All posts by James Wynne

Video games media, freelance writer. I will, can, and do write for money.

A Review of Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Sunken King

The first of three DLC packages for Dark Souls 2, the Crown of the Sunken King primarily takes place the poison plagued, subterranean sanctum city of Shulva. While Dark Souls 2 may be looked at as inferior to the original, I never saw it as anything less than a stellar sequel, so my expectations for the Sunken King were high.

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Mobile Gaming: A huge leap back as the next step forward.

The next generation of consoles is out, and it’s not nearly as big or impressive as people thought it would be before release. The systems really benefiting the most are the handheld smartphones. They have a massive install base that’s well over a billion and growing, while becoming more powerful at a rate faster than consoles. Audiences are also varied, since everyone and their mother has a smart phone these days. This is the same wide appeal that made the Nintendo Wii the greatest selling console in history.

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Hyrule Warriors: Does the “Musou” genre really hurt Zelda?

I’ve previously written about how important Hyrule Warrior’s success is to Nintendo. I think the game will do well, the Legend of Zelda series is a great fit for a Musou styled game. However if you frequent game forums, you’ll be faced with plenty of threads which devolve into how terrible the game will be, because the Musou genre is unpopular in the West.

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Little Inferno Review or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Burn my Stuff.

Little Inferno is a puzzle-based, sandbox indie game from Tomorrow Corporation that was inspired by The Yule Log. It originally released on theĀ  Wii U in November 2012, but eventually saw releases on PC and mobile platforms too. Recently Little Inferno went on sale for $4.99 through the Wii U eShop.

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The Struggle: Why I love the “Souls” series.

I was introduced to the “Souls” series by a Demon’s Souls youtube video from the Two Best Friends Play. It certainly looked different, but it wasn’t until PlayStation Plus added Demon’s Souls to the instant collection that I gave it a shot. It was a turning point in my life as a gamer.

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Sony nailed it and Nintendo is missing out.

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I recently downloaded Vessel from the PlayStation Store since it was added to the instant collection from PlayStation Plus. As I sit here playing with my Fluros automatons, I have to say Nintendo is really missing out by not offering a similar service. It’s a shame because Nintendo could benefit from something like this with their backlog of classic, hard to find titles made readily available on the Virtual Console.

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