Hob is a top-down exploration game that has great art direction and a vague, but understandable story. The game, however, quickly becomes repetitive in its design, with the player constantly executing the same actions in different, albeit striking backgrounds.
The world of Hob is one in which technology and nature are, at the same time, entwined and in conflict. The first area is a lush forest, full of plants, trees and animals, but also ancient technological ruins moved by strange, glowing forms of energy. The wildlife can be peaceful, but also hostile, with goblin-like creatures just around the corner waiting for an opportunity to strike you down. And the whole world acts [...]
Without battles, experience points, choices, jumps and weapons, Dear Esther is an unusual game. Its story is told by enigmatic voice messages that eventually contradict themselves, causing disorientation and confusion. It’s a strange game not only for its unique structure, but also for its distorted setting, built with a dreamlike atmosphere, which suggests that logic does not belong there at all.
The gameplay in Dear Esther could not be simpler. The player’s avatar is stuck on an island and the only possible action is to walk and observe the scenery, moving the camera – it is not even allowed to pick up objects. Thus, at the beginning of the game, the player is forced to [...]
If Octopath Traveler were a book, it wouldn’t be a novel, but a collection of short stories. The game is not your typical epic JRPG, being very modest in scope, telling stories that never intertwine in a big narrative, while presenting a simplified version of Bravely Default’s combat and job system. Nonetheless, the game excels in what it sets out to do, presenting a beautiful world and discussing important themes in a modest, but efficient way.
The game has eight main characters and each one has their own story, which is divided in four chapters. Let’s start with the best one to get a grasp of what the narrative is like in Octopath Traveler.
One of the characters in [...]
Tales of Abyss is an excellent RPG that tells an engaging story, develops complex characters and presents mature discussions about identity and free will. Its combat system may be too simple for its own good, but the quality of the narrative makes up for any shortcomings in the gameplay department.
The protagonist of the game is a young man named Luke, the nephew of a king, who had to grow up locked away in a mansion after he was rescued from a kidnapping seven years before the events of the game, when he was just a child – a traumatic event that erased all his memories of his earlier years. With no contact with the outside world, living a good, but boring life, Luke [...]
—> The following review will comment heavily on the events of 358/2 Days. Beware of spoilers.
Kingdom Hearts 2 is a bigger, bolder sequel that amps up the series’ characteristics in every level, bringing a more complex narrative and a more action packed gameplay. It has its obvious faults – at this point, it wouldn’t be Kingdom Hearts without them – but the game has its heart in the right place: the story it tells, although convoluted, is tragic and moving.
The plot follows Sora’s awakening after the events of Chain of Memories, and his fight against Organization XIII, which is trying to form Kingdom Hearts by collecting hearts released from monsters. He will [...]
Based on a Russian novel by Dmitry Glukhovsky, Metro 2033 is a FPS more concerned with atmosphere and worldbuilding than anything else. That leads to a bare-bones story, filled with paper-thin characters, that ends with an anti-war message that ultimately rings hollow and naïve. It succeeds where it tries to, but that is far from enough.
The world of Metro 2033 is its selling point. The setting is a post-apocalyptic Russia, where people were driven underground by hordes of devilish monsters and demons. They live in the subways, with scarce resources, and under constant attack of creatures and other desperate humans. The surface is radioactive, and the underground tunnels are [...]