His Dark Materials Episode Two – The Ruth Wilson Show

We’re two weeks into His Dark Materials and I still can’t get used to the joy of seeing daemons brought to life on my TV every Sunday. Tonight’s episode played more fluidly with the source material and featured some uneven performances. It’s great things are getting shaken up a bit for viewers in-the-know, but there’s a nervousness in my stomach akin to watching someone pick up your favourite possession with dirty hands and hoping they don’t make a mess of it. Continue reading “His Dark Materials Episode Two – The Ruth Wilson Show”

His Dark Materials Episode 1 – Don’t worry. It’s good.

I can’t believe I’ve just watched a full episode of His Dark Materials. I didn’t get swept up in the Harry Potter hype when I was younger – I only joined that train a couple of years ago. No, while everyone else was talking spells and sorting hats, I was quietly talking to myself about daemons, alethiometers and Dust. These books captured my imagination as a teenager; I would take interest in other series in passing, but if asked today what my childhood book series was, my answer would always be His Dark Materials. Continue reading “His Dark Materials Episode 1 – Don’t worry. It’s good.”

Hands-on: Dissidia Final Fantasy NT

SS5

Thanks to the team over at NovaCrystallis.com, last December I had the chance to play Dissidia Final Fantasy NT at the Square Enix Offices before it was released for the PS4 in January this year.

I wrote about my early impressions of the game on their site, and you can check out that article by clicking here.

 

The SNES Classic is the best gift you could get any gamer

SNES Mini

Now the SNES Classic has been out for a week, I’ve had enough time to discover, and rediscover, an assortment of old titles. Yes, it’s every bit as fun as you’ve heard and this little console will be the perfect Christmas gift for any video gaming fan, whether they have a soft spot for retro titles or not. But beyond anything else, this last week has reminded me how unforgiving 90s games were. The haunted mansion levels of Super Mario are an absolute chore; Baby Mario getting seperated from Yoshi every five seconds is just painful; and do not even get me started on Donkey Kong Country. I’m halfway through a co-operative playthrough with my flatmate and I think I’m getting a sore throat after shouting so much over every mistimed jump. But all of this challenge makes it so much more rewarding when you finally do make it over the obstacles. These games all have so much charm, and it’s hard to believe just how old games like A Link To The Past and Yoshi’s Island are when they still look so good over twenty years later. Continue reading “The SNES Classic is the best gift you could get any gamer”

Rick And Morty Season 3 Review: Too much of a good thing

Rick And Morty Season 3

The third season finale of Rick And Morty aired this weekend, and with it fans are now facing a long wait for more episodes. Season 3 was promised to fans as the darkest season yet, and it certainly lived up to that claim. But letting Rick ‘off the leash’ had the same effect as turning on cheat codes in a video game to overpower yourself: it’s fun for a while, but you need to be reined in now and again to really appreciate the best moments. Continue reading “Rick And Morty Season 3 Review: Too much of a good thing”