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[Game Review] Fire Emblem: Awakening

I will be the first to say that Fire Emblem: Awakening is easily one of the most divisive games in the franchise’s series: some claim it was the game that ‘saved the series’, whilst others denigrate it as the beginning of the waifu-collecting-anime-esque “modern” Fire Emblem, and there’s very little middle ground. Having now played it for myself, I’ll be trying to avoid both of these extremes in order to talk frankly about my experience of the game. So – what kind of game is Fire Emblem: Awakening really? (Note: this review is probably going to sound pretty obscure to those unfamiliar with the Fire Emblem series, so for those people, feel free to skip to the yay-or-nay at the end.)

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[Game Review] Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

Do you want to know why this review has taken so long to come out, despite me buying Echoes on launch day? Because I’ve been putting off playing it since my first few weeks with it. I might call myself a fan of Fire Emblem, but say what you like about Shadows of Valentia, it is one of the least fun Fire Emblem games I’ve ever played. This is not going to be one of those “best FE game yet” reviews that I’ve seen all over the place, because I honestly can’t say that about Shadows of Valentia without my nose growing about twenty feet. And no, you can’t call me a casual – I’ve played Genealogy of the Holy War and I like it. I’ve seen a Thracia Let’s Play and I think the game’s interesting. Yeah, I started with Fates, but I still think Fates nailed a lot of the game design even if the story is a pile of horse cankers; I like good Fire Emblem games, regardless of the era they came from. With that out of the way, let’s begin the postmortem of Shadows of Valentia.

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[Game Review] Kirby Star Allies

It’s a Kirby game, and you’d better believe I’m doing an in-depth review of this pink puffball’s latest murderous voyage into the far reaches of space. So, I’m a big fan of Kirby games, mostly because I played the hell out of Super Star Ultra when I was a kid, virtually 100%ing it. I’ve never gone back to play most of the older games, though I have been meaning to try Triple Deluxe and Planet Robobot. But we’re not here to talk about those. Star Allies… is it as good as Super Star Ultra?

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[Game Review] Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions

Hey look, I’m doing a review! Been a while, huh? So yeah, I’ve already mentioned before how the Mario and Luigi series is one of my favourite RPG serieseseses (excluding Paper Jam, which can fuck off). Despite this, I got into the series with Partners in Time, so I’ve never actually played Superstar Saga. I was pretty excited to give it a go, so after beating the game (not the Bowser’s Minions portion, I’ll admit), here’s what I think of this first game in a venerable series. Or, uh, remake of the first game in a venerable series. Which is not quite the same thing.

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[Game Review] Five Nights at Freddy’s 2

Meh, isn’t this a good start to the new year. An old game. Still, it’s one that I feel deserves a discussion, because it’s widely considered the game that took FNAF from ‘widely appreciated’ to ‘stupidly popular’. However, I don’t personally like it. There’s lots of little reasons for this, but the main one is quite obvious once I explain that FNAF 1 came out in August 2014. FNAF 2 was out in November, just three short months later… I’m sure my criticisms are already clear.

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[Game Review] Super Mario Odyssey

It’s taken me a while to get around to it, but Nintendo did indeed shit out another fully-fledged 3D Mario game this year! It’s finally time to review Super Mario Odyssey, the game that surprised me most by it’s theme. You see, anyone that knows me in real life knows one thing: I fucking love top hats. I have one myself, and I wear it when I can. So to have a Mario game where I can wear and weaponise a top hat, fighting Bowser who is also wearing and weaponising a top hat? …Yeah, safe to say I already like this game.

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[Game Review] Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria Simulator

I don’t think anyone was surprised when the ‘pizzeria simulator’ Scott Cawthon had been hinting at turned out to be FNAF 6 in secret. I think many were surprised at other things, mainly animatronics leaping up in front of your face and screaming, or how much lore this game revealed, but as I am someone who has long since given up on the FNAF lore (mostly, anyway, I still check the subreddit now and then) this review will primarily study the gameplay of Pizzeria Simulator.

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