Connect with us

Netflix has finally released a trailer for its upcoming Castlevania show, and it looks promising.

The trailer opens with a man blowing into a fake Castlevania cartridge and loading it into an old and worn NES console connected to a CRTV. The television then displays a Netflix-themed screen right out of a bootleg NES game, complete with intentionally amateurish rendering and poorly spaced lettering. Obviously, the art directors of the show have a sense of humor and pay close attention to detail. And, the television displays a small blurb about Castlevania’s plot:

The last surviving member of a disgraced clan fights to save Eastern Europe from Dracula. Inspired by the classic NES game…

Last surviving member of a disgraced clan? Well, isn’t that an intriguing bit of backstory. The blurb obviously pertains to the Belmont clan, the protagonists of almost every Castlevania game, but why are the Belmonts disgraced? Why is this particular member the “last surviving” one? I certainly hope these questions are answered in the show.

The meat of the trailer demonstrates that the Castlevania show will use a mix of 2D anime aesthetics and 3D graphics. Furthermore, the show will not shy away from violence or blood, and judging by the music, will have a dark atmosphere. However, the most important aspect of the trailer is the introduction of the characters. A man with a whip is clearly the Belmont in question, but the trailer also shows off a female spell caster and a vampire with a sword. One can safely assume that they are Trevor Belmont, Sypha Belnades, and Alucard respectively, which would imply the show will be an adaptation of Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse. On further examination, this makes sense since the Belmonts were in exile at the beginning of that game. However, longtime Castlevania fans no doubt realize that Castlevania III had a fourth playable character, Grant Danasty, who is absent from the trailer. Perhaps he will be introduced later in the series? We will have to wait until July 7th to find out.

Netflix’s Castlevania show is produced by Adi Shankar (The Grey, Dredd), written by Warren Ellis (Dead Space, Justice League Unlimited episode “Dark Heart”), and animated by Frederator Studios (Adventure Time, Bravest Warriors). Given the names attached to this show, I am confident it will be entertaining and faithful to the source material.

All you have to do to get my attention is talk about video games, technology, anime, and/or Dungeons & Dragons - also people in spandex fighting rubber suited monsters.

Gaming

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth’s Retry Wording Has Been Updated in a Subtle Manner

blank

Published

on

blank

Despite the numerous praises players have showered upon Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth, there is one particular aspect of the game that has garnered nothing but criticism: the perplexing wording of its retry screen, which players encounter when facing a Game Over. Fortunately, the developers have discreetly resolved this issue in the game’s latest patch. They have fixed the Platinum Trophy progression, resulting in a slightly less confusing experience for players.

If you don’t possess exceptional combat abilities, chances are you’ve come across the game’s notorious four options: “Retry from Current Battle, Retry from This Battle, Retry from Before Battle, or Resume.”. As an avid gamer, I must admit that I’ve experienced the frustration of losing precious time due to my own foolish mistake. In this particular instance, I found myself engrossed in fine-tuning my matrix and equipping my party, only to have it all go to waste when I encountered a formidable enemy. To compound my error, I made the ill-advised decision to retry the battle, resulting in an hour of agonizing repetition. Lesson learned!

The “Retry from This Battle” option has become a source of frustration for players who are struggling with the game’s final boss encounter, leading to a significant number of rage-quits. Without giving away any surprises, opting for that choice after being defeated would result in players being sent back to the beginning of the final boss encounter, needlessly forcing them to forfeit approximately an hour’s worth of hard-earned progress in battle.

After the update, players now have the option to select “Retry from the Current Phase” instead of “Retry from Before the Current Battle.”. It’s worth noting that this change is only slightly improved. It’s rather disappointing that the screen is overly convoluted, which may lead to players feeling frustrated. While it’s better late than never, we can’t help but wonder if this issue will persist in the future.

 

Continue Reading

Gaming

Baldur’s Gate 3 has received an impressive haul of 5 BAFTA Awards, with the prestigious title of Best Game among them

blank

Published

on

blank

Baldur’s Gate 3 continues to solidify its position as a standout title, garnering five prestigious BAFTA awards, including the highly coveted Best Game accolade. In addition to the top accolade of the evening, the RPG created by the talented team at Larian Studios also emerged victorious in the categories of narrative, music, players’ choice, and performer in a supporting role.

Several games for the PS5 and PS4 received BAFTA awards. Alan Wake 2 won for Audio Achievement, Cyberpunk 2077 was recognized as an Evolving Game, Viewfinder was named the Best British Game, and Nadji Jeter received the Performer in a Leading Role award for his portrayal of Miles Morales in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2.

Standing on the stage that night, Swen Vincke, the founder of Larian Studios, expressed his disbelief: “It’s truly incredible to be here.” The effort and dedication poured into creating Baldur’s Gate 3 is truly commendable. It’s truly remarkable, and I extend my gratitude to Bafta and everyone involved.

Here are the winners of the BAFTA awards for 2024:

  • Debut game: Venba
  • Audio achievement: Alan Wake 2
  • Multiplayer: Super Mario Bros. Wonder
  • Evolving game: Cyberpunk 2077
  • Game design: Dave the Diver
  • British game: Viewfinder
  • Artistic achievement: Alan Wake 2
  • New intellectual property — Viewfinder
  • Narrative: Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Performer in a supporting role: Andrew Wincott, Raphael in Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Family — Super Mario Bros. Wonder
  • EE Players’ Choice — Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Animation — Hi-Fi Rush
  • Music — Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Game Beyond Entertainment — Tchia
  • Technical achievement: The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
  • Performer in a leading role — Nadji Jeter, Miles Morales in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
  • Best game: Baldur’s Gate 3

 

Continue Reading

Gaming

V Rising embraces its theme by introducing a Legacy of Castlevania crossover DLC

blank

Published

on

blank

V Rising, a vampiric RPG, made its debut on PC in 2022 and is set to grace the PS5 in 2024. The game clearly showcased a strong influence from Castlevania. Now, Stunlock Studios is fully embracing the opportunity, officially teaming up with Konami for a captivating DLC with a gothic twist.

Featured in The Triple-i Initiative’s recent digital indie showcase, Legacy of Castlevania offers players the opportunity to immerse themselves in the timeless visuals of hair, cloth, and character design from one of the most beloved vampire franchises in gaming history. The pack is set to be released in May, and it’s possible that we’ll gain further insights into the PS5 port at that time. In the upcoming game, players will have the chance to encounter the renowned vampire hunter Simon Belmont, who will serve as a formidable adversary. Additionally, fans will be delighted to know that they can dress up as the enigmatic Vampire Prince, Alucard, with a special cosplay set.

There will be three distinct shapeshifting variants for players to fully embrace the darkness. Among the options available are the Wolf Form Variant, Soul of the Wolf; the Human Form Variant, Glamour of Maria Renard; and the Toad Form Variant, Guise of The Flea Man. In addition, you’ll have access to luxurious furniture and decorations to adorn your sanctuary, creating an atmosphere reminiscent of a gothic masterpiece.

Did V Rising catch your attention? What are your thoughts on the Legacy of Castlevania collaboration? We eagerly await your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

Continue Reading

Trending