Black Ops 4 Review: A Return to Form for a Juggernaut of the Video Game Industry

Call of Duty is one of the longest and most successful franchises in video game history. You’ll struggle to find someone who hasn’t at least tried playing a Call of Duty game before. In recent memory however, the games have continued to dip in sales year after year. As of January 2018, 2011’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is the highest selling game in franchise … Continue reading Black Ops 4 Review: A Return to Form for a Juggernaut of the Video Game Industry

Storytelling in Games

There is so much potential for games to become an engaging storytelling medium. This potential is not being fulfilled. Most games seem to fall into two categories when it comes to writing. They either do not understand storytelling techniques, and fail to tell an intriguing story, or try to imitate film, which can come across like it can not decide what it wants to be … Continue reading Storytelling in Games

A Review of the Game Awards 2017

2017 was a great year for gaming. With so many deserving entries, this year turned out to be an interesting one for the Game Awards. However, with so many amazing games, there were some commendable games that walked away empty handed. Horizon: Zero Dawn – An open-world action/adventure with robot dinosaurs. Hollow Knight – A cute, cartoonish adventure, inspired by the classic Metroid series, about a … Continue reading A Review of the Game Awards 2017

Returning to Greatness: A Review of Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda is my favourite franchise of all time so you can understand why I felt so much anticipation in the build-up to Breath of the Wild. Back in 1986, the first game in the franchise hit the Nintendo Entertainment System and blew gamers away with its non-handholding adventure through the land of Hyrule. In recent years, the games seemed to have lost … Continue reading Returning to Greatness: A Review of Breath of the Wild

A shake-up in all areas for Assassin’s Creed Origins

“Assassin’s Creed: Origins isn’t quite the best of the franchise. Instalments such as Assassin’s Creed II and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag serve as examples of the best the series has to offer but Origins is certainly up there, blending RPG elements and new gameplay mechanics, reinventing the series when it was at risk of becoming stale.” Level progression can be a tricky thing in … Continue reading A shake-up in all areas for Assassin’s Creed Origins

Dancing with Swords: A Review of Hyper Light Drifter

In 2016, the games industry treated us to classics such as Overwatch, a reboot to the Doom franchise and a nostalgic indie action/adventure named Hyper Light Drifter.

Inspired by the Final Fantasy and Zelda franchises from the NES/SNES, Hyper Light Drifter is the breakout game by small independent company Heart Machine available on PC, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This 2D isometric game, about the player finding the cure for their terminal illness, is currently in my top ten games of all time. In this review, I will break this hidden gem down and analyse its gameplay, art, narrative and music to see what makes it so great. Continue reading “Dancing with Swords: A Review of Hyper Light Drifter”