I started writing about games in April of this year and so thought it would be nice to compile all of the work I’ve done this year. Feel free to peruse any articles that I wrote at your own leisurely pleasure and rest assured I will be back in 2019 with a fervent intensity along with hopefully lots of exciting and unique content.
Whilst on holiday at the back end of March I sent out two emails, one to Nintendo and one to The Switch Effect, a delightful little indie site that I stumbled upon whilst vacantly staring at my Twitter feed one spring afternoon. Whilst Nintendo didn’t reply (yet), TSE did.
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After a little back and forth with the EIC over at TSE, I was invited to write a review in the format of the site, the final part of my interview process. I’d finished Thimbleweed Park a few days prior so it seemed like the perfect title to cut my teeth on.
My 1st review code. I still remember the feeling of receiving it, I felt as though I had taken my first step into a larger world. The game itself was pleasant. It was weird and Japanese and the Deity figure was a cat if memory serves me correctly.
I really enjoyed this game for one simple reason – my daughter was captivated by it. Essentially it’s an interactive story book that explains the changing of the seasons.
My first experience with a publisher called Sometimes You, renowned for bugs and shoddy ports. The game itself, whilst trying to be unique, was a convoluted mess.
The first game that I reviewed that I genuinely fell in love with. I awarded it the inaugural fabled Fifield five.
A title I remember enjoying at the time and thinking how I never would have played it if it weren’t for reviewing video games.
The Nintendo Switch’s first foray into the FMV revival. A decent game with a strong script and some decent acting throughout.
Sometimes You Strikes Again!!! An abhorrent plagiarism of Frank Miller’s Sin City.
A SHMUP that really took me by surprise. Another example of a game that I never would have got to enjoy had I not been reviewing games.
An episodic offering that draws heavily and effectively on 80’s Saturday Morning TV shows for inspiration.
All I remember about this whimsical little gem was it reminded me of the time I drank 12 cups of coffee and everything seemed slightly faster than it should have been….
At the time of playing I was genuinely moved by the incredible artistic direction of this little number. An absolute triumph which was made even better with a really fantastic new game plus.
Super Chariot was a tough one to review. Fantastic as a local co-op experience, unplayable in single player.
Another example of a game that demands to be played with friends.
Framed is incredibly stylised and offers a really unique puzzle experience.
Yoku’s Island Express came out of nowhere and offered a mashup of genres quite unlike any other – Metroidvania and pinball, Pinaballvania. And you know what, it works!
Another FMV title that made its way to the Switch. This entry however messes with you on so many levels. A genuinely weird experience that bordered on disconcerting.
Shape of the World is a stunning walking sim that introduces colours, creatures and character in abundance as the game progresses.
GRIDD utilises the Joy Cons in a really fantastic way and is an example of doing more than simply porting your title across to Nintendo’s hybrid money printing machine.
The work of pixel artist extraordinaire Jools Watsham and his team, Soccer Slammers is just an absolute blast to play. I played with people who have absolutely no affinity to football and they really enjoyed the frantic fun offered by this title.
Ys VIII was the first genuinely massive title that I had the privilege of reviewing and introduced me to a series full of personality and panache, as well as a strong dose of Japanese humour….
I had trouble with this title. Although I really enjoyed Thimbleweed Park I feel the point and click adventure is a genre that should know when it’s passed its prime.
Whilst stunningly beautiful, what lied beneath was just an incredibly dull uninspiring game.
Third times a charm for Sometimes You? Nope.
A physics game that sees you navigate hazardous arenas on a plethora of vehicles. Shallow and repetitive at best.
A must play title, though if you have a PSVR, I’d recommend checking it out there. If not, the Switch version is still suitably epic.
Hands down one of the most hilarious local co-op experiences on the Switch. Built on everything that made the first title great and covered it in delicious butter.
An homage to mafia pop culture and an incredibly well made platformer to boot.
This title is one of the best of its kind and was a real pleasure to review. Unfortunately it releases very closely to Octopath Traveller so never really got the coverage it so richly deserved.
A Kart game on a Nintendo system without Mario. Even if it was the best game ever (it isn’t) it would be a pass for that very reason.
Flipping Death blends humour, a solid puzzler and unique gameplay mechanics. Also totally made me have to re think the video game I’ve been creating for the past few years as this was essentially it.
A decent dungeon crawler, and another example of a game that I would never have touched if it wasn’t for review purposes.
Sometimes it’s You, Sometimes it’s me….
Urrghh…. A Dark Souls clone with an N64 aesthetic and controls so cumbersome that they rival RDR2.
Colourful and fun if not a little dated.
Almost a perfect gaming experience but unfortunately the end of the game is marred by game breaking bugs.
One day we might have GameCube games…..
I’ll settle for SNES at this point.
I remember the moment I got offered the code, I was heavily inebriated having met up with a friend I hadn’t seen in years. In all my drunken splendour, I knew at this moment, that I was doing something right
A strange and endearing little interactive story book that in a few years I look forward to playing with my daughter.
I borderline harassed the press team at FDG for months about this game – when’s it out, when will media types be getting review codes. Whilst it’s not a practice that I endorse, it paid off as I was amongst on of the 1st reviewers to play this sheer delight of a video game. My GOTY.
My first experience of promoting a crowd funding campaign. An experience that taught me a lot about media relations and influencing requirements.
The first feature I published.
One of the closest friends I’ve made since I started started taking my own site seriously (more on that in a moment) is Mr. R. Reviews. After checking out my linked post below, I’d strongly recommend you spend some time on his excellent site and have a little gander at some of his content.
As mentioned above, the owner of this site is somebody I now consider a friend, so when he reached out and asked me to review Diablo III for him, I felt inclined to acquiesce his request.
Another string on the proverbial bow.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this feature, I sent two emails at the very beginning. After 6 months, I got a reply from Nintendo, saying they liked what I was doing, and with a review code for the recently released The World Ends With You.
An exciting new chapter in my journey as it represented everything I set out to achieve when I started this, recognition from Nintendo. From this moment on Nintendad wasn’t a blog I’d use to vent my ramblings to the world, it was a fully fledged Nintendo reviews site.
I published this for a feature, Blast from the past, in which I look back at some of the games that released before Nintendad was up and running.
The first brand collaboration I had on my own site was from the brilliant people at PowerA, who provided me with some really lovely Nintendo Switch accessories to review. I ran this feature for five consecutive days, Monday through Friday. All of the reviews can be found within the ‘week in review’.
When I got the code for Pokemon, I literally did a little jig in my parent in laws kitchen. I was in Poland with my family visiting, my pre order was waiting for me in Blighty and it was one minute to five. I didn’t think it was going to happen and it did at the last moment.
When reviewing tech, sometimes you need different tech to compliment it. Thanks to my aforementioned friend Mr. Reviews, I was able to form a partnership with Optoma UK and test some of their products out in a gaming capacity.
Sometimes a product just needs a little push and when I stumbled upon the SwitchBlade, I knew that there was a market for this innovative little number. Success swiftly followed for Gravilogic as their Kickstarter blew up and smashed it’s funding goals in no time.
As you might have noticed if you’ve read this, I played a lot of games this year. Here I discuss my top 3.
A feature I worked on for months. Feature writing is tough!!!
GRIS is the single most beautiful game I’ve ever experienced.
Aaero is everything a rhythm game should be, turned up to ninety seven million and twelve.
My last review of 2018 and certainly a fitting way to, personally, close out a stellar year.
A preview of a game that I was fortunate enough to get very early access to. Point your peepers this way for my first review of 2019.
If you’ve stayed with me until the end, honestly, well done and thank you!!
May 2019 bring you all happiness and prosperity and until next time….