Jon Cousins

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Thumper Review and Interview with Drool Co-founder Marc Flury

Bang the drum! Curiously proclaimed as a ‘Rhythm Violence’ game by its developers, the term makes perfect sense once Thumper is experienced. Previously on PS4/ PSVR in October 2016, the game has now come to Nintendo’s newest system, the Switch. Co-founder and head programmer Marc Flury explained how it came to be. “I met a couple of guys from NCL (Nintendo Japan) at Bitsummit (An annual indie game...[Read More]

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Review- A Classy Convertible

Mario kart has been an institution of Nintendo systems for 25 years. Becoming as synonymous as the plucky plummer’s solo adventures, and in terms of sales, more than holding its own against more realistic and modern racing games on PlayStation and XBOX. It could be argued that no other franchise perfectly encapsulates Nintendo’s ability to create fun yet deep and accessible games for s...[Read More]

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Snipperclips Review

Making the cut Developer: SFB Games Publisher: Nintendo Platform Reviewed: Nintendo Switch Release Date: March 3, 2017 Acquired via: Purchase by Reviewer   While intentionally or not, the early life of the Nintendo Switch has been dictated by the mantra of ‘quality, not quantity’ regarding launch software. Arguably Nintendo’s biggest (and almost certainly its most important)...[Read More]

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Impressions after 10 Hours

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Impressions after 10 Hours DISCLAIMER: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a gigantic game, and while my amount of play time might not justify a ‘proper’ review, I have a decent idea and feel of its world, mechanics, and gameplay. While there are mild spoilers about situations I’ve encountered, there are no mentions of specif...[Read More]

Nintendo Fans are Fueling the Hype Train with Joy Cons of Desire

After January’s ‘underwhelming’ and – at times – vague presentation, Nintendo Switch followers are picking up the slack for the new home console. They are making mockups of controller colour schemes worthy of store shelf space and players’ cash. Just highlighting the aesthetic potential is enough to send a shudder down parents’ spines.  For veterans, whether it be the...[Read More]

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Inside Review – Walk the Line

Inside Review – Walk the Line Developer: Playdead Publisher: Playdead Platform Reviewed: PlayStation 4 Release Date: August 23, 2016 Acquired via: Purchase by Reviewer Inside is last year’s sequel/spiritual successor to 2010’s creepy indie darling title, Limbo, made by Danish indie developer Playdead. It’s the natural evolution of both their aesthetic style and gameplay mechanics, while neve...[Read More]

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Limbo Review – Master of the Dark Arts

Limbo Review – Master of the Dark Arts Developer: Playdead Publisher: Playdead, Microsoft Studios Platform Reviewed: PlayStation 4 Release Date: July 21, 2010 Acquired via: Purchase by Reviewer Somehow, among the heaviest of heavy hitters released in 2010, indie game developers were building on the mainstream gaming media attention that Jonathan Blow’s Braid had started two years previously. Small...[Read More]

Nintendo’s Odyssey Part 1 – The Tokyo Presentation

Since the October reveal of the Switch, consumers and journalists alike have been more than eager to get their hands on Nintendo’s new hardware. With the triple headed announcement of a live presentation, in-house demonstrations, and even a huge world tour of public hands on events, the message to the masses certainly appears to be on the right track to lay the foundations for a successful 2017. W...[Read More]

Stepping Up to the Plate – the Home Runs, Strikeouts and Everything In Between to Expect from the Nintendo Switch Event

Shigeru Miyamoto infamously once said, “A delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad.” After his most recent console offering – the journey of the serviceable but awkward and uninspired Star Fox Zero – the mantra, while noble in today’s gaming landscape, now has to be taken into consideration with Nintendo’s previous console, and the subsequent lead u...[Read More]

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Telltale Batman Episode 1-5 Spoiler-Free Review- ‘The Cursed Crusader’

Telltale Batman Episode 1-5 Spoiler-Free Review- ‘The Cursed Crusader’   Developer: Telltale Games Publisher: Telltale Games Platform Reviewed: PlayStation 4 Release Date: August 2, 2016 Acquired via: Purchase by Reviewer   Since its inception in 2004, Telltale Games’ reputation has mirrored Gotham DA Harvey Dent’s infamous coin – excellent narratives with deep characte...[Read More]

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The Last Guardian Review- The Nature of the Beast

The Last Guardian Review- The Nature of the Beast   Developer: Sony Interactive Entertainment, Team Ico, GenDesign, SIE Japan Studio Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment Platform Reviewed: PlayStation 4 Release Date: December 6, 2016 Acquired via: Purchase by Reviewer From the encyclopedic and antiquated illustrations of various mystical beasts during the opening credits, it’s clea...[Read More]

The Last Guardian Review- The Nature of the Beast

Developer: Sony Interactive Entertainment, Team Ico, GenDesign, SIE Japan Studio Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment Platform Reviewed: PlayStation 4 Release Date: December 6, 2016 Acquired via: Purchase by Reviewer From the encyclopedic and antiquated illustrations of various mystical beasts during the opening credits, it’s clear that The Last Guardian exists in a world of its own. Du...[Read More]

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