Nostalgia is a powerful emotion, especially when it comes to video games. If I replay a level in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, it can transport me directly back to that moment in time to when I first experienced it; it’s like a window to the past.
As an unapologetic Nintendo lover, I often consider it a bit strange that the everlasting Mario franchise doesn’t even register in my top five in terms of series created by the Big N. I certainly enjoy Mario titles and some games, like Paper Mario and the Thousand Year Door and Mario Kart 8, are eternally among my all time favourites.
FAIR WARNING: This review contains light spoilers for Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc. I know it’s a big ask, but I would highly recommend taking 60-70 hours of your life to play through this incredible game and its equally brilliant sequel, Goodbye Despair, before moving onto Ultra Despair Girls if you want to get the most out of its story.
I’ve never understood the appeal of football. Like my love of seafood and the swell of anger I feel every time I see Tony Blair’s face, it’s just one of those things I’ve never quite been able to explain. The closest I’ve ever come is that it bores me.
Who’d be a citizen of Gotham City? Not me, that’s for sure.
If I was unlucky enough to be born kicking and screaming in Elliot Memorial Hospital, I would firstly question the sanity of my parents for choosing to live there for so long, and then suggest that we relocate immediately – once I had the mental capacity to do so, of course.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the third action role-playing epic from Polish studio CD Projekt RED, makes you feel like you’re playing so many of your past favourites at once. And though some of its emulations feel like thinly scraped butter individually, as a whole this is still one of the best sequels you’ll play this year, thanks to how cohesively both action and role-play fornicate…
The Final Fantasy series has a history of being overly self-indulgent. Extravagant cutscenes bookend every set piece. Storylines tend to favour complexity over simplicity. And the cast of characters range from the cold and emotionally detached to the annoyingly upbeat.
With Dennaton Games’ Hotline Miami becoming one of indie’s crowned champions back in 2012, a sequel to the adrenaline-fueled slash-em-up was surely on the cards. Sure enough we now have that sequel in the form of Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number.
As one of Princess Peach’s most loyal attendants, Toad has been quite used to playing second fiddle in the Mario universe. He first appeared in the NES title Super Mario Bros. as the clueless messenger in each of Bowser’s strongholds, giving you a pat on the back for saving him and directing you to yet “another castle.”