LITTLE NIGHTMARES.

Amy Moore provides a review based on real time thoughts during gameplay.
Warning, content may contain spoilers.

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play as a tremendously tiny character in a big, dark world.

Little Nightmares was recommended to me by a friend, but I’m not sure I’d return the favour.

It’s a relatively small game, convenient as it took 30 minutes to download, but took me double the amount of time anticipated to complete. This wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, as you certainly get your money’s worth (priced at £15.99 on STEAM*) but eventually, I was willing it to end. Continue reading

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LIFE IS STRANGE: BEFORE THE STORM (EPISODE THREE, PLUS BONUS “FAREWELL” EPISODE)

Amy Moore provides a review based on real time thoughts during gameplay.
Warning, content may contain spoilers.

If you’re like me, then I’m guessing you couldn’t wait to play the concluding episode of Life is Strange: Before the Storm.

It’s been exactly two months since the release of Episode Two – Brave New World – with Hell is Empty an early Christmas treat. Released on December 19, 2017, don’t let Hell is Empty’s poetic title distract from its otherwise sombre tones.

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The stars are contemplative and symbolise Rachel and Chloe’s longing to escape Arcadia Bay.

Life is Strange: Before the Storm should be commended for its artistic approach to such a difficult subject, seeing the events of each episode overlooked through a pair of rusty, oversized binoculars; kind of like those ‘Talking Telescopes’ you’d find on Brighton seafront. Here, the story is separated into selectable segments. What a nifty way to recap. Continue reading

EVERYBODY’S GONE TO THE RAPTURE REVIEWED

Amy Moore provides a review based on real time thoughts during gameplay.

Warning, content may contain spoilers.

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“Rapture” loosely translates as ‘a feeling of intense pleasure or joy’ that sometimes refers to a person’s transition into heaven during the last judgement.

Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture is an award-winning first-person adventure game whose luscious landscapes are a major draw for players. It’s 1984 in Yaughton, Shropshire, but Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture feels a lot more modern in its outlook. Its appealing angelic beauty and vivid attention to detail makes it a pleasure to play, set within creatively-convincing landscapes that haven’t been tainted by all these fancy graphics. Continue reading

LIFE IS STRANGE: BEFORE THE STORM (EPISODES ONE & TWO)

Amy Moore provides a review based on real time thoughts during gameplay.
Warning, content may contain spoilers.

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Life is Strange: Before the Storm is a three-episode adventure game that acts as a prequel to the original Life is Strange series. Episode One – Awake – was released on August 31, 2017 and is set three years before the events of the first game. I couldn’t resist pre-ordering Before the Storm and playing it on the day it was released.  Continue reading

THE WALKING DEAD: A NEW FRONTIER

Amy Moore provides a review based on real time thoughts during gameplay.

Warning, content may contain spoilers. 20170705212744_1First released on December 20, 2016, The Walking Dead: A New Frontier is set four years after the initial zombie outbreak, catching up with Robert Kirkman’s comic book timeline.

NEW FAMILY, NEW STORYLINE

Looking back at my previous predictions for Season Three of The Walking Dead Game and it’s clear that a significant amount of time has passed. Clementine has matured significantly, adopting a newfound “mothering instinct” towards an otherwise absent Alvin Jr (AJ). Clementine is still to be reunited with the elusive Christa and has been left alone to fend for herself following the sudden, yet heroic death of Kenny. A bold move, Clementine has become a side character, as players are introduced to the proudly-Spanish ‘Garcia’ family. Continue reading

E3 CONFERENCE 2017 – TOP PICKS

Warning, content may contain spoilers.

E3 Conference took place between June 13-15, with around 42 upcoming games showcased. Highlights include Metro Exodus (release date TBC), which continues the narrative from novels Metro 2033 and Metro 2035 by Dmitry Glukhovsky.
I’ve become more receptive to open-world games recently, with State of Decay 2 scheduled for release in Spring 2018.
“How will you survive?” You can’t beat full-blown immersion into a post-apocalyptic utopia where you seek out and construct your own settlement, whilst forced to wade through hoards of the undead.
Assassin’s Creed: Origins – scheduled for release on October 27 – was disappointing and could easily be overlooked, but does well to mimic the artisan charm of an ancient Egyptian city, where the Brotherhood was born.

FAR CRY 5
Release Date:
February 27, 2018

“It’s always a pleasure to explore Far Cry’s vast and unlimited landscapes.”

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The Far Cry franchise has evolved significantly since it was first released in 2004. It’s a game you have no choice but to take your time with. Far Cry 5 is no exception. Continue reading

AN ANATOMY OF MURDERED: SOUL SUSPECT

Amy Moore provides a review based on real time thoughts during gameplay.

Warning, content may contain spoilers.

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“Set everything right. Settle your debts. Only then can you move on.” – Ronan O’ Connor

The hunt for your killer begins when playing Murdered: Soul Suspect.

INITIAL THOUGHTS BEFORE GAMEPLAY

Murdered: Soul Suspect was released on STEAM on June 5, 2014. Developed by Airtight Games, it boasts an interesting concept with a rather amateur execution, and applies a unique twist to an otherwise ominous detective drama. Continue reading

THE WALKING DEAD: MICHONNE

Amy Moore provides a review based on real time thoughts during gameplay.

Warning, content may contain spoilers.

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The Walking Dead: Michonne’s catchy theme, complete with a comic book crossover.

The Walking Dead: Michonne bridges the gap between issues #126 and #139 of The Walking Dead comics. I’m only partway through the comics myself, with the Telltale mini-series totalling five hours of simple, yet effective gameplay. Continue reading

**WHEN YOU WISH UPON A FISH**

Written by Amy Moore.

Article written to accompany a creative, photographic interpretation of the Russian fairytale The Tale of the Fisherman and the Fish, penned by Alexander Pushkin, which dates back to the early 1830s.

The narrative is simple and has underlying tones of greed and ambition.

When an old and poor fisherman captures a Golden Fish – to his surprise – he is promised any wish in return for its freedom. Shocked, he decides to set the fish free. His wife becomes angry by his decision and asks the fish for one small request. One request leads to another, and then another, and then another. She soon receives everything she could ever dream to have. However, the fisherman’s wife’s requests soon become so extravagant that the Golden Fish decides to cure her greed by placing her back in the impoverished state she began with. 

Dreams are almost always motivated by people’s personal goals and endless ambitions. Continue reading