Castlevania impressions

July 9th, 2017 No comments

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So this happened. This was a surprise when it was announced. A TV show based on Castlevania (which was rumored for a good while). I really didn’t inform myself about it beyond “hey it’s coming out”, so I was pretty surprised when the trailer came out and showed that it was animated.

Castlevania itself needs no introduction, it’s an absolute classic game series, that Konami sucks at supporting recently. There’s even a style of game that is colloquially known as “Metroidvania”. It has a big amount of amazing games spanning a few , and a few bad ones, and Lords of Shadow which is its own level of bad. Going from “game-that-has-almost-no-story” to “animated TV show” is a pretty big challenge though, especially since the show was said to be based on Castlevania 3.

So I was approaching this with caution. Video game adaptations are well known for not really working out well, with a few exceptions (the live-action Phoenix Wright was pretty nice, for example), so I had no trouble containing the hype. You know, just in case.

My plan here is not to spoil the story note-for-note, or do a complete analysis or anything. I just want to give quick impressions about it. Spoilers may come up nonetheless so…

SPOILERS POSSIBLY INCOMING (but I’ll try to be very top-level about it)

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Games I won’t review – Steam Summer Sales 2017 edition

July 1st, 2017 No comments

So it’s Steam Summer Sale time. Usually I buy nothing at these sales despite always having 30+ games in my wishlist being on sale every time. But I was bored so I picked up a few games. So I figure I’d do a “Games I won’t review” post for this year’s “haul”.

The reason for them not getting a few review or a standalone “Game I won’t review” post is because they’re slightly older games and not really worth dedicating a post to at this point.

There’s 2 games I got that are newer and probably still relevant to make a fuller review of, so I’ll have that coming hopefully soon if I get far enough in them (otherwise I’ll “not-review” them in a similar post to this).

Let’s go!

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Games coming out in July 2017

June 28th, 2017 No comments

The summer is starting. Usually not a big time for game releases, however there’s a few things this month, including a few actually-big releases. It’s gonna be a quieter month for me after the rush that was E3.

So this month we’ve got: 3 Switch games, a PC release, 7 multiplats, 2 PS4 games and 3 3DS games.

Let’s go!

Usual disclaimer: This includes either games I’m interested in, games that may be/become popular and random stuff in-between… Basically anything I feel bears mentioning for any reason. Probably missing stuff because game companies are shit about announcing release dates nowadays (and good at delaying games near release), indies especially. So if there’s no/few indie games here, it’s pretty normal.

*EDIT JUNE 30: I added a game*

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SNES Classic Edition – Review of the games

June 27th, 2017 No comments


Well yesterday we had a cool announcement. After the success of the NES Classic Edition which Nintendo made no effort into capitalizing on (seriously guys, it’s free money, keep that stuff on the shelves… cancelling it was a huge mistake financially), they now have an SNES Classic Edition coming out. Longer controller cords, 2 controllers, 21 absolutely great games, and possibly the biggest surprises from Nintendo this year (which is crazy to think after E3).

Despite the mini-console being 3 months away from release… nothing’s stopping me from reviewing the most important part of it now, since I have played all the games in it.

I MIGHT write a review of the actual hardware once it comes out though. We’ll see. I will include “games that should’ve been in here” and other such shenanigans at the end of the post.

Let’s go!

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ARMS review

June 23rd, 2017 No comments

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Nintendo once again takes an established genre, flips it on its head, starts it off with a reveal that seems… really odd… and end up with a fairly successful game. Splatoon did that (though I liked the Splatoon reveal more than the ARMS reveal) and became an absolutely unstoppable sensation, and ARMS is hoping to do the same with fighting games (which is surprising when Nintendo has 2 other unique fighting game series that are also ongoing, but I can dig it).

I played this on the Testpunch (mostly the first one, I found Hedlock annoying in the second one), and, while it didn’t QUITE blow my mind, it was damn entertaining.

So since there’s not much content here, I figured I’d play it for a week and talk about my thoughts on it at that point. So let’s do that!
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Mighty Gunvolt Burst review

June 18th, 2017 No comments


In all the E3 going-ons, this might have flown way under the radar. Partly because it wasn’t featured at E3 in any fashion that I heard of, partly because it’s digital-only.

The original Mighty Gunvolt was a side-game that came out at the same time as Azure Striker Gunvolt (and was free for a moment there). It was pretty fun, but kinda cheap and extremely simple. It was still a nice little bonus.

So this seemed like a more complete game so I was pretty interested. Let’s check it out!
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E3 2017 – Final thoughts

June 16th, 2017 No comments

E3 2017 is done. It was pretty bad, especially after having time to sleep on it and think about what was shown.

I already wrote about the specific presentations in a “live commentary” style (semi-live when it comes to Bethesda), look at my previous posts for that. This is more about the entirety of the online experience of E3 2017 (not really sure why people rushed out to get tickets to actually go there and wait in lines), and other ranty notes.

Let’s go!

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E3 2017 impressions – Day 1: Nintendo

June 13th, 2017 No comments

So right now as I’m writing this intro we haven’t seen Nintendo’s Spotlight presentation, or the Treehouse stream. And what I’m currently saying is… Nintendo just has to show up and, whatever “winning E3” means, they’ll do it. It’s a pretty sad year when Ubisoft and MS had the best presentations so far.

Today: Nintendo’s showcase presentation, as well as a bit of the Treehouse stream since there’s apparently more announcements there.

Let’s go and talk about this! This is my second to last E3 post, next will be in a couple days with an overall impression of this E3 as a whole.

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E3 2017 impressions – Day -1: Sony

June 12th, 2017 No comments

My PS4 was actually turned on a few times this year, so that’s an improvement over last year. Sony needs to keep that up though. And there’s a distinct chance they could, but for that they need to go all-out at E3. Let’s see!

Second post today: Sony’s E3 Presentation.

Let’s hope it’s good and not just Knack 2.

Nintendo post tomorrow.

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E3 2017 impressions – Day -1: Ubisoft

June 12th, 2017 No comments

Since my “expectations” post we did get some new info, specifically about Far Cry 5 (see: not Blood Dragon 2 so who cares) and a leak for Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (I expect it here rather than Nintendo’s Spotlight presentation (with a segment for it at the treehouse stream later)), so hey, there might be something worth mentioning here… I expect nothing new other than Mario + Rabbids.

First post today: Ubisoft’s E3 Presentation

I assume that right now we need to get ready for a really bad dance number first… let’s see.

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