Friday, 30 March 2018

REVIEW: Pokémon Ultra Sun/Moon (3DS)

Originally written for a publication on February 2nd 2018, never published

Developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo, Ultra Sun/Moon are the latest pair of Pokémon games to hit the Nintendo 3DS. Rather than being brand new standalone titles, they’re enhanced versions of Pokémon Sun/Moon released back in late 2016 and they feature a modified storyline, additional features and new characters and creatures.

You play as an 11-year-old child who has moved to Melemele Island with their parents. Like Sun/Moon, you travel the various islands of the Alola region to complete trials and challenges in order to be crowned the League Champion. Your journey isn’t always easy though, as you’re specifically being targeted by various enemy teams known as Team Skull, the Aether Foundation and the Ultra Recon Squad as they try attempt to wreak havoc.

Friday, 25 August 2017

REVIEW: Dragon Quest Heroes II (PS4)

Originally written on May 29th 2017, never published

If you’re a fan of the Dragon Quest or Dynasty Warriors series, you’ll probably be familiar with Dragon Quest Heroes, the hack-and-slash spin-off from Square Enix and Omega Force. It’s recently received a sequel – appropriately named Dragon Quest Heroes II – and it’s a hoot.

In the original, you assumed the the role of either Aurora or Luceus, depending on what gender you preferred playing as. Dragon Quest Heroes II is no different in this respect, giving you the choice of either Teresa or Lazarel, two cousins who team up to restore order to seven nearby kingdoms who have waged war with one another.

Along the way, you meet several different characters from the mainline Dragon Quest games who join your party and pledge to help you reunite the kingdoms to save the continent.

REVIEW: Paper Mario Colour Splash (Wii U)

Originally written on October 15th 2016, never published

There is an undeniable amount of pressure on Nintendo’s part when it comes to creating new Paper Mario games and if you ever played The Thousand Year Door, you’ll no doubt understand why. Regarded as the best game in the series, it’s definitely been hard for Nintendo to create a Paper Mario game that comes close since… Until now, that is, with the release of Paper Mario Colour Splash on the Nintendo Wii U.

It follows the story of Mario in adorable paper form after he receives a mysterious letter from Prism Island, a beautiful destination famous for its beautiful colour fountain. 

Upon arrival, Mario and friends discover that the island is empty and its fountain’s colours have been stolen, causing the island to be drained of its colour. It is up to Mario to save the day and armed with his sidekick Huey, a boisterous but charming paint can whose mission is to help Mario restore Prism Island to its former glory with paint, he sets off on his adventure.