July 19, 2018
Final Fantasy XV shows a lot of promise in the early stages

Not so Final Fantasy – Final Fantasy XV: a Game of Two Halves

Having watched the tie-in CG movie Kingsglaive (starring Aaron Paul, Lena Headey, and Sean Bean), the accompanying anime, and played both Episode Duscae and the Platinum Demo prior to launch, I was chomping at the bit to begin my journey through the world of Eos when a shiny new copy of the game dropped through my letter box on a chilly November morning in 2016.
July 5, 2018
The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit

‘The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit’: An Overview

As well as broadly adhering to the same systems and mechanics as seen in previous Life is Strange titles, Captain Spirit also retains the stylised, cel shaded graphics the series is known for. Built, this time around, in the Unreal 4 engine; a jump in technology that lets DONTNOD apply a fresh coat of paint in the form of brand-new dialogue options and generally improved visuals. However, it’s Captain Spirit’s use of colour that really stands out.
June 29, 2018
Distant Worlds Final Fantasy in concert

Not so Final Fantasy – Celebrating the Series’ Best Music (Part 2)

Three weeks ago, I began the tremendously difficult if enjoyable task of trawling through every mainline Final Fantasy OST and selecting my favourite track from each in an effort to create a definitive (entirely subjective) list of the very best music to ever grace the incomparable series.
June 10, 2018
Distant worlds - an orchestral celebration of the best music from Final Fantasy history

Not so Final Fantasy – Celebrating the Series’ Best Music (Part 1)

To this day, I can’t start a new playthrough of any Final Fantasy game and not smile the first time I hear the familiar melodic chimes of the prelude or the throbbing beats of the battle theme, as memories of summers spent locked indoors exploring the worlds of Cloud, Squall, and co. come flooding back.
June 2, 2018
A group of players airdropping into the arena - H1Z1

Will ‘H1Z1’ Find a Home on PS4?

Now, some might argue that, in the absence of building mechanics or anything else wholly unique to the IP, H1Z1 is little more than a watered-down version of PUBG designed to make the most of the PS4 market before Microsoft’s exclusivity deal with Brendan Greene’s trend-setter expires. But honestly, I think that kind of thinking is reductive. With its easy-to-use, simplified mechanics, H1Z1 really does offer something different.
May 24, 2018
The Freaker hordes of Days Gone

Can We All Just Agree to Call a Zombie, a Zombie From Now On?

This obsession with nomenclature is more than a little frustrating to someone like myself who has a soft spot for zombies, despite the saturated market and steadily declining standards of AMC’s The Walking Dead.
May 17, 2018
Which Final Fantasy villain is the best: Kefka or Sephiroth?

Not so Final Fantasy – Kefka vs. Sephiroth

It's odd that we should feel so attached to a pair of individuals whose actions are so unquestionably vile. However, more than anything else, these displays of heartless brutality are tremendously effective at displaying the incredible power and influence these two villains possess, raising the stakes considerably for the heroes (and thus the players) trying to stop them over the course of their respective adventures.
May 5, 2018
Kindling a bonfire in Dark Souls: Remastered

‘Dark Souls: Remastered’ – A Mouth-Watering Prospect for Newbies

Ironically, given my past experiences with the original, one of the most exciting things about Dark Souls: Remastered is having the opportunity to use what I’ve learned from the sequels to test myself against what is arguably the series’ toughest game.
April 27, 2018
Squall Leonhart - protagonist of Final Fantasy VIII

‘Not so Final Fantasy’ – Unpacking ‘FFVIII’s’ Most Fascinating Fan Theory

‘Squall is Dead’ – revolves around the idea that Squall is fatally wounded during the climactic battle at the end of disc one, rendering everything that happens thereafter an illusion generated by his dying mind.
April 22, 2018
The mysterious island setting of The Witness

12-Months Later and I’ve Finally Finished ‘The Witness’

If ever there was a game capable of sharpening a player’s mind, giving them pause for thought, or fostering in them a newfound appreciation of the genre and the wider medium, The Witness is it.