Hades (PS5 review)

Hades was the critical darling when it came out on the Nintendo Switch. Unfortunately, not being an owner of that platform, I had no opportunity to experience it. It is now on PS5, with some minor and adorable features. Hades is a beautiful, top-down, roguelike action game that shuns the punishing parts of roguelike mechanics, … Continue reading Hades (PS5 review)

Watch Dogs: Legion – Bloodline DLC review

A peculiar element of Watch Dogs: Legion was it allowing for both a revolutionary mechanic – Play As Anyone – inserted into an otherwise standard open-world affair. While, yes, it is fun to be able to start a hacker army comprised entirely or partially of grannies, foreign spies, DJs and goth computer wizards, the unique … Continue reading Watch Dogs: Legion – Bloodline DLC review

Returnal Review: A gorgeous, incredible game you should not buy

Do not buy Returnal. This beautifully-crafted, bullet-hell, third-person sci-fi, action-horror adventure game from the masters at Housemarque is carefully crafted. You play Selene, a scout who crashes on a mysterious, hostile alien planet. Selene is seeking the source of a mysterious signal called “White Shadow”. The game begins where Selene’s ship has crashed and she … Continue reading Returnal Review: A gorgeous, incredible game you should not buy

Disco Elysium impressions: Weirdness as benefit

Studio ZA/UM’s (sic) award-winning game, Disco Elysium, is one of the strangest games I’ve ever encountered. I don’t just mean in terms of story but specifically in terms of both mechanics and categorisation. If you had to ask me what type of game Disco Elysium is I’d have to take a minute to answer. But … Continue reading Disco Elysium impressions: Weirdness as benefit

Watch Dogs: Legion – About everyone and no one

Watch Dogs: Legion is a strange game. It’s a third-person, open-world game without a central individual character, but rather a single conglomerate – hence the name “Legion”. You take on the roll of the hacker collective known as Ded-Sec, which has been long established since the first Watch Dogs game My plucky all-female Ded-Sec collective … Continue reading Watch Dogs: Legion – About everyone and no one

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