I Must Contest The Term “Metroidvania”

Metroidvania, for those who don’t know, refers to any video game that resembles the basic formula/ set up of your basic old school Metroid or Castlevania title. More specifically, any non-linear platformer that has an emphasis on item collecting, traversing with the use of a map if needed, exploring, unlocking secrets with your new items to open new paths or find more items…etc. That’s basically the gist of a Metroidvania game.

My issue with this term comes from this…Castlevania basically ripped this formula from Metroid. So wouldn’t it just be considered a Metroid-like game?

Now I haven’t played many of the older Castlevania titles. I played 1-4, and then Symphony of the Night only like a year ago (as far as the older ones go). That is when I realized why people had been saying “Metroidvania” for so long. The game was set up just like Super Metroid, except you use a sword. So the only reason I can see “vania” being tagged on is for games that use close ranged weapons rather than a gun.

I don’t know, it’s really not relevant in the slightest, but hey, I thought I’d just point it out. It’s almost like Castlevania is riding on the coat tails of Metroid’s more successful type of platforming, not that Castlevania needed any help I guess…

My Top 10 PlayStation 3 Games

Of Sony’s consoles, the PS3 is by far my favorite…sort of. They are all so similar, it’s hard to truly judge, but in terms of games, this one takes the cake for sure. Looking into my top 10 was super difficult, because there are a TON of amazing games on the console. I couldn’t easily pick 10 of them, and the ten that I did, I’m not even sure if they are truly my top 10 or even ordered correctly…but whatever.

I’ve got a whopping 96 games for the console, and of those I have so far played 76. So here are the ten I struggled to pick out.

#10

diDante’s Inferno

Visceral Games/ Electronic Arts

2010

 

 

This is a shameless rip off of God of War, but it is actually better than almost every game in the God of War franchise. I couldn’t put this game down. It is so much fun. It was left wide open for a sequel that never came…which is nothing short of heartbreaking, because I couldn’t wait for it.

#9

re5 coverResident Evil 5

Capcom

2009

 

 

This game is so much fun. The enemies are awesome, the co-op is great, (but make sure you don’t give Sheva any bullets if playing alone) playing as Chris again is awesome. The story involving him, Jill and Wesker coming to a close is even more awesome, the intense action and real time inventory management make this a endlessly fun, intense action game.

#8

Uncharted-2-Among-Thieves-Detail-CoverUncharted 2: Among Thieves

Naughty Dog/ SCEA

2009

 

 

I don’t know why I love this game so much, but I do. The action, the settings, the characters, the story were all so perfect. I couldn’t put this game down, which is weird because the other 2 games in the trilogy (haven’t played 4 yet) I find to be just okay at best. But 2 is so stinking good.

#7

Resident_Evil_6_box_artworkResident Evil 6

Capcom

2012

 

 

Combining elements of all Resident Evil styles, having multiple campaigns with old and new characters interacting in the same interesting overall story that is fun to see how they affect each other and crossover one another, intense, yet tense gameplay, nuts bosses and just an overall amazing experience make this one of the best games out there. It is one of the few games I have ever played that made me sad to beat it.

#6

StarWarsfuStar Wars: The Force Unleashed II

LucasArts

2010

 

I didn’t really like this game the first playthrough, but when I came back to it, I loved it the second time around. The gameplay is so much fun and very satisfying. The story, however, is what is truly amazing about this game. It’s a shame they never finished the originally planned trilogy.

#5

forceunleashedStar Wars: The Force Unleashed

LucasArts

2008

 

I was hoping for a game with gameplay like this my whole life, and finally received it when this came out. I played through this game like 3 times in a row because it was so much fun. And being able to change costumes after you beat it is cool, especially when you can play as a whole slew of different Jedi. The story is amazing, the different planets look incredible. This one manages to slip by as the better of the two games by a small margin.

#4

God_of_War_III_cover_artGod of War III

SCE Santa Monica/ SCEA

2010

 

This completely blows away all other games in the series. This is taking the already perfect gameplay of the previous games and somehow perfecting it even further. I loved it from beginning to end.

#3

Castlevania_Lords_of_ShadowCastlevania: Lords of Shadow

Mercury Steam/ Konami

2010

 

This is another game I enjoyed from beginning to end. It borrows heavily from God of War, but does it better. The story is excellent, the gameplay is wonderful, the puzzles are fun, the scenery gorgeous, the music only adding to it’s allure. I just wish the second one came somewhat close to the glory of this game.

#2

Infamous_2inFAMOUS 2

Sucker Punch/ SCEA

2011

 

 

This game is incredibly fun. It’s got a very interesting story, all sorts of crazy characters, a bunch of areas to climb and explore, crazy enemies to take down and a whole slew of new powers. Top notch.

#1

Infamous-coverinFAMOUS

Sucker Punch/ SCEA

2009

 

 

That’s right, my favorite game on the PS3 is actually the first game in the inFAMOUS series. While the gameplay isn’t as good, I just liked the story and overall simplicity better. It was fun to stay in one city, obtaining your powers as you progress, trying to figure out what the heck was going on with you, and just killing hordes of gang members. A lot of the time, simple is better.

Pokemon: Let’s Go Eevee-Bringing Families Closer Together

This new game has done what I thought not possible.

I am a huge gamer and was in third grade when Pokemon took over the world. I loved the cards, the show, and especially the games…that is…red, blue and yellow. I lost interest in the games a little after Silver and Gold came out, because like a dumb kid, I was like “How dare they expand upon something I love and insult my nostalgia!?!?!”

But a few years ago I picked up where I left off, reentering the games with HeartGold/ SoulSilver and now have every mainline Pokemon game except the Sun and Moon ones. And I now love the series more than I ever did as a child.

Then Pokemon Go comes out, and I had no interest at all in playing it. But my wife, who despises everything about video games and yells out me regularly for my hobby, has been playing Go nonstop since it came out and absolutely loves it.

I appreciated the game for bringing her into something I have more or less loved my whole life. Suddenly, she became just as knowledgeable as me, if not more so, on the franchise.

So naturally, I tried to get her to play the mainline games, which she will never ever do and gets mad every time I ask. At the same time, she always asks me to play Pokemon Go, which I still have no interest in doing either. This frustrates my wife, as she claims “You have a thousand video games, yet you won’t play the one I actually do!”

Enter Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee. Eevee happens to be my wife’s favorite Pokemon, and here comes this game that let’s you have one walk around with you.

When I first saw the trailer, I thought it looked very good, was a smart business decision and pretty fun looking. I had no interest in it for myself, but I wondered what my wife would think, and so I showed her the trailer, and she loved it.

I just recently got it for her birthday and it has changed our lives (slight dramatization there). Here we are, playing co-op in a remade game that I cherished as a kid (and still do, really) with my wife in control. I don’t always play with her, cuz I find it kind of boring being the second player, but I find it so much more fascinating to watch her travel through Viridian Forest, battle Brock and all that, sharing the same experiences I had 20 years ago, but now with better graphics and different gameplay. It reminds me of my first time playing the first Pokemon games as I watch her play through it for the first time.  What’s more is she loves it. She actually likes it better than Pokemon Go, which I would have never thought possible.

It is truly baffling to me that when I go to bed, she goes and turns on my Switch and plays Pokemon for hours. Thanks to this new rendition of Pokemon, our similar interest, but on branching paths, have been joined and we can actually enjoy one of our greatest passions together, and for that, Nintendo, I thank you.