Ten of My Favourite Games of the Decade

I know I’m late in saying this but, damn, this really is a new decade, huh? I never even considered it until it was pointed out to me. A lot has happened in the last ten years, and after looking at some good-looking games that are coming in the future, I’d like to reminisce about all the awesome games from the past. And, boy, there were a lot.

So, since everyone else has done it and I apparently have as much originality as a live-action Disney remake, here’s a list of some of my all-time favourite games to have been released throughout the 2010s – one from each year (I’m using the European release dates BTW). Continue reading

My VG Music Picks #82 – Sweatshop (Persona 5)

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Persona 5

How have I gone this long without doing a VG Music Pick on Persona 5? It’s the newest main entry in the series, one of my favourite games of 2017, and undeniably has one of the best soundtracks of this generation, so it’s about time I wrote about at least one of it’s pieces. But, and this may surprise a lot of you, I’m not writing about one of the really popular tracks. In fact, this week’s subject is a track that, from what I understand, most people actually hate and consider one of the worst pieces of music from the game. So why is it here? Because I actually kind of like it. Continue reading

My VG Music Picks #80 – Haunted Castle: Lap Music (Team Sonic Racing)

When it comes to music for spooky or haunted areas, you usually get something slow and ominous. Something atmospheric; not the sort of thing you’d blast out of your radio whilst cruising down a highway. But you can’t have something like that for a racing game, especially one starring Sonic the Hedgehog – a character who’s whole thing is going really fast. Well, that’s where musician Tee Lopes steps in. Continue reading

Team Sonic Racing – Does Teamwork Make the Dream Work?

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Back when Team Sonic Racing was first teased with an incredibly vague and short trailer, I wasn’t exactly impressed or excited. At the time, Sonic Forces had left me rather bitter about how Sega was handling the series, and I didn’t think they had earned enough goodwill to only hint at a new title and expect me to be invested. However, as time passed and more info was revealed, I was eventually coaxed back like a badger out of its sett. The fact that Sega had brought Sumo Digital on board to develop it was the primary reason since I really enjoyed their last two Sega-themed racing games, especially Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed.

But there was still some scepticism, and I wasn’t the only one. The focus was entirely on Sonic and friends this time and, rather than do what every other mascot kart racer did and just copy and paste Mario Kart, Sumo Digital were doing something very different and making a racing game where players would race in teams and have to work together in order to win. It was certainly a unique premise, but after being consistently disappointed by so many Sonic games over the last few years, there was this constant fear that I was setting myself up to be let down again.

So is Team Sonic Racing a worthy Mario Kart alternative? Is it even as good as Sumo Digital’s previous work? Or is it just a gimmicky failure? Continue reading

Ten Echo Fighters I Want for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

 

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A new Super Smash Bros. game is on the way, which means the Internet is rife once more with debates and theories as to which new characters will get the chance to duke it out with Nintendo’s greatest all-stars. Though now the discussion has changed slightly thanks to the introduction of Echo Fighters.

While it might just be a fancy new term for the long maligned clone characters, people seem to have accepted this idea with fondness. This feature means we can have new characters easily join the roster as glorified palette swaps while still retaining their original personalities. So far, we have Lucina, Dark Pit and newcomer Daisy acting as Echo Fighters for Marth, Pit and Peach respectively, and fans are already wondering if we’ll see any more show up.

Of course, I have some ideas of my own that I’d love to see. So even if we don’t get any new, original characters, here are ten Echo Fighters whose inclusion would make me more than happy to see. Continue reading

Favourite Moments in Fiction #9 – Super Sonic VS Perfect Chaos (Sonic Adventure)

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Sonic Adventure

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I’ll be among the first to admit that Sonic’s first 3D outing has not aged well. However, I have too much nostalgia for the game to care. As one of the games that acted as my gateway into the franchise, I have a lot of fond memories playing Sonic Adventure and I still enjoy playing it to this day. If I had to pick an all-time favourite moment from it, though, it’d probably have to be the final boss fight. Continue reading

My VG Music Picks #51 – Be Cool, Be Wild, Be Groovy …for Icecap (Sonic Adventure)

If you heard this music without context, you wouldn’t think it would fit an ice-themed level, would you? And you’d be right. Icecap in Sonic Adventure is a much more platform-heavy level that requires you to take a slightly slower, more methodical approach to it… until you get to the snowboarding section that is. Continue reading

Sonic Forces – …Me to Question This Franchise’s Future Again

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After a hiatus of sorts that was born from the unmitigated disaster known as Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, 2017 was set to be the year of Sonic the Hedgehog’s return. And while most eyes were focused on Sonic Mania, – a nostalgic throwback to his glory days in the 90s – my attention was placed squarely on his new 3D outing, Sonic Forces. If Mania was specifically designed to pander to Classic Sonic fans, Forces seemed to be doing the same for those who grew up with the more recent titles, such as myself.

Even when early previews were quite negative, I remained optimistic that while the game might not be the same level of quality as, say, Sonic Generations, it’d at the very least provide me with plenty of enjoyment and help usher in a new age of good 3D Sonic games. Sadly, that is not entirely the case. Continue reading