The Last Guardian [FIRST IMPRESSIONS]

The Last Guardian
First Impressions

Concept
7/10

From its opening notes, it’s tough to discern exactly what the designers’ intentions were.  However, the game is clearly about teamwork and forming bonds.  Its unique approach of interacting with a very independent beast is compelling in the extreme.  Beyond that, it seems a slow and contemplative puzzle-platformer.  Under that lens, The Last Guardian is far from unique – even from the creators who made it.  While the ideas at play here are interesting and engaging, it’s admittedly a little thin on the ground.  Its minimalism sometimes undermines it, while also being a credit to its approach.  …   [continue reading]

Lords of the Fallen [FIRST IMPRESSIONS]

Apologies for video quality!

Lords of the Fallen
First Impressions

(all ratings are out of 10)

Concept
1

How dare any video game be this staggeringly derivative in every area of its design?  Dark Souls fans will never be satisfied with a watered down version and the uninitiated will never care.  I’ve already put more effort into these sentences than must have been in any of the brainstorming sessions for this title.

Gameplay
3

Clunky and utterly lacking in any fun, the combat system is an insult and waste of players’ lives.  To add to this, the menus and character development are left elusive with no allure to want to learn their intricacies.  …   [continue reading]