A recently turned 30 going on 13 year old just trying to make my way in an increasingly confusing world.
I'm a massive geek - film nut; retro gamer; board gamer; video gamer; Lego fan; Sci-fi enthusiast; theatre goer; comedian lover; health nut; avid walker; whiskey drinker; chilli eater and an obsessive collector of many things.
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I completely loved this game. Like, really loved it. It has instantly become one of my favourite games ever. When I wasn't playing it, I missed it. I liked it so much I bought a WiiU eShop download and the PS3/4 collectors edition. Completely 100% worth it.
It's a delightfully hand drawn, exquisitely written in rhyming couplets for the most part, fairy story. It blends the genre of side scrolling platformer and float 'em up (Auroroa, the heroine and main character learns to fly quite early on) with RPG exploration, item and skill management and turn based battles.
I was never bored at all, the story is beautiful without being cliché, and the battle's timing system keeps things interesting throughout. The battle system allows you to time attacks to interrupt incoming attacks, but also allows the same to happen to you, resulting in missing a go. There is furthermore a large combination of mele, defensive and magic abilities for each unique and unlikely character you befriend on your quest.
Boss battles feel suitably more epic than normal ones, and can be challenging, though the game is never really difficult at any point.
Exploration is kept fresh by a variety of environments, puzzles and collectibles scattered around the world of Lemuria. The UbiArt engine is superb in it's ability to seemlessly integrate all the lovingly crafted artwork into a video game.
I shall stop gushing to avoid any spoilers, and hope that anyone with any remote interest in literacy, game design, platformers, RPGs, beautiful fantasy art or quite simply any interest in anything ever, will go out and buy this stunning creation at least once. And when you do...?
(All photos are simply taken with my iPhone's camera and are of the WiiU version)
SuperPlay issue 48 is a collaboration between members of the original SuperPlay writers to mark the arrival of the new Nintendo SNES mini, released with October's issue of Retro Gamer magazine.
Fittingly, the cover is adorned for Fox McCloud from the Star Fox games, as one of the SNES minis oddities that hype was building for is the inclusion of Star Fox 2, originally axed for release on the original hardware due to ongoing changes in the gaming industry as a whole at the time. It's a lovely cover by Will Overton who also did a lot of the original art for the magazine originally.
The magazine goes on to look at the hardware of the SNES mini, and give a review of every title included on the console. Rather than review the games as they're remembered, the writers have reviewed the games from today's benchmarks, for example looking at the original Star Fox now is definitely more jarring an experience than the jaw dropping one it would've been back in '93.
Over the weekend my buddy and I flew to Dublin. Ireland is somewhere I've never been before but had heard many great things about and I was exited if anxious about the trip. Anxious because of my stupidness with food & exercise but also on behalf of my good friend who has quite a fear of flying.
That being said, the flights by Ryan Air both there and back were pretty painless. We needed no extra luggage other than the carry on allowance, despite emptying duty free of all the Irish whiskey miniatures on the return trip, and we were able to check in for both flights online making the getting through security relatively straight forward. It's a faff, but it's a faff regardless so I was content with it being as straight forward as possible.
Return flights with no additions cost us that grand sum of £38.74 each which I thought was damned reasonable. The Air BnB which was booked by my travelling partner as a last minute deal, and set us back £165.11 for 3 nights. Accommodati…
Coming up to the new year the internet is ripe with posts about the best releases from the year, but for ordinary humans like us you may only be playing, reading or watching stuff that may have been out for some time already. So, here's a brief collection of my favourites from 2017. Let me know what you think!
Board Game Handheld Game - Metroid: Samus Returns My favourite handheld game this year has definitely been on my trusty 3DS. Metroid: Samus Returns is a glorious homage to Metroid 2 on the game boy, utilising the same setting and story but with revamped graphics, sound and gameplay. New abilities and equipment keep the tried and tested Metroidvania gameplay fresh, and I found this really easy to dip in and out of after gaps away from playing. It's quite difficult in places especially with my big hands around the smaller form of the regular 3DS.
I also plumped for the collector’s edition with this game, which is an absolut…