Pressing the Reset Button

As a self-confessed perfectionist, there’s no greater joy than starting again in a game. Sure, that sounds counter-productive, but hear me out. New games are the perfect opportunity to restart a narrative armed with knowledge for the fresh playthrough ahead; to make better choices and to achieve a more immersive playthrough. If only we could…

Random Thoughts Vol. 2: Self Care for Gamers

If you’re a seasoned gamer, then you should be well-versed in the art of nurturing health and stamina bars. A lot of games task you with looking after your game characters, much like virtual tamagotchis that reside in your Xbox or PlayStation games. Gone are the days of ploughing into unknown environments without stopping to…

Random Thoughts Vol.1: Maps and Wayfinding

Have you ever noticed something about the majority of games – the fact that they all have maps? The first time we log on, we navigate our way through these virtual worlds like tourists entering a new city. We are required to use maps, both virtual and geographical, in order to progress throughout a virtual…

One Week In: Thank You

I would like to take a moment to thank everyone who has supported the new blog in it’s first week. To all of The Raving Gecko 2.0‘s new followers, readers and supporters, thank you for every view, like and read-through: every single one means the world. Video games are somewhat niche in the blogging world…

Xbox Gold Must-Haves: NHL 19

I love the NHL. I’ve been a dedicated supporter of the Chicago Blackhawks for some time now. That love, I have to admit, started out with I first picked up a copy of 2K Sports’ NHL 2K8. I’d seen The Mighty Ducks films before, sure, and was vaguely aware of ice hockey as a sport….

Old School Gaming: Nostalgia and RuneScape

To set the scene, I’d logged onto RuneScape 3 last month or so to see what Jagex were up to with their latest updates. For a moment, I was enticed by the shiny new look of RS3 and its few new skills. The armour looks fantastic and the customising is great. It seemed to be…

Review: Beat Saber (2018)

When I first heard about Beat Saber, I knew I was going to enjoy it. I’m one of those people that will air-drum sections of songs on top of my steering wheel when an awesome song comes on the radio. The news that there was going to be a VR rhythm game where you slash…

The Simpsons: Hit & Run, The Remaster We Deserve?

Nostalgia is a wonderful thing. One thing I’m sure of, however, is that The Simpsons: Hit & Run (2003) was a masterpiece. Rose-tinted perspective or not, that game was ahead of its time. The family-friendly Grand Theft Auto III-inspired game was originally available on the PS2, Xbox, GameCube, and PC. The narrative follows the Simpsons and their…

24 Hours in Kuwaq Yaku: An Adventurer’s Account

Written by Lara Croft*. While I must say that I arrived in Kuwaq Yaku by rather unconventional means, my first 24 hours in the this vibrant community has left me heartened, exhilarated and humbled. Nestled within the Peruvian Jungle, the people of Kuwaq Yaku occupy a charming community bustling with life. Parallel to the predator-filled…

The Uncharted Franchise: Definitively Ranked

The first time Nathan Drake graced my screen was during an advertising campaign for the third instalment of the series. I’ll admit, I was a little late to the party, but witnessing a guy free-falling out of a burning cargo plane while still taking down enemies was absolutely captivating: I had to buy it. From the vertigo-inducing action sequences…