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Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver

The Legacy of Kain series is one of the few lauded games that passed me by. I decided to remedy that.

For a 16 year old game this holds up pretty well. I chose to play the PSOne version on the Vita rather than the superior Dreamcast version, which I wouldn't recommend as the Vita emulation is a bit flakey.

It's almost a dark, vampire Zelda. There are hints of metroidvania too as you earn new abilities for each boss killed that can be used to explore the world of Nosgoth.

The core gameplay is a bit dated, the controls are a bit fussy and there are too many block puzzles (eugh). However the world and story are ace. The voice acting is brilliant and I want to see where the tale twists to next. So i'll be playing the sequel on PS2 soon!

2 Mar, 2015 (PlayStation)
Metal Gear Solid

An absolute gaming masterclass, and my favourite series in all of video games. Every time I come back to play through it again I'm surprised how fresh and well aged it is from start to end, almost as remarkable today as it was at release.

For the first time in this playthrough I opted to fail the torture scene and was surprised how much the subtle difference adds to Otacon's character. Will play again next year.

13 Jan, 2015 (PlayStation)
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

A fantastic game that has taken me far too long to get around to play. There's a long list of things that I love from this game, aided by it being a Metroidvania that automatically gets my affection. The level design is stunning and feels varied throughout, with perfect scope. The audio is simply brilliant and perfectly fitting the setting. The best however is the combat, it feels extremely fluid and even skilful as enemies (particularly bosses) demand agility needing to frequently dodge projectiles and sign posted animations. What's my next step in the Castlevania franchise?

8 Jul, 2013 (PlayStation)
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Epic metroidvania.

16 Mar, 2013 (PlayStation)