If you happen to be a gamer and a fan of anime, there are probably some video games where you thought, “Man, this would be fantastic as an anime. It already plays like an interactive anime game anyway!” One of those video games for me is Square Enix’s 2007 Nintendo DS game The World Ends With You. Apparently, the anime gods have smiled upon us because it’s actually happening.
No matter what part of the world you’re living in we can all collectively agree that the times we’re in now are filled with uncertainty, upheaval, and malcontent. It’s a constant struggle to stay hopeful and optimistic when the barrage of breaking news stories serve to make us even more cynical about the direction humanity is headed in. While it’s easier to sit back and continue to watch the world burn all around us, I take comfort in knowing that there are still some safe spaces left to retreat to when everything gets too overwhelming. In times like these I go back to the video games that offer me some escape.
Anticipating the release of a brand new video game is the equivalent of what a child waiting for Christmas Day feels like—eager and a little impatient. You just want the day to arrive so you can unwrap that new game and start playing it immediately. Developers will tease and drop as many or as little details as possible to keep excitement high until release day arrives. But when an official announcement is made that the video game you have been waiting for has to be delayed by two or five months, you’ll be faced with crushing disappointment until you realize this could be the best thing to (hopefully) happen to the video game.
The video game Life Is Strange 2 drew to a close with the release of its final episode last week. The way the story ends is dependent on the choices you have made throughout all 5-episodes of the game, similar to the original Life Is Strange. No matter which ending you get, it’s just about guaranteed you’ll be affected by it in some way and it’s a testament to how strong the writing and characterizations have been in this second outing.
Final Fantasy XV is one of the few games that has been continuously coming out with post-game content since its release back in 2016. Episodes Gladiolus, Prompto, and Ignis gave players dedicated backstories into Noctis’ friends and provided some additional insight into key plot points that happen during the main story of the game. To firmly mark the end of Final Fantasy XV and the DLC content it added over the last few years is the recent release of Episode Ardyn.
A brand new year and another year of more gaming. Since buying a Nintendo Switch last month, I’ve begun filling out my Switch library. While Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the latest and hottest game for the Switch, there’s another game that really sold me on finally owning the console—The World Ends With You: Final Remix.
Perusing my backlog of games, both digital and physical, it can be difficult to choose what to play next. But there’s something about a brand new game in your possession that makes you itchy to play it. A peek at what your journey with this game will look like, so to speak. The one to have the honor of being my game of the moment is NieR: Automata.
When Dontnod Entertainment released Life Is Strange back in 2015, it became the unexpected hit that invited gamers to get swept up in the friendship between Max Caulfield and Chloe Price, while helping them uncover the mystery behind popular girl Rachel Amber’s disappearance. However you choose to end Max and Chloe’s story, Life Is Strange is a complete game. But for developer Deck Nine, there’s still another story that hasn’t been told—the story of Chloe and Rachel.
Two weekends ago another PAX East was held in the great city of Boston. I was fortunate enough to attend the always busy and exciting video game convention that happens once a year for a third time. Saturday was the only day I was able to go to PAX, but even one day there is enough to experience almost everything the convention has to offer.
Whenever a new game releases, we expect that it’s a completely finished product with not much else to add after a player beats and completes all there is to offer. Sometimes DLC may get developed and added later for purchase, as this has been a common practice for most video games. But once a game has been experienced for the first time and we feel mostly satisfied with what we have played after it’s over, we’re already moving onto the next story and gameplay to pull at the heartstrings and excite us. The game we just played will still be the same game when we revisit it at a later date, right? Not exactly when we look at a video game like Final Fantasy XV, the one game so far that’s striving to give players newer content with tweaks to the gameplay each and every time you decide to load it up on your console.