Harvest Moon 64 is unbelievably addictive. Somehow, you can sink an entire day into the obsessive upkeep of your farm and then go to bed in real life that night feeling like you’ve accomplished a hard day’s work. Virtual chores; a dangerous game concept. The object of the game is to create a self induced stress cycle and maintain it. That sounds dreadful in theory, but I cannot emphasize enough how immersive this experience is.
On the way to Dragon Shores for a much needed vacation, Spyro and Sparx get interrupted by a group of characters who intercept the Dragon Shores portal. An over enunciating satyress, a mentally slow cheetah, and a bushy-browed mole, seek Spyro’s assistance in their battle against Ripto, who is taking over the world of Avalar and has a fear of dragons. Once again, Spyro is reluctantly roped into a situation where he’s forced to play the hero.
Spyro the Dragon was ahead of its time when it came out in 1998. For an early 3D platforming game, it courageously included spoken dialogue during animated scenes and contained ambitious graphics. These features, combined with unifying mechanics, made for a well defined fictional world that continues to hold up in quality to this day.
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If you’re unfamiliar with Crash Bandicoot, he immediately makes an impression on screen with his red-orange fur, his goofy mannerisms, and his clumsy tendencies where he rightfully earns his name. While controlling Crash, he runs with a laid back posture and bears his teeth from physical exertion. He seems to be putting in maximum effort while reaping minimal progress. How appropriate, because this is exactly what playing the game feels like. Continue reading Hindsight – Crash Bandicoot Review
When I think of Resistance, I remember it mostly for its minimalistic design and the way it inspired an intriguing atmosphere with its well blended combination of audio and visuals. Despite its seemingly typical introduction, the story ultimately leaves an impact.
A mysterious virus originating in Russia has swept across Asia and Europe. Infected humans are being converted into strange creatures called Chimera. With their advanced technology, they infect other humans with the virus as a means of creating new forms of their species, easily conquering and spreading their armies across the world. In 1951, the infestation reaches Britain, resulting in catastrophic destruction.
The human race is left to hold a resistance. Continue reading Hindsight – RESISTANCE: Fall of Man Review