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Adventures In Gaming #8 – Delving Deeper Into Castlevania

Last week I began playing the PlayStation 1 version of Castlevania Symphony of the Night on PlayStation Vita. After a few hours I was starting to understand what I was doing, but couldn’t really see why the game is still regarded as one of the best Metoridvania ever. At the time of release SotN got…

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Adventures In Gaming #7 – Starting Castlevania Symphony of the Night

A few weeks ago I set out on a sample mission: to play two of the most important Metroidvania games ever made. Those were Super Metroid on SNES and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night on PS1. Responsible for sparking off a whole genre it felt like I owed both games a play through for the first…

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Weekly Round-Up 15.03.2015

Reviews Helldivers Review   “‘It’s kind of like Diablo III with guns’ that’s how I described Helldivers to a friend I was trying to convince to play. That’s an incredible reductive way to look at Arrowhead Studio’s latest game, but it’s also pretty accurate. Helldivers is a cross between your typical twin-stick shooter and isometric action RPG.…

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Adventures In Gaming #5: Getting to The Roots of Metroidvania With Super Metroid

Metroidvania, it’s something of a made up genre. A word invented by less than creatively slamming Metroid and Castlevania together, it’s the best way industry writers have came up with to classify games whose design principles were inspired by those series. Characterised by their large open worlds filled with hidden nooks and crannies, metroidvania prizes exploration above all…

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Weekly Round-Up 01.03.2015

Welcome to March everyone, let’s start with what we’ve been up to this last week: Reviews Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3DS Review   “The opportunity to revamp numerous troublesome systems has not been wasted; Majora’s Mask 3DS not only reworks old imperfect systems but adds entirely new quality of life improvements too, making it…

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Adventures In Gaming #3: My First Ever Madden ’15 Win

Last week I started the monumental task of learning American Football by playing Madden ’15. As an Englishman with not even a fleeting interest in sports as the proposition was somewhat unusual. For perspective at my starting point I’d never watched or played Footbal, nor did I even know the first rule. When I started the challenge I knew I’d…