Laura Griffiths

Laura Griffiths

Tech journalist with too many Lara Croft figurines. Switch and PS4 user. Occasional reviewer of cake and guitar-playing, wannabe popstar. The Sims 2 build music is my internal screensaver.

Nerds of Prey…Why We’re STILL Talking About The Internet’s Problem With Feminism in Comic Book Movies

The numbers are in for DC’s Birds of Prey; it turns out Margot Robbie’s first headline outing as the popular super villain Harley Quinn has performed below expectations, turning a disappointing (as far as comic book movies go) $145.2 million globally. As a result, the Twitter vultures are out to tear it down, gleefully (and predictably) adding the film to their lists of examples to post out any ti...[Read More]

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Psikyo Shooting Stars Bravo

Psikyo Shooting Stars Bravo is the second Psikyo collection to be released by NIS America in the same number of months with the former focused on the Strikers 1945 series alongside SOL DIVIDE, Dragon Blaze, and ZERO GUNNER 2. Psikyo Shooting Stars Bravo however, leans heavily on the Samurai Aces series with six classic titles: Samurai Aces Episode I, Samurai Aces Episode II: TENGAI, Samurai Aces E...[Read More]

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Birds of Prey

That may colour your feelings towards this review in some particular way but trust me when I tell you, as someone who has recently become very invested in Harleen Quinzel lore, Birds of Prey: The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn, directed by Cathy Yan and written by Christina Hodson, is a glitter bomb explosion of fun, colour, violence, insanity and a banging soundtrack to boot. Seriou...[Read More]

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Journey To The Savage Planet

As I jumped my first platform across the blindingly vibrant landscape of planet AR-Y 26, I wondered why my space-suited and booted protagonist had made a noise that sounded more along the lines of a growl than an athletic grunt. Then I remembered, when the game opens and asks you to choose which image from a selection of eight best represents you, seven of which are people, I selected a dog. That ...[Read More]

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Retro Review: The Sims

There are a few notable video game anniversaries coming up this year, not least the anniversary of the PlayStation 2 which launched two decades ago (yep, you heard me) and the 35th anniversary of the Nintendo Entertainment System (yes, yes I know the Famicom came first in ‘83, sit down). But for this retro review, I wanted to pay tribute to a series which marks its 20-year anniversary next month a...[Read More]

Best Games of 2019: Tetris 99

This year I had one of the best birthdays ever. No, I didn’t have a huge party, no grand gestures, I simply had a day off work, a cake fashioned out of Krispy Kremes, and a shiny new Nintendo Switch with Tetris 99 to slob out on the sofa with all day. It. Was. Ace. So, it’s probably partially happy donut memories and partly that it is just so bloody addictive that this battle royale re-imagining o...[Read More]

The Last of Us Remastered (Revisited)

If you read my blog earlier this year in which I cheated on my girl Lara Croft, you’ll know I have recently completed an entire run through of the Uncharted series. So, in the spirit of “if you’re going to do something bad you might as well do it right,” I figured it only proper that The Last of Us should be the next title on my hit list. Plus, with The Last of Us 2 launch date getting pushed back...[Read More]

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition

The Tomb Raider community hasn’t been the most fun to be around lately. Earlier this year when a mysterious eighth slot appeared in the Shadow of the Tomb Raider DLC menu after only being promised seven, fans were excited and then disheartened by a suspected Croft Manor based level that never materialised. To make matters worse, just last month, an audio file began floating around, supposedly from...[Read More]

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Luigi’s Mansion 3

Given it’s the plumber’s third mysterious invitation to a crooked looking mansion, you would think Luigi might be a little more sceptical about hopping aboard a bus to a place called “The Last Resort” with his merry bunch of Mushroom Kingdom chums. But as quickly as Princess Peach can settle in with her stack of 10 pink suitcases, things of course go from cute to creepy as King Boo traps your frie...[Read More]

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Destiny Connect: Tick Tock Travellers

The JRPG adventure, launching this week on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch, takes the player to the urban town of Clocknee during a new millennium festival celebrating 30 years since the so-called Soulman saved the town. As soon as the fireworks stop, Clocknee suddenly comes to a standstill and it’s up to Sherry to travel back, find out what happened and restore time. (And cap a Bitch if necessa...[Read More]

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Final Fantasy VIII: Remastered

Final Fantasy is one of those series I have always wanted to be able to say I’ve completed at least one game from. Yes, I should get better life goals. Unfortunately, a lack of patience or talent for inventory systems has left me very much an outcast in the on-going conversation around one of video game’s most beloved fandoms. If I’m being completely honest, I first purchased a Final Fantasy game ...[Read More]

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Untitled Goose Game

If you have been confused by the gaggle of geese filling up your Twitter timeline over the last two weeks then that means you have somehow managed to avoid a little hyped Switch title by the name of, Untitled Goose Game. If that’s you, stop trying to be contrary, go download it and have yourself a joyful two hours of honking good fun. The premise is, you play a goose out to terrorise a quiet Engli...[Read More]

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