Hello. I am Vincent Leeuw and this is my blog.


The Legend of Zen

The one thing that I noticed after about an hour of play was "well, the weapon degradation isn't that bad." Not that it was the main focus point, but I do remember playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild at a friend's and being thoroughly annoyed that my ...




Dungeons & Dragons: getting reacquainted

I've been playing Dungeons & Dragons for around 20 years now, primarily with a small group of friends that were into the entire role-playing thing to start with. In 2018 I am now a player in one campaign and a Dungeon Master (DM) for three. This feels slightly over-the-top compared to the ...



WipEout Omega Collection gains VR mode

I am honestly not sure if this is the greatest or worst thing ever. Sony has just announced a VR mode for WipEout Omega Collection. Which makes sense as about a year ago everybody responded to the original announcement of the game with “why not VR?” Of course, nobody knows what...



Snap: roleplaying

My new priest character for Dungeons & Dragons might have some “flaws”...



Metroid: Samus Returns - the alpha and omega of a series

After completing Metroid Prime I summarised the game as, "a good Metroid in 3D, but not a Super Metroid in 3D." Of course, a Super Metroid in 3D would never happen. Metroid Prime was successful enough for the developers to not mess with the new formula and it culminated in ...



De-digitize

Downgrading my social media presence wasn't the only thing on my mind. In the past months I've re-evaluated my reliance on digital services and products. Of course, when you do so things become real scary, real quick. Your agenda is most likely being maintained by a third party, not yourself. ...



Sundered is pretty & awesome

Truth to be told, I didn't expect Sundered to be any good. Sure, it looked the part in the trailer, but that initial vid also seemed to put an ungodly emphasis on enemy crowd control and dodging lasers. "Bullet-hell? In my Metroidvania? I don't think so." So instead of buying ...



Scrubbing my social media accounts

Last week I've scrubbed both my Facebook and Twitter accounts. I didn't really use my Facebook account to start with as it never felt as authentic as Twitter. Ever since the downright crazy Ukraine referendum in the Netherlands, the Brexit referendum in the UK, and the equally nutty US elections ...



Axiom Verge, looking back

It was some time ago that I claimed Axiom Verge to be Metroid 5. It wasn't until this weekend that my brain finally accepted it as a new 'home'. It's something that happened before with Super Metroid and Zero Mission especially. I played these games so many times, that they became ...



Axiom Verge as part of the Metroid lineage

Axiom Verge has been released for PS4 and with it, Metroidvania is suddenly one of the most talked about genres. Still, it's not just praise that Axiom verge is harvesting. Having put in a delightful 10 hours so far, I kind of get where everybody is coming from and wrote that ...