Deadly Premonition- It All Adds Up

Deadly Premonition- It All Adds Up

Deadly Premonition is a game that provides a memorable experience even though its technical aspects are uniformly underwhelming. The game is set in the fictional town of Greenvale, an apparent homage to the small towns of the American Pacific Northwest, and centres around the gruesome murder of a young woman and the subsequent investigation by FBI agent Francis York Morgan. The game is split between exploring the town of Greenvale and fighting supernatural enemies in plot advancing “otherworld” levels. The gameplay in the otherworld will be familiar to anyone who has played Resident Evil 4 or 5. However, most of one’s time will be spent completing side-quests for the townspeople, but as you’ll learn, this is not a bad thing. Continue reading “Deadly Premonition- It All Adds Up”

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Grief, Sadness, and Failure in Xillia

Grief, Sadness, and Failure in Xillia

In many, if not most, video games the narrative is one of hope. Hope that the protagonist and his allies will make it through the challenges that lay before them and achieve their ultimate goal. Often this goal is a kind of self-actualization or a long denied validation. When achieved it gives meaning to all the struggles that the protagonist has gone through; changing them in the minds of the audience from unpleasant obstacles to necessary stepping stones. But as we all know, or will come to know, life doesn’t always work this way. Continue reading “Grief, Sadness, and Failure in Xillia”