A slow year for games

Yesterday’s update on my HTPC was my first post on here since my annual look at the best of the year, a gap of nearly ten months. I must have a lot of exciting games to talk about after such a long hiatus, right? Well, no. Truthfully, the back end of this site is loaded … Continue reading A slow year for games →

Posted on: 21 October 2016 | 7:32 am

HTPC update

It’s been a couple of years since I moved my wall of discs to a NAS/Kodi setup and it’s worked admirably, growing as I added storage capacity to its current peak at 16TB. The onward march of technology, however, has uncovered a few cut corners that I’ve taken the opportunity to fix. New hardware The … Continue reading HTPC update →

Posted on: 20 October 2016 | 7:02 am

Best of 2015 #1: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

When I finished The Witcher 3, for the first time in a while, I was left with the feeling that my most anticipated game of the year had knocked it out of the park. I’d expected great things, having loved the previous game and enjoyed the books too, but The Witcher 3 turned out to be a genuine, unequivocal masterpiece … Continue reading Best of 2015 #1: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt →

Posted on: 31 December 2015 | 3:00 pm

Best of 2015 #2: Bloodborne

I’m still yet to get further than about ten hours into a Souls game, and that trend continues with this spiritual sequel. I’m afraid I just don’t have the nerves, nor the patience, for it these days. But even if I couldn’t get to the end, this is probably my favourite of the lot. It’s … Continue reading Best of 2015 #2: Bloodborne →

Posted on: 30 December 2015 | 3:00 pm

Best of 2015 #3: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Despite The Phantom Pain facing ardent attempts to undermine it from both Konami’s avarice and Kojima’s lack of restraint, its qualities manage to shine through. And believe me, if the game is still shining after living through this many attempts to torpedo it since release, the core game must be shining pretty damn brightly. It would have … Continue reading Best of 2015 #3: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain →

Posted on: 29 December 2015 | 3:00 pm

Best of 2015 #4: Rocket League

Conventional sports games haven’t done much for me in a while, the limitations of real sport striking me as unnecessarily restrictive on gameplay design in an effectively limitless medium. Real sport is for playing or watching in real life. If you’re going to turn it into a video game, let me fire a missile at the other participants … Continue reading Best of 2015 #4: Rocket League →

Posted on: 28 December 2015 | 3:00 pm

Best of 2015 #5: Until Dawn

Until Dawn seems to attract faint praise, with reviews I’ve read and podcasts I’ve listened to featuring turns of phrase like “best 8/10 game ever” or “Night Trap but not crap”. The thing is, these statements are frequently tempered with a clarification that the game actually is very, very good. It’s what the first wave of ‘interactive … Continue reading Best of 2015 #5: Until Dawn →

Posted on: 27 December 2015 | 3:00 pm

Shenmue on a Kickstarter budget

Even if the numbers Shenmue III is pulling in are strong for a Kickstarter project, they’re not anywhere close to a modern, big budget, open-world game. They’re not even close to the $70 million that gets thrown around in discussions about the original’s extravagant cost. But the arguments are frequently misleading, so I want to take the opportunity … Continue reading Shenmue on a Kickstarter budget →

Posted on: 10 July 2015 | 10:37 am

Thoughts on E3 2015

Gone may be the days when I’d spend the entirety of E3 week online, downloading 640×480 videos to burn to CD-R and watching press conferences regardless of the hour, but this year’s left me feeling more positive than most recent ones. Even when the last couple carried the sweet nectar of new hardware to freshen up some tired … Continue reading Thoughts on E3 2015 →

Posted on: 16 June 2015 | 2:26 pm

Shenmue III reaction

I’ve never given up hope that Shenmue would get its conclusion, and it seems that my faith has been rewarded. It’s funny, though. For years I’d always suggest Shenmue III as a dream E3 announcement as a joke, opening myself to a ribbing, but in the last couple of years it started to feel like … Continue reading Shenmue III reaction →

Posted on: 16 June 2015 | 2:04 am