Debunking writing game criticism: My experience as a freelancer

Recently, a throwaway Tweet by an aggressive gamer with 3 followers indicated scorn for my only owning a PS4, when I am a game critic. I dealt with this issue at the height of being targeted by gamergate 6000 years ago – but I’ve seen recent related discussions from colleagues, in light of the upcoming … Continue reading Debunking writing game criticism: My experience as a freelancer

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

Old School Pick: Dying Light

Recently, the folks at Techland released a patch for their year 5 year old game, Dying Light. This is an open-world, action-RPG parkour zombie game. You play as a Kyle Crane, a very generic, entirely forgettable lead who sounds like but isn’t Troy Baker. In this city that is definitely not Turkey, a mysterious virus … Continue reading Old School Pick: Dying Light

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

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

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

Thoughts on Resident Evil 2 Remake

It was a many years ago when I first stepped into the shoes of Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield. But, if there's one thing 2018 and 2019 has taught us, it's that the past does not stay dead and will come shambling back in all its horrifying glory. Capcom's remake of Resident Evil 2 … Continue reading Thoughts on Resident Evil 2 Remake

Thoughts So Far – Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey

Ancient mythology doesn’t tell us about whether the gods exist but about the people who believed in them. We tolerate histories that go so far back into the haze of history we shrug our shoulders that kings of old rubbed shoulders with deities. The lines blur between myth and fact: We can point to statues … Continue reading Thoughts So Far – Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey

Spider-Man: The mediocre and the magnificent

Peter Parker’s Spider-Man is a superhero designed to cater for the “Every man”: he’s got little financial security, struggles with rent, isn’t in a long-term secure relationship and has close ties to his family. However, as with many ideas of “every man”, assumptions are ignored: Peter Parker is a white, able-bodied, fit young man and … Continue reading Spider-Man: The mediocre and the magnificent