Besides being the obvious side effect to a hormonal outburst, “Mood Swings” is a weekly editorial crafted by our editor Jay Tee, alongside contributions from the JTGA team. It’s like a series of extended tweets, ranting or raving about something terrible / great that’s happened to us that week in our gaming lives.
It serves as a weekly collection of random musings designed to provide a snapshot of what we’re doing, things you should be excited for, and stuff to avoid as you navigate the choppy waters of this wonderfully unpredictable hobby.
Anything, from reactions to a new game announcement, surprising breaking news, to our cat just nibbled our thumb sticks, can be found here. Each “Mood Swing” will be tagged with either a green, yellow, or red Tarp badge. This represents a visual indicator of our reaction.
Green badge is an extremely positive
and / or unexpected response to a
particular game or moment.
a mixed response. It’s normally
something that works in principle,
but could have been executed better.
you know this is something negative
that’s either disappointing, frustrating,
rage inducing, or all of the above.
SECOND CHANCE SUNDAY -
I defy anyone not to get attached to your Titan ally BT in the single player. A combination of sharp script writing and some well paced set pieces makes this campaign absolutely worth your time.
RETRO RAMPAGE -
Is the spiky green lizard blurting out toxic gas or is he manifesting dollar bills through sheer force of will? I just accidentally made a rhyme. Well done me.
SUNSHINE AND RAGE -
And then… I realised something.
Yoshi has a spin move that doubles his jump height. All those fish leaping out of the water… the ones goading you into transforming them into fiddly floating platforms… can be almost entirely ignored. I began to leap and bound across the ocean pillars, arriving at the top after only two more failed attempts. I realised something else. Super Mario Sunshine wants you to break its own rules. It is the definition of a true sandbox; giving you tools to manipulate its elements and carve out your own solutions. This oddball platformer, derided by many and dismissed by more, turned thigh punching anger into one of the most genuine feelings of accomplishment I’ve had from a game in years.
Behind the dead eyes of that mouthless orb is a level so cathartic you’ll think you’re in a Shakespearean tragedy. Best caption ever? Jury’s still out.
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MOOD SWINGS #3
Does Titanfall 2 deserve redemption on EA Access?
By KIT ALLEN and JAY TEE