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Castlevania: Harmony of Despair Impressions.

Considering that I am a long-standing Castlevania fan, I decided to break down and get the new multi-player Harmony of Despair game on Xbox Live Arcade. The game’s gotten mixed reviews from the media outlets, and ultimately the game is more what you want it to be in order to gauge how satisfied you’d ultimately be by it.

It’s not the standard Castlevania game, by any means. It’s a weird hybrid of every 2D version of the game from Symphony of the Night to present. And yes, it recycles graphical elements from almost every game during that timeframe. Is that a bad thing? It depends. Some of those backdrops were wonderful, but it’s not going to break new ground.

The 2D iterations of the series have long been known as “Meroidvania”, as it merges the playstyle of Samus Aran’s adventures with vampire killing. This is is more of a hybrid of Gauntlet and Castlevania. If you don’t mind working as a team to “grind” in order to become strong enough to defeat a boss within a 30 minute time limit, then not a problem. It’s a lot of building yourself and your party up Read the rest of this entry

I Have To Post This.

I love Castlevania, but I have to admit that while I like the series, I haven’t been overly wildly enthused for it like other franchises right now.

And then I saw this trailer:

Wow. I’m definitely excited. Patrick Stewart? In my Castlevania? Oh yes, please. The other voice acting is just as solid, and the music is fantastic.

A 3D Castlevania that might actually be decent. That’s more frightening than the actual vampires and monsters in the game.

Comic Con So Far.

It’s been a hectic few days pounding the pavement at the San Diego Convention Center. Lots of movies, games, toys, and of course, comics.

The gaming line-up has some interesting tidbits, yet doesn’t seem quite as plentiful for some reason. Nintendo is not here this year, which is baffling. You’d think with all the success they’ve had in the last year, they’d want to keep th e ball rolling. Instead, they seem to go deeper and deeper into seclusion for these events. That makes as much sense as the all-red screen for the Virtual Boy, but whatever. Sony is definitely able to show off some things in Nintendo’s absence. I plan to bring my PSP tomorrow for demo downloads.

Capcom needs to stop with the rapping guys. They’re killing me. Konami, however, has some DDR games about, and an awesome demo of the DS Contra IV and Castlevania for the PSP. Both are definite must-gets.

Speaking of Castlevania, NECA’s booth has some awesome stuff. One of the show’s exclusive figures is a 2D version of Simon Belmont from the original NES Castlevania, and I couldn’t pass that up. The prototypes for the Read the rest of this entry

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