Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, Review Part 2

Valhalla, Part 2. A dichotomy runs through it all There’s something quite magical about a large, powerful character like Eivor who is also a renowned, gifted poet and animal lover. This dichotomy plays well into this game that itself wishes to be a many-faced entity: At once a stealth-em-up, but also a brutal viking simulator; … Continue reading Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, Review Part 2

Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, Review Part 1

The Assassin’s Creed franchise is fascinating in its gradual erosion of the very concept that made it initially unique – the titular aspect that has, through time, diminished in its impact and import: being an assassin. The first game leaned very much into the nature of being an assassin, having you play as perhaps one … Continue reading Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, Review Part 1

A Plague Tale: Innocence’s resonance into today’s plague-filled world

“A hallmark of pandemic disease is its ability to destroy worlds, not just individuals”  - John Kelly, The Great Mortality. This is the message I took away from Asobo Studio’s A Plague Tale: Innocence. The plague has taken everything. A sea of isolation rages across the landscape, bringing with it a toxic silence. Bodies buried, … Continue reading A Plague Tale: Innocence’s resonance into today’s plague-filled world

Thoughts on Death Stranding pt 2

Please read the previous part to understand this... NOTE: SPOILERS FOR DEATH STRANDING AT THE END OF THE ARTICLE When the world is ending, there’s nothing like a warm pizza. Well, at least in the mind of characters in Death Stranding. Despite the recognition that every religion not only got it wrong, but dramatically wrong; … Continue reading Thoughts on Death Stranding pt 2

Thoughts on Death Stranding pt 1

The world is a dead, cold place. Isolation ebbs from the horizon, rather than the setting sun. People – or what remains of them – have dug themselves beneath the world, refusing to set foot on the poisoned planes of their species’ birth. That which ties them to the world, that which is meant to … Continue reading Thoughts on Death Stranding pt 1

CONTROL: Review

“This is going to be weirder than usual,” says the lead character of Control, the latest offering by Remedy Entertainment. And she’s not wrong. The Finnish company has constantly centred weird story and dark plots in its third-person action games and CONTROL is no different. Or rather, it is, but…  Look, this is, as the … Continue reading CONTROL: Review

How did I miss Monument Valley?

A silent princess wanders a world where angles and geometry turn supine under player manipulation. She navigates a world whose architecture stems from a mind aligned to MC Escher, attempting to salvage an apparent dying world. The lonely landscapes stretch and bend, spines covered in the flesh of the impossible. Every stage is a puzzle, … Continue reading How did I miss Monument Valley?

Days Gone: Spoiler-Free Review Part 2

Read Part I here... After more time with Days Gone, my opinion has not shifted drastically though I am able to provide more context and criticism. The game remain enjoyable, with moment-to-moment play still feeling quite solid. Primarily, the most fun players will experience is the interaction between various systems with their own priorities: humans … Continue reading Days Gone: Spoiler-Free Review Part 2

Days Gone: Spoiler-Free Review Part 1

PLATFORM: Playstation 4 TYPE: Third-person, action-RPG, open-world. ~ What do you call an outlaw in a world with no laws? What is there to rebel against, to detach yourself from, when all the world’s anchors have become mangled by an apocalypse? These are some of the considerations I wondered playing as biker gang member Deacon … Continue reading Days Gone: Spoiler-Free Review Part 1