I got my hands on the newest Castlevania title for the Nintendo DS, Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia. I haven’t been waiting with baited breath for this game but i have been itching to get my hands on a new Castlevania title since i found out about the fighting game called Catlevania: Judgment. So here is my review of the game:
Plot: taking place sometime after the events in Symphony of the Night, the Belmont clan has disappeared and several groups have appeared to pick up the slack. One of these is a group called the Order of Ecclesia who have created a powerful weapon to destroy Dracula, a powerful glyph call Domina, who they plan to implant on one of their greatest warriors, a woman known as Shanoa. During the ceremony, Albus, a member of the Order, interrupts and steals Domina during the binding ceremony. This leave Shanoa with amnesia and no emotions. Three weeks later she is sent by the leader of the Order to hunt down Albus and return Domina.
Game Mechanics: OOE returns to some of the Castlevania roots by using a two-handed weapon system via SOFTN. Instead of weapons such as swords, whips, and cudgels; Shonoa uses gylphs. These glyphs are basically magical symbols which Shanoa can absorb onto her skin and they resemble tattoos. Shanoa can equip one or two glyphs onto her right and left arms. She can also use a technique called “Glyph Union” which allows her to combine glyphs for a special effect or weapon for a moment. The glyphs use MP and the Union uses hearts. Thankfully the MP meter quickly refills, making it more of a stamina meter then a magic meter. In another take from other games such as Curse of Darkness and Simon’s Quest, you don’t start out at Dracula’s infamous castle but instead you travel across the land, entering towns and certain areas where you fight generic monsters and bosses. Glyphs appear from defeating enemies or in statues or treasure chests. You can leave a stage at anytime just by walking back to the start point and even go back to previous areas to pick up new items, shop, or just refill your health at a save point.
Graphics: The graphics of this game are pretty good. The backgrounds are much more interesting then the last two outings but still there is a bland repetitiveness that does creep in after a while.
Music: Need I say it? The music has a bold feel and quality to it. Instead of the usual jazzy, hard rockfest that kinda depresses, much of the music I’ve heard so far is upbeat in a Castlevania sort of way. I may get the soundtrack for this game.
Final Thoughts: I’m glad they finally put a woman as the lead in a Castlevania game and they did a great job. They only problem i had is they made her another stereotype. Shanoa is an emotionless doll, with all the sex appeal of Rei Ayanami. But i must admit, its a refreshing change from silver-haired, androgynous emo-fags that they’ve been putting out as of late
Not much. I went to my cousin JJ’s wedding on Saturday. I’ve done nothing but work and play video games. Well i also went job hunting. I tried out for PTI and for the post office. I’m not expecting much from either but it may be the best deal i’ve got. I need a second job. I need one badly. I really want the job with PTI though because i want to travel. And PTi will alow me to do that. Other then that I have my PS2 back from Mike so I’ve been playing MegaMan X Collection just for the hell of it. I also just bought a used copy of Outrun 2006 Coast to Coast. Now i love this game and the music is tight. But i’m still playing X6 so i’ll try to finish that as quickly as possible so I get back to OR2006. Unless i get too caught up in Megaman Battle & Chase which is quickly becoming a fun game.
I’ve been looking for the song played during on of the Sonic Unleashed trailers. The song is called “Endless Possibilities”. I finally found a recording of it. Its a great song and i’m gonna burn it soon. But what I also found was a lot of whining and complaining, numerous forums about STH games and so many people whining about what they hate about the last 10 years of Sonic games. Weather its the music, graphics, or gameplay. Personally, I’ve only seriously disliked 3 sonic games over the years, Shadow the Hedgehog, Sonic Advance 3, and Sonic 3D Blast. I give Sonic Heroes a C rating because it was O.k.. BUt the major complaint I hear from some of these so-called Sonic fans is: Where’s the speed, why can’t they be fast like the Genesis days? They can do that. In fact they could go back and make good ole’ fashioned 2D games like Sonic 3. Then would these people stop bitching like spoiled, whiney children? In fact they have made such games. The Sonic Advance and Sonic Rush series both have a lot of speed in them But the big boy systems can’t simply just make a pure speed game, there is no use in creating a game that simple since it wouldn’t work well with the system. Personally i’m happy with what i’ve seen so far from Sonic Unleashed. I hope to see alot more.
Well the main reason i hadn’t written in so long (other then just forgetting and being busy) is the first person shooters (FPS) Painkiller: Overdose and Prey. I’ll get straight to the point. Painkiller: OD was a waste of about twenty dollars plus. The game was buggy and the graphics were crappy. I bought the game because i had heard so many great things about the previous games Painkiller and Painkiller: Bound for Hell. But PK: OD is total crap! I really can’t figure out why the game producers let something so buggy get out. I actually had to go to the site of a anonymous gamer who created a patch for the game just so i could play past the fourth stage without the game crashing, and in turn crashing my computer. Hint, hint asshats! If someone who buys your game has to go to a third person with no credentials to fix your game then you suck and you need to turn in your game programming permit! I finally beat the game after dealing with it’s flaws for more then a week. I had to use some cheat codes though. Thankfully “Prey” was a lot better. The game was just short, it took me less then four days to beat it and the total time i played the game was only nine hours plus the ending. But the graphics, music and voice talent was great. They even had Art Bell from Coast to Coast AM do some voice acting. It was so cool! But i digress it is 1 a.m. and I need some sleep. Well Good night all!
I’ve been listening to this song a number of times since i burned it onto a CD. I haven’t had a song truly move me in a while but this song has done so. It kinda makes me angry that it moves me so much. But it does. It brings back a lot of good, sad memories. Its funny because the song fits the ending of Final Fantasy XII better then Rouge Galaxy. Which is where i thought i had it from. But i’ve been listening to it on and off all day today and it’s made me cry at least once. It brings back a lot of good memories with Stacey and even some with Sarah. *sigh*