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 [...]
—> 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 [...]
Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, the 3D remake for PS2 of the GBA title Chain of Memories, is a strange, disjointed, complex beast. It continues the story of Sora directly from where the first game left off, but with even more bizarre characters and plotlines, while introducing a new combat system that is cumbersome and unbalanced.
The story starts with Sora, Donald and Goofy chasing Pluto for some news on the whereabouts of Mickey and Riku. Eventually, they end up finding a strange castle called Oblivion, where they start to gradually lose their memories as they climb the place in search of their friends.
Chain of Memories’ narrative continues to explore the themes [...]
Kingdom Hearts is an ambitious crossover between Disney and Final Fantasy, which ironically excels precisely when it’s not covering either brand, but being its own thing.
The protagonist of the game is Sora, a kid who lives on an island and dreams of traveling with his friends, Kairi and Riku, to discover new places. They start building a raft to go sailing, but before they are able to depart, their homeworld is engulfed in shadows and, after a battle against a monster, Sora wakes up in another world. There, he meets Donald and Goofy, who are looking for a key that is supposed to help their king, Mickey Mouse.
The game begins with an uncanny atmosphere. It asks personal [...]