I hope everybody has been enjoying themselves this Halloween season. I know I have been. Let’s get on with this edition of Now Playing.
CASTLEVANIA II: SIMON’S QUEST
With most of what I wanted to say about Castlevania II already said in my third Halloween gaming update, there’s a little bit more I wanted to add.
Of course, like with any game, once you know the game really well you can breeze through it. I’m just about at that point with Castlevania II. I’ve finished the game two more times since the update mentioned above and I think I’ve got the essentials down.
Of the three items in the first town you start in, the Thorn Whip isn’t needed. Other unnecessary items are the Dagger, the Silver Knife, the Golden Knife, Diamond, Silk Bag, and Garlic. Without these things travel time decreases greatly along with several parts of the map that can be ignored altogether.
Time is also cut down by purchasing an Oak Stake on the way out of the third mansion making for a much easier and shorter route through the fourth mansion.
One of the games I didn’t end up talking about during the last month was Power Blade. This is an NES game which I bought a few years ago knowing nothing about it, but quickly became one of my favorites on the system.
It’s a simple platformer with a boomerang as the hero’s weapon of choice. It’s also very easy to get into and with the take-on-any-level-in-any-order structure like with the Mega Man games.
I was able to finish the game on both Normal and Expert difficulty levels.
Just as with Power Blade, I was able to finish Splatterhouse on the two difficulty settings available as I detailed in my second Halloween gaming update.
METROID: OTHER M
I don’t have a lot to say about Metroid: Other M as I’m only just over five hours into the game. I’ve been mainly focusing on the games I had chosen to play for Halloween.
However, of what I have played, I’m really digging the combat and the controls feel really good to me and this is coming from someone who didn’t see much point in getting the Wii a year ago. Granted it doesn’t rely on shaking the remote around which goes a long way to helping me like the game.
The story scenes are no doubt a low point, but surprisingly don’t bother me as much as I expected them to. I guess I just know what to expect from Team Ninja and a good story isn’t one of them. It’s a good way to avoid getting needlessly upset over nothing.
Additional gaming stats:
* Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest — Drcaula defeated and best ending achieved. (West of Jova to third mansion. OFIR G5AX 1L5S QJQA)
* Metroid: Other M — 5h18m; Sector 2; 37 missiles; 4 Energy Tanks
Thanks for reading.