Between the imminent arrival of Halloween, the continuation of Netflix’s cartoon miniseries and the recent influx of indie metroidvania games, now is the perfect moment to take a deep dive into the history of the Castlevania series and determine which battle against Count Dracula is the best battle against Count Dracula. I’ve pulled together a list of every single Castlevania video game I could find this side of the old Tiger Electronics LCD handheld game. Some of them are remarkably terrible, but for the most part, Castlevania games hover somewhere between “good” and “masterpiece.” 36. CR Pachinko Akumajou Dracula (Arcade, 2015) This Japan-only arcade amusement appeared right around the time it became clear that Konami was less interested in making video games than it was in slapping the imagery and names of its beloved game properties on unrelated ventures. To make things worse, it decided to sell this by-the-numbers gambling game with the promise … [Read more...] about The best Castlevania games
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I'm not keen on mincing words on this one. H.P Lovecraft was a racist and before you go making an argument for separating the art from the artist, let's be clear on another point: so are his stories. They encompass other problematic elements too, of course - misogyny, homophobia. Right down to their core, right down to the very themes that recur throughout his works, you'll find the hateful perspective he had of the world: the ignorance of someone who viewed anything unlike himself with revulsion. While he drew inspiration from works predating him, what Lovecraft gave to the genre of cosmic horror was his hate. Which is now video games' problem. For decades video games have been regurgitating the themes, plots and aesthetics of his stories with not one ounce of scrutiny. The half-breed monsters that embody the very essence of Lovecraft's revulsion, the troubled white male heroes that contain his arrogance and his gross simplification of mental illness are recreated in video games with … [Read more...] about Games really need to fall out of love with Lovecraft
The best PC games With unparalleled accessibility and endless upgradability, it’s no wonder that millions of gamers around the world think PC is the best place to play. Because of the platform’s history, curating a list of every great PC game throughout the ages would be a tough task, so we’ve put together a list of modern titles that’re the best PC games to spend your time with right now. So, in alphabetical order, here’re 50 of the best PC games around. Cities Skylines – Honorable mentions: Prison Architect, Tropico 5 In an alternate universe where EA and Maxis didn’t drop the ball, this slot is occupied by the latest and greatest SimCity release. In fact, Cities: Skylines developer Colossal Order was miserably certain its project wouldn’t be greenlit thanks to SimCity’s announcement – but its subsequent pratfall only made Paradox more eager to bring PC gamers what they wanted most. The best way to describe Cities: … [Read more...] about The best PC games around – essential pick-ups from every genre
Last week, GOG kicked off its Summer Sale in full, offering thousands of discounts with up to 90 per cent off, and even asked us to pick a bunch of our top choices for our very own collection, which was nice - and a lovely excuse to mention Bioforge again. The Summer Sale finishes up this weekend, so GOG's gone and given us a big batch of 350 game keys to give away to you dear readers as a thank you for making the whole thing a bit of a success. All you've got to do is follow the instructions on the widget below and you're good to go. The games themselves will be randomly selected from an assortment that featured in the GOG Summer Sale range. There are ten copies of the truly wonderful Night in the Woods up for grabs amongst the titles on offer, while some of the others featured include To The Moon, System Shock 2, The Witcher series, Into The Breach, Grim Fandango Remastered, Cook, Serve, Delicious 2, Absolver, Hotline Miami 1 and 2, Reigns, Ruiner, Soma, The Witness and a whole bunch … [Read more...] about Fancy winning one of 350 games, including Night in the Woods?
Jump scares are often considered cheap scares, and to some extent that reputation is justified. I've played games and seen films where the scares are exhausting rather than exciting, and they're not much more sophisticated than someone jumping out of a cupboard and shouting 'boo'. Context is everything, though—jump scares can be a valid device in horror if it doesn't feel like the only thing the creators are throwing at you. "If you don’t do the suspense correctly," said James Wan, director of movies like The Conjuring and Saw, back in 2016, "then your jump scares are not going to work." The same principle applies to games. Fear tactics "They definitely have a place," says Dion Lay, who was one of the writers on Alien: Isolation at Creative Assembly, when I ask about jump scares. "One of the reasons I love horror is because the genre is wide enough to be so many different things—slasher, ghost story, even comedy—and there are so many tools to use. Jump scares … [Read more...] about What horror game creators think about jump scares