Wolf's Gaming Blog
I always hate writing about myself, it's such a pain in the ass to know where I should start.
I'm twenty-six years young and love to play, as you may have already guessed. When WolfsGamingBlog.com started up it was simply because I found writing to be a good form of stress relief for when my Cystic Fibrosis was getting me down or simply because I had been having a bad week. When I started writing I never dreamed that people would actually read it, or that it would ever get this big. It's mind boggling.
My writing isn't the best, but through trial, error and the comments of readers I strive to improve it so I can provide fair reviews. My ultimate goal is to prove that not everyone in the gaming media are corrupt idiots intent on delivering false reviews.
Other than that I'm a fully qualified lifeguard and used to teach first-aid and life-saving skills to kids. What more is there to say? Hmmm, well I love music, reading and films. I'm a drummer, enjoy going swimming and tend to get distracted by shiny objects.
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The Switch has done absurdly well for Nintendo. Although the hybrid console/handheld lacks the raw power of its rivals, it has sold over 120 million units, making it the second best-selling Nintendo device after the DS which sits at 154 million and the third best-selling console overall. And it doesn’t seem to be slowing down very much. Over its lifespan, there have been dozens and dozens of exclusive games released for the Nintendo Switch, many of them coming directly from Nintendo itself. Its library is an extensive list brimming with quality exclusive games.
Where does the time go, folks? Another week has passed and that means there are more gaming headlines to talk about. Its been a reasonably quiet week but there are still a few things worth going over, including one sad news item.
Razer’s approach to designing the Blackwidow V4 Pro was to throw everything at it, a fitting plan for anything with the word ‘Pro’ in its name. It’s a mechanical keyboard that dominates your desk thanks to it being slightly larger than a regular full-sized board and being adorned with enough lights to confuse a UFO into thinking it’s a friend. It’s peppered with macro keys, has great mechanical switches and comes with a super comfy wrist rest. But all the bells and whistles equal a hefty price of around £230, which makes my bank card quiver in fear and my heart skip a beat or ten.
Once a bastion of the RTS genre thanks to massive successes like Dawn of War and the original Company of Heroes, Relic has crumbled in recent years, their sterling reputation now resembling a building hammered by a mortar barrage. So after ten years without a sequel, bringing back Company of Heroes is their chance to show the world that Relic still has what it takes to deliver an awesome RTS experience. And do you know what? They come close. Company of Heroes 3 is very good at times. It’s also in need of some work.
The gaming industry is constantly evolving. Every few years we see new technological innovations that make games more impressive and easier to craft. Not only that but as our society becomes more dependent on technology and the power of online media consumption improves, we see the gaming industry adapt to these changes, too.
The constantly shifting and changing dynamic of the games industry makes it impossible to predict precisely what is coming over the next few years, but we can still make an educated guess on what will change and how. Here are some of our predictions.
Another week has passed so let’s take a look at a few of the videogame headlines from the past seven days.
The 90s and early 2000s saw the rise of Impressions Games thanks to their various city-builders like Caeser and Zeus. But the most famous of them came in 1999 when they launched Pharaoh, a city builder set in Egypt where you had to build expansive cities and construct vast monuments because what every desert needs is a big triangle. The game often makes it onto lists of the best city builders and many have tried to replicate it. Now, developer Triskell and publisher Dotemu are here with a remake that aims to bring the charm and fun of Pharaoh to a new generation. Let’s go and raid the t
I’m a day late publishing this because it has been a crazy week. My dog went in to have a lump on his side removed (completely benign, but in an awkward place for his comfort) and managed to pick up an infection that resulted in necrosis. He had to go back in to have the necrotic flesh removed, so now he has an open wound to heal instead of a stitched one, increasing recovery time. Have you ever tried explaining to a German Shepard that he can’t have his three walks a day? It doesn’t go well.
Water levels don’t exactly have a stellar reputation in video games. They’re notoriously hard to get right and have consistently appeared in lists of the worst levels ever or in rants on Reddit. But for some insane reason, the developers of Pronty decided to set the entire thing in the depths of the ocean, and somehow they’ve made it work. Pronty is an amalgamation of many modern Metroidvania games, not doing anything new as such but executing it all with verve. Although it was first released back in 2021, it has made the long swim upriver to the Nintendo Switch, giving me the perfect opportunity to dive in.
Like many people, my connection to Harry Potter began with the books. Born in 1991, I was only 6 when the first book was released but I still had a copy. It’d be a few years until I began to even vaguely understand most of it, but I was a precocious little bastard who loved to read ahead of my years despite it all going over my head. Anyway, over the years I read the books like crazy, and then I got into the movies on Christmas eve when my parents gave me a copy of The Philosopher’s Stone on VHS because they thought it would be nice to relax on Christmas Eve with a movie. I’m telling you this so you understand that I’m most certainly coming into this review with a least a little bit of bias toward the franchise. Both the books and movies are ingrained in my childhood and even my adult life. While I wouldn’t consider myself a fanboy, I still re-read the books and re-watch the movies every few years. Hogwarts Legacy, then, was an exciting prospect from the very start. While we’ve had good Harry Potter games over the years, the best modern titles have come from the LEGO franchise. It’s baffling because the world J.K. Rowling conjured up seems to be perfect fodder for games. And finally, like magic, it seems that Avalanche has got it right: Hogwarts Legacy is pretty d