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What’s the latest?
16/01/2018 - I live! After a three month vacation in Florida I have returned to England and resume a regular schedule (ha ha, schedules…)
14/09/2017 - A review for Warframe has been posted! Read it here.
12/09/2017 - There’s been a blog update! Read the latest entry here.
12/09/2017 - I have finally gotten around to starting my playthrough of The Witcher 3. See you in, like, ten years.
11/09/2017 - After a week and a half of lying in bed like a useless melon, I am back! Don’t pinch a nerve in your back, kids: it sucks.
10/08/2017 - GW2: Path of Fire will launch on 22nd September this year.
10/08/2017 -WHAT YEAR IS IT?! The FFXIV: Stormblood expansion hit me like a hurricane and, well. Now we’re just here I guess. What a ride.
01/08/2017 - ArenaNet unveils the second expansion for Guild Wars 2, named Path of Fire.
20/06/2017 - Final Fantasy XIV’s second expansion, Stormblood, has launched!
09/06/2017 - The ABZU review is up and ready for reading!
09/06/2017 - Well this general election in the UK was a bit fucking rubbish, wasn’t it?
06/06/2017 - My FFXIV The Far Edge of Fate soundtrack has arrived. Wind-up Nidhogg hype!
29/05/2017 - The God Eater Resurrection review is up!
20/05/2017 - There’s been a blog update! Read the latest entry here.
17/05/2017 - One of our doggos is sick. It’s been a bad year for this.
14/05/2017 - I’ve moved to actively stream on Twitch. You can watch me or view past videos now at my Twitch channel!
10/05/2017 - Hey look! Our marquee has been updated so you can now click on every available slider. Yay!
10/05/2017 - Laid low by an illness for the last couple of days, but now on the road to recovery. We have a couple of new blog posts up about FFXIV!
05/05/2017 - Ran the Stormblood benchmark on the computer for shits and giggles: scored 12,619. Excellent.
04/05/2017 - My boif got me Bayonetta and you have no idea how excited I am to play this game. All hail PC ports!
04/05/2017 - It’s my birthday, merry birthday to me!
Who is Airyll?
I’m the talking piece on this website! I make the content and post it up. Please feel free to read a bit more about me here!
Warframe : RNG Ninjas stuck Grinding
Do you ever have a game that you really, really love, and it hurts you to see how the game handles certain mechanics which, in turn, make the game kind of awful?
Sometimes, a story is just a story. It exists in a video game just to give us some entertaining banter, or a motivation for playing. But sometimes, in the funniest of ways, a story is a lot deeper than just a story. While often overlooked for being a “walking simulator” style of game, I feel that Dear Esther has, perhaps, one of the cleverest narratives we’ve seen in a long while. And to a greater extent…
It really does a good job of exploring the ideology of certain types of gamers.
Made by a team that included several folks who worked on the exceptionally beautiful and highly praised Journey, ABZU acts more as an experience than as a game at heart and really strives to prove that video games can absolutely be works of art in their own right. Not without their own minor flaws, mind you, but let me tell you that I haven’t seen fish swim this realistically since the last time I saw a real fish.
Which was a while ago, to be fair. But those are some good looking fish.
Originally released as God Eater in early 2010, re-released as God Eater Burst in late 2010 and then re-re-released as God Eater Resurrection in late 2015, this is the anime version of Monster Hunter that apparently a lot of people liked enough to deserve two re-releases. While the game has received positive feedback on its many iterations, I can’t help but feel this game is lacklustre at best and a downright waste of potential at worst.
My review for this game could really only cover so much, and there was a request put in that I go into a bit more detail (understandably) about the combat system. As such, we have a small series on the blog discussing the class system in FFXIV:ARR and the way the combat in the game works on basic and more in-depth levels.
Final Fantasy XIV: the biggest screenshot enabler of the century.
I love making my characters look pretty. I also love taking screenshots of my characters. Square Enix seemed to have realised that I’m also not the only one who does: Final Fantasy XIV has some of the best screenshot tools in an MMORPG. This is an opinion post on why I think this is a Very Good Thing.
Home of Cassandra Grimes - aka Airyll - this website has been a pet project for about ten years. And I wish I was kidding when I said that, but no; for about ten years I have been trying to build a website, and either then succeeding to build one but failing to keep it up to date or just failing to finish building one entirely.
Now in 2017, a new day dawns and a new website has been made. Except this one is almost completed, and I feel motivated enough to update it. So let’s hope, shall we?
You’ll find many things on this website, but the main things that you’ll find are: video game reviews, opinion pieces and links to personal projects like YouTube videos or more. The site is a hub for everything I want to do and show off to the public, and so it has no strict focus on anything outside of “a thing that I done did and am vaguely proud of.”
I’ve spent many years dabbling in these things, like reviews or YouTube videos, so I’m hoping that if I keep this up to date that maybe one day I can make a career out of at least one thing I currently do as a hobby. Only time will be able to tell how much we succeed in that regard.