Try and fail, try and fail, the catch cry of every sapient creature in the Final Fantasy VIII universe. A world full of people making the same mistakes over and over again, struggling against themselves and hoping to be the hero. What the heck does it all mean?
You like Castlevania, don’t you? Open your mind to the possibility that realism can actually get in the way of true immersion, and explore the open relationship that Metal Gear Solid has with the player. [This post originally appeared on Electric Phantasms.]
They’re called sandboxes, but we never play with them more than once. Video game open worlds are magical, intricate places where anything and everything can happen, were even the most unassuming alley can be the start of an adventure. It’s about time we gave them the respect they deserve.
In space, no-one can hear you plot. FTL’s bare-bones narrative style does the job amid the ship explosions and deadly pirate battles, but isn’t ideal for immersion. Take a look at how text boxes and lasers don’t mix, how they do, and how they could with just a little tweaking. [This post originally appeared on AWESOMEoutof10.]