As I’m sure we all remember from stories and school lessons, Ancient Greece was not for the faint of heart, nor the weak willed. With Gods who’d eat their own children in fear of being over-powered, mythical monsters terrorizing innocent people and tales of epic naval warfare, few were safe from the dangers of the time. Even our protagonist, the battle-hardy Kratos struggles to keep his Minotaurs in a row, in this classical antiquity based action-adventure.
Cast your mind back to the late nineties, to a world awash with Furbies, where Hit Me Baby One More Time was every teenager’s polyphonic ringtone and the question of the day was ‘do you take the blue pill or the red pill?’ The world was enthralled by Nintendo’s Mario Kart 64 but with three years passed since it’s release, there was a gap in the market. Luckily, game developers at Naughty Dog saw an opportunity for Crash Team Racing; a wacky, fast paced kart racing game, featuring some of Crash Bandicoot’s original and beloved characters.
Let’s get this out of the way, there will be some mild spoilers in this article. To meaningfully talk about Fallout 4 without some spoilers is like drinking some irradiated water without getting a few rads – its just not gonna happen. Still here? Awesome, then I’ll begin.
Deep in the fictional jungle of Wumpa Island, just south of Australia, the evil Dr Neo Cortex brings life to our protagonist, Crash Bandicoot. After measuring his personality in the Vortex, Crash is found to be too good to become one of Cortex’s minions. This precocious, denim-clad scamp unfortunately spends the majority of his existence evading Cortex’s attempts to murder him and foiling his maniacal plans of world domination.
If you’ve not been living under a rock for the last seventeen years then you will have heard of Konami’s infamous Silent Hill. It’s arguably the most successful horror franchise out there, boasting a lengthy lifespan starting in ’99 with a more recent release in October 2012. Now, I’m aware that most fans prefer Silent Hill 2 and although I appreciate its popularity, it was the third installment that left a scar on my psyche and is, therefore, the subject of this throwback.
Set in Abbot State Penitentiary, on the isolated Carnate Island, it deploys a surprisingly deep and disturbing tale of murder and insanity; combined with fierce monsters, varied locations and the island’s own troubled past, to reveal the truth behind the protagonist’s story.