Games of 2019 in 2020: Children of Morta and Gato Roboto

Let’s start with Gato Roboto, because this is the simplest to talk about from the two; it’s a metroidvania, action-platformer, about a cat that controls a robot. That sold me instantly and thankfully the game backs the expectations it sets up with that tagline; from the start, the two features that will stay with youContinue reading “Games of 2019 in 2020: Children of Morta and Gato Roboto”

Katana Zero and Stone

Before starting this brief review, I just wanted to say that I hope everyone is staying at home playing video games and watching movies, following their countries’ health and safety guidelines; stay safe and healthy. I always want to like any entertainment I consume, however a lot of the time something that should appeal toContinue reading “Katana Zero and Stone”

The one thing I particularly enjoyed about the campaign of The Division 2

As the modern game industry keeps making and adopting the “live service” model for most, “big” AAA games, I’ve found it harder and harder to talk about them consistently or, in some cases, passionately; even as I write this, Massive Entertainment, the studio behind The Division franchise, have come out with news about a paidContinue reading “The one thing I particularly enjoyed about the campaign of The Division 2”

A supply drop in the middle of Harran

The first memorable thing that happens in Dying Light, for me, is that in this fictional universe the best idea a humanitarian group had for distributing lifesaving medication and supplies, is a supply drop in the middle of Harran. Let that sink in for little while; the best way a humanitarian organization thought of toContinue reading “A supply drop in the middle of Harran”

Apex Legends and Tetris 99

Ever since “PUBG” exploded into the scene, I was pretty disinterested in the genre; Kinji Fukasaku’s “Battle Royale” is one of my favorite movies, not only because of the concept, but of what he explores through that concept, such as the brutal competition bred into younger generations by older ones who have seen and doneContinue reading “Apex Legends and Tetris 99”

Are AA games back on the rise?

In yesteryears, I used to be able to categorize a game in 3, simple groups: Indie, AAA and AA games. As the years went by and the industry matured and got more vicious and unforgiving, while we, the people playing games, got more and more demanding of games, more informed and less inclined to takeContinue reading “Are AA games back on the rise?”

Games I’ll never finish: Away: Journey to the Unexpected and SIMULACRA

February is a weird month this year for me; there are a lot of highly anticipated games out this year, but none of them “forced” me to pull the trigger on them. Anthem looks like something I’m not interested in (regardless of quality), Far Cry: New Dawn looks like more of Far Cry 5 andContinue reading “Games I’ll never finish: Away: Journey to the Unexpected and SIMULACRA”

Can music carry a game? A look at The Bard’s Tale IV

When people talk about a game being “carried” by something, it is usually an element that is more “directly” involved with that game’s core appeal or premise, such as gameplay feel and/or mechanics, story, graphics, etc. But, rarely if ever I’ve heard of a game that is “carried” by music and there’s a good reasonContinue reading “Can music carry a game? A look at The Bard’s Tale IV”

Chill puzzle games (Picross S3, ISLANDERS, Golf Peaks)

All video games are puzzle games, if you see them from a certain perspective; my definition of a puzzle is that you’re presented with a clearly defined set of rules which are meant to be followed—or broken in an equally defined and predictable way—in order to reach a valid or acceptable end state. They areContinue reading “Chill puzzle games (Picross S3, ISLANDERS, Golf Peaks)”