Post by Nester the Lark on Jun 2, 2018 12:37:56 GMT -5
So, anyone else been playing Curse of the Moon?
I've been playing it for the past week. It's a good faux NES-style game that captures the pace and gameplay of classic Castlevania pretty well (maybe too well in some ways). At first, it seemed a little insubstantial, but it was when I started replaying it in the extra game modes that it started to sink in exactly what it was going for, and it just got better from there.
My concern is that Bloodstained, as a series, may stick a little too closely to Castlevania. If it's truly going to be a spiritual successor, then it needs to stand on its own, otherwise it'll be nothing more than an imitation that never escapes Castlevania's shadow. Additionally, there are already many other indie games that put their own unique spins on the metroidvania formula.
That said, I understand that mimicking NES Castlevania is kind of the whole point of Curse of the Moon, and satisfies fans that are mainly looking for nostalgia.
I think maybe it also does a good job of establishing some point of reference for the main game. It's a little strange that the debut of Bloodstained is a small side-game that may not even be canon, but as a jumping off point, maybe it can help diffuse some of the expectations people form in their heads about what Bloodstained will be. Maybe it'll feel natural going from an 8-bit Castlevania clone to a modern metroidvania with a setting and characters people are already familiar with.
Post by nocturnal YL on Jun 3, 2018 2:58:35 GMT -5
I'm fairly certain that we don't have many overlaps in this forum, especially when it comes to third party games.
I can't say anything regarding something I haven't even looked into before, but I do agree that it's generally not a good idea of indie games imitating abother series too closely. Besides the problem of establishing identity, I also found it very disrespectful towards the owners of the original series. There's also the problem of games imitating in form only without really understanding what made the original great, although I have yet to hear about that with Bloodstained.
Post by Nester the Lark on Jun 3, 2018 11:49:39 GMT -5
I realize no one else is playing it, but I at least wanted to give the illusion of discussion.
As for spiritual successors, Bloodstained is being worked on by some former Castlevania staff, notably producer Koji Igarashi and composer Michiru Yamane, so I think they understand the style and gameplay of Castlevania. But the problem is that Bloodstained, as a brand new IP, doesn't have a legacy to lean on. With Castlevania, you could expect connections and references to other games through lore, characters, or music. Those are things that keep fans invested in the series. But with Bloodstained, even though, for example, it has the same music composer, we're not going to hear new versions of classic music. It'll just be similarly styled.
Curse of the Moon can help alleviate the problem slightly by introducing the basic beginning of a legacy before the main game comes out, but it's impossible for it to provide what Castlevania had build up over the years.
And that's why it's important for Bloodstained to stand on its own. It needs its own hook, or some way to stand apart from Castlevania, otherwise it's just a copy that's harder to get invested in.
I suppose the silver lining, though, in this case, is that Castlevania was built on a lot of public domain material. Konami does not own Dracula, vampires, castles, werewolves, demons, Frankenstein's monster, etc., and Bloodstained can make as much use of that as it wants. It just has to use it in a different context.
Post by Nester the Lark on Aug 20, 2018 11:41:39 GMT -5
Well, Ritual of the Night is officially delayed to 2019 (apparently to address feedback from the recent backer beta demo). Also, Vita version is cancelled. Backers who chose the Vita are given the option to either change platforms or get a refund.
Post by Nester the Lark on Feb 13, 2019 18:37:56 GMT -5
So, Ritual of the Night is looking good. I like the "inversion" mechanic. It's a good nod to Symphony of the Night, as well as a unique gimmick to help give the game its own identity. A metroidvania has to be more than just a metroidvania to stand out among today's indie games, even if it's by one of the people who helped define the genre.
Post by Nester the Lark on May 2, 2019 10:13:53 GMT -5
Ritual of the Night is officially launching June 25 on Switch (June 18 on all other platforms).
Here's a funny new trailer comparing the new and improved visuals to the old, uh, "poop" graphics.
I'm not really a stickler for graphics, but I hope the game runs well on Switch. There were reports of severe performance problems with the Switch version at PAX East. It was later said that it was affected by the demo units overheating, combined with the game not being fully optimized yet.
As it is, the Switch version runs at 30 fps (compared with 60 fps for the other versions).
It's pretty crap right now and I've only played docked. I even got a bug which crashed the game just exploring the castle. Everything also looks really muddy, the character models in cutscenes just look off, it almost feels like a Wii game ported to Switch. I certainly will NOT be supporting any Kickstarters in the future after this.
In hindsight, I think they delayed the Switch version specifically to bury this news.
Post by Nester the Lark on Oct 31, 2019 18:30:44 GMT -5
The first major patch for the Switch version has just been released. (Cheeky releasing it on Halloween.) Version 1.0.3 purports to fix input lag, crashes, loading times, and visual fidelity. Version 1.0.4 is due out by the end of November, but it sounds more like it will just be for extra polish (and possibly address any issues with 1.0.3.)
I'm still waiting for a proper comparison video. What I've seen so far does show vastly improved loading times, but you can't really tell much else from a video. Hopefully Gamexplain will do one.
I still want to pick this up. It's a pretty good price right now. Just gonna wait for some more impressions.
nocturnal YL: My current plan is to play Atelier Firis DX now, which online guides suggest is long. Atelier Lydie & Suelle DX will likewise be long (longer than the original too, due to DLC, DX additions and I'll make the best items). I'll maybe play Ys Origin after.
Jun 14, 2021 10:28:43 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Not sure about what I'll play after. Another Atelier game will probably be out by then, either completing the Secret series or giving us Arland 5. Either way, I'll probably play those before going elsewhere. Dusk will have to wait for quite a bit…
Jun 14, 2021 10:31:02 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: Wondering if I should get Mario Golf at launch or wait a couple of months. I have so many other things to play that my gaming (and wallet) might need a little breathing room.
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Nester the Lark: The problem with playing Hyrule Warriors and a modern Ys game at the same time is that even though the combat feels somewhat similar, the controls are completely different, and I get confused.
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Shrikeswind: Yeah I'm here, but kinda vaguely. Sorry, I haven't had too much to say lately.
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Shrikeswind: By the way, I don't know if you guys have been keeping up with OCR on YouTube, but apparently they're dropping an album for a game I grew up on, Jet Force Gemini. Really pumped; I'll post a review when they finish.
Jul 8, 2021 11:30:44 GMT -5
Shrikeswind: Or at least when my Top 3 from that game are on the Toobz. Just one more song to go.
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Nester the Lark: I feel like I've been neglecting the forum more than usual lately. Been distracted by other things. I'll try to post something when I get the chance.
Jul 16, 2021 10:38:22 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I don't have time to make posts. Atelier Firis DX takes forever to play. When I'm not playing, I'm in a read-only mode, reading guides and watching (unrelated) videos.
Jul 17, 2021 13:25:38 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: On that note, I'll probably make a review on the whole trilogy, so it will be a while until I talk about these games in details here. I can say Atelier Firis DX has far exceeded my expectation and has taken over Totori as my 3rd fav.
Jul 17, 2021 13:31:06 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Uh, I take that back. Atelier Firis has a lot of merits, but also a lot of drawbacks. It's extremely tedious for 100% completion, and there are all kinds of other flaws. Still good for the exploration aspect and certain plots like Liane's character events.
Aug 9, 2021 13:38:12 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I don't know where I'd place it. A bit above Atelier Totori? A bit below it? I still think it's pretty good, at any rate. If only they could keep this game's engine but dial back its scale and make a traditional Atelier. Totally not foreshadowing anything.
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Nester the Lark: I've finished Ys IX, so I'll be working on a detailed write-up and comparison with Ys VIII.
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Spud: I try to keep up with here, but the proboard RSS feed suuuucks. And Thunderbird is barely passable as a feed aggregator. I feel like the internet was just better in 2007.
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Nester the Lark: I may have a little time to catch my breath...
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nocturnal YL: Game progress update: Atelier Lydie & Suelle DX — defeated Falgior, so it's about 1/3 done (about 1/4 if I count post-game item grinding); WarioWare: Get It Together! — played up to the staff credits (about 5%, I guess).
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nocturnal YL: This pic is how I'd rate my games on Nintendo Switch so far (subject to change). Numbers are meant to show relative positions; like temperatures in °C and °F, absolute values don't mean much.
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