Favourite Moments in Fiction #20 – The End of YoRHa (Nier: Automata)

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Nier: Automata

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No, seriously, this one is a massive spoiler as I’m writing about a good chunk of Nier: Automata‘s ending here. So, please, if you have any intention of playing this game, stop reading and go do that now because this is an ending that I feel nearly everyone should experience for themselves. I daresay that it’s unequivocally one of the best videogame endings ever. If you have already played it, then you already know why and don’t need me to tell you, but I’m gonna write about it anyway just because I can. Continue reading

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Favourite Moments in Fiction #19 – Nero VS Dante, Round One (Devil May Cry 4)

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Devil May Cry 4

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I don’t know how Devil May Cry fans felt when playing Devil May Cry 4 for the first time, but I imagine that they’d at least be rather confused. In retrospect, DMC 4‘s opening was kind of ballsy on Capcom’s part. It’s a brand new game but, instead of the beloved Dante, players are put in control of the seemingly less cool Nero who, while still kick-ass when it comes to fighting demons, is first seen running to a church so he can see his girlfriend sing – very different to how Dante is usually introduced. And then when Dante does appear, it’s by crashing through the ceiling and murdering a harmless, old priest. Continue reading

Favourite Moments in Fiction #18 – Peach Joins the Party (Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle)

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

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It’s very easy to make fun of Princess Peach considering her track record for being kidnapped, so I greatly appreciate any game that allows her to be more than the damsel-in-distress and actually take part in any sort of ass-kickery. Take Ubisoft’s strategy RPG crossover – I was already on board with seeing Mario packing heat but even arming sweet, innocent Peach? The image of her holding a giant shotgun is amazing on it’s own but Ubisoft went one step further. Continue reading

Favourite Moments in Fiction #17 – Charizard VS Entei (Pokémon 3: The Movie: Entei – Spell of the Unown)

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Pokémon 3: The Movie: Entei – Spell of the Unown

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In case you never listened to my friend James and I’s commentary on the third Pokémon movie, well, you should (I actually find it to be one of our better commentaries). But if you really don’t want to or don’t have the time, I’ll just quickly state that it’s easily my favourite of the many Pokémon anime films that have been made. Granted, I’ve not seen all of them but I very much doubt any of the later ones can top this.

It’s my favourite for a number of reasons – the atmosphere, the music, the sympathetic and interesting antagonist, the voice performances, the overall story itself – but the absolutely best scene in the whole film (in my opinion, at least) is easily the battle between Charizard and Entei. And considering they heavily advertised this fight (it’s on the frigging poster and VHS/DVD cover), those who worked on this movie knew how much of a draw it was. Continue reading

Favourite Moments in Fiction #16 – New Donk City Festival (Super Mario Odyssey)

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Super Mario Odyssey

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It’s been over a year since Mario made his debut on the Switch with what is easily not just one of, if not the, best Super Mario game ever made, but one of the best games ever period. You only have to take a cursory glance at Super Mario Odyssey‘s success to know this. It was a game stuffed with content – things to do, places to explore and challenges to complete, but never once did it feel bloated. It was brimming with imagination and just really fun to play. It was an adventure befitting its title of ‘odyssey,’ bursting with so many memorable moments. Continue reading

Favourite Moments in Fiction #15 – The Ferris Wheel Chase (Professor Layton and the Curious Village)

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Professor Layton and the Curious Village

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Following on from last week’s VG Music Pick, let’s take a quick look at what could be argued as being one of the most iconic scenes from the first Professor Layton game. Hell, you could probably make an argument that it’s one of the most iconic scenes in the franchise and helped set an example for how action scenes in the series worked. Continue reading

Favourite Moments in Fiction #14 – The Deadpool Level (Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions)

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions

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The new Spider-Man game for PS4 has, at the time of writing, recently come out and has been a massive success, and for good reasons. It’s a fantastic game and possibly the best game to star Marvel’s web-slinging superhero. But for all the praise it’s getting, there’s still one other Spider-Man game that continues to hold a special place in my heart; one that I never see anyone else talk about – Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions. Continue reading

Favourite Moments in Fiction #13 – Pikachu Electrocutes Ridley (Super Smash Bros. Brawl)

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Super Smash Bros. Brawl

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Fun fact – I was originally planning to write about the scene in Metroid: Other M where Ridley appears to tie-in with last week’s VG Music Pick but, after re-watching it, I realised it wasn’t as good as I remember it being. But I wanted to do something Ridley-related so let’s quickly talk about the time he got one-shotted by Pikachu. Continue reading

Favourite Moments in Fiction #12 – Ventus & Mickey VS Vanitas (Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep)

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep

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Following on from last week’s VG Music Pick, I want to write about the scene where that music piece debuts – Ventus’ first fight with Vanitas. The music on it’s own is really good, but it takes on a whole new level of awesome when it’s combined with this scene. Continue reading

Favourite Moments in Fiction #11 – Slip Slide Icecapades (Crash Twinsanity)

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Crash Twinsanity)

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Despite being something of a rush-job, resulting in a lot of cut content and glitches aplenty, Crash Twinsanity managed to still receive some positive reception from critics and fans alike. And I think one of the main reasons for that was that it took the concept of archenemies Crash Bandicoot and Dr. Cortex working together and ran with it as best as it could, resulting in some genuinely hilarious antics. One standout for me (and no doubt others) in particular are the Humiliskate levels; the first one specifically. Continue reading