Life Is Strange ⚡Review

Life Is Strange 1

Platform Played On: PS4
Developer: Dontnod Entertainment
Publisher: Square Enix
Genre: Graphic Adventure
Release Date: October 20th, 2015

I’ve read numerous opinions praising this game’s narrative style over the years, but you know how the eternal backlog struggle goes: so many great games, so little time to play them. I was away on a work trip to a province of Canada with much lower sales tax than my own, and that’s where I picked up a copy of this game for cheap on my way back home. And, dude… am I ever glad I did! Mind = blown (when I finally got around to actually playing it, of course).

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Paradigm ⚡Review

Paradigm Title Screen

Platform Played On: PC
Developer: Jacob Janerka
Publisher: Jacob Janerka
Genre: Point-and-Click, Adventure
Release Date: April 5, 2017

In post-Soviet parody town of Krusz, pointer clicks you. Sorry. I don’t know what that was. And, huh… I can’t say that I’ve played many point-and-click adventure games in my gaming career. Counting this one, I remember one other one I’ve yet to review… yeah. Two is not a lot. It’s not like I hate the genre or anything, it just falls under my gamer radar (along with FPS and RTS games). I’m all about the action RPGs lately, but it’s nice to break out of your preferred video game genre every once in a while. This game was just the sarcastic shot of dark humour I needed!

Paradigm and Cat
Apparently, one of my cats likes chasing the pointers in point-and-click games… too cute to be mad at!

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Journey ⚡Review

Journey Review Boxart

Platform Played On: PlayStation 3
Developer: Thatgamecompany
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Genre: Adventure
Release Date: March 13, 2012

Just a small town girl… livin’ in a lonely world… she took the midnight train goin’ any-where! Ahem. I am sorry for that. My mind wanders quite easily lately. No, I’m not reviewing a song by the band named Journey, rather the artistic masterpiece video game titled Journey. I know. It’s not at all easy to get those things confused. Although, I could totally make a parody of the song Don’t Stop Believin’ that fits this game’s world… nah! At least… not right now in THIS post. Who knows what I’ll be babbling about in the future?

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Kid Icarus Uprising ⚡Review

Kid Icarus Uprising Game and Amiibo

Platform Played On: 3DS
Developer: Project Sora, Sora Ltd.
Publisher: Nintendo
Genre: Third-Person Shooter
Release Date: March 23, 2012

Wannabe Writer’s Note: This is the re-posting of the Kid Icarus Uprising review I wrote on my old website. This article was originally posted on September 19, 2015. Enjoy past me’s mostly unedited ramblings! My Amiibo addiction has apparently been a problem for many years now…

Prior to this game I had no experience with the Kid Icarus series. Mostly due to my crippling Amiibo addiction, I wanted to see what game the Pit, Palutena, and Dark Pit Amiibo came from. This led me to check stock at my local EB Games. The search revealed that they had a mint condition used copy that I snapped up in March. I really enjoyed the banter between the characters and humor in the game. This unique charm helped me get passed some glaring faults I found.

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The Legend of Zelda ⚡Review

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Platform Played On: NES
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Genre: Action-Adventure
Release Date: February 21, 1986

Wannabe Writer’s Note: This is the re-posting of The Legend of Zelda review I wrote on my old website. This article was originally posted on November 6, 2016. Enjoy past me’s unedited ramblings! Figured I’d do a timely re-posting of this for the game’s 33rd release-o-versary, eh.

Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda series easily tops my list of favourite video game franchises, yet it took me this long to sit down and play the game that started it all. The modernized gamer I have become was thrown off by the lack of direction at the start of the game. I wandered into a cave, picked up a sword that was carelessly on the ground, and was warned about how it’s dangerous to go alone by a kindly old gentlemen. Then I was turned loose on the original land of Hyrule, and left to fight my way to whatever map square I pleased. Overall, I enjoyed my time with the granddaddy of open world games. I can see that this title gave a strong foundation for what has today become the imposing tower of Legend of Zelda games.

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Dragon Age Inquisition ⚡Review

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Platform Played On: PC
Developer: BioWare
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Genre: Action RPG
Release Date: November 18, 2014

Wannabe Writer’s Note: This is the re-posting of the Dragon Age Inquisition Review I wrote on my old website. This article was originally posted on April 4, 2018. Enjoy past me’s unedited ramblings!

When I stop and think about it, I’ve been focused on playing the Dragon Age series since June 2017. Wow… Now I can proudly say I’ve beaten all 3 of these glorious games! Each one offers a totally different gameplay experience. Inquisition is big the ol’ open world one with about a million side activities that distracted me from the main plot. When I started this game, I had come right off of beating Dragon Age II (the “too linear” one) for the fourth time so the transition was pretty jarring, to say the least. To be honest, I felt overwhelmed, but once I settled into the controls (and finally left the Hinterlands), I fell in love with this version of Thedas.

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Dragon Age Origins (Ultimate Edition) ⚡Review

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Platform Played On: PC
Developer: BioWare
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Genre: Action RPG
Release Date: November 3, 2009

Wannabe Writer’s Note: This is the re-posting of the Dragon Age Origins Review I wrote on my old website. This article was originally posted on December 29, 2017. Enjoy past me’s unedited ramblings!

O Dragon Age Origins, why have I waited so long to play thee? I picked up the Ultimate Edition of this glorious RPG early this year. An edition that includes all the DLC plus the Awakening expansion for just $7 CDN?! Yass, please!! I got around to actually playing it in July, and then finally finishing it in November. My only previous BioWare experience had been with Dragon Age II, a game I enjoyed a lot. So why did it take me so long to play the original? I guess I just got distracted by the mountain of other games I want to play, and this series sort of fell off my radar. Then the wise Athena over at AmbiGaming appeared, as if sent by the elven Creators themselves. By constantly reminding me just how awesome this game series is, I guess she wore me down. I’m making my BioWare backlog a priority now, so a huge THANK YOU to my good friend Athena!

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