I read Part 6 of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure ‘Stone Ocean’ and it’s crazy

Talking at people about how incredible JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is one of my favourite hobbies. I’m not the only one; it’s becoming an international pastime. If you don’t know what JoJo is, stop wasting my time. Get with the program and go watch or read it. I’d put it nicer but it’s your own fault.… Continue reading I read Part 6 of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure ‘Stone Ocean’ and it’s crazy

Doublejump Reviews The Messenger

Throwback Extraordinaire Originally published September 10, 2018 for Doublejump.co  In The Messenger, everything comes back to time travel. I wish I could start every review that way. Developed by Sabotage Studio and published by Devolver Digital, the game begins as a straightforward retro throwback to 8-bit action-platformers. Move left-to-right through the level, beat the boss, repeat. The… Continue reading Doublejump Reviews The Messenger

The State of the Arcade Racer

As MotorStorm and OnRush’s Evolution Studios falls apart, we investigate whether there’s any hope left for the arcade racer.  Originally published August 11, 2018 for Doublejump.co It finally happened. Even after its death as a Sony studio and divine resurrection as a branch of Codemasters in 2016, Evolution Studios is gone. Codemasters’ eleventh-hour intervention was already an incredible boon for… Continue reading The State of the Arcade Racer

Zoids: New Century Was Ahead of It’s Time

I don’t know much about the Zoids franchise other than what I just read on its Wikipedia page: Zoids is a model-kit-based toy line based on animal-based mecha and it’s got five anime series, one of which wasn’t even localised outside Japan (which says a lot about the ongoing state of the franchise). The fifth… Continue reading Zoids: New Century Was Ahead of It’s Time

Devil May Cry’s Back, Baby

What we know so far about Devil May Cry 5 Originally published July 13, 2018 for Doublejump.co To quote my­ poetry from our pre-E3 Multiplayer feature: Devil May Cry is still goddamn radical. Devil May Cry 5’s announcement at the Xbox E3 Briefing was easily one of the biggest and loudest reveals of this year’s stack of publisher showings, and… Continue reading Devil May Cry’s Back, Baby

The Immersive Sim Could Be Endangered

Does Prey’s new expansion Mooncrash spell doom for the beloved genre? Originally published June 30, 2018 on Doublejump.co Set on the Talos I in 2035 during an alternative history where John F. Kennedy never died, the Vietnam War never happened and the space race of the 60s played out rapidly on an international scale, Prey is gorgeously… Continue reading The Immersive Sim Could Be Endangered

Faithful to the OG: Remaking Games for the Eighth Generation

When is a classic still a classic? Originally published May 25, 2018 on Doublejump.co  My first game was Spyro 2: Gateway to Glimmer (Ripto’s Rage in the US) on the original PlayStation. I was six or seven years old and I wanted it because it had a dragon on the cover. Like the games before and after it, Spyro… Continue reading Faithful to the OG: Remaking Games for the Eighth Generation

So I Read: Goblin Slayer (manga)

You know which word I never expected to show up on this blog? ‘Rape’. But you know what the manga Goblin Slayer has a whole lot of? As of writing: Chapter 22 Goblin Slayer appears in Monthly Big Gangan every month, simulpublished in English, and is written by Kumo Kagyu and illustrated by Kousuke Kurose.… Continue reading So I Read: Goblin Slayer (manga)

So I Read Black Clover: It’s a Shonen

Black Clover, Shonen Jump

I’ve just finished reading the latest chapter of Black Clover – the manga, not the anime most folks are pretty down on – and there’s enough for me to ramble on a little bit. So here we are. After reading all of Yūki Tabata’s Black Clover, starting about two weeks ago (give or take), there… Continue reading So I Read Black Clover: It’s a Shonen