CASTLEVANIA LORDS OF SHADOW MIRRORS OF FATE REVIEW

RUN SIMON!

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CASTLEVANIA LOS MIRRORS OF FATE HD

Platforms: 3DS/PS3/XBOX 360/PC

Game Supports: English, Portuguese, German, Italian, French, and Spanish text.

Audio Support English only.

Supports 1p.

Story: Simon Belmont is seeking revenge for the death of his parents. Alucard wants to stop Dracula. And Trevor Belmont is seeking revenge for the death of his mother.

Good or Bad Story?: The story is not bad except the order their told is not in order. Like Trevor comes first, but is last 1 that is told, Simon’s story comes so many years later, and Alucard takes place at same time as Simon’s and Alucard’s story has the same cutscenes as Simon’s except a few. G00D!

Graphics: The graphics on the 360 version look good since it’s a high-res version of 3DS original, but it could have used a bit more polish. The cutscenes for the most part are pre-rendered and they look better and are cell-shaded. And for some reason there is some freezing in the cutscenes.

Audio: The music is not bad and the voice acting is really good, but I wish there were other dubs cause since this game was made in Spain, why didn’t Konami allow a Spanish dub at least?

Gameplay and Features:

Good:  Mirrors of Fate goes back to the roots of Castlevania, so this is a 2.5D action adventure game. In this game the main focus is exploring and fighting so you can backtrack at anytime you want, but you will at times have to backtrack. You play 4 characters which are Gabriel Belmont the hero from LOS1 and you play only in the 1st level, after him you play Simon Belmont, then Alucard, and then Trevor Belmont. All 4 have combos(using light and heavy attacks), a map, a parry, executions(enemy must be glowing white) and the same mobility, but that is where it ends as when you start playing with Simon and the other 2 you’ll be leveling up, acquire magic(each have 2), doing platforming, solve puzzles(Alucard and Trevor only), acquire sub-weapons, using heal/magic fountains to replenish, and fight bosses(3 each).

The game has a level select, a boss rush mode, 4 difficulties that can alter your experience, and movie browser.

Bad: You have a air dash and a dodge, but they are mostly useless for example if you have 1 enemy behind you and another in front of you, then your dodge will not allow you to avoid attacks unless they are far, you can use your air dash, but it doesn’t make you go very far. So pretty much its crap, all the characters play the same so there is no variety except the magic/sub-weapons/some upgrades, and 1 last thing is there are no items available for you to use in combat so if you fight a boss you have to make sure that your health is full.

Overall: Castlevania LOS Mirrors of Fate is a good game, but it also disappointed me besides the dodge/dash it starts fun, but when I played Alucard the fun stopped with him, but became fun again with Trevor. The thing is all 4 characters play exactly the same except the magic, sub-weapons, and anything else certain characters might acquire. Story pretty much tells you why they all play the same, but it doesn’t make it that great since when having more than 1 playable character the multiple characters in a action game shouldn’t feel the same, they should have their own styles of fighting. Another thing to add is the game feels like parts of a bigger game that it could have been, so what I’m saying it feels like half a game. But even with that the main reason to play this game is for the story and boss fights especially the final battle that Trevor has its awesome. Now I just hope that LOS2 ends being a lot more fun.

Likes: Graphics, voices, music, story, gameplay.

Dislikes: Dodge, dash, no items.

Wishlist: Items, better dodge and dash, more dubs.

Score: 4/5 LIVE!

Recommended for fans of: Castlevania, Konami, Mercurysteam,  God of War, Dante’s Inferno, action, adventure, vampires, whips, Hellsing, Van Hellsing.

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STRIDER 2014 REVIEW

STRIDER HIRYU, READY FOR BATTLE

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STRIDER 2014

 

Platforms: XBOX 1/XBOX 360/PS4/PS3/PC DIGITAL ONLY GAME

Game Supports: English, Spanish, French, Italian, and German text.(XBOX 1 & 360)

Audio Support: English(Main characters only) and Russian(Lower class minions only).

Supports 1p.

 

Story: Strider’s mission is to stop all the bad guys.

Good or Bad Story: The story is not the game’s main focus, it’s just there to tell you “You see that guy? You’re going to kick his ass next.”. And you won’t give a single damn about it. DON’T GIVE A DAMN!

Graphics: Strider 2014 on XBOX 1 looks really good and it’s a port of the 360 version so it’s not a huge graphical upgrade, so it’s just brighter. It runs at 1080p and a glorious 60fps at all times and all of this is thanks to the Hex engine the same engine that powers KI3. Strider has his MVC look, but with some adjustments like his scarf is now a laser scarf and the game’s level design is similar to Bionic Commando Rearmed 2, but adjusted to make the game’s world look like a game.

Audio: The music while there isn’t a big variety is really good and gives of a nostalgic feeling like this nananananananeeneeneenee. The game does have voice acting and it’s both good and bad depending on the characters and luckily Strider is not voice by his UMVC3 English actor who made him sound bad in that game, instead he has a new actor who gives him a Japanese accent to let you know he is Japanese and he sounds good.

Gameplay and Features:

Good: Strider 2014 stays true to its roots as the game is a 2.5D action adventure game with the originals being 2D. You play as Strider Hiryu who is 1 of the Striders a groups of badassess who look and fight like ninjas. You start as a badass and are equipped with light attacks, launcher(can also be done by holding up and pressing the light attack button), ninja mobility(jumping, a slide attack, hanging from walls), a mini and full map, and good looks. You also have a rage mode that can be used to deal more damage and gain a bit more reach with your sword attack, but be warned if you get hit you can lose it.

Along the way you will became a super badass by obtaining options which are based off his moves from the MVC series, as well as finding status upgrades, and obtaining more plasma to make you an ultra badass. All of these upgrades are important as you’ll need to explore the levels a lot and some doors can’t be open unless you have the proper upgrade as well as some enemies can only be/are weaker with the proper upgrade and you will want to explore as you can be rewarded with unlockable stuff like costumes and art. The game also has camera controls which is meant for aiming your knives though you can do that with the LS, there is some platforming, you’ll also notice throughout the game there are some green orbs and these can be used to heal you, and the game has a save station. Also it has boss fight with some of the bosses returning from the previous games and it has 3 game modes a becon mode which is a speed run mode, story mode, and survival.

Bad: There is nothing I found to be bad in this game, but I wish I could use the dpad to move Strider as I’m not a fan of using analog sticks for 2D/2.5D games, but I got used to it.

Differences: The game plays the same on all platforms and it also looks pretty much the same with the XBOX 1 and PS4 versions running at 1080p 60fps as well as PC and the 360 and PS3 version likely running at a lower resolution. If you have only a 360 and/or PS3 on 360 you get just Strider 2014, but if you get it on PS3 you get Strider 2014 and Strider 1/2. So pretty much the PS3 version gives you a better value, but if you also have 360 get on it as well. If you only have a XBOX 1 and/or PS4 there isn’t any difference so get it on both. If you have a current and next-gen console get it first on the next-gen then on current-gen. But if you have at least 2 of the platforms the game’s on then get it on both.

Questionable: Where are the other Striders? Their mentioned in the game, but their nowhere to be seen. Are they on vacation? If so why make Hiryu do everything? He needs a break too, couldn’t they at least order him some Little Caesar’s?

Overall: Strider 2014 is so fun for every enemy killed you get a sense of enjoyment and hype cause your empowered, instead of being a weakling. You get the sense that Double Helix made this game to be fun at every turn. The game feels and controls good. There is always something to do in this game like going back to a area that you already visited to find any hidden secrets and slicing and dicing everyone who gets in your way. This is 1 of the first wave of games for early 2014 and Strider 2014 delivers. Strider 2014 is 1 of the best games of 2014 and should not be missed by anyone. Double Helix has made another favorite game of mine along with KI3. So get this game now you won’t regret it and its $15. So now I’m going to play again and re-enjoy the hype that is Strider 2014.

Likes: Gameplay, graphics, music, voices.

Dislikes: voices.

Wishlist: Sequel.

Score: 5/5 ULTRA BADASS!

Recommended for fans of: Capcom, Double Helix, Strider, Fighters, 2D, 2.5D, ninjas, Ninja Gaiden, Bionic Commando, Moon Diver, TMNT, action, adventure.

BLACK DRAGON REVIEW

I HAVE THE POWER

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Black Dragon(BLACK TIGER)

Platforms: Xbox 360/PS3

Game supports English, Japanese, Spanish, French, Italian, and German text.

Story: Move through a dungeon to reach a castle and kill the dragon.

Good or Bad Story?: Its basic and easy to know what will happen at the end. GOOD!

Graphics: The graphics are 8-bit since this game came out in the 80’s, but it still looks good today. However the graphics can be adjusted to make the game look closer to what arcade games looked like on a arcade cabinet in the past like adding scan lines or changing the size of the screen. There is even an option to change the wallpaper in the background with some that are unlocked by doing things in the game.

Audio: Music sounds like it was taken from a cartoonish horror film or from Scooby doo. It’s really good theme that goes well when playing this game.

Game play:

Good: It is a challenging game where you must avoid damage or you will have a hard time beating the game. Has additional modes for play. You can use your mace that has long reach and throws projectiles or use your magic that causes more damage but you lose health to use it. Upgrades are available only when a certain old man on each stage is rescued who will offer you more armor, keys to unlock chest, weapon upgrades, or more life which you can use your point to purchase. There are secret dungeons and boss fights on each level.

Bad: The jumping is clunky. You may fall and lose a life or may have a hard time jumping to another platform above you. Jumping is very important since that is how you will reach the end of a stage and get to fight the boss, it’s very unfortunate that it’s not really good.

Overall: The game is challenging with more modes that will give you more ways to play with a great theme, but the jump that the character has is not great especially when it’s important to the game.

Note the game is free when downloading Capcom arcade cabinet on PSN and XBLA, the only difference is the PSN version gives you unlimited credits while the xbla version gives you 3 unless you buy the discounted pack1.

Likes: Combat, graphics, music, power-ups, and more modes.

Dislikes: Clunky jump.

Wish list: Better jump, sequel.

Score: 4.5/5 REALLY GOOD!

Recommended for fans of: Adventure,  old school gamers, ghosts and goblins, capcom, gamers who want a challenge from an old game.

1943 REVIEW

ITS A PLANE

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1943

PLATFORMS: XBOX 360/PS3

Game supports English, Japanese, Spanish, French, Italian, and German text.

Supports 1-2p coop local and online

Story: You’re a pilot who is trying to stop the enemy forces from advancing.

Good or Bad Story?: The game doesn’t give you a detailed story, but it doesn’t matter since these types of games don’t need it. Not important.

Graphics: The graphics are 8-bit since this game came out in the 80’s, but it still looks good today and is the better looking game in pack 1 on Capcom Arcade Cabinet. However the graphics can be adjusted to make the game look closer to what arcade games looked like on a arcade cabinet in the past like adding scan lines or changing the size of the screen. There is even an option to change the wallpaper in the background with some that are unlocked by doing things in the game.

Audio: It has really good music and sound effects.

Game play:

Good: This game is challenging(difficulty can be changed) and is viewed from a bird’s eye view. You can shoot and use bombs to defeat your foes, but the bombs will lower your health, but helps you stay clear of too many enemies coming at you depending on if it’s on the sea or in the sky. The more points you earn the more lives you get and you may unlock some secret items also boss fights are at the end of each level and additional modes are available.

Bad: There is nothing bad about the game.

Overall: This is a really fun shooter to play especially with friends. This is a must have game of 2013.

Likes: Game play, graphics, music, power-ups, and more modes.

Dislikes: ?

Wish list: Sequel.

Score: 5/5 Awesome

Recommended to fans of: shooters, old school gamers, airplanes,  coop, bro-ops, capcom.