Turning Words into Gameplay

Typoman Revised and Type:Rider

 

Tea: Sencha Ginger

 

Remember my visit to Gamescom 2016? I mentioned a game called Typoman, which I praised and could not wait to play. Recently, I finally had the pleasure of doing so and was immensely satisfied. I also played a game called Type:Rider which is overtly concerned with a similar theme, namely language and words, in this case the focus is more on the written word and its history, however. Therefore, I thought it would be a good idea to talk a bit about both games and how one fails where the other succeeds.

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Beware of Papercuts

Tearaway Unfolded

Tea: Chocolate Tea

With phantom thieves banging on my window to start playing their game already, I cut out some time to make a little bit of space for Tearaway Unfolded. In hindsight, I couldn’t even tell you why. Partially because it was free and the remaining portion is due to a podcast backlog I have to work through and this seemed like the kind of game to do that. So before I can finally enjoy approximately 100 hours of typical Japanese highschool life, take a quick dive into the paper crafted world of Tearaway and prepare for some nasty papercuts. Continue reading

Falling to new heights

The Fall

Tea: Peppermint

Not every game has a place cut out for it. Sometimes certain elements are lacking to satisfy the palate of the general consumer, or a game is simply released at the wrong time and has to face the towering competition of other titles. When one of these titles soon to drown in the now sluggish swamp of oblivion has won several awards for the best story in the medium, I, of course, grow interested and this is how I ended up playing The Fall by Over the Moon Games. With my nerves still echoing with the tingling sensation of NieR Automata, it was nice to find a title that strikes a similar tone this soon and thus I began the short journey of A.R.I.D. Continue reading

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

“This is tedious.” Reynardo said.

Stories. The Path of Destinies

 

Tea: Cinnamon Thyme Tea

 

For me, the games offered by PS+ are often something to expand my horizon. They more often than not feature games I have never heard of, which is a good thing most of the time. I never would have checked out Letter Quest, but now I am really into it. I wish I never had delved into Lords of the Fallen, but now I have scars to show why this assumption was completely justified. Therefore, whenever a game comes along that looks neither amazing nor terrible, I always hope I just stumbled upon a rough diamond. The question is whether Stories: The Path of Destinies is a that sort of diamond or just a cheap glass imitation, ready to crack under the first signs of pressure. Continue reading

Co-Op Cooking Games – A rare medium well done

Overcooked

 

Tea: Cinnamon Herb Tea

 

Saving the world is as common to the life of a video gamer as chopping onions is to a cook, then why not combine both of these somewhat average experiences and turn them into something new and exciting and on top of that make it enjoyable with other people. Overcooked may look simplistic in its design, but beneath the outer layer lies a game with a love for detail, an amazingly fun co-op experience, and a lesson in effective aesthetic design. Continue reading

Cars Doing Bayonetta Stuff

Transformers Devastation

 

Tea: Chocolate Black Pepper Tea

 

Neither am I a fan of the Transformers movies or the old TV show. I am, however, a fan of Platinum Games and their distinct style. So, when the game in the title was free on PS+, I thought I should give it a shot even if the source material was not to my liking. Therefore, I apologise in advance, but the story was beyond my comprehension and interest. Too much vocabulary I could not be bothered to look up. With excuses out of the way, let’s see whether the reason I dived into someone else’s nostalgia was worth it. Continue reading

The Epic of King Noctis Lucis Caelum

Final Fantasy XV

 

Tea: Sencha Grapefruit

 

[Words and comments about the long development of this game] Good, now that we got that out of the way, we can actually focus on the game and not just the history surrounding it. Quite frankly, it does not matter to me how long this game was developed and whether or not it is better/worse than the Versus XIII concept. I feel it is unnecessary and ultimately not justified. For one, Versus XIII was never a fully fleshed out game but only a concept. Second, there is so much more to be said about the game delivered to us that a focus on the game that could have been. With this little disclaimer out of the way, let’s hit the road with our bros and kill some things. Continue reading

Ubisoft, at it again with the disappointment!

Assassin’s Creed (Movie)

Tea: Ginger

My first instinct regarding a video game movie is always to shout “video games cannot be translated into another medium!”, but since I know that this wouldn’t make for an entertaining read and paints me a bit close-minded, I will judge Assassin’s Creed as a movie and whether it holds up and succeeds as such. You can translate a story into another medium, but never an experience, that is just blatant. That being out of the way, let’s take a look at Ubisoft’s attempt at a movie. Continue reading

A Different Kind of Pokémon Experience

Pokémon Moon

 

Tea: Valerian Tea

 

Expect no “Best of 2016” awards any time soon, since I have far too much of that dreaded year 2016 left to make a definite list at this point. One of these titles is Pokémon Moon, the latest entry in the franchise of my childhood. Pokémon games have long been, well I would not say stagnating, but innovating in a very minor degree, it is therefore a welcome and unexpected surprise that Sun and Moon take a surprisingly different approach to the genre of Catching ‘em all. And since I already mentioned that this is one of my favourite series, you can expect a thorough analysis. Let’s take a trip to the far-off islands of Alola. Continue reading