As the poet once said: “Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’ into the future.” February signals the end of our first year as a blog, which we’re non-ironically calling Year One. Looking back on all of the experiences, conversations, and the nasty ache in my wrist from the word count, it went by so fast. Life is short, therefore life is beautiful.
Wistful nostalgia aside, February’s end also signals the arrival of the Nintendo Switch on March 3rd! Woo yeah! February was a fun month with several games that I’ve been wanting to play or replay for some time. There’s no feeling quite like “beating” a game by writing down all of my thoughts about it, setting them immortally in letters. That, and I enjoyed many discussions and a lot of awesome contributor posts joining in on this adventure in February. It was a month in which we focused on some precious relics of the past in definitive arcade classics but also look at some powerful new releases, like the mixed reaction Final Fantasy XV. My feelings on that is you should try it for yourself but don’t go down the dark path of comparing it too much to the superior games that came before it.
Here’s everything we reviewed in Febbie:
I’ll make this short and sweet, considering we had a monstrous summary post recently “The Well-Red Mage: Year Two”. Check it out if you’re a numbers cruncher or if you wish to take a bird’s eye view of a blog like ours at a glance.
Thank you to everyone for the kind and encouraging words, which have helped refine my vision for this blog. This is something I’m trying to figure out as I go along, like some kind of massive crimson-colored train before which I’m laying its textual tracks. Your positive response to our more in-depth and analytical reviews have aided my focus for what The Well-Red Mage is meant to be and what place it takes in the vast oceans of the internet. I’m forever grateful.
I am also owe a lot of thanks to our contributors, namely the Midnight Mystic Mage (of Sublime Reviews) who dropped two frickin’ awesome reviews this month! Check out his treatment of Dragon Age: Inquisition and a movie review of what is currently the oldest subject on this blog: The Haunted Palace, a movie from 1963 starring Vincent Price. The Well-Red Mage can be about anything, so thank you MMM for expanding this vision alongside me, you charmer you! May the hairs on your toes never fall out!
I got to chat with the Midnight Mystic Mage in a recent blogger interview and I enjoyed an earlier discussion as well with a true renaissance man in Cheap Boss Attack. Both of these men are incredible voices in the gaming blogging world, so be sure to check out their interviews.
Now that the month is over, have a good laugh at Prompto’s expense with his awkward promptography shots (term coined by Mr. Panda). I would be remiss if I failed to mention even the angry Rage Mage’s gallery of dude-bro/boy band unpleasantness.
Finally, a quick update on my post “Writing Through Paine”. I did pick up a wrist brace (which didn’t come in red) to wear on occasion when it starts aching. Seems like it’s greatly helping me. Thank you to everyone for their well-wishes and advice!
Now, onward into March! I can’t wait for my pre-ordered Switch to come in the mail! I got lucky with that one as it’s already becoming hard to hunt Nintendo’s new system down. I’ve read reports from GameStop saying merchandise will be limited and all the major online retailers I’ve seen no longer have pre-ordering options. The downside of my pre-ordering online though means I won’t be getting my Switch until Monday the 6th. Boo! I’m planning to peel off a few more games from the backlog before Breath of the Wild arrives. There’s more Switch content to come.
Below are the subjects we reviewed in order of their aggregated scores. I highly recommend Abzû for an emphasis on relaxation, Song of the Deep for metroidvania fans, Super Mario RPG for exemplary role-playing from Square in the 90’s,
-The Well-Red Mage
Ranked best to worst:
Pac-Man (1980) 8.8
Abzû (2016) 8.3
Centipede (1980) 7.8