I’ve given up on Sekiro, and I’m not sorry

I get it. I get the draw of it all. The challenge that feels insurmountable, before rearranging itself into beatable patterns over time, all funnelling into the dramatic catharsis of victory. Soulsborne games (is that moniker still current, given the latest entry?) demand precision, dedication and care, and reward players with drips of mythic story … Continue reading I’ve given up on Sekiro, and I’m not sorry

Terminus Est: Gene Wolfe, 1931-2019

I may, eventually, get a tattoo marking the importance of another author’s work on my body. I may find another set of chronicles that I can’t stop myself reading annually, regardless of the outrageous commitment of time they demand. I may discover another written universe comparable in its inexplicability and allure. But for now, Gene … Continue reading Terminus Est: Gene Wolfe, 1931-2019

Celeste

With a near-perfectly pitched level of difficulty, Celeste is an enjoyable, simply-told parable of self-belief and perseverance. Its emotional insight has been overstated, but it is nonetheless a compelling package. Players take control of Madeline, a young woman seeking to climb the mysterious Celeste Mountain. It doesn't take long to realise that she's seeking a … Continue reading Celeste

God of War – 2018’s Game of the Year

2018 was a good year for games. Red Dead Redemption II, oddly reluctantly and despite its overlong story, offered extended periods of exploratory calm that offered glimpses of gaming's true potential. Hollow Knight's Switch port paired a sublime game with the perfect platform, and offered a superlative sense of discovery and risk. Spider-Man wonderfully perfected its … Continue reading God of War – 2018’s Game of the Year

Mortal Engines

Lacking some of the cynicism of other franchise-launchers, Mortal Engines is nonetheless an limited adaptation of the first of Philip Reeve's excellent YA novels. Now looking certain for commercial doom, it's a creditable maiden voyage in intentions but not execution. Reeve's setting is the film's primary strength, a nuclear post-apocalypse in which surviving cities have been … Continue reading Mortal Engines

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

The "In Association with Marvel" revival continues for Spider-Man, a character so long underserved by creative stultification at Sony. Now, between this dazzlingly realised animation and Tom Holland's new live action Peter Parker, the webslinger is getting a run of worthy film outings. This new story splinter follows Miles Morales, well-established as Spider-Man in the … Continue reading Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse