Friday, October 15, 2010
Today Screenshot Friday is more like ‘relevant game photo’ day since I have been out of town all week on business and haven’t touched a controller since last Saturday. Before leaving for North Dakota I was able to finish Minerva’s Den, which I will write more about later (spoiler: loved it), and start a game in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. Heading into the world of Castlevania is a new experience for me-I am one of the few longtime gamers out there who has never played any of the others in the series. I know, you’re shocked! Well, maybe you’d be more shocked if you knew just how much I love vampires (I love them. A lot.). I am currently only a couple of hours into LoS and so far it’s been a hit and miss experience. I think the world is beautiful, but the combat is boring. The NPCs look fantastic, but the first puzzle I encountered was uninspired. I am currently stuck on the most ridiculous and time wasting titan battle I have ever encountered in my entire gaming life (yes, I get it, RT is grip, you can stop telling me now-oh, and you can die in a fire, Mr. Ice Titan). I knew it was going to be hard-I’ve heard the rumors about how challenging the Castlevania games can be, but the scale seems off. I have a really hard time liking games that ramp up the difficulty unexpectedly-I am way more comfortable with a gradual climb. I admit I did throw the controller to the floor halfway through this battle in frustration, but then I had one of those ‘I’m not going to let this game get to me-I’m better than this, dammit’ moments and am determined to head back in for more. So far, the beginning feels unpolished and clunky, but in honor of the series I want to keep going.