I have some exciting news. Since neglecting this beloved site I have been secretly working on a new project together with Maya. While there is still work left to do around branding and things, I couldn’t wait any longer to announce it on VVG.
Here is a prototype video essay put together by us on the subject of flight in videogames. In a move designed to shock and deceive, we named it ‘Flight’. The video essays we have planned are, in many ways, takes on our favourite subjects and themes from the blog and the podcast. It’s hard to believe that we’ve been kicking around these thoughts online here for just over six years – wow. The biggest difference here of course is the new (to us) medium of the video essay, and so far it’s been a challenging but rewarding one to work in.
In case anyone is curious about the games featured, the video includes footage of the following games (in order of first apperance):
- Demon’s Crest (SNES)
- Panzer Dragoon Zwei (Saturn)
- Soukyugurentai (Saturn)
- Super Mario Bros 3 (NES)
- Skies of Arcadia Legends (Gamecube)
- Sky Odyssey (PS2)
- NiGHTS Into Dreams (Saturn)
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Genesis/Megadrive)
I’m really curious to know what you guys think of our approach with this video, so if you have any feedback we’d greatly appreciate you letting us know with a comment below. Thanks!
The second podcast I’m looking at in this series of recommendation posts is Cane and Rinse. Cane and Rinse, much like last post’s Radio Free Nintendo, is a videogame podcast with an impressive record to its name: it’s been around for five years now with episodes released on a consistent weekly schedule. Continue reading
Welcome to a very special NiGHTS into Dreams themed episode, wherein we plumb the depths of this unique 2D/3D hybrid flight-based racing/platforming/action game! Buckle up for nostalgia…
Episode 10: Nostalgic NiGHTS
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Now, I only have limited access to a Wii, but when I found this game going for £2 at a local shop I could hardly say no. The original NiGHTS Into Dreams, which I have a few brief posts about is one of my favourite games, dare I say, ever. I was of course aware that its 2007 sequel, Journey of Dreams, got a fairly muted reception upon its release, garnering fairly average reviews and I imagine less-than-fairly-high sales. But, thankfully, from the little I’ve played, Journey of Dreams does at least retain the exact same gameplay of the original, with the expected modern visual effects and clarity. I haven’t played enough yet to talk much about the game as a whole, but I felt compelled to post because the opening to this game is revealing of a number of issues from the word “go”.
Panzer Dragoon II Zwei on the Saturn is a once-in-a-system’s-lifetime experience. My only beef is with the name: why, Sega? What’s wrong with you? I don’t mind the German, but don’t then chicken out and add an extra number! *sigh* Ah well – Sega have made many far worse decisions.