Castlevania on Netflix Review

Real Talk By: CMack Tha Don

(Warning: this review may contain minor spoilers.)

Castlevania has been a video game standard for over 30 years since the release of the very first game in 1986. It’s been a hit with gamers and critics alike, and was one of the very first widely successful games with a horror motif. Even though vampires, ghouls, and the man himself, Dracula, have been staples of movies and books for over 100 years, Castlevania itself hasn’t had much media outside the game franchise until now, with the release of the direct-to-Netflix anime written by comic book author Warren Ellis, simply called “Castlevania”. Continue reading “Castlevania on Netflix Review”

PL Podcast #17: Making Movie Video Games Awesome

First off, did you buy Final Fantasy Type-O HD just for the XV demo? Tell it like it is. Also, KJ Offers up his suggestions to make Movie Video Games not suck. We talk about Hideo Kojima’s upcoming departure from Konami. What could this mean for the Company’s future projects? Nintendo NX is on tap for discussion as well. Continue reading “PL Podcast #17: Making Movie Video Games Awesome”

Gaming’s Best Items Part 1

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Real Talk By: Ms. Throwback (Heather Kiley)

Over the course of gaming history, items have played a central role in a players enjoyment and involvement in completing a title.  There are the obvious reasons for needing items such as: obtaining health, power, speed, or using items to solve a puzzle.  Every once in a while, we come across an item that takes us beyond just the everyday norm, an item that can be so memorable it literally becomes a part of why we play the series.  These defining items aren’t forthright in our minds but they deserve as much praise as the main hero for giving us even more to love about the experience.  In this article we break the surface on some of these awesome items.

 Kuribo’s Shoe – Super Mario Bros. 3

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Kuribo’s shoe, sometimes known as Goomba’s shoe later in the series, is a green colored wind-up shoe that Mario sits inside. It is one of the rarest items in any Mario game but can be one of the most useful items when used correctly. While in the shoe Mario can stomp on any enemy including peaty piranha plants and the mini snapping plants lining entire floors of some of the SMB3 levels. The only other item cool enough to achieve this wouldn’t come until the end of the year 1991 when we were introduced to the most epic item of all, Yoshi, a character with permanent Goomba Shoes.

Pain Killers / Herbs – Max Payne / Resident Evil Series

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One of the most important features in any game is regaining health. The Mario series has the most recognizable health rejuvenation in the history of video gaming, the red mushroom. Other games have their own unique twist on the concept however. Max Payne brought us pain killers, allowing the player to carry 8 pain killers at a time and going full on overdose with 600 mg of health in every bottle. Resident Evil allowed us to find red, green, or blue herbs, some of them not working by themselves but when mixed with each other in the right doses created a super powerful potion to revive health.

Empty Bottle – Zelda Series

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The empty bottle in of itself isn’t anything spectacular, but without it, the adventures of Link throughout the Zelda universe would be all but impossible.  Other essentials to the game like water, potions, poe spirits, chu jelly, milk, bugs, fish, and of course fairies are all impossible to carry without the aid of an empty bottle. empty bottles with fairies in them are especially useful once Link loses all his heart pieces and dies.  The fairy automatically comes out of the bottle bringing link back to life and filling most of the lost heart pieces allowing Link to beat extremely challenging bosses.

 Cardboard Box – Metal Gear Solid Series

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The appreciation for the cardboard box in the metal gear series goes beyond just being useful.  It is an iconic symbol of the series and is one of the most fun things to come across in-game.  The box can be used to hide from enemies when nothing else is available and snake can carry it on his head tippy toeing across the landscape.  In an otherwise serious and intense game the importance of the cardboard box has not been lost by Konami the creators of Metal Gear. The fact that they have involved the box in every Metal Gear game to date shows the humor and dedication they keep to their fan base.

 Baseball Bat – Super Smash Bros. Series

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The baseball bat can be a hit or miss item that falls from the skies during a battle in SSB.  Sometimes players will end up dying in an effort just to grab this item, only to find that it’s a fake baseball bat and not a home run hitter.  In the end of ends it may be worth the risk, because getting a real baseball bat means that one swing into your opponent sends them instantly flying off the screen.  Rarely can this item be overtaken by a player about to be hit and seeing this item in the wake of battle can change the outcome of a fight.

Toxic Waste Canisters – Rampage World Tour

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V.E.R.N. otherwise known as Violent Enraged Radioactive Nemesis, and otherwise known as that giant purple bat guy you can unlock was the result of picking up toxic waste canisters in Rampage World Tour.  These canisters could be picked up in the scum lab facility and would release V.E.R.N.  The benefit of playing this character is vast.  Not only did he come with a 500 point bonus but he recovers health and is immune to radiation.  Not bad considering the item recovery.

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Top 5: HD Remakes/Updates So Far

Real Talk By: KJ

This is a genre that isn’t going anywhere for a while. Im talking about the HD Remakes of course. Games are becoming available again, and newer generations of gamers will experience classic goodness. While some argue that it’s just hurting consoles of having any future backwards compatibility, were on the fence. We do know that some great games have benefited from re-releases. Here’s our Top 5 picks:

5. Bionic Commando: ReArmed

This was one of the first games (at least in downloadable format) to take a classic game, and completely remaster the experience. Earning rave reviews for its great visuals and superb New school/Old school Soundtrack, Bionic Commando Rearmed has led the way for other early titles to come back. Rocket Knight, Turtles in Time, and Tecmo Bowl just to name a few. It also added bonus mini games, coop, and a severely underrated 4-Player Deathmatch.

4. The ICO and Shadow of the Colossus Collection

Sony brought both cult classics together, and did a fine job polishing these titles. One thing that HD remakes do that will always benefit the gamer, is bringing back titles that might be hard to get a hold of now. ICO on PS2 was deemed a collector’s item. If you had an unopened copy of this gem, you were the man in your hood. Both games are unique and worthy of being in your PS3.

3. Metal Gear Solid HD Collection.

Konami went all out with their stealth series. They ported Metal Gear Solid 2, MGS3, and the still fresh PSP title Peace Walker. That’s a lot of story and gameplay. The visuals received a nice HD conversion, and the Online Multiplayer from the handheld port made the jump. This was a feature they could have easily left at the door, but they went all out this why the Metal Gear Solid Collection ranks so highly.

2. Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary HD

The game that made Microsoft relevant in the console wars: Halo Combat Evolved. To celebrate its anniversary, 343 worked on this remake. Not only did they give the dated Xbox visuals a little love, but they designed the game in an impressive way that makes you appreciate how far games have come. Click a button, and seamlessly go between modern gen graphics, and old school. All this is done, without interrupting gameplay. This is an HD trend we can support.

1.Chronicles of Riddick: Assault On Dark Athena

Speaking of updating visuals, The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena is a hefty deal. The original game Escape from Butcher Bay, received mountains of praise, with visuals that impressed all that time ago. You get that game, on top of that, a whole new adventure (Assault on Dark Athena), thus giving the player a new experience with old hotness. If you were to put in Dark Athena now, it still absolutely holds up and there’s a full online versus mode which features several different game types. Plain and simple this is a steal.

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