The Castlevania Anime: A Gamer’s Verdict

What do I think after watching Netflix’ Castlevania anime adaptation? … I screamed. I literally screamed.

Let me explain.

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What do I think after watching Netflix’ Castlevania anime adaptation? … I screamed. I literally screamed.

Let me explain.

The show is really quite brilliant. It is possibly one of the most faithful computer game adaptations ever put to screen. However, it is also infuriating.

Let us first weigh the positives and the negatives.

The positives:

  • An interesting, original ‘take’ on the games
  • Animation is a nice combination of 2D and 3D
  • Voice acting is good
  • Lots of references to the games
  • The ‘intro’ is gorgeous! Like a hand-drawn flipbook
  • Lots of language options, including English Audio Description! Go Netflix!
  • Written by Warren Ellis, who is basically comic book royalty

The negatives:

  • TOO SHORT!!!
  • The voice syncing is a little ‘off’ in places
  • No Japanese language option?

Things that go on both weights:

  • Some very silly scenes
  • Very graphic violence and blood
  • Not a direct adaptation of any particular game/s

So, I have cut out the lengthy explanations and given you some short-and-sweet lists, and now I can have a geeky rant-out.first-promo-for-netflixs-castlevania-anime-696x464.jpg

Why, oh, why, dear Netflix, did you make a generally pretty-darned-good “series” that is only one-hundred minutes long? It is completely and utterly unfinished! As a fan of the games, at least I know what happens. Sort of. But if you are just an anime fan or a casual Netflix viewer, you will be completely lost!

I imagine they did this for monetary reasons, but as a long-term Netflix subscriber and a fan of the games, I feel cheated.

Could they not have made a film? Or a longer series?

For the record, episodes one and four are perfect, but episodes three and four are “just-good” (my precise words).

I recommend this show to fans, because it is a gorgeous adaptation. You will have several “OMG!” moments. I do not even (usually) like anime, but I enjoyed this, and that says a lot. However, do prepare yourself for the anti-climax.

You have been warned… Be prepared for epicness! … but very brief epicness.

 

Article credit: Illisia Adams

Beam: The New Twitch? (aka Twitch Vs YouTube Gaming Vs Beam.Pro)

Games streaming is huge. It has been for years now, and Twitch has been the King of this trend. Founded in 2011, the broadcasting network is home to e-sports championships, has millions of streamers and viewers, and ranks as one of the most popular websites in the world.

YouTube attempted to purchase Twitch but have instead founded their own service, YouTube Gaming (no Bonus Points for originality with the name choice, there…) and although it is indeed a good service, Twitch towers over them with utter supremacy, especially after the Amazon acquisition.

New-kid-on-the-block “Beam.pro” is looking to revolutionise games streaming as we know it, though, and from my experience so far, they are managing it! Read on to find out more… Continue reading “Beam: The New Twitch? (aka Twitch Vs YouTube Gaming Vs Beam.Pro)”

Prepare Yourself For GEEK (Games Expo East Kent): Take This Quiz & CHOOSE A SIDE…

Margate’s premiere gaming convention, “GEEK” aka Games Expo East Kent (see what they did there? So cool and clever!) is fast approaching us and this year there are a lot of changes happening! 
Owned by GEEK (http://www.geek-play.com/)
One of those changes appears to be the addition of “Houses” – clearly inspired by Harry Potter – that will be competing for glory at the convention!
“Once part of a house, every champion (that means you!) will be able to get involved at GEEK 2017 by competing for points and house honour, as well as being invited to uncover hidden bonuses and discover epic stories about your house.”
I am actually really, really excited about this… I did the quiz (see below) to discover which “House” I belong to, and I was chosen for The House Of Vor… Will you be with me, or against me, I wonder?.. Take the test to find out! 

Comment and let us know what “House” you are in and what you are most excited to see at GEEK this year! NoobzNooz will be there getting lots of coverage for the Blog, of course.

Article credit: Illisia Adams.

GamePump: The New Must-Have Monthly Service For Gamers?

Geeks love goodies. Pay-monthly goodies are really “in” right now, with Loot Crate being ridiculously popular with geeks around the world and Humble Bundle introducing their “Humble Monthly” service which includes big-name games such as Mad Max and ARK: Survival Evolved.

New kid on the block “GamePump” offers something truly unique, however. Gamers can purchase this service and know that they are receiving games into their email every month that are not available anywhere else. That sounds pretty darned epic, but whether or not it is a good thing or if enough people subscribe for it to be a success remains to be seen, as the service has not yet launched. Continue reading “GamePump: The New Must-Have Monthly Service For Gamers?”

Hy, Noobzters!

Hello, tinerterweb! We here at Noobz Gaming Lounge in Margate (Kent, UK) are passionate about games, and we want to bring that passion directly to you, through this Blog.

Noobz Nooz (pronounced “Noobz News”; see what we did there?) will have reviews of the latest triple-A and indie games, discussions about the industry, game key giveaways for readers, news about the lounge, and exclusive content such as interviews and convention footage. Continue reading “Hy, Noobzters!”