Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Review

A True Symphony

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a reminder of an old school Castlevania, times have changed but a formula that still holds up. Koji Igarashi may not be a name people will recognize but for gamers it does. Since 1997 he’s worked on most if not all 2D side scrolling Castlevania games, starting with the legendary Symphony of the Night. So here we are, nearly 2 decades later and with the help of fans, backed by a Kickstarter campaign, we now have a continuation of that formula, in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. Bloodstained takes place in the 19th century of England, during the Industrial Revolution. Taking the role in protagonist named Miriam, a shardbinder, a being capable of using demonically charged shards as a weapon. Without giving away too much, just know, you’ll have your reasons for your journey. Bloodstained plays like a classic Castlevania game, in which, as you explore your area, more and more of your map is revealed. Explore and you’ll be rewarded approach is always welcomed, on top of an addiction combat experience. As you destroy demons, you’ll have a chance to absorb their shard and use it as a weapon or buff to Miriam. Also you can upgrade each different shard, adding different upgrades per shard. On top of collection and upgrading, each enemy you kill add experience points to Miriam, in which each level she’ll get stronger. Sound design and musical score are great in Bloodstained, lead by Michiru Yamame, a musical gaming veteran, having also worked on Castlevania games as well. Its safe to say I had a lot of fun revisiting and old formula that works even better by today’s standard. If you’re curious about playing Bloodstained, I would definitely recommend checking it out, it’s worth your time.

Unsung Gamers Score – 9

Review by: ShadowAlchemistX

Assassin’s Creed Unity Review

A Return to Form

Now before I start I’m not knocking the new editions of the Assassin’s Creed series. There was a shift when Odyssey was released, Ubisoft essentially ditched the Assassins story all together, mostly. That’s what intrigues me to Unity, the only entry I have yet to play, until now. Assassin’s Creed Unity follows the story or Arno Dorian, trying to find out more about his family, while also solving the mystery behind his adoptive father’s death. If you happened to have played Assassin’s Creed Rogue, Unity follows directly from that entry. Right away Arno Dorian is a very likable protagonist, a young man whose more about living in the moment. That is until his journey in with the Assassins change everything. Unity, to this day, still holds up incredibly well, even by 2022 standards. Ubisoft Montreal really outdid themselves with the attention to detailed, in a very great looking Paris, France. I know at launch Unity was full of bugs and broken gameplay, which I can confirm, is, for the most part, fixed. The parkour is the best in the franchise, Aaron’s movement from running, climbing and jumping across Paris, is so fluid, in a single motion of movement. Combat I would say definitely shows it’s age. While not completely dull, it is slow. Having said that, the game is based around stealth and not straight on combat. It’s not going to be the best game you’ve never played but it’s a testament of what the series was, before it became what it is today. I do recommend checking it out if you have a chance, these days it’s on sale a lot of the time.

Unsung Gamers Score – 7

Reviewed by: ShadowAlchemistX

Stray Review

A Cat’s Tail

Never would I ever imagine, that there would be a game where a cat is the main character. Not only that but have it completely played through a cat’s point of view, meows and all. Yet, here we are, in our review of Stray, an ambitious idea and a surprisingly interesting world. Without giving away too much of the story, Right from the get go, you’re given full control of an orange tabby cat, a stray cat if you would. Given no story behind what your doing in the beginning is quickly changed, when you’re separated from your family, and thus begins our Stray cat’s journey. The sound design of the world, works incredibly well, in this unfamiliar circumstance. From the ambient music playing in the background, to a random sound of a sewer pipe. The animations for our protagonist is on point, being a cat owner myself, I truly appreciate the level of detail that went into this game. From a simple jump, to a leap across gaps and finally to very addictive meow. Literally a button is dedicated to simply meow, which I took full advantage of. The game only fall short in it being over quite quickly but given the independent developers recourses, it’s given a pass. What is here is an incredible stay cat’s journey into the world that fully embraced with its many mysteries, with even some very fun easter eggs hidden within. I had plenty of fun with my playtime of Stray, and given it’s current available to play on PlayStation Plus Extra/Premium (as of 8/25/2022) I absolutely recommend checking it out. While not to say it’s a bad game but considering it can take anywhere from 4-6 hours of gameplay, it’s hard to justify the $40 price tag for it. If you can, I’d wait for a sale for the game, it is absolutely worth you’re time, especially for cat lovers.

Unsung Gamers Score – 8

Reviewed by: ShadowAlchemistX

Call of Duty Warzone

Buyer Beware

Let me explain. Call of Duty Warzone is a completely free to play game on multiple platforms. Under no obligation are you required to buy anything is it’s store, including, battle pass and cosmetic blueprints. Now having said that, it’s exactly what most of use buy anyways. Which brings me to my story, and a frustrating one at that. I’ve have bought the battle pass and other cosmetic bundles in the past, but this time was different. Normally in the past when I bought a bundle, even one from a game that I don’t have (CoD Cold War), it would unlock the gun and add the blueprints into it as well. This time when I bought a bundle, got access to the character skin but only one gun and blueprint, the other was still locked and didn’t even have access to the blueprint. I was completely locked out of a weapon I paid for. I know what you’re thinking, contact customer service. I did immediately after trying to restart and even reinstall the game to see if that would fix it, it didn’t work. When I contacted Activision customer service, they asked me what the problem was and I explained what happened. They took down my info and saw that there was an issue and can see that it’s locked. After trial and error, it was finally established that there was a problem with the bundle. Mind you it’s been 3 hours at this point. Only for customer service to say there’s nothing they can do about it and all sales are final. After all that! That’s their advice on the issue. I even tried again with a different representative this time, twice, same outcome. Safe to say after that I have finally and for real this time, quit Warzone, they got my money and I can leave the game alone. It was absolutely frustrating that nothing could be done about it and now I’m ok with leaving the game alone now. I’m not saying you should do the same, if you’re having fun, keep going. Collect those Dubz! But my advice is Buyer Beware and know that there are no returns for Warzone.

Article by – ShadowAlchemistX

Assassin’s Creed 2 Review

Reliving a Classic.

First off as I do enjoy the current Assassin’s Creed games for what they are, an Assassin’s Creed game; they are not. They’re missing that mystery and emphasis on joining and learning more about being an Assassin and learning more about The Templars plot. Luckily the previous entries in the franchise still exist and in HD. So here we are, 12 years later, it’s been 12 years since Assassin’s Creed 2 originally released date. And to be honest, it definitely holds up today. What I’ve notice right away is the story of Assassin’s Creed is it’s primary focus. It’s a warm welcome to return to Assassin’s Creed 2, with Ezio Auditore da Firenze being one of the most likable characters, not only in Assassin’s Creed but in gaming in general. Desmond Miles returns as the present day protagonist, leaning more about his heritage in being an assassin. Going back into the Animus to figure out what The Templars are truly after. Gameplay I’ll admit is dated but isn’t as bad as other games in 2009. You’ll have your tools of the trade, such as, a sword and your Assassin’s Hidden Blade. But with Assassin’s Creed 2, not only do you get a better selection of weapons but also more tools of the trade to help you along your mission. The soundtrack for the game is most surprising, I don’t recall it being this good but it definitely helps bring you back into the Renaissance era in the time with Ezio.

I’ve enjoyed my time in completing Assassin’s Creed 2 once more, only now in HD. Though some elements of the game are showing their age, it still holds up as on of the best in the franchise. Looking forward in continuing Ezio’s journey in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. For Assassin’s Creed 2, I would definitely recommend playing it, especially if you’ve never played it.

Unsung Gamers Score – 8

The Lost Wild

Trailer Here

There are several dinosaur games that are coming out if you have not heard. For this blog I’ll be discussing the game “The Lost Wild”, has some Resident Evil, Dino Crisis, Alien Insulation to name a few.

From the limited information I know about this game, it starts of you playing a reporter/journalist who somehow gets stranded on an island filled with animals we recognize, deer and such plus dinosaurs! You have some help from a mysterious voice from a radio (reminds me of Bioshock). I from what I understand sounds like you’ll be dealing with dinosaurs mainly in a non-lethal way, distractions, stealth mode, or even scaring the dinosaurs away from you using whatever you find along your journey. I could be wrong on this and you may be able to find weapons to attack dinosaurs, but it does sound more like a survival game if you have limited resources.

The game is planned to be released by 2024, and even though in the trailer it says its available for Steam, the developers do plan to release on consoles too not just PC. As a fan of the Dino Crisis game, I am glad someone is making a dinosaur survival game, and look forward to more information about this game in the future.

The Messenger Review

Being a ninja has never been so much fun. Considering The Messenger plays like an old school Ninja Gaiden game, and that’s definitely saying something. The Messenger plays like a classic NES game from the days of old. The story plays out in its classic form, big bad guy destroys everything and the only thing to save the world is in a scroll. So, of course, it’s up to you to deliver that scroll in The Messenger. Gameplay stands out as one of the most precise action platform games out there, with a unique jump mechanic to set it apart from other games. This is accompanied by an incredible soundtrack, each level has its own musical track, personally like by Keiji Yamagishi himself, the composer for the original Ninja Gaiden games. From beginning to end The Messenger kept me entertained at a reasonable length for a game of its kind (about 8 hours). Considering it retails usually for $20 I would still wait for a sale to grab it.

Unsung Gamers Score: 9

Review by: ShadowAlchemistX

Returning to Pokemon Cards

Pokemon cards. I’ve seen them a lot lately, but because of a good friend of mine he’s convinced me to go back and try “to catch them all” again. Thanks Craig 🙂

I’m returning to collecting them, because i kinda have a sad story about it. I once had a folder of the base collection. Yes the original set of Pokemon cards. I am not gonna lie and say I had all the rare cards I didn’t even have the Charizard. But I did have Alakazam, I did have Blastoise and others. I’d save my money from my allowance I received and bought cards. Yes I even used them to play the actual game. I did not know the value they would be today lol. But I made the mistake of taking my folder to school. I put it in my locker and when I went back, my folder of Pokemon cards was gone. Disappeared. I asked and I did what I could as far as investigating and at the time no one cared if you lost your “playing cards”. At least that how they were looked at.

It was a sad time, it took me awhile to collect those cards. Especially back then as a kid, no job and using what money I got to buy when I could. I didn’t want to start over so I didn’t buy anymore. I still continued my obsession of Pokemon, playing the video games, watching the movies and shows. Took a major hiatus once I was in college, but I never shied away that I collected Pokemon cards at one time. Now years later, I’m back. This time with a adult job and a little bit of spending money now after bills (adult life is expensive) and some influencing from a friend who would share his findings. I’m back at it. Starting a new collection and hopefully I can catch or find them all.

To those who are like me, been a while since you collected or maybe some childhood hobby. Go out there and do it again! Life is short. Enjoy life and do what you love. I’m a grown up who loves pokemon, plays video games, loves anime, and jump in a ball pit because its fun lol. Cheers everyone!

Shadow Warrior 3 Review

Shadow Warrior 3 is one of those games that say “F’ It” with style. The game right from the beginning knows it’s in an outrageous scenario and rolls with it, with an overtop one lining hero in Lo Wang leading the charge to save the world. Taking place some time after Shadow Warrior 2, Lo Wang finds himself against incredible odds and has almost given into just letting go. The ones who change his mind are ironically his enemies from the past games, now with an unlikely, yet, comedic team up, Lo Wang sets off to kill The Ancient Dragon that’s destroyed the world. The game is entirely set in a first person shooter perspective, with fast gameplay that rivals the Doom series. Although the weapon count is lowered from previous installments, it also gives the ones you have more spotlight time. From the beginning, the game refuses to slow down, when you do it’s only for cutscenes with plenty of laughing dialogue. Also this game encourages you to play quick, taking your time in combat is a quick way to your death. Having said that, Shadow Warrior 3 lacks side quests, like the previous game, that would reward you with XP and better weapons. It should also be said that Shadow Warrior 3, is definitely on the shorter side of any game, my runtime was just over 4 hours. At it’s current price, I would recommend you wait for a deep/flash sale for Shadow Warrior 3, for a 4 hour campaign, I can’t recommend the game at full price. All in all the game itself is still fun and should definitely be on your list.

Unsung Gamers Score – 7 out of 10

Real Madrid Champions League Champions for the 14th Time!

They did it again! This season was a Cinderella story for Real Madrid. Hard to believe or even say they are a Cinderella team, but their road to victory was a gauntlet. Defeating PSG, Chelsea (the defending Champion), Manchester City, and Liverpool. All with the exception of Liverpool, were comeback victories. But the best one was the one that put them in the final. That game was Manchester City vs Real Madrid. To sum it up, down 3-1 going into the 90th minute and Real score 2 goals in stoppage time to tie the game. Finally in OT score the winner to send them to the final. To go back to the finals and win it again vs that gauntlet was epic! I’ve always said ELP (England) is the toughest to win the League, and other countries have their top teams too, France PSG, Italy Juventus or Milan, but Spain. Spain has the best teams in the world. Now Spanish teams have won 9 of the last 17 Champions League tournaments. I’ve been a fan of Real Madrid since the 90’s, and for the past few decades its been great being a Real Madrid fan! Hala Madrid!