Guest Post: Nintendo Switch and the Modern Gamer

Guest Post: Nintendo Switch and the Modern Gamer

Nintendo Switch is just about into its second year and I absolutely love the little console. But I have to admit, when the Switch First Look video appeared back in 2016 I was less than convinced. I couldn’t imagine ever taking the Switch out of the dock and playing it in various different places like the smiley, sexy people in the video were doing. I also had reservations about the battery life in portable mode, and I wondered if Switch games would suffer as developers stripped them down to run on what I initially thought was something akin to a…read more >
Guest Post: The Biology of Pokémon

Guest Post: The Biology of Pokémon

Those were the days. Training up a super-squad of Pokémon on your Game Boy, draining enough AA’s to power a minor principality in the process. Of course, in the twenty-two years since Pokémon was first released, millions of gamers have discovered the charm of Nintendo’s monster franchise. And, as well as catching ‘em all (or generally failing to in my case), I think plenty of us gamers might have inadvertently learned a thing or two about real-life biology as well. Let me explain … As most of you will probably know, all of the Pokémon games follow the same basic…read more >
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – PS4 | Review [Guest Post]

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – PS4 | Review [Guest Post]

This review has kindly been written by Shaun Sannerude, aka @rudecold Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is a game that intrigued me from the very offset when developers at Ninja Theory stated they wanted to create an “independent AAA” game that still had the AAA production values that you would expect to see in the high end blockbusters while being developed and published completely independently. What Ninja Theory has achieved with such a small development team is utterly outstanding. It is a masterpiece of storytelling and because of this it pips Nier: Automata to be my Game of the Year! Ninja Theory has…read more >
Unravel – PS4 | ‘Better Late Than Never’ Review [Guest Post]

Unravel – PS4 | ‘Better Late Than Never’ Review [Guest Post]

This 'Better late than never' review has kindly been written by Shaun Sannerude, aka @rudecold Have you ever popped over to see your Nan, spotted her knitting wool resting on the arm of her favourite chair and thought, “I wonder if the wool comes alive when Nan isn’t about?”… Nope I hadn’t thought that either but somebody at Coldwood Interactive obviously did and thankfully so! Unravel came out early last year and has sat on my PlayStation for some time due to my ridiculous backlog. However, I’m glad I finally got around to playing this delightfully charming and surprisingly heartfelt game.…read more >
Guest Post: Metal Gear Solid – A Retrospective PART 2

Guest Post: Metal Gear Solid – A Retrospective PART 2

This retrospective has kindly been written by Shaun Sannerude, aka @rudecold Metal Gear Solid 5 - Is Kojima's final Metal Gear game his best yet? Part 2: My Phantom Pain The second part of the two part retrospective opinion piece contains massive spoilers for Metal Gear Solid 5 as well as spoilers for Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake. This does not include non-canon games such as Ghost Babel or the spin off game, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. Now before moving onto MGSV we have to rewind before the events of MGS to where the Metal Gear series began…read more >
Guest Post: Metal Gear Solid – A Retrospective PART 1

Guest Post: Metal Gear Solid – A Retrospective PART 1

This retrospective has kindly been written by Shaun Sannerude, aka @rudecold Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – is Kojima’s final Metal Gear game his best yet? Part 1 – Memories This two part retrospective opinion piece covers not only Metal Gear Solid V but the entire Metal Gear series, not including non-canon games such as Ghost Babel or the spin off game, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. There will be huge spoilers for all the games throughout both articles! Metal Gear Solid is my all-time favourite game. It’s the game that I have completed and replayed the most and to…read more >
Guest Post: My Favourite Videogame Stories

Guest Post: My Favourite Videogame Stories

Despite what some stuffy people say, videogames have the capacity to tell beautiful and important stories. Obviously not all videogames revolve around a narrative (yay for Wii bowling!) and that’s absolutely fine. But I think games that do spin a yarn, and particularly those that do so brilliantly, deserve much more recognition. With this in mind, I've prepared a list of my five all time favourite videogame stories. Let's show videogame storytelling some love!   Silent Hill 2 (Konami) Silent Hill 2 boasts a deliciously intriguing premise. James Sunderland receives a letter from his dead wife Mary saying that she…read more >