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.

REVIEW: Final Fantasy XV: Kingsglaive

Originally written on September 2nd 2016, never published

With the release of the highly anticipated JRPG Final Fantasy XV in the next couple of months, it comes as no surprise that Square Enix are doing as much as they can to get their audience excited.
Back in March, Square Enix revealed that a feature animated film called Final Fantasy XV: Kingsglaive (or Kingsglaive for short) had been made, starring lead actors such as Lena Headey and Sean Bean from Game of Thrones and Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad.

Set in the world of Eos, Kingsglaive details events that happen right before Final Fantasy XV, giving viewers a glimpse into the relationship between the game’s protagonist Noctis (Aaron Paul) and his father King Regis (Sean Bean), ruler of Lucis.

The scene is immediately set in its opening with Lady Lunafreya of Tenebrae (Lena Headey) providing a harrowing speech about the history of the ongoing feud between two opposing territories; Lucis and Nifelheim.

REVIEW: Final Fantasy XV (PS4)

Originally written on December 20th 2016, never published

It’s been a long time coming but after an agonising ten year wait, Final Fantasy XV is finally here and it’s fantastic.

You take on the role of Noctis, the shaggy-haired heir to the throne of Lucis, as he fights to regain control of his kingdom from the imperial force of Niflheim, accompanied by three members of his Royal Guard: Prompto, Gladiolus and Ignis.

When it comes to Final Fantasy XV’s story, it is mostly interesting but can definitely lack at times, especially towards the end of the game. It is also worth noting that it will most likely be confusing if you haven’t seen the prequel movie Kingsglaive as the story is a continuation of the film’s. It is playable without watching Kingsglaive but if you care about the game’s story, it’s definitely worth a watch.

The relationship between Noctis and his all-male team is by far the best thing in the game and that’s not a bad thing. It’s a unique experience, watching them grow closer as they fight battle after battle and endure hardship after hardship. It becomes almost impossible not to get attached to the boys because they’re all so charming and interesting as characters – somewhat of a rare treat compared to other Final Fantasy titles.