Weekly Recommendations – Relationships

As some of you may know, tomorrow is my anniversary – as of tomorrow my wife and I will have been together for 8 years. So in honour of this very important day, I wanted to focus this week’s recommendations on games, books, and anime with a central focus of relationships or romance. I’m not going to say that all of these will offer GOOD advice on the subject, just that they’ll be on that subject.

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Shadow’s Six – Favourite Anime Soundtracks

Previously, I did a list of my favourite individual anime openings… now I want to take a broader approach. In this list, the opening themes will be a factor, but they’ll be far from the only factor. Ambience, character themes, battle music and more will all be taken into account. Additionally, and probably more importantly, I’ll be looking at how well the various musical elements are being utilized… these are my favourite anime soundtracks.

Oh and just as a quick side note… since I’ll be discussing the way the music is used, there may be some spoilers for some of these shows. I’ll try to keep them vague if I can, but you have now been officially warned!

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Shadow’s Six – Awesome Unique Game Elements

I’ve been wanting to talk about this for a while… there are times when a game (or series) that isn’t necessarily the best overall does one thing exceptionally well. Something so unique and special that it is important for us to take a look at it, to recognize what that aspect is. Now, some of these games are going to be good games overall that do something fantastic, but we’re focusing mostly on those unique successes. The one mechanic that makes the game something truly special, whether the game itself is actually good.

This list is not in any particular order, as these mechanics are not really comparable to one another, so while it is numbered… the numbers are not an indication of quality in this case.

Oh and as some of these elements are story-based, this post will contain some spoilers. You’ve been warned!

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Shadow’s Six: Favourite Games of the Generation

So it’s time for our final PS3/360 roundup article leading into the next generation’s launches over the next two weeks… so if you can tear yourselves away from Blizzcon, here’s something for you to read in your downtime: my favourite games of this generation. This is one of the hardest lists I’ve ever written, and it took quite a lot of thinking to cut the number down to 6. So let’s get started.

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Rain: Washed Away (PSN)

Looking at the preview footage and musicality of Rain, I was immediately reminded of Journey. It had that same sense of desolation, of loneliness, of discovery… that I had come to remember Journey for. While I wouldn’t say that I was actually excited for Rain, because excitement is completely the wrong emotion for a game like this, I was absolutely looking forward to it with anticipation. I had very high hopes for this game, this lonely pursuit of a girl amid the rainwashed streets of a town with no people in it.

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