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John Websell

Counting Final Fantasy VII, The Last of Us, the original Mass Effect trilogy, and The Witcher 3 amongst his favourite games, John enjoys anything that promises to take up an absurdly large amount of his free time. When he’s not gaming, chances are you’ll find him engrossed in a science fiction or fantasy novel; basically, John’s happiest when his attention is as far from the real world as possible.

Games that Changed Our Lives: ‘Life is Strange’ Teaches Us It’s Okay to Cry

I first played Life is Strange in the autumn of 2016. I was in my mid-twenties at the time, so naturally, this article isn’t a tribute to the game that first fanned the flames of my passion for the medium. Moreover, as a pessimistic Englishman who possesses all the artistic flair of a 60-year-old accountant, I had very little in common with the denizens of Arcadia Bay, save perhaps a few painfully familiar moments of teenage angst.

5 Historical Periods That Would Be Perfect for a ‘Kingdom Come: Deliverance’-Style Game

I like so many others eagerly await the release of Kingdom Come: Deliverance, hoping it will usher in a new wave of popular, hyper-realistic games that are as informative as they are enjoyable.

Not so Final Fantasy – ‘Final Fantasy II’s Intriguing but Flawed Progression System

Interesting as the concept of an action-based progression system was at the time, its execution was fundamentally flawed.

Did the ‘Metal Gear Survive’ Beta Allay or Add to our Fears?

I must admit, I feel kind of bad for Konami. I’m no less disappointed than anyone else by the series’ jarring shift away from the relentlessly original, narrative-driven, stealth-action of the past towards the hackneyed zombie survival genre. And I’m certainly not condoning Konami’s allegedly appalling treatment of its former employees.

‘Gwent: The Witcher Card Game’ from the Perspective of a CCG Noob

Gwent is well worth the time of anyone who enjoyed the rudimentary version of the game that appeared in The Witcher 3

‘Not so Final Fantasy’ – Linearity isn’t XIII’s Biggest Problem

When outlining the problems with Final Fantasy XIII, detractors tend to focus on the game’s linearity, suggesting that, more than anything else, the severe lack of free-form exploration in the early stages overshadows any other issues the game might have.

‘Not so Final Fantasy’ – The Series Turns 30

With that in mind, today's article – which will almost certainly be the last NSFF of the year – pays tribute to the original Final Fantasy.

Opinion – The ‘Mass Effect’ Universe is Superior to ‘Star Wars’

Though both try to adhere to a semi-realistic scientific framework, Mass Effect is the more successful of the two.

Not so Final Fantasy – Is Cecil the Series’ Greatest Protagonist?

Cecil Harvey, protagonist of SNES gem Final Fantasy IV, is widely regarded as one of the series’ finest characters.

Happy 10th Birthday ‘Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune’

Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune might be the weakest title in the series, but it is nonetheless a fantastic game in its own right, with its immersive story, wonderful cast, and astounding last-gen visuals.