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

My VG Music Picks #64 – Courtney Gears (Ratchet & Clank 3)

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Ratchet & Clank 3)

I’ve never really found any music from the Ratchet & Clank series to be particularly memorable. Their soundtracks have never been bad but they were clearly designed to be more atmospheric; they’re the kind of music you can enjoy in the moment rather than independent of the game. As you can probably guess by now, there is one exception – the boss battle music that plays during the fight against robot pop-star Courtney Gears. Continue reading

My VG Music Picks #61 – Enter the Darkness (Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep)

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

While I don’t have as much as an emotional connection to many of Kingdom Hearts‘ original characters as some people do, I won’t deny that the series has some effective and enjoyable original antagonists. For example, Vanitas from Birth by Sleep became an instant favourite of mine due to his personality, his vocal performance and his theme music. Continue reading

Random Rankings – The Kingdom Hearts Series

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for the Kingdom Hearts series

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If you really think about it, Kingdom Hearts is one of the weirdest success stories ever. I mean, it’s a Disney/Final Fantasy crossover. This is the kind of thing you’d see in fan-fictions from the mid-2000s; not a professionally made videogame series. Yet, somehow, it worked and has a large following of dedicated fans the world over – me being one of them.

While it’s certainly had its ups and downs, I still wholeheartedly love this series, despite my personal gripes with it, and am more than excited for when Kingdom Hearts III inevitably drops (whenever that is). In the meantime, I’ve decided to go through the entire series thus far to see how each entry stacks up against each other. Which games do I adore with all my heart and which ones do I wish I could cast into the darkness? Let’s find out together, shall we? Continue reading

My VG Music Picks #38 – Character Select (Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3)

Oh, Marvel vs Capcom, I can’t play you to save my life but I love you as a concept. And while I’m aware some people had issues with the third installment in this crazy crossover series, it still looked like a pretty solid and enjoyable game to me. Though I can’t personally critique it’s gameplay, however, I can at least compliment its music, like this piece. Continue reading

My VG Music Picks #35 – Vs Street Fighter Rivals Arrange #1 (Street Fighter X Tekken)

I know many were incredibly disappointed with how Street Fighter X Tekken ultimately turned out, but there were still a few elements that I still enjoy even now. For instance, the rival fights. If you play through the Arcade Mode with a “canon” team, like Ryu and Ken or Kazuya and Nina, you’ll get into a rival fight, prefaced by a short cutscene of the two teams confronting each other.

Granted, these scenes weren’t anything particularly special but were mildly entertaining at the very least. But my favourite part was the music that played. If you were playing as a Street Fighter duo, you’d fight your rival to a Tekken remix and vice versa. And for my money, the first variant of the Street Fighter rival theme is easily my favourite. Continue reading

My VG Music Picks #34 – Wave Ocean – The Water’s Edge (Sonic the Hedgehog (2006))

Sonic the Hedgehog for Xbox 360 and PS3 was a disaster. There is no good defense for this game; even ten years after its release, the vast majority consider this to be one of the darkest moments in Sonic’s history. A moment that very nearly killed him. But, despite the justifiable hate this game has received, there seems to be one thing that we all seem to agree on – it had some fantastic music. Continue reading

My VG Music Picks #27 – Fool or Clown? (Persona 4 Arena Ultimax)

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Persona 4 and Persona 4 Arena Ultimax

I have a funny relationship with most fighting games. I’m terrible at them and whenever a new one is announced, I barely bat an eyelid unless it’s Super Smash Bros. At the same time, however, a lot of them have certain aspects that greatly appeal to me and make me want to play them, even though I’d get fed up with them in a couple of days because I just can’t learn how the damn controls work. When Persona 4 Arena came out, I very nearly caved. A follow-up to one of my favourite RPGs ever? Like, a direct sequel story-wise? If it wasn’t for the fact that I wouldn’t have had much fun playing it, I would’ve bought it.

Then the sequel got announced. I wasn’t worried though. If Atlus couldn’t convince me to buy the first one, what made them think I’d get a sequel? The answer was simple. Bring back my favourite character and make them playable. A character so spoiler-y, that I’ve had to hide the video after the “continue reading” bit. Continue reading