There is a amusing little set of easter eggs that can be found in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. At any point while you are in the Czech capital of Prague, head on over to The Music Box in the northern section.
The Music Box itself doesn’t really offer much, there is a computer containing three mails, behind level one security. In basement, you can put a Biocell in a socket on the wall (corner) to unlock a secret safe, and the building itself is connected with the nearby flat at M3,32 via vents filled with poisonous gas (which when explored will give you +200XP), as well as leading to side passage in/out at M3,34 (which gives +200XP).
Once inside you will notice that the music store is filled to the brim with vinyls, and those who decide to take a closer look will recognise many of these vinyls by their parodic cover art.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is the effective spiritual successor to the Castlevania series, and to some is the long awaited fan desire for new game from Koji Igarashi free from Konami (and their recent actions) following his departure.
With $5.5 million gained from Kickstarter backers, far beyond its initial $500,000 goal, it was the highest-funded video game crowd funded campaign until it was surpassed by Yu Suzuki’s Shenmue III a month later.
The premise of the game focus on a orphan named Miriam, whose skin is slowly turning into crystal due to an alchemist’s curse, resultantly she seeks to stop this curse by finding the summoner Gebel (who also suffers from this curse and is still alive) in his demon-filled castle.
On the surface the game offers a lot of promise, visually the concept art and characters/enemies are stunning and unique. While the idea of Igarashi having free rein in creating a new Metroidvania game is something to hold a fair bit of hope.
Dating simulators are an interesting genre, with fairly a simple design to follow they are effectively limited only by the imagination of their creator. So its not surprising to see various different dating simulators tackle the object of affection within the game in unconventional fashions, and thus the interesting results that arise because of that.
“It’s a Stalchild. They were the cursed soldiers of the Kingdom of Ikana…” – Tatl in ‘The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask’
Stalchildren, also known as Stalkins in Twilight Princess, are recurring enemies in The Legend of Zelda series. They are fairly common enemies found Hyrule Field in Ocarina of Time and the Ikana Graveyard in Majora’s Mask, and while they tend to attack in hordes they are not notably difficult, rather they are more of a nuisance really. Although the fact that they spawn nonstop at night in Ocarina of Time can be somewhat unsettling for some players, especially since this is only when Link is a child.
Despite this they can only take, regardless of size, only two hits. If Link attacks a Stalchild from the front, it will lose its head and begin wandering around blindly without aim.
In 2002, Nintendo released Super Mario Sunshine for the GameCube. The game was set on the tropical Isle Delfino, where Mario and Princess Peach are planning to take a vacation, whilst accompanied by her steward Toadsworth and five unnamed Toads on the Toad Express.
Luigi is notably absent, but considering the release date and the to references to Professor Elvin Gadd, we can assume that Luigi is comfortably relaxing at his new and now un-haunted mansion.
Of course the vacation is halted whilst Mario must deal with Shadow Mario (Bowser Jr.) with the assistant of Professor Gadd’s artificial intelligence and multipurpose water pack F.L.U.D.D. (Flash Liquidiser Ultra Dousing Device), whilst collecting all 120 Shine Sprites.
Of course Mario is successful and in the end gets to enjoy his much deserved vacation.
Simple enough really.
However, perhaps we should look more towards the political state of the tropical Isle Delfino, as something is rather amiss.
With the recent announcement of Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, there isn’t a Nintendo fan alive who doesn’t desire to own these latest instalments so unsurprisingly most retailers have jump onto that opportunity.