Thoughts: Is.Leave.Possible.

This is not a review, it’s mainly my personal thoughts on why I really loved Oxenfree, a narrative driven adventure game developed by Night School Studio. 

Ever had a game shelved (Can I say “Shelved” if it’s in a steam library?) for months and months, and one day you had nothing to play, so you decided to come back to that game? This was basically the case with Oxenfree for me, and oh boy I regret not experiencing this spectacular narrative driven game back when it was released! I’m a person that feeds on stories and proper narratives, and Oxenfree hit all the right spots for me, delivering an experience I won’t forget anytime soon.

Tuning In:

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Thoughts: Depeche Mode’s Spirit

Yes, it’s here, it’s finally here. Depeche Mode’s 14th album is now officially out in the wild. My favourite band is back with a new record… I need to talk about it, I have to talk about it, because I’ve listened to it for more than thirty times so far, and with each time I listen to the album, it grows on me even more. A lot of people claim that the last three albums sounded a lot similar to each other, which makes sense because all of them were produced by Ben Hillier. So what did the band do? One thing, THEY MADE A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT ALBUM! It’s different in its sound, in its production, in its writing, in its atmospherics, and in its approach. This is by far the best Depeche Mode album since 1996’s Ultra. It’s an album that’s so focused thematically, with completely new sounds and subtleties. It’s just mind blowing how they manage to innovate and make such refreshing sounds after 36 years of making music. Both Martin and Dave’s songs sound properly genuine and great, and I can only imagine how amazing they’ll sound when performed live. If you’re a fan of Depeche Mode’s slow songs, fast songs, classic sounds, or even the bluesy stuff, this album will not leave you disappointed, because it has all of those and more!

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Thoughts: Fantasy Stream

Saudi Comic Con was such a huge delight, it was one of those experiences that linger in your mind for weeks and weeks later. I met a lot of brilliants and talented individuals in there, and spending time with each one of them, even if for a couple of minutes, made me overjoyed with happiness.

As I was strolling around in the artist’s walkway of the convention, in the midst of the swarms of happy people checking things out, I noticed a table labeled “Fantasy Stream” with a pretty wonderful artwork made by the incredible Meeda. I approach the guys standing there, with smiles on their faces, having a set of discs arranged at the table, and a preview of their album. I picked up the headphones, and listened to a preview of the first three tracks titled “Sound Of Adventure” “Last Chapter” and “Feelings”. I knew right there at that moment that I was in for something special!

So here I am, writing my thoughts on the album as I finally got the chance to sit down and listen to the entire thing thoroughly. Fantasy Stream is an album made by the talented guys at Unison Aura. It’s an album that is inspired by fantasy music from video games and anime. So let’s not waste anytime and dive right into the track list!.

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Thoughts: Welcome To The Family.

These are my personal thoughts of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, which I managed to finish recently. This post is spoiler free, but if you’re sensitive about all kinds of information, and would want to avoid any kind of details regarding the game, please come back after you’ve played the game and finished it.

There is no denying that the Resident Evil franchise has been going downhill since it’s fifth entry, with Resident Evil 6 being a disastrous, scripted, QTE – filled, and badly paced action game, and countless weak spin offs like Revelations 2 and Umbrella Corps. Resident Evil was dying, and it needed something fresh, something new. The series lost it’s identity, and the only way for it to survive was to once again have an identity and be relevant, and that’s what Capcom set out to do with the seventh entry in the series when it was announced back in E3 2016. They wanted to bring back the horror elements of the old RE games, while having a more modern approach to it by making it a First Person Survival Horror game, like most of the horror games available nowadays… And boy, oh boy not only did Capcom did it, but they also managed to make a horror game that is totally different, unique, and not shadowed by most of today’s modern First Person Horror games. It stands alone, and it stands strong! Welcome to the family, son.

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Thoughts: Ubo #TheRedCurtains

On January 6th, 2017, the guys at The Red Curtains alongside the talented Amawri Ezayah launched their debut play in Jeddah’s Literary Culture Club’s Stage. I only knew about the play two days before it actually started, and I was pretty excited that something new and refreshing like this was happening in Jeddah, so I immediately jumped on board, and got myself a ticket. I attended the play, and experienced it from start to finish, and here are my thoughts on it:

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Thoughts: Somnus awakens.

These are my personal thoughts of Final Fantasy XV, which I managed to finish recently. This post is spoiler free, but if you’re sensitive about all kinds of information, and would want to avoid any kind of information regarding the game, please come back after you’ve played the game and finished it.

 

“This is a fantasy based on reality.” is one of the phrases that always stuck with me from the old trailers of Final Fantasy Versus XIII, which is something that I thought about quite a lot when the game moved on from being Versus XIII to XV. Is that concept still present? Does it still play a major part to what XV is all about? Now that I’ve played the game, I believe the answer is yes, the concept is still present, not just contextually within the game, but also realistically, as our dreams of finally experiencing the game was almost a fantasy, but it is now for sure, a reality… And reality never lives up to fantasy.

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Thoughts: A duel to remember.

This blog post contains spoilers for the game “Furi” If you have not played the game yet, or didn’t defeat the 8th boss, please don’t read this post until you do so (Unless you don’t mind spoilers)

You walk on shores forgotten by time, you’re calm and steady, your hand is positioned on your Katana-like sword sheath. Eerie ambient music is playing in the background. Where are you? You’re at the edge of the world, almost on your way out of this “Prison Universe” and to your freedom.

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