Horizon Zero Dawn: What’s that on the Horizon? Wait, what’s that in the foreground?

Horizon Zero Dawn is a very beautiful game.  Whether you’re walking through a lush valley, hunting in a desert or scaling a snowy mountain peak, it never fails to impress with abundant detail.  But, it’s also disorienting and forgettable.  It epitomises the problems I have with more recent open-world games.  Not only is there usually too much to do but there’s too much to take in. Continue reading

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The Last Guardian – Cantankerous Cats and Catastrophic Cameras

From the onset, it’s obvious The Last Guardian is a specifically designed experience.  Fumito Ueda and Team Ico are known for their deliberately sparse and evocative worlds but a failure to pay attention to the flawed gameplay undermines such meticulous craft in The Last Guardian, creating a serene world that is equally horrific, beautiful and unnecessarily frustrating.

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Watch Dogs 2 Makes an Impression

A quick glance at how the world and story of Watch Dogs 2 are connected; it’s all about making an impression

There was a moment playing Watch Dogs 2 when I wrestled with the god-awful handling of a tiny car and audibly questioned whether it needed to be an open-world game.  The appeal of the series was originally its go-anywhere, hack-anything premise, but the apex of the latest game is its characters and off-kilter story.

All I wanted was to experience this without the drudge of getting from A to B.   Continue reading

5 Albums of 2016

I’ve had absolutely no time to write over the last few months.  Moving flats four times within the span of a year really does eat up your free time.

That said, music is one hobby that takes very little effort to enjoy.  I can’t recall the last day I didn’t listen to an album in its entirety.  I wake up and put on an album.  I’m sure anyone who has ever lived with me would say it’s obnoxious.  Oh well.

Anyway, let’s celebrate the divisive and oft lambasted 2016 by looking at my top five albums of the past 12 months.  And let’s do this before tomorrow comes around and someone dies, making people realise that years are somewhat arbitrary and shit things aren’t confined to certain periods of time.

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Pizza the action

This blog was originally written on 01/08/2016

I feel fat.  Full and fat.

Last week I ate a pizza a day before going vegan.  From frozen pizza to wood oven calzones, I ate myself pizza silly so that I’d be sick of the damn things.

Only problem, it didn’t work.

After one of the best calzones in my life, the lowest point of the experiment was eating at the recently opened Ciao Bella pizzeria on the famous Surrey Street in Croydon.

It’s a laidback cafe/takeaway with a very different vibe to the gimmicky rustic ambience of most London pizzerias.  You don’t drink from a mason jar, cutlery isn’t kept in old mustard tins and there are no condescending 20-year-olds with thick-rimmed glasses.  Christ, it even had fairy lights on the wall.  I instantly fell for the ‘we don’t give a fuck enough to be cool’ vibe.

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Prisma also came out for Android, so you know…

 

But how was the pizza?  Continue reading