More often than not the video game industry does little more than reinforce the stigmatic views that surround mental illness, with games’ interpretation of mental illness often being ill-informed and unfortunately, this further promotes popular beliefs surrounding the subject.
Having said all that, there are some video game publishers out there that challenge this ignominy; and with their games, they opt to be more responsible in their depictions of mental health. Games such as these, that deal with mental illness effectively, can be incredibly moving experiences; whether that being for the right, or the wrong reasons.
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Yup, Nathan Drake’s story has finally come to a close. I’m late to the party, I’m well aware of that, but how much of a party is it, really?
I’d say that it’s one of those grown up ones, the type of party you don’t really fancy going to, but end up going anyway just to ‘show your face’.
You could say that I’ve been ‘treated’ over the past few months as my first experiences of the Uncharted series have been in their remastered, 1080p glory on PS4. Whether that has a profound effect on my thoughts of the series, I’m not wholly aware. Back in the day (I say that like the games are over thirty years old!), the original three experiences were no-doubt revolutionary, especially in terms of video game storylines, character building and graphics. Now though, although the narrative’s still stand strong on their own, the graphics and level design regularly feel dated.
But were these issues addressed in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End?
Honestly, I think that they were.
Over the weekend, I had an epiphany. I’m going to create ‘moments’!
Game: State Of Decay: Year One Survival Edition
Developer: Undead Labs
Release date: 28th April 2015
Platforms available: Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
Reviewed platform: Xbox One
Date reviewed: 15th May 2015
We might not admit it, but we have all got a contingency plan. We all know that the zombie plague is imminent. You’ve had that thought at the back of your mind that maps out exactly where every item you would need is located in your house. Hell, even what clothes you would wear! You know the best routes to your family’s homes, and the likelihood of them even surviving at all. When it was released on Xbox 360 back in 2013, State Of Decay let us live those nightmares… or dreams. If your that way inclined.
Game: Battlefield Hardline
Developer: Visceral Games / EA DICE
Release date: 17th March 2015
Platforms available: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows
Reviewed platform: Xbox One
Date reviewed: 2nd April 2015
Battlefield Hardline is a game that successfully allows you to live out those childhood ‘Cops & Robbers’ fantasies. It’s presented as a full-blown American style police drama; expect more Hawaii Five-0 than The Bill and it was a nice change from the usual over-patriotic military style warfare we’ve all become accustomed to.
This is more of an apology than anything.
I’ve decided to dip my long, strangely hairy toes into video game review writing (bit of a mouthful). You know, for shits and giggles…
I’ll be having a little bit of a re-hash of things on the website too. But hey, it’s all good fun, right?
Anything I’ve previously written will be torn up and republished, so if it feels like I’m filling up your WordPress reader needlessly, I’m sorry.
Like really, really, really sorry. I’ll make it up to you somehow, I promise.
If you see anything pop up that you fancy a read of, by all means click away!
Previously, I did a flurry of blog posts on why Uncharted is one of the most overrated game series ever to exist. It’s an unpopular opinion for sure, and perhaps it’s an opinion that warrants the barrage of abuse I often receive… especially when you consider that I hadn’t really played any of the games before committing to that statement. The old analogy of at least experiencing something in full before voicing your opinion rang true, and so I jumped in at the beginning. After eventually delving into The Nathan Drake Collection on my PS4, my opinion didn’t really change an awful lot. I appreciate what is good, and why people love it as much as they do, but it hasn’t really done it for me… yet.