I spoke too soon, Lion Quest will launch on Steam July 11th – ten days later than expected. The reason for this delay is to ensure I won’t be releasing during the middle of the Steam Summer Sale (apparently doing so is a really bad idea), but it will also give me the chance to test and fine-tune the living hell out of the game for another ten joyous days. Thank you for your patience and as always, please enjoy your stay at Dracula’s Cave.
So I’m going to try something I’ve not done before – that’s covering five movies in one review. Code Geass: Akito the Exiled is a series of five hour-long films that saw theatrical screenings in Japan and recently concluded after five years of releases. Collectively they tell an epic war story set between Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R1 and R2, bridging the gap between the two anime series.
Did you know I’ve been making a videogame? I’ve not talked about it on DC for a while as development was initially total CHAOS, but today I’ve come prepared. I have a trailer to show you and I have GIFs…! Yes, it’s finally time for me to introduce a game I like to call Lion Quest.
There’s really a lot to like about Uncharted 4. This is an adventure that jumps between genres in much the same way that Nathan Drake leaps between crumbling structures, swinging around around on his grapple hook without a care in the world. You are shooting stuff, climbing stuff, solving puzzles and traveling the globe in search of treasure. It’s a thrilling and cinematic ride that concludes the Uncharted series on a high note.
“At some point I will sort out some of the older content on the site and tidy things up around here” – Me, September 2015
This is actually starting to happen now, at least for the anime section. Did I really spend a day and a half doing nothing but making banners? Yes. Should you check them out? Yes. Will I do the same thing for the games section soon? Hmm….
In balancing retro aesthetic with modern mechanics, Hyper Light Drifter stands out as a notable success. Its striking visuals, open ended design and fast, punishing combat makes for a unique experience, but the comparisons to other great videogames are also plenty. Think Fez meets Dark Souls meets The Legend of Zelda: A Link to The Past, and be very excited.
Erased crafts its own special type of time travel that sits somewhere between Steins;Gate, Life is Strange and, Groundhog Day. It tells a story spilt between two timelines, and whilst it partially delivers as an exciting and intense thriller, what also stands out is how frequently Erased does something that feels weird and disjointed.
Until Dawn is a well-crafted tribute to classic horror films such as Halloween, Scream, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, A Nightmare of Elm Street and many more. In turning the premise of a slasher movie into a Heavy Rain style interactive adventure it largely succeeds, although shoehorning every cool idea from an anthology of Wes Craven and John Carpenter films into a single narrative does’t fully work.
As the third film in the tetralogy, Persona 3: Falling Down faces all the challenges that the previous two movies have already struggled with. At the same time it’s now easy to take the impressive visuals and production design for granted – this look is now to be expected. In light of this I didn’t expect Falling Down to surprise me in the way it did, but the movie has several notable improvements over its predecessors, and the result is the best Persona 3 film yet.