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About Rhys Wood

Rhys Wood is an aspiring video games writer. Rhys loves writing about his favourite games (and the games that make him rage) for the entertainment of the internet at large.
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Rez Retro Reflection
5 years ago

Rez Retro Reflection

By  •  Retro

Few games perfectly define the term “cult classic” in quite the same way Rez did. What can only be described as a rhythm action shooter was originally released on the Dreamcast and PlayStation 2 in 2001, and was developed by Tetsuya Mizuguchi, now of Q Entertainment. Mizuguchi would go on to design games like Lumines and Child of Eden, but Rez is arguably the game that put his name on the vast map of gaming. Read Retro

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Review – Get Born Again
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5 years ago

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Review – Get Born Again

By  •  Reviews

My history with the Final Fantasy series has been rocky at best. I started with the remake of Final Fantasy III on the DS and absolutely loved it. I went on to love IV, VI and IX as my favourites in the series, but never really liked VII, VIII or X; XIII was seen by many fans as a complete abomination, too, for a number of reasons. Read Review

10 RPG Tropes We (Apparently) Can’t Do Without
5 years ago

10 RPG Tropes We (Apparently) Can’t Do Without

By  •  Features

Everyone loves a good RPG, whether it be an ambitious, madcap adventure from Japan, or a more down to earth, steadily paced experience from here in the west…
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Dark Souls II Review – One To Die For
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5 years ago

Dark Souls II Review – One To Die For

By  •  Reviews

Dark Souls, and its PS3-exclusive predecessor Demon’s Souls, were undoubtedly two of the most rewarding experiences of the last generation. Featuring challenging-but-fair gameplay in a semi-open world environment ripe for exploration, they gained both critical and commercial success through word of mouth, encouraging gamers of all kinds to rise to a challenge that was largely absent in a console generation full of hand-holding tutorial fests. Read Review

Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne Retro Reflection
5 years ago

Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne Retro Reflection

By  •  Retro

The PlayStation 2 was a great console for JRPGs: the Wild Arms series, Persona 3 and 4, Growlanser, Tales of the Abyss, Dark Cloud 1 & 2 and (arguably) Final Fantasy X are all classics that helped keep up the sheer quality of the PS2’s extensive library of games. Read Retro

One Finger Death Punch Review – You’ve Got The Touch
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5 years ago

One Finger Death Punch Review – You’ve Got The Touch

By  •  Reviews

After hours of rhythmically mashing the left and right buttons on my mouse, I think I can safely say I’m pretty much a master of martial arts. As hundreds of armed men approached from either side, all it took was a simple stroke of the finger to swat them like flies. Sometimes I’d use a lightsaber, or laser nunchaku. Read Review

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc Review – Beware of the Bear
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5 years ago

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc Review – Beware of the Bear

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Note: To avoid spoilers, this review will only describe the premise of Danganronpa. Any story elements or important plot points are left for you to discover!

A glaring issue with Japanese-made games is that the vast majority of them never make it to the west. We’ve seen this recently with the perfect scoring Yakuza 5, its upcoming counterpart Yakuza Restoration, even games that should have been released over here, such as Ace Attorney Investigations 2. More recently, though, we’re lucky to have publishers stepping up to localise such games; Rising Star Games and NIS America have been doing God’s work in this regard, releasing a plethora of interesting (and often superb) Japanese titles for our enjoyment. Read Review

Ikaruga Retro Reflection
5 years ago

Ikaruga Retro Reflection

By  •  Retro

Shoot-em-ups (or shmups, if you’d prefer) are a dime a dozen in the world of gaming, especially in Japan where the genre is respected as one of the most popular around. Read Retro

10 Of The Generation’s Most Underrated Games
5 years ago

10 Of The Generation’s Most Underrated Games

By  •  Features

Review scores can be a deceptive breed, can they not? While one outlet will praise a game to high heaven, another might damn that same game to the…
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Dragon’s Crown Review – Artistic Vision
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5 years ago

Dragon’s Crown Review – Artistic Vision

By  •  Reviews

The beat ’em up genre has sadly been neglected the last few console generations. The days of slotting coins into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, or ruining controllers in the name of Streets of Rage are unfortunately, mostly a thing of the past. It’s true that there is the occasional game following similar formulae, and the genre is enjoying a bit of a revival among indie developers with games like Charlie Murder and Guacamelee!, but rarely is the beat ’em up touched in a bigger budgeted environment. Read Review

Why The 3DS Puts Consoles To Shame
5 years ago

Why The 3DS Puts Consoles To Shame

By  •  Features

It’s a sad fact that Nintendo, in recent years, have a track record of incredibly slow starts when it comes to supporting their hardware with quality products…
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Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan Review – Mapping Out Monsters
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5 years ago

Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan Review – Mapping Out Monsters

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The “Rocky Element” is a term I like to apply to certain games. Games that keep you coming back no matter how many times they’ve previously beat you down. Some of you may know it as the “Tubthumping Effect”. A perfect example of this can be found in games like Dark Souls, the Armored Core series, Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne, and PaRappa the Rapper, to name but a few. Read Review