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The Retro Perspective
The Retro Perspective

The Retro Perspective

The Retro Perspective is a channel & blog focusing on video games from a mindset of 90’s nostalgia - but not so much that proper critique goes out of the window. Run by me, Jake, who started collecting video games in order to discover new experiences - ones I missed out on when the only games available were whatever pirate PS1 titles my dad could grab from the market. The majority of editing, music & artwork for the channel is done by myself.


How SONY & Playstation Ruined Gaming

14 Dec 2023 14 minute read 0 comments The Retro Perspective

In 1994, the SONY Playstation was released to the world and a turning point was reached for the entire gaming sphere. Whilst previous attempts at a CD-based console had proven total failures, SONY themselves seemed the perfect candidate to succee...

Mother 4 | Interview With The Composers

24 May 2023 2 minute read 0 comments The Retro Perspective

Following my Shuffle or Boogie article on the music of the Mother series, I had a chance to interview Shane Mesa & Dani Person who are hard at work on the music for the upcoming fan-made fourth entry in the series, Mother 4. While I decided not to ba...

Reviving Tomb Raider Angel of Darkness: Interview with the Developer of Definitive Edition

23 May 2023 3 minute read 0 comments The Retro Perspective

  I reached out for an interview with TRJTA AKA Bob, the developer behind Tomb Raider Angel of Darkness Definitive Edition. This mod revives the classic Tomb Raider game by adding modern graphics and gameplay features. We dive into the story behind...

Exploring Like A Dragon: Ishin's Quirky Substories

3 May 2023 9 minute read 0 comments The Retro Perspective

If there's one thing I've always said about the Yakuza series it's how engaging its characters and story are. Every time I play a new entry in the series I am surprised the writers manage to maintain the same, if not better quality than the prev...

How Microsoft & XBOX Ruined Gaming

20 Apr 2023 9 minute read 6 comments The Retro Perspective

In 2001 the original Xbox was released to the world and a turning point was reached for the entire gaming sphere. Competing fiercely with the previous year’s PlayStation 2 and releasing almost simultaneously with Nintendo’s Gamecube, Microsoft h...

I Didn't Think Tomb Raider Games Could Get Worse! 😂 | Tomb Raider Reloaded Review

10 Apr 2023 2 minute read 0 comments The Retro Perspective

Publisher: Square Enix LondonDeveloper: Emerald City GamesPlatforms: Mobile I've been a fan of Tomb Raider since day one in 1996, when my dad brought home the original game on PlayStation 1. I've played every single entry of the series, including th...

Why The Yellow Paint Is A Big Deal | Resident Evil 4 Remake

5 Apr 2023 2 minute read 2 comments The Retro Perspective

The original Resident Evil 4 came at a time when "dumbing down video games" was at the forefront of the conversation and it turned out that the worst was yet to come. Resident Evil 4 went on to be a masterpiece, which let the player dictate the actio...

Fair Use, Plagiarism & Everything Inbetween | Youtubers & Copyright Law

15 Feb 2023 5 minute read 1 comment The Retro Perspective

‘Fair use’ law is the backbone of the vast majority of gaming focussed channels on YouTube, so it stands to reason that there have been a whole lot of videos explaining just what fair use is...but unfortunately, sometimes it’s really not fair use. A...

How Sony Absolutely Dominated E3 2016

2 Mar 2021 6 minute read 0 comments The Retro Perspective

Full disclosure, I am a Sony fanboy in recovery. There was a time I believed that Sony could literally do no wrong when it came to the video game industry. Even when they released their defective first model of the PS3 for a ludicrous £600 and remov...

The Elder Scrolls V's Best Audio Mods

31 Jan 2021 8 minute read 0 comments The Retro Perspective

(I wrote this article in 2015 but most, if not all of the mods have been updated for Skyrim Special Edition and are still worth using today!) I have recently purchased my first gaming PC and so, of course, I was looking forward to re-visiting one...