Castlevania: Circle of the Moon

When I played Castlevania: Symphony of the Night for the first time a few months ago, I was looking for some grand thematic statement about good and evil. That is exactly what I found as I made my way through the castle, though not in the way I had assumed. Mostly devoid of exposition, Symphony [...]

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Revisiting Assassin’s Creed

At the beginning of 2008, I purchased my first PlayStation 3. The eighth generation of home video game consoles (specifically Sony's PS3 and Microsoft's Xbox 360) had begun delivering experiences that were truly new. The prices of high definition televisions were beginning to drop. And I still had enough free time to devote embarrassing amounts [...]

Exploring The Metroidvania

In June of 2017, the Retronauts podcast released their first episode in a series on the evolution of the Metroidvania, a term used commonly used to describe platforming games with a heavy focus on exploration and expanding powers. Over the course of several episodes, the hosts established a historical through-line from the prototypes that laid [...]