Castaway Paradise (Xbox One)

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I’m not really sure where to start with Castaway Paradise. On the one hand it’s a simplistic and charming little life simulator that presses the right buttons. But on the other it’s a game inspired by the titans of the genre (Animal Crossing and Harvest Moon states developer Stolen Couch Games), and when I look at the game from this perspective it’s a somewhat simple, shallow experience. I guess what I struggle with is trying to work out if that is a good thing or a bad thing? After all the developer is only drawing inspiration. But those statements set certain expectations, expectations that I would argue the game doesn’t fully stand up to. Continue reading “Castaway Paradise (Xbox One)”

Airheart: Tales of Broken Wings (PC, PS4)

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For those that don’t know, Amelia Aarhart is a famous female pilot who went missing whilst attempting to fly around the planet. Despite an exhaustive search, her plane nor remains were never found and as such the her story is blanketed with lots of conspiracy and speculation. There are plenty of theories, ranging from the reasoned to the absurd. Heck, Star Trek Voyager even had her turn up frozen in the Delta Quadrant in one episode. But the truth is, nobody really knows.  Continue reading “Airheart: Tales of Broken Wings (PC, PS4)”

20XX (Xbox One)

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Mega Man is the first thing that comes to mind after a minute or so of playing 20XX, and at this stage I can’t think of any better way to sum up what this game is other than it is a procedurally generated Mega Man clone with some added rogue-like elements to boot. Now i’m a fan of rogue like games, and I’m also a fan of procedural generation when it’s paired with some decent gameplay. I’ve never however been a massive fan of Mega Man games, having almost entirely skipped the series during my younger years. I am however very aware of how highly regarded the series is, and as such i’ll tread somewhat carefully as I try to transfer my thoughts and feelings from my head into words and ramblings. Continue reading “20XX (Xbox One)”