Grand Theft Auto and Open World Games in 2017

Since the early beginnings the (in)famous Grand Theft Auto games have been modelled around a concept of a somewhat a-linear mission structure. Rockstar’s flagship can pride themselves in popularising the essence of open world games in a media format that was previously known for things as levels, boss fights and high scores. One can argue if GTA was the first one, but they’re definitely the most well known. Its urban…


Rogue One: We May Fear Darth Vader Once More

Rogue One is a great movie. A magnificent ensemble of actors bring this gritty, grounded universe far, far away. It has fantastic acting, stunning visual design and a story so heartfelt and heart wrenchingly beautiful, I dare you not to cry at the end. But what surprised me a lot, was the feeling when I left the cinema: I truly feared Darth Vader again. From the moment I became familiair…


In Defence of The Animus

Assassin’s Creed is a game that is criticised a lot. In fact, it might be one of the most criticised games in the modern market. That’s to be expected from a series that is so insanely popular and so prominently present in the media. But apart from the familiar tendency of getting flack for being popular, it’s also the creative choices of the team behind it that have not always…


Ten Reasons Why You Have to Play Watch Dogs 2

Ubisoft and their open world games don’t have the best reputation out there. Mocked in the game community for cookie-cutter mission types and derivative game structures, based on unlocking segments of the game world and one by one ticking off collectables and side quests. Ubisoft became synonymous with assembly line game production that valued quantity over quality. After redeeming themselves a lot with Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, the sequel to lukewarm…


Blood Ties and Lara Croft as Millennial

Tomb Raider celebrates its 20 year anniversary this year. To celebrate, a set of bonus content for Rise of the Tomb Raider was released yesterday. It includes classic skins, a new level in Lara’s manor and a new co-op mode. Although I enjoy this thoroughly, it also made me realise the definition of ‘classic’ Tomb Raider is becoming relative. When I became a Tomb Raider fan, I was twelve years…


A Contemporary Look at Dracula

Having recently re-read “Dracula” (technically reading it for the first time, since I realised that at an earlier point I read a cleaned up, PG version), I came fascinated by the thematics and the relevance of the story in the time it was written. Bram Stoker’s famous novel is an intriguing period-piece, giving a striking image of English society in the late 19th century. It’s suspenseful, brilliantly paced but also…


A Guide to Cheaper Games

Gaming is an expensive hobby. Videogames are expensive and videogame marketing wants us to believe we have to buy everything there is, and do it now. There are, however, a lot of ways to avoid spending too much and adapt habits to save yourself money and still play a lot of games. Categorise and Prioritise Every year a lot of games come out, and we are often overwhelmed by the…


The Sweet Green Days of Past

On the 11th of August (this Thursday) Green Day will release their newest single: “Bang Bang” – and I’m excited. It’s one of those quirky interests of mine that I can’t always put a finger on. A mixture of coincidences, teenage memories, guilty pleasures and random obsessions. Green Day is a weird band; fickle and multilayered, loved and scoffed at and often struggling with its identity. Maybe that’s why I…


Review: Ghostbusters

Calling the new Ghostbusters movie “self aware” is putting it mildly. It’s a fun filled vessel of smack in the face contemporary relevance. Not that it attempts to be political or self righteous; that’s exactly what it doesn’t do. It carries a message without being overly smart or witty, it just is what it is: a lighthearted action comedy about four women hunting ghosts. It’s exactly what it was back…


I Walk The Line – Games Without a Driver License

I’m 32 years old and I do not have a driver’s license. Does this bother me? Not the slightest. I don’t like cars very much, busy traffic stresses me out, and I live five minutes away from work and ten minutes from the city center. My wife is busy getting hers. Sometimes she will describe me traffic situations she’s in, and how the instructor was quizzing her on how to…