In Paper Mario: the Thousand-Year Door, a starkly underrated RPG, we are invited to spend time keeping the ageing mayor of a village of Koopas company, or assembling a cake for a psychic who lives beneath the central town of Rogueport. These simple, transactional quests elevate the adventure, giving the world and its oddball creatures an independent life. And there is no rush: the princess will still be waiting in another castle when we are done. … [Read more...] about In video game stories, it’s often side quests that are most meaningful
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The games beyond entertainment category, introduced to recognise games whose impact extends into the real world, comprises Celeste, Aardman Studios’ first world war game 11-11 Memories Retold, Life is Strange 2, My Child Lebensborn, and Nintendo Labo. … [Read more...] about Bafta games awards 2019: God of War leads nominations
The year in video games has truly brought something for everyone, whether you’re into cute stories about anthropomorphic mice, psychedelic Tetris, or unnervingly detailed historical role-play in the Old West. Our critics’ top games of the year range from the utter chaos that is Smash Bros Ultimate to the minimalist, calming love story found in Florence, and from Red Dead Redemption 2 and God of War’s stunning realism to Into the Breach and Celeste’s squat, evocative pixel art. … [Read more...] about Tell us: what was your favourite game of 2018?
Using a basketball analogy, one email speaks of a “full-court press” on obtaining rights to the valuable characters, and mentions that Arad had been “planning to meet with his Nintendo guy (who he has been courting for a couple of years) when he goes to Japan”. The other, sent directly to Arad by Pascal, was a link to a news story about the then upcoming Amiibo toy line. Pascal’s enthusiastic reaction to the Amiibo’s launch was prescient. This weekend the toys are sold out at most British retailers, with some shops raising the prices to capitalise. … [Read more...] about Game on: after Marvel’s Avengers, Nintendo’s stars could be next to hit the big screen
At the heart of what makes a match-day experience enjoyable is the feeling of being part of something bigger. No matter the size of the stadium, there is an unmistakeable magic about having every seat in the place filled and the explosion of colour and noise that comes from that. Whether it’s a united crowd who all rise as one to celebrate the home team’s victory or a divided one, who push and pull like a tug of war when each team scores, it’s a thrilling beast to be a part of. … [Read more...] about Queues, temperature checks, no high-fives: will NRL fans go to the game amid Covid-19?