Random Ramblings Vol.11 : Castlevania…Back to Metroidvania or go to a new direction?

So, the new Lords of Shadows 2 is out and walkthroughs have hit youtube as well as interviews and reviews showing the improvements that the new Castlevania has over the other Lords of Shadow games. I still wonder what will be next for the Castlevania series.
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Random Ramblings Vol.10 : Dragon Ball Z Battle of Z, the missed opportunity and the squandered potential!

The latest Dragon Ball is a disappointment…not because it is a bad idea to begin with or due to execution…largely…but due to Bandai Namco’s usual release schedule and scam-y attitude of “we release dates not games” that Activision and EA seem to have mastered by now. As you may guess, this greatly squanders and hampers any proper or even innovative ideas the developer may have.
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Random Ramblings Vol.08 : Dissidia Madness!!

Ah, Dissidia. The first game that ever taught me what “hype” was and the first game I was forced to do serious search and research upon and the japanese language in general to understand what was going on. While some games I had bought before that were in japanese and were japanese-heavy in text, they already had guides in english and explained the hiragana / furigana / kanji the games had so it wasn’t much of a problem for me. This one was new for the time and I would buy it the same time as everyone else and I certainly couldn’t wait for who knows how many months before it had a guide, I couldn’t wait anymore…I had been waiting for 10 years already and the trailer that made my dreams come true was hitting me hard on the head with its awesomeness.

Needless to say that when Cloud and Squall were announced, I was ecstatic, but a bit dissapointed that Tifa wasn’t in the game and neither was Auron or Lulu, but my two favourite leads and Ocarina of Time Link’s “rival” would finally be playable in an action game and it was enough for me. And in December of 2008, I finally had it my hands and have clocked in over 600 hours in just the first game.

5 years later, I still crave for more Dissidia but not necessarily the Final Fantasy one anymore. Maybe this one isn’t so random as other ramblings, just maybe but for this post I’m going to write about the manga, anime, visual novels, tokusatsu and even other video game series that can benefit from the gameplay system of Dissidia should they ever be or are in need for a good fighting game.
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Random Ramblings Vol.07 : Extreme repetition is bad!

This time, I’m going to ramble a bit…for real. This time the subject is about the theme of repetition in game series. The main offenders I’m thinking of are CounterGearsOfHonourMadden8000++! and to a lesser extend though not as much, PokeMon, Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest and the Warrirors series. Yes, I know, I’m prepared to die by rapid fans as I write this.
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Random Ramblings Vol.05 : Visual Novels for Portable systems and ports to them!

Oh, god I know I’m gonna get killed now. But before that, please hear me out. This is not a post about Visual Novels or VNs being ported to consoles, portable or not, it’s about very certain VNs that can be ported or didn’t get ported and the fans are left wondering why.
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Random Ramblings Vol.04 : Remakes and whatnot!

Having updated my Power Rangers game,finished my exams and seeing the Gargoyle trilogy episode of the Happy Video Game Nerd, I decided to make this little post and share my wisdom-Oo, who the fuck am I kidding? I’ll just puke my stupid thoughts and opinions about remakes, HD, retraux and whatnot.
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Random Ramblings Vol.03 : Celebrating 40 years of Nagai Go Goodness

Time for more random ramblings…boy, this blog has more than that, instead of gaming. Well, the reason is that currently I’m busy with exams for the semester and translating my game projects to plain english while making new ones. But enough about that!

This year marks the 40 year aniversary of two rather legendary series, two series by non other than the favoured assistance of Ishinomori Shoutaro himslef, Nagai Go! This year, it’s Mazinger Z and Devilman’s birthday.
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Random Ramblings Vol.02 : For greater Justice!

Well, Kamen Rider Fourze is ending but on a high note as usual for the last few years. By ending, Kamen Rider Generations 2 and the new Climax Heroes games are coming out…eventually. I wonder why the Power Rangers aren’t getting on with it?
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