Throw Back Thursday: Astyanax

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On the latest episode I stated that Silver Surfer was our generation’s Dark Souls.  The more I thought about it, The more I remembered playing a game that was very similar to the style of Dark Souls. While there are two very different versions of this game, we’re going to focus on the Nintendo version.  Astyanax was a Nintendo Entertainment System game released in 1990 by Jaleco,  The game was set in a dimension called Remlia, and focused on a 16 year old High School student that was transported into the dimension along with a fairy named cutie to rescue Princess Rosebud from the evil wizard Blackhorn.  While the game had a very fantasyesque story it was a very difficult game.  The boss battles and even the levels themselves were tough enough to be one of the most difficult NES games of the era.

AstyanaxBoss1astyanaxboss2I think if this game was remade today I think the bosses and difficulty level of Astyanax make this game as close to Dark Souls as a game would be today.  There were many bosses in the game that were fantasy themed bosses like Medusa and Dragons and skeletons.  With the added elements of the fairy maybe you could throw a lighthearted style of graphics like Legend of Zelda, a cross between Dark Souls and Legend of Zelda would, I think, be the best way to present this game in today’s generation of consoles. With how the weapons would be upgraded and potions and everything else, I think it would be a success. How would you remake this classic NES game?  Have you played this game?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

 On second thought, I still think Silver Surfer is our generation’s Dark Souls…

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Let’s Play 53: Herald of Difficulty

LetsPlay53This week on Let’s Play 53, we have Bobby (@bobbyfjtown) Chachi (@chachisays) Rizz (@theerizz) and Mike Sorg (@sorgatron) discussing all things gaming!

  • What has everybody been playing? Some highlights were that Sorg played Silver Surfer. Chachi finished an NHL season and won all the major awards he was up for. (Congratulations!) Bobby played Epic Mickey 2 and thought it sucked.
  • The classic game Silver Surfer is discussed! Chachi and Rizz decided not to play to keep away from the frustration.
  • Bobby says the game has its entertaining parts, Sorg does not really agree.
  • Sorg shows off some of his Silver Surfer skills.
  • Bobby loves Silver Surfer’s soundtrack.
  • The next challenge: Another hard game. Dick Tracy for the NES.
  • Chachi does not want to see carts turned into other things.
  • A new Lootcrate. Did it meet expectations?
  • GTA 5 video. Check it out!
  • Chachi talks about NHL 94 being playable in NHL 14. You cannot go online on this mode.
  • There may be Oculous Rift for Titanfall. Find out more!
  • The casts talks about the new Lego game featuring Marvel super heroes! Rizz admits he was wrong about the Lego gaming franchise.
  • Boss Battle: Most memorable music moments. Rizz likes Mark Hamill’s song at the end of Arkham City. Bobby likes a lighter tune from Bioshock. Chachi has several favorites: the music from Ocarina of Time, the closing songs on Portal and finishing Freebird on Guitar Hero II. Sorg seconds the music from Portal.

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Let’s Play 52: Hello Princess Peach

LetsPlay52This week on Let’s Play 52, we have Bobby (@bobbyfjtown) Chachi (@chachisays) Mad Mike and Mike Sorg (@sorgatron) talking gaming!

  • The cast talks about what games they played this week.
  • A Boy and His Blob what di everyone think after they replayed it.
  • Mad Mike said it was a new experience for him; a very interesting game.
  • Sorg said the game was impressive in all that it could do for an NES game.
  • Bobby did not think the game held up, and Chachi forgot to play it!
  • American Idol winner Taylor Hicks was in the Super Smash Brothers tournament, did he win like he did in American Idol?
  • SkyRim mods are out there! Yes there is a PokeMon related one!
  • Ultimate Warrior is in WWE 2K14! The current graphics might be the games ultimate challenge.
  • Chachi got to test out some new Wii U games at a local Best Buy, find out his thoughts on these games.
  • How does Wii U compare with other systems? More Chachi insight! Is his loyalty to Nintendo getting the best of him?
  • A new Street Fighter tournament was held and guess what?; a new game and new characters are coming!
  • What has Jon Stewart been doing? How does it relate to gaming?
  • The Steam summer sale is going on. Why is Sorg avoiding it? The cast talks some Steam.
  • GameFly is it effective? Mad Mike enjoys it, but there is some leeriness to using it.
  • Wii U is it just a party console? The cast discusses this issue!
  • Boss Battle: What character do you trust to safe your life?
  • Bobby says it would be Drake from Uncharted, Sorg said Lara Croft from Tomb Raider, Mad Mike says Mario (played by Anthony Hopkins?!?) and Chachi hates on Link for a minute, then goes with Samus from Metroid as his savior.
  • The challenge for this week is Silver Surfer. The hardest game of all time!

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