London has hosted my travel adventures on three occasions. Well, 10 times really, if we’re counting the ones I went on with the good Professor Layton, Luke, and Katrielle.
“Years of watching golf has finally paid off,” my sister mused. Then with a pause, a snicker and a hand-waving gesture, “Though I still don’t quite understand some of the golfing terms.”
Last Day of June’s ominous title is perfectly matched for its intentional, brooding Tim Burton-esque aesthetic. And as the game’s director Massimo Guarani notes, it’s our shared human experience of loss and subsequent coping mechanisms that is at the heart of his team’s upcoming indie adventure game.
If you haven’t browsed the web today using Google (or maybe you’re a Bing Wiz and that ain’t my biz), check the homepage. Today’s interactive Doodle celebrates Oskar Fischinger’s 117th birthday. Who’s that? Only a cool man who created musical animations way before MTV played music videos, and then didn’t.
One morning, you may find yourself throwing eye-daggers at friends at 6 a.m. for repeatedly blasting Mario Odyssey’s theme song. Then, later, involved in the stage clean up of half-consumed beer, cucumber sparkling water, and sweat from one of your favorite musicians from one of your beloved game series. E3 is weird.
Last Summer, I went from inhaling power-ups and being a shape-shifting, cutesy mecha nightmare as Kirby in Planet Robobot to keeping the company of questionable, spirited friends. I’d like to continue the tradition of the latter once the warm clutches of 2017's Summer take hold. Yo-kai Watch 2, here I come.
There are certain things I can and want to expose my curious 10 year-old nephew to. Particular parts of Persona 5? Yes. Most of the game? Not yet. I’d like for him to be engaged with it in the future. But he’s already halfway there as it’s a fictional, yet too real snapshot of what we’re all living through right now.
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice...well, when it comes to specialty peeps, I’m just a fool who needs to feel to learn.
As is the norm in Breath of the Wild, I was investigating Hyrule’s shores when I spied a curiosity in the distance—an island I forgot to visit. Making my way by raft, I set upon its beach as a storm drew in. I had arrived at Eventide, and was informed the awaiting trial had a nasty surprise in store. Hooray?
In Snipperclips: Cut it out, together!, the urge to cut your friends out of malice—and not for actual problem solving help—is strong. It makes the gaming experience just as frustrating as it is fun. But best of all, under that playful bit of co-op devilry is a very smart game.
Seriously, curse those weirdly expressive puyo globs.
On the show floor at NYC’s hands-on Nintendo Switch event—and easy to bypass amongst the bustle of activity surrounding titles such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild—stood Snipperclips.
Sometimes, after a particularly weary and intense battle, Final Fantasy XV’s Prompto will whine that he’s dying of thirst. I hope he’s not craving any of Wiz’s Energizing Elixir because that concoction tastes like medicinal trash.
Over-analyzing games and favorite mediums can be a real killjoy at times. A critical eye can make problems more glaring which lessens the impact of a body of work. But when masters of their craft know how to elicit specific emotions, all that is rendered moot. This is often the case with Yomawari. Damn you, game.
Poor, 8 a.m. life decisions and I are not strangers, particularly in Autumn. This week I had a date with a bowl of pumpkin spice cheerios. Two years ago, it was my tryst with Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte. Today, I really should have rethought that meeting with the pumpkin spice latte peep.
In a week’s time, there’s an expansion coming for one of my favorite games. ‘A once favorite’ game may be a more truthful testimony. I’m pretty sure my love of Rock Band has partially waned because music just isn’t what it used to be.
Human capacity for evil and manipulation is one of the most terrifying things but the supernatural still raises goosebumps. Yo-kai Watch is not the best case for true scares but at times, it’s twisted enough to give me chills. What can I say? My childhood was filled with creepy stories, and the game reminds me of that.
What would the soundtrack of a brutally violent, post-apocalyptic Japan sound like? In Suda51’s latest, Let It Die, it’d be a rock playlist of Japanese Indie bands hand-picked by Silent Hill music legend Akira Yamaoka. But for these current times, Yamaoka would recommend listening to Dizzy Mizz Lizzy.
Until someone pointed out my affinity for those old Kotaku colours.
In 2016, the Trails series became a personal savior of JRPGs, thanks to its intriguing lore, fun battle system, and sharp writing—proving the genre still appeals to this jaded player. Spending time with Trails of Cold Steel II at E3 solidified that. But I’m not the only one with love for Cold Steel’s Class VII.