raider: Legend, the first game by American studio Crystal Dynamics after they acquired the series from British studio Core Design. Anticipation was high across the community because of the incredible reviews the game had been getting. The PlayStation 2 version currently holds an 82 on Metacritic, placing it only just behind the first two games in the series (91 and 85 respectively). Yet whilst the elegant controls, beautiful graphics and bug-free gameplay no doubt account for its warm critical reception, the fan response was starkly divided.

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Dark Souls Review and the Top Ten Apocalyptic Games

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a review of the magnificent Dark Souls, a preposterously difficult game which is nevertheless an absolute masterpiece of design and execution. You can read it here, at the amazing GodisaGeek.

I also submitted an entry to the GodisaGeek Vault, where we choose the top ten games in a certain category, place them in a vault, and seal them away so that when the apocalypse comes, the games are preserved for posterity. My slightly contrary choice was the Top Ten Apocalyptic games, a selection you can read here.

I hope everyone is have a terrific weekend.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Why I Love Final Fantasy X

This article contains quite a few spoilers. If you are interested in playing the game but haven't yet, you probably shouldn't read it, read a proper review instead. The overall tone of the article can be replicated by drinking 4 cranberry-flavoued Bacardi Breezers, going to bed without taking your makeup off and listening to Tori Amos' tweely-titled greatest hits album, "Tales of a Librarian". Make sure you skip the remix of Professional Widow though, it totally sucks.

I finished school six years ago. Though I would like to say it doesn't feel like that long, in actual fact it feels as though the day I ran from the gates with a crumpled sheet of (disappointing) exam results in my hand was decades ago.

Yuna leaves the temple of Besaid after she acquires her first aeon.

It seemed to rain all the following summer. With no place at university, no job and no travelling plans, I did my best to be supportive of the friends whose bedrooms became colonised by IKEA boxes and cellophane-wrapped stationary. As the long holiday drew to a close, a rash of leaving drinks and farewell parties made the already gloomy horizon grow even cloudier.