One Controller Port Podcast: Episode 22 – Peachy Beachy

This week I talk about Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash, Dragon Quest X on PS4, some adventure game fun as well as a the Castlevania Soul System.

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Drawing a New Card for Bloodstained

This article is a reworking of my Video Gaming Bits Tumblr Post for Circle of the Moon

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About a year ago I wrote an impressions piece on Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night’s E3 2016 demo. The ultimate point was that it’s a title that dares only to find how close it can get to Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow without receiving legal action from Konami. Unfortunately, what has been shown since has done little to sway my position. I stand by that original article in full, outside of Inti Creates no longer being involved in development.

In presenting this argument, I’m often asked “well, what do you want from Bloodstained, then?” It’s a hard question to give a direct answer to. Nevertheless, just looking at Castlevania’s history shows that there’s definitely room to wiggle around within the pre-existing formula. However, the example I’ll be using is from a game Koji Igarashi had little to no involvement with –  Circle of the Moon.

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Bloodstained: Weighed Down by the Baggage of Castlevania

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Kickstarter has been great for developers launching spiritual successors to their dead franchises. While they may not be able to continue the beloved worlds and characters these series offered, they can at least keep working with the core design and bring the fans with them. It also acts a fresh start – letting developers experiment and create new elements without being tied down by franchise expectations.

In the case of Koji Igarashi’s Bloodstained, it’s unabashedly Castlevania to an extreme.

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