What if I told you that there was a game that had awesome deck building elements like Magic: The Gathering, but it was marketed as a third-person action game? Well, in the year 2020, nothing is truly a surprise anymore, especially when it comes to the merging of distinct genres in video games.
But back in 2004, Phantom Dust’s unique gameplay, monumental plot, and rich world-building were unlike anything that had been released at the time. And that makes it not only one of the most overlooked games of all-time, but a game that has achieved cult status with many…
In 2013, Polygon’s Tracey Lien wrote an article on how indie games had turned mainstream. She stated that “Both Microsoft and Sony have drummed up their support for indie games, bringing indie titles to their press conferences and devoting large portions of their floor space at events like E3 and Gamescom to smaller titles”, which had opened up the stage usually occupied by blockbusters from the world’s biggest studios to companies that would otherwise get little or no acknowledgement.
83 minutes. That is the total runtime for Andrew Ahn’s sophomore feature Driveways, and yet in its 83 minute runtime, the film says all that it needs to without a lapse in breath, judgement, or error. Released in 2020, Driveways is the rare emotion-mending film that we so desperately need, and it couldn’t have arrived at a better time.
There isn’t really much to discuss or say about Driveways apart from its fairly simple plot. Hong Chau plays Kathy, a single mother who, with her eight-year-old son, Cody (Lucas Jaye), travels to the house of her late sister in order…
How Singapore’s growing generation gap is a detriment for the country moving forward
It’s no secret that generational conflicts are prominent across the world.
Singapore is not the only country to be left out of the ring. Rather, it’s getting pulled in everyday with impactful social conversations, internet debates and YouTube videos that would rather keep the topic short and entertaining than focus on the astronomical topic at hand.
Singapore’s generational gap may be different than other countries, and while it is not atypical of the Asian culture, Singapore’s exposure to Western culture, modern issues and an abundance of unwanted…
Why Destiny 2 going free-to-play represents so much more
When Bungie revealed the Activision-Blizzard split in early 2019, the hopes for the company were pretty high after.
Discussions had been thrown around before the eventual split, claiming that Activision was hindering the good progress on Destiny 2, the multi-platform looter-shooter, while others claimed that Bungie were the ones aiming an exotic pistol and shooting it at their own foot.
But in a recent interview, Bungie’s communications director David Dague stated that Activision weren’t hanging over the developers shoulders throughout Destiny 2’s development, saying, “We launched this franchise with Activision, naturally…
Why the evolution of Singapore could depend on the state of her unique language
For as long as Singaporeans could remember, Singlish is more than just an identity and national pride.
In many ways, Singlish, an English-based creole language, continues to stay relevant despite exercises to promote good English, but there seems to be different ways of presenting it in local media.
With English being an official language for Singapore, it seems that what was once an idyllic expression for the country’s generations before, could suffer a rut that sees it stay behind as the future moves forward.
A look back on Telltale’s history and significance
So much has been said over the years when it comes to what games can achieve. To some, it is a linear experience. To others, it is an addiction. While the broader sense of both can be heralded onto some games, it is indeed no wonder why people’s sense of games have become different.
Over the last 20 years, games and gaming in general saw a shift that moved from big pixel-like shoot-em-ups to front-and-center cinematic experiences that one person can play, and another can revel in. …
Why Epic’s exclusive deals are detrimental to gamers
We have yet to reach Epic’s first year as a digital storefront, and yet their list of controversy continues to grow.
But, looking back on the past nine months, does the Epic Game Store indeed have a stranglehold on the PC gaming industry, and if so, what kind of effect and message does it send to both gamers and developers?
Let’s look at the situation, and why it’s possible Epic’s attempt to save PC gaming may prove more harm than good.
For many years, Sony and Microsoft’s console war was just the…
How to launch yourself to success in 2019
In our first ‘How To’ series, we’ll be tackling the question that’s only every speed dialler’s mind: how do you establish a digital gaming storefront in 2019? And how do you make it a success?
There’s a few questions we have to ask before we get there, and a few crucial steps. Just like a waterfall, the water can only fall, and not rise.
Are you a publisher? Are you a developer? Are you simply tired of selling your soul to the devil for the fact that you might make a change…
How does Makoto Shinkai live up to 2016’s ‘Your Name’?
This review is spoiler-filled. Unless you want to cry with a fury fist in the cinema, or simply cry without it, I’d recommend not reading until you’ve watched the film. Or read anyway, with a fist and no tears.
In the follow up to the acclaimed 2016’s “Your Name”, Makoto Shinkai’s latest animated feature takes us to modern-day Tokyo, following sixteen year-old Hodaka Morishima as he leaves home in search of something more. During his travels, he meets up along with an orphan girl named Hina Amano, which he soon…