Two for one – Mario & Sonic

Next on my pile of shame list is a couple of Nintendo DS games featuring the behemoths of 90s platformers, Mario & Sonic. Before the turn of the millennium, Mario & Sonic were untouchable. Competing for kid’s pocket money and always trading blows. 6 Golden Coins was countered by Sonic 3 & Knuckles. Nintendo had Super Mario All Stars, Sega had Sonic 3 & Knuckles. When Super Mario World came out, Sega retaliated with Sonic 3 & Knuckles∗. It was a bloodbath of sprites.Read More »

The Platinum Effect

My 15th Platinum trophy had just pinged in the top left corner of the screen. A familiar sense of achievement rushed through my brain and onto the hairs on the back of my neck. That shot of adrenaline was what I needed. Getting that elusive trophy meant more to me than completing the game. Truly.Read More »

Hit list: Picross S

I love puzzles and brain teasers. As you’re probably aware, I’m also into Video Games. Can you see where I’m headed with this? As someone who thoroughly enjoyed the Brain Training series on the Nintendo DS, it doesn’t take a Professor Layton to work out that I play virtual puzzle games at any opportunity I can. Since the Nintendo Switch released, there was a certain itch I needed scratching, Picross S was bold enough to step up.

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The 25th Ward: The Silver Case or how I’ve been away for a month

Sorry team. I know I’ve been gone a while. It’s for one singular reason. The 25th Ward: The Silver Case. It started off like any other review; play the game, tap up my thoughts and post my opinion publicly… Sounds simple right? WRONG. Something pulled me into the game and wouldn’t let me go until it was finished. I’m not even joking. This weird, crazy, and sometimes vulgar game has kept me locked up for the last few weeks.Read More »

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life

I’ve never been to Japan. I’ve wanted to since I can remember, but I’ve yet to make the trip. Instead, I throw myself into Japanese culture. Manga, Anime, J-RPGs and books on Ninja can be found throughout my house. While it’s great to read about Ninja, the next step in becoming Japanese was to familiarise with the surroundings (and of course, the mafia). That’s where Yakuza 6: The Song of Life comes in.Read More »

Next off the list: Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

They’re taking the Hobbits to Isengard! Well, not really but I am taking Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor off my list. That’s right, another game has fallen, and I thought I’d tap out a few words on the experience. It’s one of the younger titles on my list, since it was bought for me over Christmas. Why has it taken me years to pick this up? Well I distrusted reviews that said it was better than the PlayStation 2 classic – Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.Read More »

A few words on Sonic Mania

I’ve been a Sonic fan since I picked up a controller. From the chimes of SEGA to the opening drum beats of the first game, I was hooked. Going fast was all I wanted to do. Each Mega Drive instalment was devoured after school or on weekends. Always after homework… I thought this could last forever. However, that wasn’t to be. The last 20 years (it’s really been that long), has been a frustrating time for fans of the Blue Blur. The 3D era hasn’t been kind. So, after years of anger at terrible gimmicks, glitches and anger fuelled rants about Big the sodding Cat, we arrive at Sonic Mania.Read More »