Octopath Traveller: Prologue Demo – First Impressions

As an avid player of games in the classic RPG genre, Square Enix's latest 2.5D adventure title Octopath Traveller had ignited a unprecedented excitement onto the Nintendo Switch that was rather lacking in this particular area. Harkening back to the days of turn based, pixel art strategy titles, Octopath follows the conventions of the genre … Continue reading Octopath Traveller: Prologue Demo – First Impressions

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The Adaptation of Franchises – Innovation and Experimentation in Breath of the Wild and The Last Jedi

Initially, the idea of comparing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Star Wars: The Last Jedi may appear rather ambiguous and peculiar, but it goes without saying that they equally share a characteristic in their respective franchises and mediums. They challenged the audience in a way thay hadn't been done before, reinventing certain aspects that have become almost conventional and overly familiar to us and presenting them in original ways - both for better and for worse. The sheer creativity and attempt in both for a unique perspective on what we have come to love afforded consumers the opportunity to relinquish this experience as something entirely new rather than a safe, uninspired one. In this analysis, I set out to discuss how the two texts innovated and experimented upon the basic constructs of their franchises and illustrate the similarities between the two in terms of creative vision, rule and convention breaking, and establishing new beginnings.

The Evolution of the Anthology Series – True Detective, Fargo and The Night Of

While serialised drama has indeed become a landmark for television drama, with such examples as The Sopranos and Breaking Bad taking the spotlight for the silver screen, the creation and evolution of a particular format has started to become more prevalent over the years: the limited 'miniseries' and the anthology series. An anthology series features … Continue reading The Evolution of the Anthology Series – True Detective, Fargo and The Night Of

Pokemon Quest (Switch) Review – An Addictive Time Consumer, Caught in the Microtransaction Loop

Announced within The Pokemon Company's latest trifecta of trailers, Pokemon Quest was released for the Nintendo Switch as a free title, also joining the mobile platforms - respectively, Google Play and Apple Store - at a later date. Similar in style to the Pokemon Rumble titles, whereby a group of Pokemon set out to use … Continue reading Pokemon Quest (Switch) Review – An Addictive Time Consumer, Caught in the Microtransaction Loop

Mario Tennis Aces Demo Discussion – Returning to Former Glory?

Earlier today, the Mario Tennis Aces demo was released worldwide, joining newcoming players and existing fans of the series together for a weekend of slicing, top-spin action. While there were some concerns going into this due to the previous instalments in the series being somewhat lackluster since the Gameboy era, but those were soon put … Continue reading Mario Tennis Aces Demo Discussion – Returning to Former Glory?

Katrielle Layton (3DS) Review – Familiar Territory, Lacking in Storytelling Execution

Selling over sixteen million copies worldwide, the Layton franchise has grown from strength to strength. Katrielle Layton is a successor to the franchise, following the life of Professor Layton's daughter on her beginning journey as an investigator. Lighter in tone and somewhat episodic in format, this defintely feels like a divergence away from the mainline … Continue reading Katrielle Layton (3DS) Review – Familiar Territory, Lacking in Storytelling Execution

The Myths of Creative Writing – First Drafts, Discipline and Self-Belief

Writing a fully fledged piece of material, whatever form it may take, is no easy task. It requires a committed investment of time and a passion unmatched in many other artistic forms. The concept of sitting at your desk and typing until the story completes itself is an idealistic thought, but also heavily unrealistic. Writing … Continue reading The Myths of Creative Writing – First Drafts, Discipline and Self-Belief