Category Archives: Games

Zelda: Breath of the Wild is Food for the Wandering Soul

The world of Hyrule is gloriously open for exploration in Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

I remember running through forest as a kid. I remember the thrill of getting as lost as I could, stumbling upon hidden glades and streams and fields. I remember the rush of a world that was so much bigger and more beautiful than I had hoped — and the harmony that came with getting to know it.

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Why FFXV Fell but The Last Guardian Soars: Thematic Consistency

Trico and the boy feel a thematic consistency in The Last Guardian.

Why are some stories so powerful even when their characters are bland, predictable, and archetypal?

I’m talking Sleeping Beauty. GladiatorBeowulf.

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Why Games are Best When They Accept They’re Games

Walker must descent into hell in Spec: Ops the Line.

Some games blow you away with their originality, their sense of being more than the sum of their parts, their sheer and captivating ownness.

And some just feel like pale imitations of movies you’ve seen.

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The Revolution of Realistic Relationships in Games

Characters from FXIII-2.

You know when you write a blog post then forget to put it up until it’s well past its use-by date? Well, I never have that issue because I always discuss absolutely timeless topics.

This post was written months ago now when I was halfway playing through Final Fantasy XIII-2. I’ve since finished the game, but luckily my opinions have not changed between then and now. While the game is very different to its predecessor, and I did enjoy it more than I expected to, it still had a lot of flaws. And disappointingly for a Final Fantasy, more than a few of these flaws come from its story and characters.

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