Dark Souls Solaire Of Astora amiibo

Dark Souls is a thing that passed me by, but I’m on board seven years later with the new Switch remaster. There is even an amiibo to celebrate such an occasion, the Dark Souls of Dark Souls amiibo, one might say.  Continue reading

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Pokemon Crystal Version

Pokemon Crystal Version 
 Release Date: 26th January 2018 (Virtual Console)
Nintendo 

Like most twenty-somethings, I have very fond memories of the Game Boy Pokemon games. I remember squinting my way through Pokemon Gold’s early hours whilst waiting for an injection at the doctors, and sitting in the garden over summer with friends, all trying to find the best spot under the sun so they could see their Johto adventure. Ah, youth, ah, the lack of back-lights.

The third version, Crystal, came as I transitioned from primary to high school, and once that transition had been made, no one really cared all that much about Pokemon in my year. We evolved, I guess.

Similar memories abound with the second generation as an adult too, Gold was a game I played last Christmas into January, the game helping me through my big city move, filling in those empty hours without wi-fi or friends. Of course Crystal popped up on the 3DS virtual console once I had both of those absent things… time is a circle. So they say.
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Axiom Verge

Axiom Verge
 Release Date: 26th January 2018 (UK Nintendo Switch physical Release)
Bad Land Games

There was a time, a time between 2010 and 2017, in which the beloved Metroid series seemed to be just a little bit dead. Other M put the franchise into a deep sleep, and the other series which loved to throw the player into huge labyrinths of goodies and galore, Castlevania, was also sleeping, at least on that variant of play-style. So entered the indies, so entered Axiom Verge. Metroid may have returned since, and Castlevania is on its way back in some form thanks to Vania vet Iga’s Bloodstained, but one mustn’t forget the games that kept the Metroidvania in our hearts. And on our screens.
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ACA NeoGeo: World Heroes 2 Jet

ACA NeoGeo: World Heroes 2 Jet
Release Date: 22nd March 2018 (UK Nintendo Switch Release)
NeoGeo
Hamster Corporation

It wasn’t so long ago I was talking about World Heroes 2, March in fact, but here we are with World Heroes 2 Jet, the update, not the sequel. You see, back in the 90’s things like download content and patches weren’t possible, so if you wanted to add new things, it was either a sequel or this. It worked for Street Fighter II, and considering World Heroes is the off brand Street Fighter for the NeoGeo, it made sense for the series to follow suit. Like a jet.  Continue reading

Rocket League

Rocket League 
Release Date: 26th January 2018 (Nintendo Switch Physical Release)
Psyonix 

Football is often referred to as the beautiful game, and I can see what people mean when they call it so. There is nothing more moving than seeing a team work in harmony, minds in total sync, as they pass and shoot for the opponent’s goal. When a goal happens with such precision between players, well, it can reduce a grown man to tears, that’s what they say, that’s what I see. And hearing those engines roar, witnessing paint jobs grind up against one another, and smelling the burning rubber, yes, that’s the beautiful game right there. That’s Rocket League football, indeed.
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