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A nostalgic night in with Eternal Sonata (PS3)

I’m not into classical music. It was never a part of my childhood in the way it is in some families. We listened to Magic FM in the car. My dad’s friend also made us a great mixtape with Fleetwood Mac, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and other classics. So much of my childhood was about pop music generations before my own; those tunes bring back memories from before my parent’s divorce, from a time that seemed happy and golden. The idea that people could get nostalgic over Beethoven, Mozart or Mahler is a bit weird to me. So how can this game make me feel warm and fuzzy about a classical composer I’m barely familiar with? Continue reading

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VVG Show Switch Special – Crazy for Loving You, Nintendo

After watching the big Nintendo Switch presentation this morning, we felt compelled to record a special one-off podcast to collect our initial thoughts and impressions. Not all went to plan – we had to record twice because it all got too much for some of us! Nevertheless, we hope you’ll enjoy the show. Let us know what you thought of the Switch – and whether you too had a breakdown…


Switch Special: Crazy for Loving You, Nintendo

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The best games I didn’t blog about in 2016, part 1

Last year there were some absolute corkers that I didn’t write about, incredible stuff that was all the more tragic for the lack of dedicated blog posts: Sky Odyssey (PS2), Disaster: Day of Crisis (Wii), Metroid: Other M (Wii), Trauma Team (Wii), Dragon Force (Saturn), the list goes on. By comparison, this year has burnt a little less brightly. It’s not that the games haven’t been good – they have been. Apart from a few exceptions though, they’ve not left as deep an impression, not cut me to the core, in the same way as the absurd theatrical masterpiece that is Disaster: Day of Crisis. These are some of the most wonderful (and weird) games I played last year. Continue reading

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Tensei Megami Boobei – everything wrong with Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE (Wii U)

Breasts are fascinating, aren’t they. You know something else that’s fascinating? Japanese idol culture. And the fact that both are front and centre (with the help of multiple push up bras) in this Shin Megami Tensei/Fire Emblem crossover makes for a boring, big boobed monster. I hate Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE. Over the past few weeks it has become my most hated game of all time – I call it Tensei Megami Boobei because a) I’m trying to swear less, and b) it’s a game composed of IDOL BOOBS. Continue reading

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Valkyria Chronicles (PS3)

Videogames have found a wealth of inspiration from the first and second world wars, often adding their own quirky takes on the stories of hope and tragedy that emerge from these seismic historical events. (I’m curious to play the Shadow Hearts series, for instance!) Valkyria Chronicles riffs heavily on WWII – it is set in an alternative universe where you fight as the small country of Gallia, stuck between two warring world powers…

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A “Yeah!” for Miiverse

It’s decided. My autobiography will be titled “Miiverse: The Road to Fame and Fortune”. I’m done with Facebook, not even tried Twitter. Miiverse, I now realise, is where it’s at (especially for closet nerds like myself). Terrible puns: hell yes. Stupid drawings: absolutely. Inane chat: more than likely. Overused memes: you bet. Everything we’ve come to expect from social media is on Miiverse, the only difference being that it revolves around gaming as a hobby. That and a conspicuous absence of internet bile. Add me! Continue reading

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Walkthrough not optional: replaying Alundra (PS1)

Lack of free time much? Lately, absolutely. But thankfully I have had just enough free space to get in some time with Alundra. Now, I did write a review of Alundra waaay back in 2014 based on my own memories of the game, but at this point it’s been almost 10 years since I actually played the game at great length. Great length indeed – this game is huge! Anyway I’m pleased to report that Alundra has won me over all over again. Continue reading