Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Part Three: Succubus-ted

Clock Tower – Monster Spotlight: Karasuman and the Skull Lord, a giant, well-drawn and animated chattering skull.

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Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Part Two

Enemies flash green when you hit them with a weapon or elemental attack type that they’re strong against. I don’t think I really appreciated that detail before.

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Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Part One

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Developer: Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo

Publisher: Konami

Platform: Xbox 360

Platform (Original): PlayStation

Released (XB360): March 21, 2007

Released (PS1, North America): October 2, 1997

Released (PS1, Japan): March 20, 1997

Released (PS1, Europe): November 1, 1997

Played From: November 28, 2016 – April 18, 2017

I remember when I first got the PS1 version of SotN. I could only get one game at the time, and I had to choose between which new Mega Man game was out at the time… or this. I probably chose SotN because I had seen it more in magazines, and it seemed more… unique, perhaps? I already had an MM game, but I never had any Castlevania games.

It soon became one of my favorite games of all time.

In November 2016, I took the opportunity to experience the Xbox 360 version.

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Friday Favorites #9: Canceled Games

This is a different kind of Friday Favorites. Its purpose is to examine some notable canceled games, detail why they got canned, and try to discover if there was any upside for the developers and/or publishers.

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Adaptation April #5: Silent Hill: Dead/Alive Issue #5

Chapter 5

Christabella thinks that Connie looks like a goddess. “I hate that.

Fuck, I am so screwed. I can feel this thing’s power. It doesn’t give two shits about being worshiped. And it sure as hell isn’t going to explain itself to me.” Continue reading Adaptation April #5: Silent Hill: Dead/Alive Issue #5

Adaptation April #5: Silent Hill: Dead/Alive Issue #4

Chapter 4

Right off the bat, this issue is different than the others, because Nick Stakal has made a major shift in his artwork. It’s much more colorful than it was before.

Christabella throws the keris into Lenora’s chest. “Fuck. That’s gonna leave a mark.”

The “mayor” tells her that it’s impossible for her to die because she’s Jezebeth, the goddess and ancient one.

Christabella thinks that she never quite feels like herself unless she has blood on her hands.

The clock is stuck at one minute before midnight. The monsters are going out of control because Lenora was wounded.

She recognizes that the keris steals souls. “Might help if I had a soul…”

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Adaptation April #5: Silent Hill: Dead/Alive Issue #3

Chapter 3

Ike cocks his shotgun. “Let’s party like it’s 1999, bitch.”

Both Kenneth and Christabella say, “O-kayyy…” Acknowledgment that Ike is supposed to be cheesy in-story.

Ike and Kenneth’s dog Bear begin to fight off the monsters. Kenneth realizes that Bear somehow turned the horrible cannibal vampire dogs from Silent Hill 4: The Room into his posse.

Kenneth narrates to himself that Lenora the witch claims that she can tell him who his birth parents were and why he’s so drawn to Silent Hill, and why he thinks it’s beautiful. Why it feels like… home.

Some blood gets splattered onto Christabella, energizing her. Is she a vampire now? “Feeling much better now. Hey, cocksuckers! Wanna play?” sigh

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Adaptation April #5: Silent Hill: Dead/Alive Issues 1-2

Silent Hill: Dead/Alive

Writer: Scott Ciencin

Artist: Nick Stakal

The back cover misspells “murderous” as “murderess”.

Our comic begins with Christabella summing up some of the backstory on how Silent Hill was once a nice, quiet little town until The Order fixed all of that. “They made it into my kind of town.” Continue reading Adaptation April #5: Silent Hill: Dead/Alive Issues 1-2

Adaptation April #4: Silent Hill: The Grinning Man

Silent Hill: The Grinning Man

Writer: Scott Ciencin

Artist: Nick Stakal

The cover was blessed by the talents of Ben Templesmith once again; he worked with Alex Garner. Templesmith’s influence mainly reads in the coloring and the folds in the titular man’s clothes.

But what’s this on the cover besides the Grinning Man? TENTACLES! And they look like straight-up octopus appendages! Have we found the thematic glue of Ciencin’s Silent Hill comic books?

The comic begins with some poor fool casting spells in an attempt to protect himself from the Grinning Man, some creep with symbols written all over his torso.  Continue reading Adaptation April #4: Silent Hill: The Grinning Man

Adaptation April #3: Silent Hill: Paint It Black: We Don’t Like Ike

Silent Hill: Paint It Black

Writer: Scott Ciencin

Art: Shaun Thomas

Isn’t naming a comic after a Rolling Stones song for a game series that’s already very serious and dark kind of tryhard?

The main character, Ike, looks weirdly similar to Walter Sullivan on the cover by Nick Stakal.

Our comic begins with Ike, a painter, judging the slightly lewd painting he’s just finished. “It’s crap.” Continue reading Adaptation April #3: Silent Hill: Paint It Black: We Don’t Like Ike