Castlevania: SOTN Out Now For Apple and Android Devices

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My Thoughts on Pokemon Sword/Shield

Amid plenty of controversy, the Pokemon franchise has finally come to the Nintendo Switch. Sword and Shield do a decent job in their debut, offering battles that feel as great as ever, More »

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Xbox One Review

Talk about a breath of fresh air. Bloodstained: Ritual of The Night, does a stellar job of paying homage to the classics before it, whilst still doing its own thing. Adding some More »

Gaming Plus…Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

My thoughts on my time so far with the newest metroidvania, Bloodstained! More »

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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Xbox One Review

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Talk about a breath of fresh air. Bloodstained: Ritual of The Night, does a stellar job of paying homage to the classics before it, whilst still doing its own thing. Adding some very cool ideas to the classic metroidvania genre, and hitting on those ideas with almost perfect accuracy.

While the story isn’t going to win any rewards for substance, it still manages to provide the player with an engaging narrative, to go along with everything else. For Bloodstained, the game play and music are king here. Obviously there is a ton of jumping involved, and quick reflexes are a must. Thankfully the controls are extremely tight and responsive. The developers should also be commended for the overall design of the game. From the insane creatures and bosses, to the gorgeously crafted world, Bloodstained makes it easy for the player to get lost but never get tired of exploring.

To accompany you on your journey are beautifully orchestrated tracks from former Castlevania composer Michiru Yamane. The tunes ranges from catchy and lively, to slow and ominous. The music throughout Bloodstained does a great job setting the tone for the many areas you’ll find yourself exploring, adding to the games suspense and keeping your blood pumping .

I did experience some minor technical hiccups throughout my playthrough, nothing game breaking occurred, and the issues I had were more of a slight annoyance than anything.For example, I’ve experienced some weird rumble glitch, where my controller will continuously vibrate? There is also some minor slow down as well, especially when using some of the familiars. Im hoping these are issues that can be easily patched in a later update.

If you haven’t guessed by now, this is a game I strongly recommend to anyone, but especially those who grew up with games like Super Metroid or some of the older Castlevanias.

The combat was fun and intuitive, and the castle was a joy to explore. I’m sitting around 91% completion, and can’t wait to get the rest of the map covered.

Seriously though, I cant put this game down. There have been many great Castlevania games released since SOTN, but they all felt like they were lacking SOMETHING. I did not get that feeling from Bloodstained. Koji Igarashi and his team did a masterful job on this game.It takes everything that made SOTN excellent, mixes it with a dash of Dawn of Sorrow, and then sprinkles on its own sense of style on top to make it in my opinion the best metroidvania style game released since 1997.

Post E3: Overview

Just as quick as it came, E3 is now gone until next year, but it has left us with some exciting news and ideas to look forward to in the coming months. Each of the big three showcased great exclusive content, albeit some more than others.

Microsoft stormed the stage in a way they never have, showering all this in attendance with a bevy of new exclusive content. Sony took a more laid back approach, deciding(for better or for worse) to really on previously announced titles and showing extended gameplay of said games. Not to say that nothing new was announced during Sony’s presentation, there just was not as many as either Nintendo or Microsoft.

What Sony did show however were extremely high quality games, and exactly what we have come to expect from them. Days Gone looks incredible, as does God of War, but what grabbed my attention was Insomniacs Spiderman. I heard some gamers may be concerned with the game over using quick time events, but I was too busy focusing on how fluid the game was to be worried about are that may not be there.

Telltale’s Take on Dark Knight Does Not Disappoint

The hyped Batman: A Telltales Series has just released its first episode. Did the latest installment of the Batman Video game genre satisfy? I believe it did. I myself, am a big Telltales fan, and have played pretty much every series that they have put out. I was very eager to see how this one would separate itself from the pack. The addition of the detective mode, made famous by the Arkham games, and deciding which approach to take as Batman was very fulfilling and held my interest throughout.


The combat in this game takes a little bit of a different approach, throwing button combos at you to pull off awesome batmoves instead of just single button clicks. This makes those heated scenes have a very unique feeling and makes them somewhat more difficult. I thoroughly enjoyed the story, although at times you would find yourself wondering what happened to a character that was introduced prior. It had a very nice flow and the character interaction and voice-acting were all on point to what you would think a Bruce Wayne or Selena Kyle would sound like.

Overall, this is a very fun experience that I legitimately thought about playing over again to see what would happen if only I had just made one different decision. I would recommend everyone give this episode a shot, and with the price point of $5, it is totally worth it.

Overall Score: 8.5/10

Ninja Storm 4 Demo Impression

It’s almost time for us to play the final game in the storm franchise! Just like the wait for Naruto Shippuden fillers to end, the wait for this game has been excruciating! Regardless, February 9th can’t get here soon enough. Thankfully a small demo was released a couple of weeks back to give us a taste of things to come.

This information may be seen as spoilers to some, so to prevent upsetting anyone……SPOILERS AHEAD.

The demo start off during what appears to be the final battle between the First Hokage and Madara Uchiha. The game looks amazing compared to previous games, and the action is as fluid as ever. It’s a shame that this will be the first and last next generation Ninja Storm game, but it’s also exciting to think about what CyberConnect2 will do next with Naruto.  This fight with Madara quickly goes from just a one on one encounter to spectacular boss fight, which the series is known for. Some may not be fond of quick time events, but they really do help bring out the story during these epic encounters, and keep the battles fast paced throughout. The fighting is definitely fun, and will be very familiar to anyone whose played a game in this franchise before.

I don’t want to give too much more away about the demo than I already have, just know that the boss battles in this game will be larger than life encounters.  The demo is available for both PS4 and XBOX ONE so quit wasting time and go download it already!

And if you haven’t already don’t forget to get the game pre-ordered, as you don’t want to miss out on these cool preorder bonuses!

Early access to characters and exclusive content such as:

  • Character Costume: Kakashi Sixth Hokage (The Last: Naruto the Movie) (exclusive to this preorder)
  • Playable Characters: Boruto & Sarada (exclusive to this preorder)
  • Combination Secret Technique (Boruto & Sarada) (exclusive to this preorder)
  • Sasuke (The Last: Naruto the Movie)
  • Naruto (The Last: Naruto the Movie)
  • Combination Secret Technique (Sasuke & Naruto)
  • Sakura (The Last: Naruto the Movie)
  • Hinata (The Last: Naruto the Movie)

Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Trailer 7

Here is another trailer for the upcoming Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 to tide you over until its February 2016 release. The video is pretty lengthy and almost seems like a launch trailer, due to the amount of content shown. We get a glimpse of the new free roam story mode, something fans have been wanting for a very long time. The series is known for crazy boss battles and that is definitely showcased here. The trailer also highlights the Sage of the Sixth Paths, as well as the Madara and Kaguya. There is plenty to see, and if you’re half as excited as I am you’ll enjoy every minute of it. The Ultimate Ninja series has been around since the PS2 days, but this latest installment looks likely to send the series off in style. Ninja Storm 4 will be released in North America for PS4, XboxOne, and PC/Steam on February 9th, 2016


No Single Player For Black Ops 3 On 360/PS3

This is going to come as a blow to any Call of Duty fans still rocking a 360 or PS3, but there will be some major differences between the last gen and current gen versions of Black Ops 3. The biggest of these differences being the omission of any single player campaign. Activision did offer an explanation as to why the decision was made to not include single player with the reason being the scope was much too ambitious to be faithfully recreated on older consoles. Last gen systems will still get the full multiplayer experience, but the 1-4 pater co-op campaign as well as the Weapon Paint Shop and the eSports tools will be exclusive to Xbox One PS4 and PC.

Anyone worrying about Zombies fear not, Shadows of Evil will still be included with 360 and PS3 versions of the game. Call of Duty Black Ops 3 is scheduled to release on November 6th