Category: Reviews

Persona Q

Persona Q Review

In the world of JRPGs, it used to be that, if you wanted a great game, you need look no further than the Square Enix release schedule. So many classics of the genre can be found in their back catalogue of games that it is easy to forget that, for the last 18 years, someone else has been making the best JRPG series out there. I’m talking, of course, about Atlus’ Shin Megami Tensei: Persona series, and though it has sometimes had a rocky road to release here in the west (The first half of Persona 2 wasn’t actually released in North America until 2011, 12 years after it hit Japan), last week the latest entry, Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, hit European shelves and it has completely absorbed my life since. Read more …

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The Sun and Moon – Review

I was offered a chance to review The Sun and Moon recently and leapt at the opportunity. I find it very difficult to get into smaller indie games and this forces me out of my comfort zone by making me look at something that I wouldn’t automatically pick up and purchase, and may not have even heard about. The Sun and Moon is a simple premise with a unique twist; it’s a basic platformer that allows you to dive and move not only through the ‘air’ but also through the ‘ground’. It’s very abstract and difficult to explain in normal terms, but I like a bit of simplicity in a game so was eager to get my teeth stuck into this title. Read more …

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RIFT Review – Part 1

It is a defining feature of most, if not all MMOs, that the game is huge. In almost every sense. I remember that my WoW installation got to something silly like 30GB at one point, but it’s no longer on my computer, so I’m not sure what it is now. In terms of world size, lore, quest text, conversation, items – everything about an MMO screams of immensity. It’s only fitting that such a game would require an equally large investment of your time to gain an appreciation. First impressions are one thing, but to judge an MMO solely on that would be a disservice.

I got the chance recently to play RIFT, an MMO that’s been around for a little while, but has been flying under the radar for a bit. Since I was still playing WoW at the time when RIFT launched, I didn’t pay it much attention. It was certainly on my radar, but not something I could envisage playing at the same time as another MMO; I couldn’t afford a second subscription fee, for one thing. However, since moving to a F2P model in 2013, RIFT caught my eye once again. Read more …

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Far Cry 4 – Ubisoft Finally Get It Right

Having seen the internet-sized backlash to Assassins Creed Unity, it was with some trepidation that I put my Far Cry 4 disc into my Xbox. As implied here and here, Far Cry 3 was one of my favourite games of the previous generation, and the possibility of the sequel suffering the same depressing fate as its sister franchise was a very real possibility. The words of Creative Directors stating that certain elements were not going to be present as they were ‘prioritising’ did nothing to alleviate the growing knot in my stomach. I have therefore decided to take my time to be able to get a true understanding of the game I have in front of me before posting my review. Read more …