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October 27th can't come quickly enough.
The basic premise of Castlevania is that Dracula lost his wife and wants to take his revenge on mankind for taking her life. The first episode focuses on Dracula and you really feel for him and understand why he decides to become a super villain. I was very surprised at how much I loved the story and how the choices the show creators made I didn't really expect. I was expecting some generic vampire hunter show and what I felt very fresh and original. The first season is an interesting take on religion, science and how power is used to control people. I didn't expect that Castlevania would start the show on such a pro-science bend but it does and it's an entirely surprising focus in a universe that is primarily focused on sword and sorcery. Kind of strange to consider but the Castlevania show expertly juggles science, religion, magic and monsters in such a way I was really impressed.
Simon Belmont is the main character of the show and he starts out as a defeated drifter who literally gets the shit kicked out of him when we first meet him. I really enjoyed Simon's character and the voice acting by Richard Armitage is superb. Other characters are brought in over the course of the four episodes but I don't want to spoil anything by telling you who it is.
The show feels like it's taking notes from Castlevania III and Symphony of the Night. Castlevania III is the highlight of the NES series for me but the show doesn't feel like it's a direct companion to the NES games. Frankly I really enjoy the fresh take on this universe, religion, science and the like so having the Netflix show have only light parallels to the video game is entirely fine by me.
If you have Netflix and are curious to watch the show I recommend you check it out. My only cautionary tale is that you take heed to the content as this show is very dark, bloody and contains some shocking stuff.
This will be the first of a couple posts where I highlight the runs from Summer Games Done Quick 2017 so expect a few more of these over the coming weeks.
Kyatto Ninden Teyandee OR Samurai Pizza Cat is a relatively unknown NES Japanese game in the states. Usedpizza blows through the game with ease and it's a fun run to watch because it's always good to see games i've never heard of be played quickly.
Marble Madness by Elipsis in 2:56? I don't think I ever beat the third level to NES Marble Madness but this madman beats it in 2:56? Yowzer.
Startropics by thetantalus in 1:07:12. Star Tropics is a really interesting RPG that is fairly well known but doesn't get as much attention as it deserves. Most likely because Star Tropics came out in 1990 and the Super Nintendo dropped in 91 and it was looked over in favor of the amazing 16-bit crunch of the Super Nintendo.
Portal 2 by Azorae in 45:19 sounnds normal except that it's the co-op missions and both parts are played entirely by Azorae. Azorae uses two sets of inputs to beat this game in 45 minutes, something I'm not sure I could do without having my brain explode.
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse by Chelney in 31:54. Dropping this run here because Castlevania III is the highlight of the series for me. Chelney's run is really good and at 31 minutes, he has it down to a science.
Doom (2016) by TheFuncannon in 1:18:35 might as well be called "Rail jumping, the guide to doing crazy shit in Doom 2016." Basically The Funcannon exploits broken jump mechanics to clip out of bounds to skip a ton of the game. He does actually shoot the gun a couple times though and I wonder with further refinement if you could complete Doom as a mostly pacifist run?
Super Mario 64 by cheese05 in 1:41:40 is a fun run to watch because not only does Cheese collect all 120 stars very quickly but the couch does a great job of explaining whats going on. A good run is made by a good runner but the better the running commentary the better the run and this is a good example of that.
Super Panga World by DoDeChehedron in 33:23 is great run of an insane Super Mario World ROM hack called Super Panga World. You can really only beat Super Panga World if you have an incredibly deep understanding of Super Mario World and DoDeChehedron absolutely does and makes this nuts ROM hack look easy. The commentary on this one is also quite funny and very interesting making it well worth watching.
Metroid Fusion by JRP2234 in 1:31:46 was an inspiring run primarily because of how skilled JRP is when he runs it. He makes few mistakes and pulls off some very challenging strats for a run I couldn't stop watching.
"Taking a nostalgic look back at the 'compact disc read only memory' experience! Especially in regards to computer gaming and software in the 1990s. Redbook audio, full motion video, a vast 650+ megabytes of storage, ahh good times."
Feral Games is putting Shadow of Mordor GoTY on sale for $4 and to sweeten the chance you give it a shot making the game entirely free to play for the next couple days. $4? Totally free to play for a couple days? Seems like a good time to try it out on PC.
"The first steps you’ll take to join the Knights of the Frozen Throne will be within Icecrown Citadel. There you’ll be faced with eight Missions – new single-player content for Hearthstone. Beginning with the Prologue, and then proceeding through grueling battles with Icecrown Citadel’s mightiest denizens, your trial will culminate in a showdown with the Lich King!
Though you risk your soul merely by entering Icecrown Citadel, the Missions will cost you nothing! The rewards for braving them, however, are enticing indeed: after completing all the Missions, you’ll receive a total of three Knights of the Frozen Throne card packs. Completing the Prologue mission will also add a random Legendary Death Knight Hero card to your collection!"
What do you think of Knights of the Frozen Throne? Does this expansion look like something you will play when it comes out in August?
The Games Done Quick charity run is something I look forward to watching twice a year and it's always good to donate to a great cause!
The story in The Old Blood is present but dialed down significantly from The New Order. I'm 2 hours into The Old Blood and so far the lack of focus on the story is my only critique of it. Old Blood is a great Wolfenstein shooter but lacks somewhat compared to the deep narrative that made The New Order special.
Right now the entire Wolfenstein franchise is marked down on Steam so if you have an itch to kill a ton of Nazis it's a good time to pick it up.
The action on the controller looks like the best of the NES and Super NES world with the analog thumbsticks styled similarly to the Gamecube / Dual Shock controllers. Gizmodo called the NES30 Pro "the best controller for the Switch" and from what I've seen, I don't find that hard to believe.
StarCraft Remastered comes with the added bonus of being entirely playable via multiplayer with the free StarCraft Anthology released earlier this year. Is anyone planning on picking up as i'm curious if people want to get in a game of multiplayer afterward?
This is the first episode of Cheerful Ghost Radio and as such we are still tweaking things to create a great show. Let us know your thoughts on the new show and anything we can do to improve things! For now you can only listen to the show on the website at some point soon you will be able to subscribe to the show in your favorite Podcast app! Curious how people listen to Podcasts so let us know what you use so when we publish the show broadly we can make sure it works in the apps you use!
Cygnus Destroyer runs The Super Mario Brothers Movie through the Innocent Until Proven Guilty court and I thought his verdict was fair. What do you think though? Is the Super Mario Brothers movie a gaming film classic or is it a steaming pile of goomba poop we all need to let go of?