Entries in Castlevania (7)


QCF: Shovel Knight

ot that it's a bad thing, but retro styled games are practically everywhere now. Both visually and gameplay wise tons of products on the indie scene are embracing gaming's origins to varying degrees. Some are parodies like Super Meat Boy or Retro City Rampage, while a smaller batch are genuine attempts at capturing the actual feel these classics gave us in the very beginning. Shovel Knight is the latter.

While many games fall short of replicating the mediums glory days, Shovel Knight does the near impossible and surpasses it. If you've been looking for a new benchmark in retro gaming then the day has finally arrived. Shovel Knight is the real (old school) deal.

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Press Pause Video-Episode 01: Metroidvania 

he guys have gone Video! Every other week, we plan on sitting down and essentially recording mini-podcasts in the vein of Press Pause Radio, only with visual aids and other horseshit of the like. The inaugural topic of discussion has us breaking down the meaning and association of one of George’s favorite distinctions that he loves to romanticize—Metroidvania.

What is it exactly, and why do we love it so much, and why does the label seem so arbitrary in the grand scheme of things in today’s gaming landscape; Andrew, Ser, and George sit down to chew that fat.

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QCF: Castlevania Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate HD

he Castlevania reboot from Mercury Steam and Kojima productions is a noteworthy one amongst it’s peers that have attempted to modernize with a new beginning. In some degree, no matter how drastic the change to the conventions or tropes with the source material that’s being reworked, there’s always some form of semblance to the roots of the property; Lords of Shadow barely identifies with remotely recognizable to the Castlevania label.

It wasn’t until players were greeted to a cliffhanger ending comprised of several spontaneous details tof a drastic change to story direction. Gabriel’s predicament and radically changed outlook displayed no inkling of clarification to what sort of events took place prior leading to the revelations portrayed within these last scenes—just a bait and switch for the upcoming sequels that would deliver the answers we were seeking. Before we would see the true sequel to Lords of Shadow however, Mercury Steam in true Japanese fashion, would give us the midquel that is Mirror of Fate to bridge the two main games on the 3DS—unfortunately, it didn’t do so hot.

The theme of Lords of Shadow has always been about second chances however, and with Mirror of Fate being rereleased on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network with an HD facelift and improvements directly responding to the criticisms of its portable cousin; the redemption pays off, but comes off a bit winded in the process.

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PPR Presents Now Showing: 10/31/2013

n our efforts to try to do cool new stuff with Press Pause Radio and make it one of the best enthusiast Video Game media podcasts and websites around, we’re introducing another feature to the sight that we’ll be updating from here on out and hopefully try to make it a weekly to bi-weekly feature.

There are tons of trailers that come out and just never enough time to check them out one by one, so every Friday, we’re going to collect some our favorites and throw them up in one post to celebration of everyone’s eyes and ears towards upcoming games.

This week is all Halloween themed so we decided to follow suit with this new feature. In this week's Now Showing, you’ll find some new footage and release date information on the sequel of the Vampire Killing reboot with Lords of Shadow 2. We also have teaser trailers of Basement Crawl, Dead Rising 3, and The Walking Dead Season 2 on board so check them out folks.

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Press Pause Radio presents Lime Light: Akumajō Special: Boku Dracula-kun

veryone and their mom may have heard of the Vampire whipping classic Castlevania by now but there was one particular franchise that’s hardly brought up around the gamer water cooler. I’m talking about Kid Dracula from 悪魔城スペシャル ぼくドラキュラくん-Akumajō Special: Boku Dracula-kun of course (which translates into Demon Castle Special: I'm Kid Dracula.) This is all before the count got all full-fledged evil and shit, and managed to spawn a little dude who hops around the world to adorably fight demons to the whimsy of all who play it.

Tune in around Friday, July 19th, at 9:30 PM pacific time and join us in the chat on our Twitch page or settle in for the stream right here where George and the crew get down on the get down and might have a couple of brews as they get unbearably cute with the fabled Lord of Darkness.

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PPR 66

The trio at Press Pause Radio are your special guides on this very spooky and scary journey as we discuss the history of the Castlevania series. We also will go into a heavy and sometimes heated conversation on the controversy that is currently circulating within games journalism. We also get the chance to finally catch up with your feedback as well as cover some big announcements for the site in the next few months. You don't want to miss this lengthy and important episode of Press Pause Radio. Tune in and make sure to hit the site afterwards for a massive amount of reviews that will be hitting very shortly.

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QCF: BloodRayne: Betrayal

It's been a wonderful couple of years for fans of retro video games, and I've personally played many exceptional 2D tributes dedicated to the classics of yesteryear. At the same time, however, many of these throwbacks never really challenged me. Don't get me wrong, we've had plenty of releases like Contra 4 and Hard Corps: Uprising, but these specifically cater to a group of masochistic fans who adore the punishment. Finally, after searching so long for a game that wasn't too challenging, BloodRayne: Betrayal came knocking on my door with the good word.

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