The Last Guardian PS4 Review

Expectations were justifiably high. Eleven years is a long time in the videogame world, Team Ico and its latest project faded beyond the mists like it were its own ancient worlds. The wait for The Last Guardian became an entire narrative of its own with its contained acts of excitement, doubt, ridicule, obscurity before finally resurfacing in 2015, many years later and a different generation of console than expected. Back then, it hinted at the artistic and evocative outpourings of the bond between boy and beast with all the trappings of its older siblings, Ico and Shadow of the Colossus. For anyone following the game since its initial announcement, questions might be raised querying how the game has changed in purgatory, if the themes and ideas conveyed at first still echo in 2016 or became a compromising mess of features lacking a coherent, entertaining package. The response to this is mostly positive but painful elements overall prevent the game from being an unmitigated success. Continue reading “The Last Guardian PS4 Review”

Owlboy Review

Owlboy has an inviting array of many possibilities for the player. It can entreat them to a nostalgic exploration of bygone days of youth in a story about overcoming the odds and fighting the big bad in a fantastical story with outstanding, sparkling visuals to enrich the imagination. On an intrinsic, granular level, it connects deeply with a story deeply rooted in forging bonds with one another can have remarkable or deeply threatening affects on the world at large in a sprawling that touches the heart in many ways. There’s fun, engaging gameplay that’s one part unlocking the next path in complex areas of the world using an interesting buddy system combining different friends of our protagonist which then can also can be used in combat to defeat enemies or avoid perilous obstacles. Obsessive developers might talk about working on one small, specific detail of their games to make it “feel right” and I feel like this game, which its developers, D-Pad Studio, spent a lengthy time on showcases this high degree of polish in the game. All the core elements of its game work so well to make this game an intensely memorable experience that will inspire any gamer who comes across it. Continue reading “Owlboy Review”

Event[0] Review

AI has been popping up more and more in today’s computers. Apple has Siri, Microsoft has Cortana. People can chat online with the likes of Cleverbot or they could buy Pewdiepie’s newest game where he’ll respond to any questions you have. Besides that, I don’t think we’ve seen it done in a resounding way in a video game, that was until Event[0] by the Ocelot Society came out and exceeded my expectations with what you could do with really robust AI in a videogame. Continue reading “Event[0] Review”