I never owned a full motion video (FMV) game until Contradiction. I played a few including Cyberia and Microcosm when I was younger but I don’t recall much of it. Giant Bomb’s Quick Look of the PC version brought this game to my attention but it was the investigation angle that convinced me to to buy it. It reminded me of a British take on Ace Attorney with live actors instead of Japanese sprites. Just like Ace Attorney, the game … Read More
I don’t have nostalgic reverence for old adventure games. I never played Maniac Mansion, Day of the Tentacle or Grim Fandango. I’ve only played the first two Monkey Island games when they resurfaced as remasters and appreciated what they offered. Their quirky sense of humor and charming characters amused me but at the same time, there was an air of obtusity that rubbed me the wrong way. Still, when Tim Schafer and DoubleFine Productions wanted to make a new adventure … Read More
Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright were finally coming together after years of success on Nintendo portables. The two popular Japanese adventure game franchises were supposed to form the formidable duo to tackle a mystery that required both their skillsets. The Professor and his investigative skills would gather evidence while the Ace Attorney would utilize said evidence in courtroom. I was hoping for seamless collaboration but instead there was a clash of styles that hurt the overall experience.
LTTP or ‘late to the party’ pieces are opportunities for me to catch up and write about games I missed out on the first time around. They may contain spoilers. Time machines aren’t real but everyday people like you and I have managed to find our way back to the past through entertainment mediums such as movies, TV shows and even games. Of all the mediums available to us though, I believe games can be the most effective time machines. … Read More