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The Recurring Bosscast: 011 – BioVania

Episode 011 LogoThis week’s Bosscast topic is Bioshock and all things related.

Somehow the topic of Bioshock got Jett, Mat, and myself discussing video game movies, remembering anything worthwhile about Bioshock 2, and the awesome that will never happen in the Castlevania-Bioshock crossover. We can only hope.

Also this week Mat and I diverge on our mutual dislike of Castlevania: Mirror of Fate, and Jett explains why Darkstalkers Resurrection is a competent 2D fighting collection.

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Posted by on 03/18/2013 in Recurring Bosscast

 

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Review: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate

Castlevania Mirror of Fate CoverThe Castlevania series has enjoyed years of success on handheld systems. The previous three games in the series on the DS were arguably some of the best in the entire series. However, a reboot of the franchise occurred on the consoles in 2010 with the release of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. The new game retained the gothic setting and whip-based action, but replaced much of the mythos with a fresh take on the story and took a more hack-n-slash, God of War-like approach. While this may have reinvigorated the franchise on the consoles, it has absolutely no place on the handhelds. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate is a victim of itself, trying to blend the new style of Lords of Shadow with the “Metroidvania” gameplay the DS and GBA games have perfected, but instead falls short in almost every category. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on 03/14/2013 in Nintendo 3DS

 

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Sunday Roundup: 3/10/13

Castlevania Mirror of Fate CoverCastlevania: Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate
3DS
Release Date: March 5th, 2013
Purchased at: N/A (Review Copy)

Just one new game this week, but it’s one I’ve been looking forward to playing. Lords of Shadow is a spinoff series to the vanilla Castlevania and it’s a bit darker and action-y than the previous series. This is also the first portable Castlevania game since 2008’s Order of Ecclesia on the DS. Seeing as that game and pretty much every portable game in the series is stellar, this game has some hefty shoes to fill (spinoff or not). My time with the game so far has been good: I like the dark visuals and hack-n-slash gameplay, as well as getting to play as series stalwart Simon Belmont again. More to come in the review!

Laters,
Jsick

 
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Posted by on 03/10/2013 in Collecting, Nintendo 3DS

 

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This Week in Gaming News: 5/26/12 – 6/1/12

It’s one week before E3 and the new game announcements are already rolling in. This week is starting out great with new releases coming for the Castlevania series as well asThe Lord of the Rings.

I can’t wait for E3 next week!

 

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Posted by on 06/01/2012 in News

 

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Worth Playing vol. 4: The Compilation Compendium

What can be better than owning a ton of video games?

Owning a one video game that has a TON of video games all packed in to one disc!

The game compilation is an ideal way for publishers to re-release games and have gamers pay for them all over again, but it is also a great way for gamers to experience titles they may have missed or otherwise skipped over from years past. While some packages are just thrown together without any thought, others are done well and are deserving of your dollar. Here is my list of video game compilations that are very much worth checking out.

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Gaming Tunes You’ve Gotta Hear

I’ve got an experiment for you. Try and find me any gamer that doesn’t have at least one strong memory about the soundtrack of a game. You can’t do it. As endearing as the story in many a Final Fantasy, or the excellent gameplay of titles like Uncharted 2 and Super Mario Bros. 3, music in games has left an undeniable impact on gamers. Whether it’s the blips and bleeps of the Atari 2600, the MIDI music from the SNES, or the fully orchestrated masterpieces heard in the current generation of consoles, music has played an ever important role in shaping a video game. I want to take this time to share some of my personal favorites from my gaming past. I highly encourage you to sit back, pump up the volume, and bask in the warmth that a finely tuned gaming song can give you.

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Yearly Roundup: 2011

As 2011 comes to an end, I thought it would be a cool idea to look back at the year in games. Specifically, the year in games added to my ever-growing library. If you’re a frequent visitor to the site (I greatly hope you are!) you’ll no doubt know I do a weekly blog post about my newest games. So below I’ve collected every game I added this year (well, really only half-year, because I started this blog in late July). I’ve also linked any relevant posts I’ve done about said games, like reviews, Modern Classics, and gameplay videos. Enjoy the small retrospective, and here’s to another fantastic year in gaming in 2012!

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Sunday Roundup: 12/25/11

Merry Christmas everyone!

Not really a tradition and more so my tastes don’t really change, every Christmas I usually receive a few video games from my family. This year was no exception, and I am eternally grateful and pleased that my loved ones get me any gifts, let alone games that I really want to play! Here’s what 2011 did for Jsick this Christmas.

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Sunday Roundup: 9/25/11

A note about this week’s roundup: I enjoy buying games that are both considered classics, and games that simply look fun. Also, I’m a fan of older games, which should explain the amount of old PS1 titles here. Without further adieu…

 

 

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Posted by on 09/25/2011 in Nintendo DS, Playstation 1, Wii

 

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