Hey it’s this topic again. But it’s been a long time, and the past year or so has been enough of a gaming watershed for me to feel excused in revisiting the thing. Even so, there shouldn’t be many surprises, … Continue reading
Posted in Our Allies in Nippon, pop culture and its discontents
Tagged Digital Devil Saga, Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, Majora's Mask, Mega Man X, Nier: Automata, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, Shovel Knight, Super Metroid, The Last Guardian, top ten list, Video games
I’ve got a piece up at Beneath the Tangles giving a rundown on some of the 2017 JRPGs I played. Which makes this as good a place as ever to note that my attempt at playing Phantasy Star II crashed … Continue reading
One complaint about movies that you used to hear a lot was “it looks like a video game.” But it strikes me that the current movie industry has become more like the video games industry in a more fundamental aspect: … Continue reading
Back in 2015 near the start of my re-rediscovery of JRPGs, I wrote a ridiculously long post on Final Fantasy XII. Somehow I even managed to weave Charles Norris Cochrane’s analysis of the fall of the Roman Empire and the … Continue reading
Of all the platformers originating from my childhood days, Sonic the Hedgehog seems to have won my contemporary interest almost by default: not owning a nintendo console since the N64 days has effectively kept Mario away from me, Capcom has … Continue reading
I don’t like The Witcher 3. It’s a shame, because the thing is one of the most technically impressive games I’ve seen and has gotten a billion awards and rave reviews. But it also gathers together some tendencies in pop … Continue reading
So I found myself returning to the original Kingdom Hearts for the first time since it was relatively new. Perhaps it was the need for a palette cleanser after the excellent but admittedly very harrowing NieR: Automata. Perhaps it was … Continue reading
Posted in pop culture and its discontents, Uncategorized
Tagged Crossover, Disney, Hironobu Sakaguichi, JRPG, Kingdom Hearts, RPG, Square-Enix, Squaresoft, Tesuya Nomura, Video games
[NieR fan art was supposed to go here] NieR: Automata isn’t just a good or even great game; it’s one of those games which makes use of the full potential of the medium in a way that few games do. … Continue reading
I haven’t had much time/energy for blogging in recent weeks. Here’s a quick and dirty bullet-list of relevant stuff to indicate that I’m still around.
Ok now this is just getting silly. A few days after I finished The Last Guardian, Square Enix released what may be the most Josh W. game ever made. That game is NieR: Automata.