Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Final Fantasy XV

If you listen closely, the lyrics to Somnus read "Why is everything in Latin?" 

This is not a review. At least not in the traditional sense of offering a balanced perspective to inform a purchasing decision. Final Fantasy XV has received glowing reviews, a far cry from my resoundingly negative experience with it. Maybe the “Final Fantasy” name has given it a clout it doesn’t deserve, perhaps the 10 year delivery time meant people didn’t want to imagine it being bad, maybe I’m just really out of step with mainstream thought. Either way, this post seeks to address a perceived undeserved positive bias in the games favour.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Dark Souls 3 - Embers of Potential

The fire fades and the lords go without thrones. 

The first flame which sustains life in Lothric fades yet again and the bell of awakening has tolled to bring back the souls who previously gave themselves to relight it. You, ashen one, must bring them to their thrones and make a decision on the fate of the world. The last entry of the infamously challenging action RPG series promises a beyond apocalyptic journey. Will it be one worth making?

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

UnPOPular opinions - Lady Gaga

Artpop is her best album.

Artflop. Heartpoop. Mattstop. While I'm by no means down with the little monsters, it's no secret that Artpop didn't exactly meet the hype. It didn't sell quite as well and certainly didn't produce hits as high as Bad Romance or Poker Face (I can't stand the latter but nvm). But as, perhaps, the opening line implies, I like Artpop. It was the first Gaga album I liked enough to actually purchase and while it's by no means perfect it is certainly underrated.