Archive | October 2013

Review: Steins;Gate

titleTime travel has always been an intriguing concept, but it’s also a mechanically tricky and inherently cliché idea that is very rarely as exciting as it should be. Often used without any real though, some of it’s most well known applications in film, television and literature are remarkably haphazard, and the plot holes generated as a result are problematic. 5bp’s Magnum Opus does not approach it’s subject matter lightly, and the result is scientifically believable, narratively sound, and emotionally riveting. It’s time to open the Steins;Gate!

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This Week on Dracula’s Cave

Business is expanding, and the last couple of weeks on Dracula’s Cave have been the busiest yet. Our ‘.wordpress’ origins are no more, and we now have the very fancy ‘draculascave.co’ domain name. I’ve also added my twitter feed to the site, so please follow that if you’d like updates for new content as well as general musings. Finally I’ve just recently written the first retro themed article on the site, and hopefully this will be followed by many more. I’m going to try adding maybe about one retro review a week from now on, so look out for that! In the mean time, please enjoy your stay at Dracula’s Cave.

Review: Dangan Ronpa: The Animation

dangan ronpaDangan Ronpa is one of my favourite PSP games (full review here), and its story is both involving and thrilling. The strong source material works in favour of the anime retelling, and whilst Dangan Ronpa: The Animation may feel a little familiar, the combination of a superb narrative and impressive presentation is a difficult formula to beat.

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Review: Beyond: Two Souls

titleIn 2010 Heavy Rain rewrote the rules of how we could interact with a videogame, and Quantic Dream’s first title was a unique and thrilling adventure. Three years later and their next game, Beyond: Two Souls, has an even greater level of innovation, whilst also refining what came before it. The result is a polished, detailed experience that merges a gripping, cinematic story with original and involving gameplay.

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This Week’s Purchase: SEGA Mega Drive(s) + Games

genesisThis week I bought a box of SEGA Mega Drive consoles and games. Today I’ve been sorting it out, and will be looking at both SEGA’s classic console and some of the games I’ve picked up for it.

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Review: Pokémon X & Y

titlePokémon X & Y marks a notable step forwards for the series. After a few too many years perfecting an ageing formula, Game Freak has finally implemented the changes that many have been dying to see for a long time. It might not be the best Pokémon game ever made, but there’s enough here to warrant embarking on its familiar journey once again.

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Review: Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness

title2The Disgaea series includes some of the most complicated, lengthy, and downright crazy games the turn based strategy genre has ever seen. The formula itself has changed very little with every iteration, and it’s therefore no surprise that this latest entry in the series sticks firmly to its well tested mechanics. The result is a fun, yet familiar game.

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