WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for the entire Danganronpa series
Where do I even begin describing something like Danganronpa? What even is a Danganronpa? It almost sounds like a word a one year old would make up (real talk, though, it’s actually a portmanteau of the Japanese words ‘dangan’ and ‘ronpa,’ which mean ‘bullet’ and ‘refute’ respectively. It’ll make sense later).
Bizarre names aside, though, this strange series has really made a name for itself since the first game’s initial release in 2010. Back then, it was a Japan-only PSP title that only a small handful of Western fans soon learned about. Cut to 2014 and someone, somewhere, decided that the rest of the world should be made privy to the lives of the Super High-School Level Students of Hope’s Peak Academy. And it paid off in a big way.
Following the first game’s re-release on the Vita, Danganronpa has slowly but surely become notably more well-known. While by no means a household name, it still developed a surge in popularity. Originally just two games on the PSP (a console most people don’t even acknowledge anymore), the series now consists of seven games, several re-releases, two anime series, novels and a tonne of manga (seriously, there is a lot of it).
I found myself checking the first game out almost on a whim, and ended up falling in love with it and desperate for more. It’s since quickly become possibly one of my favourite series, so (with the next game in the series arriving later this month) I’ve decided to write up a personal retrospective about my experiences with it and why I love this franchise all about the ongoing struggle between hope and despair. Continue reading
Despite telling myself there was no point in buying it again, I recently caved and wound up getting Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Nintendo Switch. Between the new characters, improved Battle Mode and all the included DLC, it’s easily the definitive version of the game. If you missed out on MK 8 the first time around, you have no excuse to not grab a copy.
As I replayed it, I was reminded of how good a lot of the race courses were, which got me to wondering which ones I liked the best. So, just for shits and giggles, I’ve ranked each and every course from Mario Kart 8, from my least favourite to my most favourite, with brief explanations as to why. Continue reading
WARNING: This article contains spoilers for the following:
The Kingdom Hearts series
About a couple of years ago, I wrote a list of worlds I would like to see appear in the Kingdom Hearts series. Since that list, both Tangled and Big Hero 6 based worlds have been confirmed for Kingdom Hearts III, which clearly means Square Enix and Disney read my stuff and value my opinion. Or it’s just a coincidence.
Regardless, with a new trailer and a new world to be shown this weekend at the D23 Expo, I’ve decided to return to this topic with another ten Disney properties that I’d love to see adapted in a future title. Continue reading
You ever have one of those games that you so desperately want but just don’t have the means of playing it? For me, that game was indie title Dust: An Elysian Tail. Released in 2012, it was only available for Xbox and PC; I had neither and certainly wasn’t going to invest in either just for a single indie game. But I always hoped that, someday, the game would be released on other systems and, lo and behold, fate threw me a bone and gave Dust a release on the PS4 in 2014.
Despite my eagerness, however, I have only just managed to properly play it for myself. Was it worth the wait or did I get needlessly overexcited? Continue reading
WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep
A few weeks ago, I ranked the Kingdom Hearts series to see which games I considered the best. However, I omitted a couple of entries; one of them being Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A fragmentary passage- (dear RPG makers, stop making your titles so damn long). The reason for its omission was because it ultimately wasn’t a full game and was only included on the 2.8 collection as a teaser of sorts for Kingdom Hearts III.
It very nearly was included, though; it actually would’ve been third in the rankings. That’s pretty high up for what’s really just a glorified tech demo, and that’s because, despite its short length, it’s pretty damn good. So, I figured I’d give it it’s own review to make up for it being left out. Continue reading
WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for the Kingdom Hearts series
If you really think about it, Kingdom Hearts is one of the weirdest success stories ever. I mean, it’s a Disney/Final Fantasy crossover. This is the kind of thing you’d see in fan-fictions from the mid-2000s; not a professionally made videogame series. Yet, somehow, it worked and has a large following of dedicated fans the world over – me being one of them.
While it’s certainly had its ups and downs, I still wholeheartedly love this series, despite my personal gripes with it, and am more than excited for when Kingdom Hearts III inevitably drops (whenever that is). In the meantime, I’ve decided to go through the entire series thus far to see how each entry stacks up against each other. Which games do I adore with all my heart and which ones do I wish I could cast into the darkness? Let’s find out together, shall we? Continue reading
Earlier this week, I was lucky enough to be able to attend the launch party for mobile and tablet game Ruby Rei, developed by London-based team Wibbu. Since I was able to get a chance to play the game and see what it’s like to be an actual journalist, I figured I’d write a short piece about the game itself and spread awareness of it.
For those who don’t know, Wibbu specialises in creating educational videogames; you know, the kind of games that actively try to teach you something. Nowadays, when we think of “edutainment,” we think of very basic Flash games and the like; the kind that exist purely to teach and trick kids into thinking they’re having fun just because there are cute pictures of frogs involved.
I remember when I was a kid, I had some PC games to help we with my maths, literacy etc. that were dressed up in adventure stories about kids solving mysteries and exploring jungles and the like. They had plot, character and, overall, just charm to them, and they’re something I don’t think are really around anymore. Ruby Rei, however, seems like Wibbu’s attempt to bring that method of teaching back. Continue reading