Developed by: Exact (now Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan) and Production I.G. What would have been deemed impossible for both the anime and movie industry 20 years ago, a Hollywood adaption of Ghost in the Shell was released. Masamune Shirow’s original manga of nearly 30 years ago is philosophical, sociological, psychological and essential reading, a feat… Continue reading Retroreflection #3 – Ghost in the Shell (PS1)
Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest are the world’s most famous JRPG series to date. Once respectively developed by fierce rivals Squaresoft and Enix, both tried to match each other year after year until the 2 companies merged in 2003, in order to better compete in the western market. Now some 13 years later, they certainly… Continue reading Retroreflection #2: Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime
Otherwise known as Goeman, Legend of the Mystical Ninja was actually the 2nd Goeman game in the Konami series, but the first released in the west. Considered by many a SNES classic, Mystical Ninja follows Kid Ying and Dr. Yang as they travel across native land to free an abducted princess. Now almost 25 years… Continue reading Retroreflection #1: Legend of the Mystical Ninja
Forget the current resolution wars between Call of Duty on PS4 and Xbox One; this intellectual property added to the already-brutal console wars of the 90’s. I remember having brutal arguments with friends as a 13 years old at the time, unjustifiably defending my choice (SNES) even though I’d never played a second of the Mega… Continue reading The Console Wars: Aladdin Vs… Aladdin?
Before Square Enix there was Square Company. From its inception Square released 145 titles before its merger with Enix in 2003. Many of these games were released under a given ‘Squaresoft’ brand name, such as the ever-popular Final Fantasy VII for PS One, which was one of the west’s first taste of Squaresoft magic, which… Continue reading Nintendo/Squaresoft Gems of a Generation
That’s the ultimate goal isn’t it? To create the perfect video game. Very few video games are considered as such, and even then it is of course only opinion. There is no fact in a critic’s verdict, whether it’s print/online. People often forget that, and it is of course the same for you; we’re all… Continue reading Super Metroid – The Perfect Video Game?
2014 was a great year for gaming. Particularly for me, as I decided to undertake the ultimate lonely gamer task: complete 52 games in a calendar year. That works out at just shy of 4.5 games a month. Ouch. Now I’m typically a gamer who starts many games, but takes forever to finish them. Save points… Continue reading My 52 Game Challenge of 2014
I have a confession. I’m rubbish at the original Pac-Man, and always have been. But it’s a damn addictive game. While most gamers and even non-gamers will have sampled the original at some point in its now 34 years of existence, all would surely agree that Pac Man is one of the most iconic and… Continue reading Pac-Man Museum Review (Xbox 360)