Review: Gone Home – Dissonant Horror, Perfect Empathy

Gone Home is a game that you should play.  There you go, that’s my review of it.  There’s really nothing else quite like it right now, it’s a highly refreshing experience.  It doesn’t have any guns, macho military men, explosions, or cutscenes with overblown dramatic plots.  It’s just you in a big old house – uncovering a quietly moving story.

I tried writing a lengthy review of this game but changed my mind, it didn’t really need one.  If you’re undecided as to whether you should play it though, I’ll say this: It has really nice first-person controls with real-world physics that make you feel more immersed in the very detailed, realistic home setting.  I would consider it a nice palate cleanser to all the bombastic triple-A titles today.  It feels like Myst, if Myst wasn’t weird, abstract, didn’t have any puzzles and just a wonderful, surprising playthrough all the time.  Take what you will from that.

There is however one thing I would like to talk about though, but it’s only worthwhile for you to read this after you’ve finished the game.  Not only because there will be spoilers, but also because you wouldn’t understand what I’m talking about anyway.  So go, shoo, play the game, and then come back later!

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Review: Saints Row IV – A balls-to-the-wall fun time of awesomeness

In a few days time, the godfather of open world games, Grand Theft Auto V launches.  When it does, it will overshadow anything and everything that has come before, including the recently released Saints Row IV which I think is a shame, because SRIV is an awesome open world game in its own right.

So before that other game descends upon us, let me do this game justice and tell you why you should even bother with SRIV in the light of GTA V’s impending arrival. Continue reading

Review: Final Fantasy XIV – A Realm Reborn – A worthwhile hard reboot for the Square Enix MMO

Neither Jun Shen nor Pearlyn play MMOs, so they enlisted intrepid MMO gamer Hung Wei to give us the lowdown on the new Square Enix MMO Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.  Is it everything that FF fans and MMO gamers wanted and more?  Or will this hard reset of the dismal original prove pointless?  Read on to find out. Continue reading

Summer TV I’ve Been Watching

Suits - Season 3

Smile! Summer TV ain’t so bad.

Mid-season TV! My impression of programming for summer fillers has always been pessimistic, especially if they’re fresh concepts. Networks at this time are like, “Everyone is travelling, so let’s just throw some random bullshit and see what sticks”. You usually don’t get a Mad Men or The Killing every time, you know? They only put on their serious hats in time for Fall.

So what’s crap and what’s worth watching? Here’s stuff new and old.

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Junch does the STARING AT SCREENS podcast – The Last of Us Spoilers Edition

David from Staring at Screens was kind enough to have me again on his wonderful Singapore-based video games podcast.  This time, the two of us burst at the seams eager to talk about what we loved and not so loved about The Last of Us.  We deal with a lot of the narrative, so this is definitely a spoilers-heavy discussion.  But once you’re done with the game and like to join in the conversation, feel free to check out what we had to say and then add your two cents in the comments below or in a letter to the kind folk over at SaS.

Listen to the podcast here.

Seriously though, The Last of Us, what a whopper of a game.