Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night – Nostalgia and Emotion While We Play

Bloodstained is another of those with an interesting back story. It’s well known as a Kickstarter project that played to gamers’ nostalgia. Koji Igarashi is moderately well known as the developer of several Castlevania games, most noticeably Symphony of the Night and Aria of Sorrow. He’d stated that he’d make a new game in thatContinue reading “Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night – Nostalgia and Emotion While We Play”

Moonscars

I’m starting to seriously wonder if it’s worth it to play these indie Metroidvania games close to their release dates. Moonscars is the second one this year where glitches have nearly destroyed my desire to finish the game, and have brought down what was already a mostly average experience. The beginning hours of Moonscars areContinue reading “Moonscars”

Death’s Gambit: Afterlife

Where the heck was this game hiding? How did I manage to miss a Metroidvania with stellar sprite based graphics, that whole Dark Souls inspired setup, an engaging story, and polished gameplay? I have heard that Death’s Gambit had a bit of a false start, and that it was a more recent update that gotContinue reading “Death’s Gambit: Afterlife”

Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth

And the award for the longest, most awkward title I’ve seen in some time is… Seriously though, Wonder Labyrinth here is a pretty good game, though obviously it’s drawing some inspiration from the classic anime that’s directly placed in the title. The game follows the titular Deedlit, who finds herself in the titular Wonder Labyrinth,Continue reading “Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth”

8Doors: Arum’s Afterlife Adventure

I did not complete 8Doors. I’m a huge fan of metroidvanias, as anyone who regularly reads these reviews knows. I may have gotten into them a bit late, just a few years ago with Bloodstained, but since then I’ve made a concentrated effort to play just about every metroidvania that gets at least some attention,Continue reading “8Doors: Arum’s Afterlife Adventure”

Wife Quest

This is a bad game, and you’d be better off spending your $5 on a different game, or spending just another $5-$10 to get a good game (Hollow Knight’s $15, though if you’re looking here, you probably already played it). 2 poor graphics, game-breaking glitches, weird tone, stiff controls, monotonous music, confusing item descriptions; thisContinue reading “Wife Quest”

Shinsekai: Into the Depths

After my first hour or so of this game, I wasn’t sure I was going to play further. Oh, the game had plenty of atmosphere by that point. The underwater elements have this ethereal quality to them that make everything feel very much like you’re drifting under a vast ocean. It adds to the feelingContinue reading “Shinsekai: Into the Depths”

Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

Popular opinion has it that not only is Aria of Sorrow (AoS) the best Castlevania game in the Switch GBA collection, but that it may be one of the best -vania games in that particular lineup. In this case, popular opinion is pretty much right. The story here takes everything that I love about CastlevaniaContinue reading “Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow”