‘Bloodstained’ will scratch your ‘Castlevania’ itch

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (SotN) is one of the most influential games ever made. First released for the original PlayStation in 1997, the game has since been ported to nearly every platform under the sun. It perfected the series’ core design conceit where players could explore gigantic 2D environments at will, collecting new abilities that unlocked hidden-in-plain-sight secrets in …

‘Control’ is a leap of faith for the team behind ‘Alan Wake’

Control isn’t what you expect. Rather than the stylized, linear shooters developer Remedy Entertainment is known for, it’s a free-form experience that has more in common with Castlevania: Symphony of the Night than it does with Alan Wake. Except, instead of exploring a moody castle, you’re scouring the shape-shifting headquarters of a secretive government agency, the Federal Bureau of Control …

‘Apocalypse Cow’ is a platform game inspired by ‘Wreck-It Ralph’

One of the best things about attending GDC is that, more often than not, you come across some of the best-looking independent titles. Today, that honor goes to Apocalypse Cow, a cinematic adventure game that draws inspiration from animated films like Wreck-It Ralph and genre-classics such as Super Mario. This 2D platformer, developed by an indie studio called Monsters, features …

‘Secret of Mana’ returning as a 3D remaster on PlayStation and PC

Next month, a horde of nostalgic Nintendo heads will get the chance to relive the Secret of Mana on the SNES Classic Edition. But, if you’re a gamer with modern sensibilities, then its 16-bit world may not suffice. Fortunately for you, developer Square Enix is giving the iconic title the 3D treatment. An upgraded version of the JRPG is heading …

‘Assassin’s Creed’ is crossing over with ‘Final Fantasy’

So this is weird: Square Enix and Ubisoft have announced that this month will mark the beginning of crossovers between Assassin’s Creed and Final Fantasy. Yup, really. “This collaboration is the result of being huge fans,” Ubisoft Montreal game driector Ashraf Ismail says on the UbiBlog. “There’s a lot of respect between the two teams and we couldn’t be more …