[Game] Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations

Phoenix Wright 3


A fascinating addition to the Phoenix Wright series, though unlike the popular opinion, I didn’t feel it quite surpassed the original, especially the NDS version.

Positive: Negative:
Ageless 2D hand-painted graphics Investigation parts can get tedious if you can’t figure out what to do
Cool, catchy music Recurring characters feel like they are a bit out of steam
Immersing, tense atmosphere None of the cases are as crafty as the last two of the original’s NDS port
Likable, quirky characters Overarching story isn’t that memorable and supernatural elements cheapen it
Some ingenious twists
Investigating the mysteries is fun
Rubbing your findings into the faces of your opponents in court is even more fun
Good English translation



[Game] The Walking Dead – A New Frontier

The Walking Dead - A New Frontier


Well… I wasn’t hoping A New Frontier to beat the prequels, but I certainly didn’t expect this.

It’s still The Walking Dead with a few cool moral choices here and there, but most characters and the plot just feel uninspired and bland. The prequels kept me on the edge of my seat. This game just kept me wondering when the fun stuff’s supposed to be coming.

Beautiful hand-drawn character designs
The story is actually kind of bland and uninspired
Likable, well-written characters
The Garcia family is not all that interesting
Clementine is cool
Nowhere near as many memorable moments as in the prequels
Well managed moral choice system
Does not offer much in terms of game-play

[Game] The Evil Within 2

Evil Within 2


The sequel to The Evil Within drops all pretense and tells you that everything is happening in virtual reality right off the bat, so you know there are no rules or sense to all the random crap happening. It’s a somewhat competent horror game as far as game-play is concerned, but the premise just completely sabotages any chance of it having any tension or interesting narrative.

Cool, creepy atmosphere
The premise ruins all tension and any incentive to explore
Game-play is okay
Disjointed plot is hard to get invested in
Boring story
Boring characters
Open world sequences are tedious

[Game] Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

Middle Earth - Shadow of Mordor


The game offers a very-well polished sandbox experience, but the narrative that ties it together is so dull you are pretty much forced to go out of your way to entertain yourself.

Positive: Negative:
Attractive visuals Dull narrative where it feels you aren’t doing anything of significance
Good fighting and climbing mechanics The games starts feeling a bit repetitive after a while
Lots of little challenges and activities on the map
The nemesis system can get quite immersing if you give it a chance

[Game] Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Wolfenstein II - The New Colossus


You know what to expect if you’ve played The New Order, and The New Colossus delivers exactly that.

Positive: Negative:
Fascinating alternate history setting
Can start feeling a bit repetitive after a prolonged gaming session
Actually interesting plot and characters Doesn’t feel much different from the previous game
Good cheesy old-school shooter game-play

[Game] DuckTales Remastered

Ducktales Remastered


A thoroughly enjoyable if not particularly outstanding platforming.

Attractive 2D visuals
Doesn’t offer anything particularly exceptional
Enjoyable platforming
Doesn’t overstay its welcome

[Game] The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

The Legend of Zelda - Twilight Princess


I tend to play and enjoy games and other media from pretty much every genre imaginable, but there are still some works that completely baffle me.

Maybe it’s because I’ve owned Sega Genesis instead of Super Nintendo growing up and played Zelda for the first time when I was in my twenties, but I could never, for the love of me, understand the appeal of this series.

Incoherent narrative barely holds the adventure together, the setting is all over the place and makes no sense whatsoever, and, besides a couple of good puzzles and boss fights, the games are simply tedious to play.

I probably enjoyed Twilight Princess more than the older Zelda games simply due to better graphics, but otherwise, it’s the same kind of rehash of the same thing with a different skin like the rest. My first Zelda game, Skyward Sword, stands as the only one I managed to finish, and I enjoyed it mainly because of the motion controls. …And I suppose it was the only one where I felt that I wasn’t playing a game I’d already beat.

Cool, mysterious atmosphere
Incoherent story
Good dungeon design
No characters to speak of
Good boss fights
Everything other than dungeons is super tedious
Feels the same as all the other games in the series