Friday, 13 January 2017

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild



Nintendo channels Hayao Miyazaki in the new release date trailer for «The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild». And it's sufficient to make me tear up ever so slightly :)

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Owlboy



After eight years in development, no game has positioned itself more prominently for an internet backlash of inflated expectations since «Duke Nukem Forever». But if the quality of its soundtrack and the meticulously crafted pixel art is any indication, this game will be fine.

Thursday, 31 March 2016

FINAL FANTASY XV - Reclaim Your Throne Trailer



Irrespective of whether «Final Fantasy XV» is going to be any good... Combining the «Final Fantasy Prelude» with a cover version of Ben E. King's «Stand By Me» - one of the most stirring songs of the sixties - actually works really well. 

The song was also used to great effect in a film with the same name from 1986, and like in the movie «Stand By Me», the theme of brotherhood seems to be the likely central plot point in «Final Fantasy XV».

It will be interesting to see if this combination of Americana and Japanese aesthetics will work to finally create a Fantasy with universal appeal in both the East and the West.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Life Is Strange

«Life Is Strange» fills a gaming need I didn't know I had, as there has been precious few games about teenage high-school melodrama with time traveling so far. It's basically an adventure game in the Telltale tradition, but for the kind of person who enjoy mysteries like «Donnie Darko» and «Twin Peaks» and also has a soft spot for coming-of-age stories like «My So-Called Life».

Sunday, 4 January 2015

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor

When «World of Warcraft» was released in 2004, I was ready to embrace it. A Massively multiplayer online role-playing game by legendary Blizzard Entertainment just had to be good. Like eager Apple enthusiasts awaiting Steve Job's announcement of the original iPhone a few years later, I was excepting nothing less than a revolution.

Unfortunately, my high expectations likely set me up for inevitable disappointment. Upon release I quickly concluded it wasn't for me. Mainly because it was too easy and thus quite boring. As a result, I shelved it, and started playing the far more challenging «Final Fantasy XI» instead.

In the mean time, ten years have passed, and «World of Warcraft» has come to dominate the MMORPG field to such an extent that it's no longer just the king of the genre, but practically a whole genre unto itself.

This despite the fact that new games have arrived with both better looks and fresher game mechanics.

The game has as such become an institution, both for the hardcore and their less dedicated casual gamer brethren and sisters. Which is interesting - both from a social and gaming perspective - independently of wether one is a fan of the game or not.