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[Castlevania & Bloodstained] sitting in a tree, S-L-A-Y-I-N-G

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  • LucascraftLucascraft Registered User regular
    I do not believe I have encountered any Red Minotaurs yet. I've fought a bunch of regular ones, but not any red ones.

    It's funny, I swear I've played this game before. But I have no memory of it. It's like I'm playing it for the very first time.

    Lucky for me I guess. Like a long lost classic. A hidden gem that I just discovered. But I'm pretty sure I even own the original GBA cartridge for it somewhere.

  • homogenizedhomogenized Registered User regular
    Enlong wrote: »
    38thDoe wrote: »
    Isn't that Claimh Solais? That weapon was pretty absurd. I mean nowhere near Crissegrim but what is.

    I think the thing being mentioned is the Red Minotaur Soul. It makes a giant axe appear, bend back behind Soma, and then whirl around hitting everything around him.

    That's in Aria, though Dawn has the Great Axe Armor soul that replicates it, though that version doesn't quite fill the whole screen, which is a good thing when
    Dracula-Soma uses it on you in Dawn's Julius Mode.

  • SteevLSteevL What can I do for you? Registered User regular
    So, two things:

    1. I just saw the trailer for this game called Infernax and (as a Destructoid article I read also mentioned) this game looks inspired partially by Castlevania II: Simon's Quest, which is interesting!


    2. The Mummy Demastered is a Metroidvania made by WayForward based on that Tom Cruise movie that came out a few years ago. It's better than it has any right to be. It falls more on the Metroid side of things, but has a very Castlevania atmosphere, nice pixel graphics, and a nice synthwave soundtrack The game rarely goes on sale, and when it does, it tends to happen around this time of year....like right now. It can be bought on Humble's store for 50% off. And if you're a Humble Choice subscriber, you can get it for a little cheaper than that.


    I'm about 3 hours in and enjoying my time with it so far.

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  • SteevLSteevL What can I do for you? Registered User regular
    SteevL wrote: »
    2. The Mummy Demastered is a Metroidvania made by WayForward based on that Tom Cruise movie that came out a few years ago. It's better than it has any right to be. It falls more on the Metroid side of things, but has a very Castlevania atmosphere, nice pixel graphics, and a nice synthwave soundtrack The game rarely goes on sale, and when it does, it tends to happen around this time of year....like right now. It can be bought on Humble's store for 50% off. And if you're a Humble Choice subscriber, you can get it for a little cheaper than that.


    I'm about 3 hours in and enjoying my time with it so far.

    Oh, right, I didn't even mention The Mummy Demastered's little twist: if you die, your agent becomes a zombie equipped with all the health & weapon upgrades you acquired. You start back at your last save point as a new agent and have to take down the zombified agent to get all that stuff back.

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  • KoopahTroopahKoopahTroopah The koopas, the troopas. Philadelphia, PARegistered User regular
    Mummy Demastered is realllly good.

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  • XaquinXaquin Right behind you!Registered User regular
    Looks like a cross between Super Castlevania and Contra 3

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  • MNC DoverMNC Dover Full-time Voice Actor Kirkland, WARegistered User regular
    Infernax looks pretty neat, except for all the violence and gore. If it had less of that, I think the gameplay/mechanics would be right in my wheelhouse. Oh well.

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  • SteevLSteevL What can I do for you? Registered User regular
    One thing The Mummy Demastered is not is long! I finished the game last night with a total gameplay time of 4 hours. I didn't find all the collectibles, but I probably won't either.

    Anyway, fun game, glad I waited for a sale.

    Also, in case you were wondering how influenced by Castlevania the devs were, I present to you this screenshot:

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  • WhelkWhelk Registered User regular
    Xaquin wrote: »
    Looks like a cross between Super Castlevania and Contra 3

    I had this exact thought and wondered why it wasn't a thing before now. At least this looks like there aren't any BS top-down levels.

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  • cooljammer00cooljammer00 Hey Small Christmas-Man!Registered User regular
    So Mummy is just Castlevania with guns.

    Does it have flying Medusa heads?

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  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Regent Chantry of NightmaresRegistered User regular
    SteevL wrote: »
    So, two things:

    1. I just saw the trailer for this game called Infernax and (as a Destructoid article I read also mentioned) this game looks inspired partially by Castlevania II: Simon's Quest, which is interesting!


    2. The Mummy Demastered is a Metroidvania made by WayForward based on that Tom Cruise movie that came out a few years ago. It's better than it has any right to be. It falls more on the Metroid side of things, but has a very Castlevania atmosphere, nice pixel graphics, and a nice synthwave soundtrack The game rarely goes on sale, and when it does, it tends to happen around this time of year....like right now. It can be bought on Humble's store for 50% off. And if you're a Humble Choice subscriber, you can get it for a little cheaper than that.


    I'm about 3 hours in and enjoying my time with it so far.

    It gives me a Ladybug vibe.



    Shame the movie wasn't like that.

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  • SteevLSteevL What can I do for you? Registered User regular
    So Mummy is just Castlevania with guns.

    Does it have flying Medusa heads?

    It's got crows that fly in that same figure-8 pattern.

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  • Warlock82Warlock82 Never pet a burning dog Registered User regular
    So Mummy is just Castlevania: Aria/Dawn of Sorrow.

    Fixed :3

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  • cooljammer00cooljammer00 Hey Small Christmas-Man!Registered User regular
    SteevL wrote: »
    So Mummy is just Castlevania with guns.

    Does it have flying Medusa heads?

    It's got crows that fly in that same figure-8 pattern.

    Do they turn you to stone?

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  • SteevLSteevL What can I do for you? Registered User regular
    SteevL wrote: »
    So Mummy is just Castlevania with guns.

    Does it have flying Medusa heads?

    It's got crows that fly in that same figure-8 pattern.

    Do they turn you to stone?

    Nope, there are no golden crows.

  • LucascraftLucascraft Registered User regular
    I had to put my playthrough of Aria of Sorrow on hold, due to the release of Dread.

    But before I put Aria on hold, I think I might have strayed a bit too far. I ended up in the clock tower section of the castle, and the difficulty scaled up tremendously in there. I feel a bit underleveled and unprepared for it. Is that a natural bump in difficulty at that point? Or should I have been more explorative elsewhere?

  • MNC DoverMNC Dover Full-time Voice Actor Kirkland, WARegistered User regular
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    A friend of mine posted this on his FB page. That's some badass cosplay right there.

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  • ElvenshaeElvenshae Registered User regular
    Nice spell effects, too!

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  • cooljammer00cooljammer00 Hey Small Christmas-Man!Registered User regular
    Who is that supposed to be?

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  • SteevLSteevL What can I do for you? Registered User regular
    Who is that supposed to be?

    Sypha, specifically from the Netflix show.

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  • Warlock82Warlock82 Never pet a burning dog Registered User regular
    edited October 28
    From Bloodstained kickstarter:
    Hello, Army of the Night!

    We mentioned in our last announcement that we are tackling some technical issues that have slowed down our production timetable. We regret the long delay between updates and continue to ask for your patience as we make progress.

    Due to these issues, we do not have a release timeframe for you yet, but we would like to share some information on what we have in the works.

    Our next update will introduce a new playable character to the game. This is a change from our previously released roadmap.

    We can confirm that this new character is NOT from the world of Bloodstained. We have been working closely with a well-known partner to bring their character (and a friend) into the game.

    As with previous characters, you will be able to explore the entire map, though certain abilities will need to be acquired before some areas and bosses can be accessed. Along the way you will be able to increase the rank and class of the character’s special ability to grow in power.

    We are excited to bring this update to you and will have a full announcement when it is closer to launch.

    As previously mentioned, after the playable character is live, we expect the next update to include Chaos Mode with co-op and Vs Mode with multiplayer.

    Once again, that you for your understanding and thank you for being fans of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night!

    The Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Team

    I hope the character isn't lame. Someone pointed out they have Miriam joining some game from the worms developer so it would be fairly disappointing if it's just some character from their game.

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  • NaphtaliNaphtali Null Registered User regular
    There's also Blasphemous.

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  • CantidoCantido Registered User regular
    edited October 28
    Oh good, it's a raw Metroidvania.

    Shantae: 1/2 Genie Hero was the first one I didn't finish because it's fetch quests had Monkey Island levels of "fuck you, this solution is funny and clever" moments.

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  • emnmnmeemnmnme Registered User regular
    https://store.steampowered.com/app/838310/Bloodstained_Curse_of_the_Moon/

    The three Bloodstained games are on sale on Steam for Halloween.

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  • LucascraftLucascraft Registered User regular
    I’ve never actually heard of the Shantae games until just yesterday when I was watching a YouTube video about 10 best metroidvania games that aren’t in the Metroid or Castlevania series.

  • AbsoluteZeroAbsoluteZero The new film by Quentin Koopantino Registered User regular
    Shantae kicks ass.

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  • SteevLSteevL What can I do for you? Registered User regular
    emnmnme wrote: »
    https://store.steampowered.com/app/838310/Bloodstained_Curse_of_the_Moon/

    The three Bloodstained games are on sale on Steam for Halloween.

    Also, The Mummy Demastered is also on sale on Steam for the first time ever.

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  • KupiKupi Registered User regular
    Warlock82 wrote: »
    From Bloodstained kickstarter:
    Hello, Army of the Night!

    We mentioned in our last announcement that we are tackling some technical issues that have slowed down our production timetable. We regret the long delay between updates and continue to ask for your patience as we make progress.

    Due to these issues, we do not have a release timeframe for you yet, but we would like to share some information on what we have in the works.

    Our next update will introduce a new playable character to the game. This is a change from our previously released roadmap.

    We can confirm that this new character is NOT from the world of Bloodstained. We have been working closely with a well-known partner to bring their character (and a friend) into the game.

    As with previous characters, you will be able to explore the entire map, though certain abilities will need to be acquired before some areas and bosses can be accessed. Along the way you will be able to increase the rank and class of the character’s special ability to grow in power.

    We are excited to bring this update to you and will have a full announcement when it is closer to launch.

    As previously mentioned, after the playable character is live, we expect the next update to include Chaos Mode with co-op and Vs Mode with multiplayer.

    Once again, that you for your understanding and thank you for being fans of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night!

    The Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Team

    I hope the character isn't lame. Someone pointed out they have Miriam joining some game from the worms developer so it would be fairly disappointing if it's just some character from their game.

    A commenter at Reddit pointed out that one of the promotional videos for Bloodstained ended in a passage played on a flute that never wound up in the actual game. But it sounds almost exactly like the theme from Ubisoft's Child of Light. The character "and their friend" could be Aurora and Igniculus.

    My favorite musical instrument is the air-raid siren.
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  • 38thDoe38thDoe lets never be stupid again wait lets always be stupid foreverRegistered User regular
    Shovel Knight and Shield Knight!

    (I just want more Shovel Knight. Where is Dig? Or Silksong?)

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  • EnlongEnlong Registered User regular
    edited October 29
    Shovel Knight: Silksong? I'd play that.


    Re: Shantae cleverness.

    I still think that Half-Genie Hero has one of the best dumb jokes I've seen a video game make.
    Every time you get an item, the game goes "You got [item]!". There's one quest in which Shantae catches a cold. The game then triumphantly declares "You got sick!"

    Enlong on
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  • LucascraftLucascraft Registered User regular
    Shantae kicks ass.

    I found three Shantae games on Steam and PSN. The same three are on both. Which seems to be Shantae 3, 4, and 5.

    Are Shantae 1 and 2 available anywhere on a modern platform? I also checked gog.com and didn't find them there either.

  • Warlock82Warlock82 Never pet a burning dog Registered User regular
    edited October 29
    Lucascraft wrote: »
    Shantae kicks ass.

    I found three Shantae games on Steam and PSN. The same three are on both. Which seems to be Shantae 3, 4, and 5.

    Are Shantae 1 and 2 available anywhere on a modern platform? I also checked gog.com and didn't find them there either.

    They are on most platforms. I know they just released Shantae 1 for Switch for example. 2 *should* be on PSN (not sure about 1?). Although 1 is GBC and a little jank compared to everything that came after (but still fun). IMO Pirate's Curse (3) is the best one. It feels *very* Metroidvania, moreso than usual.

    (it should also be noticed that Shantae 2: Risky's Revenge was a DSi-Ware game and thus much shorter than pretty much any of the others. It's really good though still)

    Edit: I found this:
    https://wayforward.com/wayforward-announces-all-five-shantae-games-for-playstation-5/

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  • EnlongEnlong Registered User regular
    Warlock82 wrote: »
    Lucascraft wrote: »
    Shantae kicks ass.

    I found three Shantae games on Steam and PSN. The same three are on both. Which seems to be Shantae 3, 4, and 5.

    Are Shantae 1 and 2 available anywhere on a modern platform? I also checked gog.com and didn't find them there either.

    They are on most platforms. I know they just released Shantae 1 for Switch for example. 2 *should* be on PSN (not sure about 1?). Although 1 is GBC and a little jank compared to everything that came after (but still fun). IMO Pirate's Curse (3) is the best one. It feels *very* Metroidvania, moreso than usual.

    (it should also be noticed that Shantae 2: Risky's Revenge was a DSi-Ware game and thus much shorter than pretty much any of the others. It's really good though still)

    Edit: I found this:
    https://wayforward.com/wayforward-announces-all-five-shantae-games-for-playstation-5/

    The funny thing about Pirate's Curse is that, yeah, it's probably the best one, even with 2 games after it (though, Seven Sirens feels very Metroidvania-y, in terms of world structure, I think). But part of what makes it the best one also make it a major departure in terms of gameplay from the others.

    In Pirate Curse's story,
    Shantae doesn't have magic, having sacrificed her powers for a moral choice at the end of Risky's Revenge. So, instead of having magic transformation dances, she has to collect pieces of pirate equipment. Risky Boots's old gun, sword, hat... boots...

    And each one adds a new move to Shantae's actions, without requiring her to stop and dance to transform. You get a ranged attack, a parachute glide, the equivalent of Metroid's Speed Booster... they're all fun, snappy moves that don't slow the game down to use.

    And they're great fun... but due to the story reason for their inclusion, could only really be done in one game; they aren't her standard skills. Which I found to be a shame, because I liked them considerably more than Shantae's standard skills, which you get back at the end of Pirate Curse. And while I did like Half-Genie Hero, and it did improve the flow of her transformation dances, they still felt slow compared to the pirate equipment.

    ...which is why I was pleasently surprised when I saw what they then did in Seven Sirens.
    You collect "fusion coins" based on various fauna, and they allow Shantae to instantly transform into certain animals, which act as special moves, much like the pirate equipment from Pirate's Curse. You still have some magic dances you need to stop still to perform, but they're all special super moves, or context-sensitive actions that open a path forward. All the extra moves for platforming and combat come from these instant-change coins. I like that a lot; it makes Shantae feel much more like she does in Pirate Curse.

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  • Warlock82Warlock82 Never pet a burning dog Registered User regular
    edited October 29
    Yeah that's the unfortunate aspect to Pirate's Curse, but still even despite that stuff being limited to that game, I also felt the humor and everything was super on-point too with that one (the scene with Bolo after telling him about the whole desert section might be my favorite in the series). Which kind of elevates it above the others IMO :3 (also flat out not a huge fan of the "Mega Man like" level structure of Half-Genie Hero, it just doesn't feel right...)

    At some point I really need to get back and finish Seven Sirens though, I only got maybe halfway through...

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  • RidleySariaRidleySaria AnaheimRegistered User regular
    Warlock82 wrote: »
    Yeah that's the unfortunate aspect to Pirate's Curse, but still even despite that stuff being limited to that game, I also felt the humor and everything was super on-point too with that one (the scene with Bolo after telling him about the whole desert section might be my favorite in the series). Which kind of elevates it above the others IMO :3 (also flat out not a huge fan of the "Mega Man like" level structure of Half-Genie Hero, it just doesn't feel right...)

    At some point I really need to get back and finish Seven Sirens though, I only got maybe halfway through...

    Nothing's cuter than Shantae trying to act like a pirate. "Moist the main snail!" is one of my favorite lines.

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  • LucascraftLucascraft Registered User regular
    I bought Mummy Demastered on PSN over the weekend. Got to the first boss, beat it, and a little bit past that. This is a neat game. I'm liking it a lot. Thanks for the recommendation in the thread.

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  • SteevLSteevL What can I do for you? Registered User regular
    Lucascraft wrote: »
    I bought Mummy Demastered on PSN over the weekend. Got to the first boss, beat it, and a little bit past that. This is a neat game. I'm liking it a lot. Thanks for the recommendation in the thread.

    It's a pretty short game and there's not much in the way of replayability, but it looks nice and I figured a sale is the best time to buy it. Especially since, as a licensed property, you never know when it'll be delisted.

  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Regent Chantry of NightmaresRegistered User regular
    MNC Dover wrote: »
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    A friend of mine posted this on his FB page. That's some badass cosplay right there.

    Even went out of their way to learn ice magic, that's true dedication.

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  • Shenl742Shenl742 Registered User regular
    edited November 1
    So been going through the Advance collection and my thoughts...

    Circle of the Moon - A total chore to play, horribly unbalanced, busted on multiple levels, incredibly drab looking. And a significant amount of your character progression is locked behind RNG (even with equipment!!). I know this was their first outing on the GBA but still this has not aged well at all.

    Harmony of Dissonance - A shameless rip-off of Symphony in the best way. Simple but very functional combat, infinite dashing, INTERIOR DECORATING. And just some absolutely bonkers and amazing environments and use of colors. It's an eye-searing psychodelic nightmare in a way we'll never see again but is also absolutely my shit. I'm just kicking myself for having skipped this game when it came out and just never playing it.

    Onward back to revisit Aria of Sorrow now!

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