The Shape of Water review

Despite its magical realism, the strangest parts of "The Shape of Water" revolve around the Normal Rockwell painting that Michael Shannon's villain, Richard Strickland, inhabits. Strickland is notably cut in a black suit, white shirt, and black tie. A stark contrast to the over-saturated blues, greens, reds and yellows that make up the films striking pallet.  Whilst […]

Filthy Casual 3 – Heaven’s Ward goes Heavensward

Final Fantasy 14's first full expansion pack, Heavensward, arrives on Tuesday, but for everyone who pre-ordered, access started on Friday. I would imagine that means everyone, at this point. Certainly, the world’s never been busier, and for the first time in a long time, I was greeted with the message “World is Full” when trying to […]

Filthy Casual 2

Exploring a Massively Multiplayer Online World. One of the best feelings any open world game gives the player is the reveal. When you first step outside the vault in Fallout, or emerge blinking from the cave like so many Platonic metaphors in the Elder Scrolls series. When you take your first steps into Hyrule field […]

Filthy Casual #1

Games, on the whole, tend toward the libertarian ideal. The player is the sole force of change in the world, created solely for them. Often the playable character is the chosen one, who must fight against incalculable odds to rescue the princess/save the world/ collect all the animals and brutally pit them against each other […]