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Metroid Prime retro reflection

Metroid Prime Retro Reflection

February 16, 2015 | by Rhys Wood

When a new Metroid game was announced for the Nintendo GameCube way back in 2001, fans of the series the world over collectively filled their trousers with smelly excitement…

Final Fantasy XIV's Top 5 Awesome Dungeons

Final Fantasy XIV’s Top 5 Awesome Dungeons

February 9, 2015 | by Rhys Wood

Can you judge an MMO by the quality of its instances? Well, kind of. Obviously the usual MMO staples have to be taken into account, like do they have guild support? Is the world well designed and fun to explore? Is the story and lore worth sifting through? Thankfully, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn already nails these points, and with its fast-paced hotbar based…

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy Review – Positive Verdict

January 30, 2015 | by Rhys Wood

Is Ace Attorney as timeless a brand as Capcom and its fans would have you believe? Well, on the one hand, I would say yes. These murder mystery courtroom dramas with an abundance of Japanese cultural influence provide incredibly well crafted stories that can be enjoyed by anyone who’s ever picked up a book…

Persona Q is equal parts brilliant and awful

Persona Q is Equal Parts Brilliant and Awful

January 22, 2015 | by Rhys Wood

Persona Q: Shadows of the Labyrinth was a bit of a headscratcher for fans of the series when it was first announced. Toted as a cross between the gameplay styles of Persona and the Etrian Odyssey series, your objective is to make your way through several enormous labyrinths…

Are Sega wising up the West?

Are Sega Wising Up to the West?

January 5, 2015 | by Rhys Wood

While they’ve made some questionable business decisions over the last few years (but let’s face it, what publisher hasn’t?), it goes without saying that Sega still make brilliant games…

5 Christmas Gifts Every Gamer Has To Deal With

5 Christmas Gifts Every Gamer Has To Deal With

December 5, 2014 | by Rhys Wood

We’ve all been there; anxiously twiddling our thumbs at 5am in the morning, each tick of the clock sounding like the titanic strides of a giant, waiting for our parents or guardians to rise out of bed and bestow upon us the gift of giving once more before the year retires…

In defence of Tom Nook

In Defence of Tom Nook

December 1, 2014 | by Rhys Wood

Ah, Mr. Thomas “Bellbags” Nook. To many, he’s the primary antagonist of Animal Crossing, tainting villages with his capitalist agenda and ability to throw you into crippling debt at the drop of a hat. The resentment for this business minded raccoon is so strong in some…

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call Review – Euphoria

November 28, 2014 | by Rhys Wood

It’s been a rocky road for Final Fantasy over the last few years. So much so that I fear the franchise is heading the way of Sonic the Hedgehog, with many longtime fans changing their viewpoints from “oh boy, a new Final Fantasy! I can’t wait!” to “oh boy, a new Final Fantasy…this one had better be good…