The Weight of the World

NieR Automata

 

Tea: Yakushima (Japanese Black Tea)

 

I want to approach every game as unbiased as possible and judge it accordingly, but NieR Automata is a special case in more than one way. The original NieR is one of my all-time favourites which flew so low under the radar one could reasonably fear for it to go underground any second. The prospect of a second title never occurred to me. Gems like these are released and then forgotten, treasured only by a select few. The announcement of another title was the first dream come true, the second came in the form of Platinum Games whose combat design I always adore. After then hearing that even the composer would return for this title, nothing could contain my anticipation. Without seeing much of the game, it already had sky-high hopes to live up to. Up to the moment that I started the game for the first time, I still was in a dream-like state and could not believe this actually existed. I tell you all of this to make you understand what impossible odds this game faced and had to accomplish and now enjoy my thoughts after spending a lot of time with it. Continue reading

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Embracing the Gimmick

Thoughts on Gimmick Horror Movies

 

Tea: Rooibos Lemon

 

After recently watching the more than mediocre Hush, a movie about a deaf and mute writer being stalked in her small house in the woods by a redneck hunting enthusiast, I thought hard about those kind of horror movies with a certain gimmick. In this example, the deafness of the main character, or you can think of others like the monster from It Follows, the self-awareness of Cabin in the Woods and so on and so on. Therefore, I thought a few notes on what these movies are capable of doing that others may be not or where they sometimes fall short would be appropriate. Continue reading