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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Nintendo's Switch has carved out a sizeable share of the gaming market by offering something genuinely unique - a state-of-the-art handheld that also doubles up as a decent home console. Despite a spec disadvantage in terms of pure performance, it's been a genuine pleasure to chart the progress of the console. When we first saw it way back in January 2017, it was easy to dismiss it as a portable Wii U. Now we know it's much, much more - and its success begs the question: could Sony or Microsoft follow suit with console hybrids of their own?Well, if we're talking about complete compatibility with the existing PS4/Xbox One software, the answer is fairly straightforward - it's much easier to scale up a mobile device to run on a living room flatpanel than it is to take a traditional console and scale it down to run on the go. And in actual fact, this 'mobile first' strategy isn't exactly exclusive to Nintendo - the Maxwell technology on which the Tegra X1 is based was built from the ground … [Read more...] about In Theory: Could Sony produce a PS4 Switch-style console hybrid?