Persona 5 made waves when it first released back in 2017, arguably being the first game in the series to really have an impact on Western audiences, or at least being the most successful with Western audiences by a significant margin. The game has always been on my eye, but for the longest time I was unable to experience it due to not owning any Sony consoles until the PS5 I acquired earlier this year. I settled for playing Persona 4 Golden on Steam last year to really get a feel for the series, and ended up being a huge…


It’s the Dark Souls of FromSoftware games!

Sekiro, the one-armed wolf shinobi.

FromSoftware, Inc.’s Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is certainly one of the hottest games released in 2019 so far, if not the hottest. To no surprise, its announcement and release have generated a large amount of hype as a lot of people have been looking forward to the company’s new original IP after the president Hidetaka Miyazaki claimed that there would be no more Dark Souls games, the critically acclaimed series the company’s well-known for. Now that the title’s released and taking the gaming world by storm, does it live up to the hype…


A lot of people attribute the popularity explosion of “Souls-like” games to the original Dark Souls, but it is not actually FromSoftware’s first experience with the genre. That honor belongs to Demon’s Souls, originally sort of a cult classic that was exclusive to the PS3, released more than a decade ago back in 2009. It did not achieve the same mainstream success as Dark Souls did when it first released, which is probably due to its console exclusivity (whereas all FromSoftware’s major titles since have been cross-platform releases). Choosing to remake this game as one of the PS5’s launch titles…


My first experience with Ghost of Tsushima is playing the introductory prologue sequence on a friend’s PS4 and getting hyped for the idea of another Japanese, clashing swords-type game, especially considering Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and Nioh 2 are some of my favorite recent games. I honestly assumed it was developed by a Japanese studio initially, so I was pretty surprised to find out that it was released by Sucker Punch Productions, a very western company known for the Infamous titles, so Ghost of Tsushima was actually their first game in quite a few years. I recall the studio’s goal…


Most video game protagonists are mass murderers. I mean think about it; take the run-of-the-mill action or FPS game and keep track of the player’s body-count. That number, especially when put into the context of real life, is likely staggering; the FBI defines the minimum number of victims for a mass murder to be four, which is probably way smaller than the number of enemies shot in any given Call of Duty campaign. We justify our actions as the player usually because we believe we are in the right; we are trying to do the right thing and if enemies…


God of War took the gaming world by storm when it was released by Santa Monica Studios back in 2018, just over three years ago actually (the game had its three-year anniversary just earlier in April). People raved about basically every aspect of this fresh series reboot, from the cinematic graphics, voice acting and storytelling, to the gameplay; it was basically the complete package. Unfortunately, at the time of its release I did not own a Sony console, so I more or less accepted the fact I was probably not going to ever play the game until I got my…


I played the first Nioh some time last year after hearing about the hype of the sequel, which also released last year, albeit as a Playstation timed exclusive. The first game was a solid experience, with a complex and satisfying combat system with a plethora of fun weapons to mess around with (think something among the lines of Monster Hunter), a lot of similarities to the Souls games by FromSoftware, and traditional RPG loot mechanics as far as character progression is concerned. It was not a flawless game, as I had a lot of issues with Nioh’s enemy/boss designs which…


Amazon Prime Video took the streaming entertainment industry by storm with the release of its show The Boys back in 2019. In a genre saturated by Disney/Marvel with the occasional hit-or-miss DC movie, The Boys was a welcome surprise, and made me realize that I could get more value out of my Amazon Prime membership besides free two-day shipping. That, combined with my recent interest in various science fiction works, led me to The Expanse, another show hosted on Amazon’s video streaming platform. I was a bit hesitant to give the show a try at first, as I usually do…


I have not paid much attention to the Assassin’s Creed franchise for largely the same reason I generally ignored other franchises known to pump out annual games (Activision and Call of Duty); I have heard brilliant things about the first few games or so but my impression of the series since then is one of Ubisoft beating one of its franchises to death for the sake of pleasing more shareholders.


The lead-up and eventual release of CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 is probably one of the biggest rollercoasters I have ever witnessed in gaming. Due to a lot of speculation from fans, heavy marketing from CDPR, and CDPR’s stellar reputation as a developer due to the success of the Witcher games, people more or less assumed Cyberpunk was going to be the second coming of Jesus. Flashback to April of this year, where CDPR announced they were going to delay the game to September, and that was followed by another delay until December, and massive amount of Twitter rage from…

Edmond Wu

Software engineer and gaming enthusiast, writing reviews to share quality media; check out my personal site at www.edmondwu.dev

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