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  • Danilo 9:30 pm on February 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , demon, demon´s crest, gargoyle,   

    Forgotten Old Games – Demon’s Crest 

    Hello again my friends, are you ready to take a final look at the twisted world of demons, gargoyles, zombies and weird creatures? well then let’s see what awaits us at Demon’s Crest, a dark fantasy game (really, really dark this time) for the Super Nes, released in 1994.

    This is the third game starring Firebrand, the same protagonist from the Gargoyle’s Quest series, but this time, as you may have noticed, the series decided to take a more serious and gothic feel, I mean, just look at the Title Screen, it’s freaking awesome! The hellfire, the demon, the music everything is telling to you “We don´t fuck arround! This time we´re dead serious!”

    Our story begins with Firebrand looking for six magical crests so that he can combine them into the Crest of Infinity, which will grant him infinite power and the ability to conquer any and all realms with it! You might be thinking “So, he’s looking to become stronger… again!?” That’s right folks, he’s one Power Hungry Demon son-of-a-bitch, but this time he’s not saving his world, he wants to conquer it!

    Anyway, having all crests except the Heaven Stone, Firebrand engages in battle with its owner, a demoniac Dragon, coming out victorious but gravely wounded, Firebrand is attacked by a powerful demon called Phalanx, which throws him in at the Coliseum and steal all his Crests in the process. All except the Fire Crest, which was shattered in pieces, and Firebrand managed to keep hold of one shard. At the Coliseum, Firebrand has the unpleasant surprise of finding the Dragon still barely alive, but ready for vengeance!

    “This dragon used to scare the crap out of my little brother when we were kids, between you and me, I think it still does.”

    After Firebrand manages to finish de Dragon once and for all, the game starts at a foggy cemetery, there you will face the cool General Arma and so set forth for your original mission to collect all of the remaining crests again.

    Let’s talk about the gameplay, during the side-scrolling part, everything seems very nice and fairly basic, you can fly, hover (as always), shoot fireballs and, as a new feature, destroy some stuff that are part of the background.

    These can be statues mostly, and some stones, which will sometimes drop items or destroy gargoyle type enemies. When you exit stages you go to the world map, just like its predecessors, but this time Firebrand actually flies, providing a much faster way to travel between regions, when you want to go to a location, you simply press the action button and Firebrand will try to land at that location, if there’s something there, like a town or a dungeon, you will enter that area. All RPG elements from previews game are still there. You can buy items from a vendor, play a mini game, go back to stages that you have already completed to look for upgrades that you missed, talk to some characters to obtain valuable information, gain new armor and abilities by collecting the crests, and much more.

    Now to the graphics, as always, this series provides very nice looking graphics, from the foggy cemetery of the beginning of the game, to the scary haunted tower of General Arma, in every level you’ll see something that will make you say “Now that’s freaking cool”, Not to mention the effects this game has, you can easily notice them at the world map, when you try to land at some location the game will suddenly zoom in giving you the sensation that Firebrand is actually landing there, It’s pretty awesome. I really think that this is between the best looking snes games. (I also think that is prettier than lots of 32 bit 2D games.)

    I can’t say much about the music, you have to listen to it yourself, see how the soundtrack complements the gothic dark fantasy atmosphere.

    In my opinion this game has the best soundtrack of all Super Nes games.

    My personal favorite… Memorial of the Fallen Ones:

    “Haunting and serene, good stuff”.

    So, pick up your old Super Nes console and start playing this game right now, for you are in a last adventure with the remarkable Firebrand.

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  • Danilo 10:34 pm on January 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: demon, gargoyle´s quest, , , sidescroller   

    Forgotten Old Games – Gargoyle´s Quest II 

    Good day fellow old gamers, today we are going to take another look at our favorite demon, Gargoyle’s Quest II for NES, you all must be assuming this is a sequel, but it’s not, it’s actually a prequel to Gargoyle’s Quest.

    Before we take a look at the game itself I would like to point out that there is a Game Boy port for this game, released in 1993 in Japan only, renamed as Makaimura Gaiden: The Demon Darkness, which had two new levels, eventually it was supposed to be released in the US too, but it was later canceled.

    Now, to the PLOT, the game starts at our hero’s hometown, Etruria, Firebrand is a young gargoyle who is training to become a true warrior, and dude, do they point that out in the game, every dialogue in the beginning is about you becoming a true warrior. The King of the ghoul realm tells you to go to the Warrior’s training center to test your skills, so, once firebrand finishes his quest he would be rewarded with the Spectre’s Fingernail, and the title of, guess what… True Warrior.

    Anyway, while firebrand was in the Warrior’s training center an evil entity called Black Light appeared and destroyed his hometown, leaving the King at the brink of death, only with enough energy to give Firebrand his reward and send him to unravel the mysteries of the Black Light.

    As you may have noticed this game pretty much have the same gameplay mechanics as its predecessor, you have an overhead view in which you can walk in four directions to travel through the Ghoul Realm and you also have the side scrolling parts, that are used when you enter an action area, like the dungeons, bridges or caves.

    The biggest change in this game is that there are no random battles, which for some may be a relief since they can be a real pain, this time you actually see the enemies standing on the world map usually blocking your way, then when you talk to them, you enter an action area like the ones you see when you enter a dungeon, these are the best parts of the game, they are fast paced, full of enemies and quite challenging.

    This game also incorporates power ups and upgrades for Firebrand, which can increase his health or allow him to perform new feats required to pass a certain area, not to mention there are some puzzle solving, they are not a big deal but they do add to the game experience.

    Let’s take a look at the visuals, when you are using the overhead view you can see the graphics are nice and colorful, nothing too amazing but
    it’s clearly well drawn. When you enter an action area you can admire the graphics at their full potential, the background is simple yet very nice to look at and the characters are well detailed for a NES game, not to mention that in certain areas the game is able to give that shadowy atmosphere which fits perfectly for the dark fantasy genre.

    The soundtrack I expected it to be more “scary” and “creepy”, after all, you are in a place called Ghoul Realm and you control a freaking demon, but still the game has some good tracks however the first game tunes are way better.

    That’s all for Gargoyle’s Quest II, if you haven’t played it yet I recommend you to give it a try, after all, it’s an awesome action RPG.

     
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