It’s our 2 Year Anniversary! Welcome to the episode where we talk about literally whatever we want! The usual hijinks ensue as EccentricTom bangs on about the World Cup and his support for both England and Belgium. Mr Toffee harps on about the steam sale and the one game he bought and liked. And in an unusually personal section where Shafique takes the opportunity to break character and talk about the recent passing of his father. And coming to terms with his mortality.
Marvel’s Spider-Man is a success even before it launched. I bought my copy, finished it, and thought it was a great first step in making Spider-Man games again. I even agree with most of the points in the many Amazing reviews of Insomniac’s latest. Some things do need work (which I’ll bring up later), but it’s a decent jaunt into comic book action gaming territory and is on-par with the Batman Arkham quadrology.
Forget your FLCL sequels and your Pop Team Epics; if you want an anime that is part slice of life and part Whiskey Tango Foxtrot levels of surrealism and vulgarity, you should watch Asobi Asobase. The anime has started its run since August and has yet to let up since.
And it all begins with the most innocuous anime OP.
If you’re going into Shadow Of The Tomb Raider thinking that it’s going to break & heighten your standards to a transcendent level, you’d be sorely mistaken. But at the very least, you’ll find a much-improved and refined action adventure game that stays true to the graverobbing and spelunking spirit from the past two Tomb Raider games.
In a perfect world, I would be writing a glowing review about the new Predator movie that’s out this week. But we’re in this timeline, and the actual film is a half-assed attempt at capturing the nostalgia and action beats of the first two Predator films.
Happy 35th anniversary, Mario!
The Super Mario titles from Nintendo are arguably the most influential and iconic games around. Anyone who tells you otherwise is probably lying through their teeth.
Without the mind of Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto at the helm of these mothership games, there wouldn’t be a Nintendo at all in the late 80s and the 90s. In fact, Nintendo and Mario were the sole saviours of the video game industry; countless retrospectives have mentioned this, so there’s no history lesson here.
I managed to play a lot of Marvel’s Spider-Man over the past few days. Long story short: you Spider-Man fans are going to enjoy it. But instead of doing a conventional review (because everyone’s giving in 8s and 9s), how about I bring up my 8 favourite Spider Suits -in no particular order- in the game that you can unlock?
Why 8? Because spiders have 8 legs. Sounds rad? Let’s web swing!
Disclaimer: this post is spoiler-free. Unless you think Spider Suits are spoiler material, then I can’t help you out.
Adventure Time is an ambitious show that balances its fantastical absurdities with long-spanning narratives. In-between the 10-minute episodic adventures concerning (mis)adventures of Jake the dog and Finn the human lies a looming war between the Candy Kingdom and the nation of Gumbaldia.
Rejoice, beat-em-up fans of 90s video games based after The Warriors! Streets of Rage is making a comeback with a fourth instalment (fifth if we count the equally-awesome Streets of Rage Remake fan game). It’s going to be created by DotEmu, Lizardcube, and Guard Crush Games (of Streets of Fury fame).
Adaptations are a tricky thing to pull off. Steer too far from its source material and you get an alien product that may not gel with its target audience. Stay too close to the source word for word, and you’ll chase off people who want to see a different directorial take on the subject matter.
It’s been a while since we’ve done video games, eh?
Nintendo recently sold over 20 million units of the Switch; congratulations! That’s definitely a far cry from the sales numbers of the Wii U, which is probably the worst-selling console next to the Virtual Boy.