Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness
The N64 version of Castlevania - whilst annoying many traditionalists with the move from 2D to 3D - was a thoroughly entertaining slice of vamp-filled undead-slaying.
It had its problems, though; an annoying camera and an emphasis on pixel-perfect jumping being the two main offenders. Foggy, muddy visuals didn't help either, but the wealth of wonderful set-pieces (the begging villager, without a reflection in the mirror behind him for one) more than made up for it.
Which brings us neatly to Castlevania 2, the inevitable sequel - of sorts. You see, Castlevania 2 is more of an add-on adventure than a true sequel, hence the American title of 'Special Edition'. Taking place a decade before the events in Castlevania, there's now the option to play as hairy werewolf chap Cornell or the armour-plated warrior Henry, each of whom has his own quest to tackle, much like the previous games' Reinhardt and Carrie. Intriguingly, Reinhardt and Carrie are both also playable in the game, so you're effectively getting the original game bundled in with Castlevania 2. Which isn't half bad.
Although the development cart we got hold of this month was still early code, the game itself is scheduled for a January/February UK release (which means, hopefully, that we should have a review for you in the next issue or two). Sections that we've played include several impressive boss encounters - with a huge serpent, a harpy and a vile Medusa - plus some platforming sections that were admittedly fairly similar to equivalent sections in the original game. All will be revealed very soon.
Aidyn Chronicles: The First Mage
Young Alaron is on a quest to discover the truth about himself, his name, and his heritage. Traveling to far and distant lands, pursued by forces he cannot understand, danger lurks around every corner. Alaron and his companions will seek to fulfill his destiny as the greatest mage ever known!
Xena: Warrior Princess - The Talisman of Fate
Xena shall choose the defenders of the world. We have seen them in the memories of her exploits. So come together, Earth's greatest heroes and villains. Choose your weapons wisely and let the battles begin! Just remember, each victory only brings you closer to challenging the embodiment of darkness... Despair himself! Each of Xena's 10 characters possess their own unique weapons, attitudes and fighting techniques. Exclusive multi-player feature includes a roster mode, plus team and single battles.
Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon
A giant UFO has appeared over Oedo Castle, and the Mystical Ninja is off to save the world again! Control Goemon and his giant robot, Impact, Ebisimaru, a truly twisted ninja, Yae, the part-time militant mermaid, and Sasuke, a mechanical warrior. This brave band must travel from town to town, collecting information and purchasing helpful items in their quest to defeat the dreaded Peach Mountain Shoguns.
You killed the Demons once, they were all dead. Or so you thought... A single Demon Entity escaped detection. Systematically it altered decaying, dead carnage back into grotesque living tissue. The Demons have returned - stronger and more vicious than ever before. You mission is clear, there are no options: kill or be killed!