Final Fantasy IX: Still the Best Celebration of the Series to Date

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Check out my latest feature published over at FinalFantasy.net! This one was too much fun to write.

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

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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

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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”

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT: 5 Characters I want to see

The Closed Beta is here, and in-between getting my ass handed to me online, I’ve found time to think about who I want to see in the final product…

Dissidia-Final-Fantasy-NTThe closed beta of Dissidia Final Fantasy NT arrived a few days ago, with fan reaction to some of the gameplay changes from Dissidia 012 being less than stellar – it certainly takes some getting used to the way 3v3 changes the gameplay.

But it’s extremely early days, and a lot can change before the game officially releases in early 2018. I am hoping for a less cluttered HUD (Does the map need to be that big?), better/faster matchmaking, and much more customisation. The introduction of a full 1v1 local/online mode would be amazing. I’m also curious how the single player campaign will play, though I don’t think many of us are too bothered about an in-depth storyline when it comes to a fighting game based around Final Fantasy characters.

I thought I’d use this post to focus on five characters I would love to see in the final release of Dissidia NT. The entire roster of 012 is already confirmed to be returning, and Noctis from XV is obviously going to be a newcomer. So who else would be great to see? Continue reading “Dissidia Final Fantasy NT: 5 Characters I want to see”

WONDER WOMAN REVIEW: A must-see in the oversaturated Superhero film genre

I basically watched the entire film with a smile on my face from ear-to-ear

 

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I’m not normally one for superhero films in all honesty, but this is a film where a warrior princess of Greek myth descent uses a golden lasso, a legendary sword and bulletproof bracelets to beat up evil men. Am I going to enjoy it…? Of course I bloody am!

Set in 1918, Wonder Woman sees Princess Diana (Gal Gadot) become the titular heroine after American pilot Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) washes ashore on her Mystery Island of Badass Amazon Warrior Women™ and takes her away from her home to fight in the on-going World War.

Wonder Woman quickly became my favourite superhero film I’ve seen, knocking Guardians of the Galaxy Vol II off of its pedestal almost as quickly as it got there. But it has to be said they’re very different films – there’s no upbeat soundtrack or heavy comedy in Wonder Woman. Massive amounts of comedy aren’t really needed when you’re too busy watching Wonder Woman effortlessly lasso a man and kick him in the head and loving every second of it. Continue reading “WONDER WOMAN REVIEW: A must-see in the oversaturated Superhero film genre”

‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ celebrates its 20th anniversary

This post sums up how a quirky 90s drama has solidified itself as my favourite TV series – and why thousands of others feel the same way

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20 years ago today, Buffy Summers first arrived in the Californian town of Sunnydale rejecting her calling to slay vampires and wanting nothing more than to be a normal girl. Over the next seven years, she came to terms with her destiny and made a huge impact on the world of television in the process. Buffy the Vampire Slayer introduced viewers to a modern female heroine who didn’t need to be rescued. It gave us humour, drama, horror, a musical episode and even an emmy-nominated ‘silent’ episode. Now, the show is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a new line of merchandise and lives on in a canonical comic book series currently on season 11. It is my favourite show by a mile, and this post explains why. Continue reading “‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ celebrates its 20th anniversary”