Freedom, friends, and points of no return in Final Fantasy XV

There’re wearing too many layers for being at the beach (FFXV/Square Enix)

44 hours, 28 minutes, and 49 seconds. That’s how long I played Final Fantasy XV before I finally sailed to the second continent.

I’d already hit the recommended level for the final boss and turned off XP collection. I’d taken hundreds of photos, trekked thousands of miles, and upgraded the Regalia as much as I could manage. It’s insane to me, sometimes, that a game…


Jedi: Fallen Order and the benefits of the bare minimum

Let’s go ziplining! (Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order/Respawn Entertainment/EA Inc.)

I hadn’t realized I’d sunk forty hours into Jedi: Fallen Order until I’d already done it.

This can be put down to my time management skills, and the way in which well-designed game structure can addict you to the “one more thing” mentality. I’d spent much of the time wall-running, reliving Cal Kestis’ personal traumas, and slowly mastering the combat by continuously jumping down onto a…


I Finally Finished The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

75 hours or more, according to my Switch. That’s how long it took me to beat Breath of the Wild, and honestly, I thought I didn’t like it that much.

I hate finishing games, which is something I think I’ve mentioned, and if I haven’t hammered it home by now, here it is:


3-D Platforming, Nostalgia, and Growing with Games

Where it all begins (Super Mario 64/mario.fandom.com/Nintendo)


Whoops, I wrote a thing that isn’t about a game I’ve owned for seven years.

This was the first time I used a meme-maker am I good at it yet.

One disadvantage to starting a blog about games you’ve owned for a long time is that you start to get a craving to write about all the games you play.

Writing about games you own but have been meaning to play for years is a great motivator to actually try them, and even if I stopped now I’d be happy that I’ve done it at all. It does, however, occasionally get in the way of me playing video games I…


Final Fantasy IV and the Glory of the Goofy

Look at all these characters to love (FFIV/square-enix-games.com)

Sometimes, nostalgia lets you down. Thankfully, Final Fantasy IV didn’t.

I have never been so relieved when replaying a video game. Most of the time, that’s because the only video games I replay are Pokémon games or games I played as an older teen so I have a more mature perspective on why I…


A brief review of the first Final Fantasy game

I don’t like this game but damn this is cool (Final Fantasy, Square Enix, finalfantasy.fandom.com)

Square released first Final Fantasy came out in 1987, the same year TSR, Inc. began development of the second edition of Dungeons and Dragons. This is a coincidence.

For context, I’m a huge D&D nerd. I listen to podcasts, watch streams and videos on running games, and am in the middle of a campaign that’s lasted three years. It’s one of my favourite pastimes, partly because of the fantasyland setting, partly because of the social aspect, and partly…


February is Final Fantasy Month Here at the Backlog

Where’s The Camera, Exactly? (Final Fantasy XV/Square Enix/Screenshot)

Firewatch’s Real Little Life

Home Sweet Home (Firewatch/Campo Santo/Steam)

Bad Romance and Completionism in The Witcher

Hair like snow he’s so chill (The Witcher/CD Projekt Red/Steam)

Sandy Wright

Canadian he/him who likes video games, writing, and music; has more than one job, which isn’t this.

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