South Park: The Stick Of Truth

South ParkWith trashy humor, foul mouthed children, and an intriguing story, what else could a South Park fan ask for. I picked this game up, being a long time fan of the show, and was surprised at just how well done this game actually was. This came as a surprise because of how awful the past South Park games have been.

Con Nooga: Through The Looking Glass

ConNooga_20140221_0067Recently AGGN was invited to a relatively young convention in Tennessee named Con Nooga. This year marked the sixth Con Nooga. I had previously gone to the second year of the convention and was very eager to see how the convention had grown and changed. I had heard from the con’s staff that the attendance had grown over the last few years. Con attendance is expected to grow the older the con gets. In this case though it has appeared to have grown at an abnormal rate.What exactly makes this convention stand out and why has it grown as quickly as it has?

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 – What Went Wrong

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This past Tuesday, a game many of us were anticipating was released into the wild. The sequel to 2010’s surprisingly well received reboot (re-imagining? prequel? I’m still not sure) of the Castlevania franchise came home. A few weeks prior to its release, scores from several review outlets were revealed. Needless to say they don’t paint the gruesome masterpiece that everyone was hoping for. Most outlets pointed fingers towards the games horrible required stealth pieces while others complained the game effectively neutered a character that was the greatest threat faced in many games we’ve grown to love.

So what happened? It seemed as if MercurySteam, the game’s developer, was doing an excellent job creating a faithful sequel to one of Konami’s core IPs. Well, it seems as if we have an answer thanks to an anonymous source inside MercurySteam whose story made it onto NeoGAF. Here are some of the revelations made by this whistle blower.

Parodius Da!

What do you get when you combine Gradius and penguins? If you guessed one of the best side scroller shoot em ups then you must mean Pardius Da. Konami invented a new genre when they released Parodius, titled cute em up. Cute em ups take the shoot em up genre and turn it on it’s head. Instead of shooting at aliens or enemy plains the player will find themselves shooting at: penguins, syringes, and pirate ships with cat heads. Konami proves with this series that they have a sense of humor. The game draws on characters from other Konami games such as Vic Viper from Gradius and Twinbee.

The game is meant to be a joke, but the music is the one place that Konami took the game seriously. Anyone who has ever played the Parodius games will tell you that the games have a unique sound. The music composer for the game was only given a month to create the sound track for the first game in the series. As a by product of that he decided to remix both classical music and songs from within Konami’s own library. The opening song for Parodius Da was lifted from Gradius II and remixed to provide a classic Japanese sound reminiscent of something from Gomen Ninja.