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Final Fantasy 7 Remake vs Star Trek Picard: is more always better?

You can’t pet the cats in FF7R. A couple of months ago, I replied to a forum thread about the games I was looking forward to in 2020. After I listed said games, I realised something – everything I’d put … Continue reading

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Baten Kaitos

Long ago, the ocean disappeared and humans became creatures of the sky, developing wings and living on floating islands. Although this world is mostly peaceful, the Empire of Alfard seeks to unseal an ancient dark power. Caught up in the … Continue reading

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Ni no Kuni the movie

Yu, Haru and Kotona are best friends who are all attending high school together. When Kotona’s life is threatened by a mysterious man in black, Yu and Haru discover that the key to saving her is to travel to another … Continue reading

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20@20: Celebrating the PS2 catalogue

The PlayStation 2 turned twenty years old recently – and for some of us, that’s an event that’s bound to make us feel old. I got my very first PS2 on its European release – an early 18th birthday present … Continue reading

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Final Fantasy VII Remake: Quick thoughts on the demo

For years, the Final Fantasy Remake felt like so much vaporware. Then, in more recent times, things started moving. All memories of the disappointing 2015 gameplay video were erased with newer, more vibrant trailers. Demos at gaming conventions whetted the … Continue reading

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In This Corner of the World

An innocent dreamer with a love of drawing, Suzu grows up in Hiroshima in the 1930s and early 1940s. At age eighteen, she receives a marriage proposal from a man she doesn’t know, and moves across the country to live … Continue reading

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Promare

Like many other anime fans in the UK, on Tuesday 26th November, I ventured to the cinema for a screening of Promare. I had seen screenshots of the gorgeous art, and I knew that others had enjoyed it, but other … Continue reading

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Secret of Mana: Original versus remake

I’m late to the party on Secret of Mana. Back in the days of the Wii shop, I played past the bit where the main character gets kicked out of his village, only to fail to recruit the girl early … Continue reading

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Penguin Highway

He may only be a fourth-grader, but Aoyama is already a budding genius with a keen interest in all things scientific – not to mention a secret crush on the lady who works at the dentist. When large numbers of … Continue reading

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Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology

The world is slowly turning to desert. Almost all timelines lead to ruin – except one. Entrusted with the mysterious White Chronicle, special agent Stocke gains the power to travel between past and future, but can even he guide the … Continue reading

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