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Jan 28, 2013
Surprisingly, blood suckers aren't as common in video games as you might expect. They might appear as a generic type of enemy, and of course there are a few of them in the Castlevania series. We collected some of these vampires, paying attention to leave out those who like to carry people on their backs.
Bodhi (Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows Of Amn)
This former elf is the scariest thing ever created that has anything to do with elves. Geez those random entries!
Demitri Maximoff (DarkStalkers: The Night Warriors)
Probably the only vampire in the world that looks like Phoenix Wright on steroids.
Vamp (Metal Gear Solid series)
Even if he is not a real one, he's got all the abilities—and the right to be on this list as well.
source: Raiden vs Vamp in Metal Gear Solid 4
Vincent Valentine (Final Fantasy VII)
Just as Vamp, Vincent is rather a result of an experiment than a natural born vampire, but the similarities are quite obvious.
Rachel Alucard (BlazBlue series)
Vorador (Legacy Of Kain series)
The main characers Kain or Raziel should have been the obvious choices, but Vorador—who also has a major role—looks just so much cooler.
source: Legacy Of Kain Wiki
Alucard and Dracula (Castlevania series)
At least these legendary guys bring back something from the classic Dracula look.
Jeanette Voerman (Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines)
Both Vampire games—Redemption and Bloodlines—are full of vampires (sounds incredible, right?) but the only possible pick is this memorable NPC from the second game.
source: White Wolf Wiki
Jericho Cross (Darkwatch)
The weird western-steampunk hybrid style, mixed with classic vampire lore made this character (and the game!) really exciting.
source: Capcom Database
One of those female vampires that look badass rather than cute—and there's absolutely no problem with that.
source: BloodRayne Wiki
You should submit your picks with visual support in the comments!
Believe it or not, you can actually buy this terrifying "replica" of the arm blade from BloodRayne. I say "replica" because it doesn't look much like the one from the series, not because it doesn't look like it could cut my face off.
We're not here for the blade itself, though. Sorry, fans of vampires killing Nazis. We're here for a user review on the blade from Amazon.
I have been a user of Ninja Forearm Machete Blade Full Tang Knife Swords (NFMBFTKS for short, pron 'nif-mib-fit-kis') for most of my career, and have some that are quite nice. As a professional mercenary and vendor of 'blood diamonds', 'blood coffee beans', 'blood Nike knock offs', and other 'conflict-zone' products, I find myself in need of a good NFMBFTKS regularly.
I was a bit disappointed for several different reasons when this product arrived at my secure compound.
First, this product is sold by a company called 'Martial Arts Land', which is the same name I gave to my home in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I wish the company had done more research into other entities who are also using that name before naming their company. The post office had quite a time, seeing as the shipping label read 'From: Martial Arts Land' and 'To: Martial Arts Land'. I hope they are not the people who have been getting my missing issues of 'Soldier of Fortune' magazine, as the 'help wanted' section is crucial to my ability to earn a living.
Second, when I saw the description of a 'hi-tech' strap in the product description, I was fully expecting something computerized and perhaps operated by hydraulic machinery that would maybe shoot spikes into the arm if someone besides the owner attempted to use it. Imagine my disappointment when it was shipped to Martial Arts Land (my secure compound in DRC, not the original shipping company, see how confusing this is getting?) with a simple Velcro strap. There is no failsafe in the weapon as-shipped to prevent an enemy skilled in the use of ninja weapons from taking this particular NFMBFTKS from you and using it against you.
Thirdly, I did not find the handle to be particularly ergonomic. After using this product as intended for approximately 8 hours a day, I have developed 'repetitive ninjitsu stress disorder' in my rotator cuff caused, I believe at least in part, to the lack of adequate wrist support. I saw an occupational health ninja who agreed with my assessment and suggested I spend hours on end standing under an icy water fall in the middle of the woods in the dead of winter doing ninja poses to help it heal.
All in all, I can see myself using this as a back up ninja forearm machete blade full tang knife sword day-to-day, or maybe on light trips to the grocery store or library, but I will not be replacing my primary ninja forearm machete blade full tang knife sword any time soon.
Powerful Ninja Weapon
Full Tang Knife Sword
Velcro strap not hi-tech
Lack of good ergonomics
Company name 'Martial Arts Land' is a problem, as I as my home address is also 'Martial Arts Land'
Those NFMBFTKS customers are a discerning lot!
Jul 18, 2011
Four Hudson games for the 3DS were canned, including Omega Five, Kororinpa: Marble Mania, Bonk, and Bomberman. However, these cancellations could be due to the current situation at Hudson.
BloodRayne: The Shroud wasn't canned outright, but it's development is currently on hold. Also, DJ Hero 3 hasn't been officially cancelled, but it seems like this game is going to fall by the wayside. Blame the flagging popularity of music games for that!
To add insult to injury, it was revealed this week that 3DS game Crush 3D was delayed due to uncertainly over whether or not the 3DS is going to succeed.
The Nintendo 3DS was released in late February in Japan and in late March in the West. It's only been out a few months, and it's already being battered by bad luck and strong headwinds. There are big 3DS games on the horizon, and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is currently out.
The issue that plagues Nintendo hardware isn't traditionally a lack of good Nintendo games, but a lack of good games from outside developers—not to say these canned games were amazing. However, if developer after developer jumps ship, what kind of message does it send studios thinking about making a 3DS title?
(Top photo: Jason Merritt | Getty)
Jul 15, 2011
Now that I've gotten past the shock of the initial reveal and the awe of the first trailer, I'm done referring to BloodRayne: Betrayal as a game that's trying to be Castlevania. With each new screenshot I find myself wishing there was a Castlevania that looked this good.
The screens don't do the game justice, but here they are nonetheless. Developer Way Forward are quickly establishing themselves as masters of 2D gaming, establishing a fluidity of motion in games like this and A Boy and His Blob like we've never seen before. Someone get these folks a Castlevania license.
I'd settle for some sexy Alucard on BloodRayne fan art. No no, that's the wrong Alucard. Screw it, I'll just wait until the game comes out in August and use my imagination.
Jul 11, 2011
Natassia Malthe starred in BloodRayne II: Deliverance, BloodRayne 3: the Third Reich, and In the Name of the King 2. That's three films from infamous filmmaker Uwe Boll! Does Malthe have any regrets? Yes, but not about working with Boll.
Malthe told Fangoria that Boll is "totally misunderstood". According to her, "People are jealous of him because he's outside the Hollywood system and because he's successful, but they just don't understand him."
Not to be a total contrarian, I kind of agree! If anything, Boll is a brilliant provocateur and self promoter.
About her regrets so far, Malthe said," I wish...I wish I hadn't done so much of the, well, sexy stuff. You know, before I was a Maxim model, before I became known for my body I used to get a lot more interesting and dynamic parts. I used to play crackheads and different kind of people and I wish people would take more chances on me to do stuff like that..."
Guess she wasn't asked about her role as Ayane in the Dead or Alive movie, which I actually sat through. Talk about regrets.
(Top photo: Dan Kitwood | Getty)
Jun 10, 2011
The developers at Way Forward, veterans of recent 3D remakes and sequels to games like Contra and A Boy and His Blob are turning BloodRayne, a 3D action game series about a sexy lady vampire that launched nine years ago, into a 2D action brawler.
They're emphasizing blood over sex appeal. Lots of blood. And just a smidge of that sexiness. In fact, the developers told me, when they showed me the game at E3, that BloodRayne's idle animation is the main sexy thing they put in the game. I had to film it, of course, which I did, so that you can judge it. Just watch the video at the top of this story here.
BloodRayne Betrayal was surprisingly impressive. You move the heroine swiftly through striking stages that all look hand-drawn. There are nearly 4000 frames of animation for our leading lady, I was told. She doesn't have much defense—dashing is her primary means of escape—but she can slice enemies up well and also either suck their blood or blow them up. For those last two actions, she stuns the enemy and then can drain their blood to regain health or poison them, which makes them prone to explosions. Well-executed bites like that will cause one enemy to set off a chain of detonating enemies. WayForward calls that the "chain explosion" and says that's the signature new mechanic they've added.
The game plays fluidly and fast (watch its trailer for proof). If you like side-scrolling hack and slash games, keep this on your radar. It will be out this summer as a downloadable game in August on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
May 25, 2011
When BloodRayne: Betrayal was announced so close to April 1, we met the reveal with a healthy dose of scepticism. A 3D brawler turned into a 2D platformer? Seemed a little weird, since it normally works the other way around.
But here it is, in all its 2D, cel-shaded glory. A comment on the clip's YouTube page says "looks like castalvania now i hated blood ryane so this can only be an improvement", which must surely sum up most people's thoughts on the matter.
It'll be out on the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade this summer.
Apr 10, 2011
At 2010's E3 gaming expo in Los Angeles, BloodRayne was revealed for the 3DS. When asked on Facebook about the status of BloodRayne: The Shroud, the game's maker replied that the title is "currently on hold", but added, "We'll be sure to share any news when it's available." [via GoNintendo]
He's one of the most hated men in movies. Critics pan his flicks. Audiences aren't having it. Gamers loathe him. Heck, a chewing gum maker even wanted him to retire. But is it possible that we've all been wrong?
This year, Prince of Persia was supposed to be the big Hollywood film that got gaming right. It didn't deliver, and 2010 was another year bereft of the elusive great gaming flick. As gaming movies continue to let us down, maybe it's time to consider that the worst offender in all this might not be the worst offender after all. It is time to re-assess the king of hated video game movies, Uwe Boll.
The German-born Boll made his splash in the early part of the last decade with House of the Dead, a cinematic take on the Sega arcade games. Low budget and corny, it was the film that would cement his reputation in the West as a maker of low-budget game-inspired schlock.
"I have almost no time to play video games," Boll tells Kotaku from the set of his current production In the Name of the King 2. According to Boll, The House of the Dead film version came via Mark Altman, the film scribe and producer behind DOA: Dead or Alive.
Boll thought he'd made the most accurate House of the Dead film send-up possible, and Sega supported the picture with then Sega of America exec Peter Moore given a zombie cameo. The movie's reviews were brutal, but the movie turned a profit. "Because it made money I went deeper into the gaming world and tried to acquire games I like — for example Alone In The Dark or BloodRayne," Boll says.
Alone in the Dark didn't fair much better with Alone in the Dark's scriptwriter dishing on the changes Boll made to the film and the game's developer deciding not to make this film a tie-in for the then-upcoming Alone in the Dark 5. The movie was not a success with critics or at the box office. BloodRayne, which had a budget of $25 million only made $3 million at theaters. Critics hated it. This is where the career of any normal filmmaker would draw to a close. Uwe Boll is not any normal filmmaker, because Boll produced sequels of both: BloodRayne 2 in 2007 and Alone in the Dark II in 2008.
This is Boll's genius — he is able to get his films made. Even when critics tear into his pictures, there he is with yet another film. He's used German tax loopholes to get his films financed as well as good old fashioned pre-sales, private investors and subsidies. Boll might not be the greatest film director, but he is a great movie producer. Since 2002, he's made over fifteen films. "I've never made more than three movies in a year, and I only did that twice," he says. "Normally I do two movies a year. Three is too much." Here's a guy who filmed three movies back to back, all using Nazi uniforms, props and settings and all completely different. His work ethic and corner-cutting harkens back to the bygone days when directors pumped out films year after year, rather then leaving them to languish in development hell. When asked whether he'll continue making films into old age, the 45-year-old director replies, "I don't think i will make movies after I'm 70."
Uwe Boll doesn't only get films made, he gets them made with name actors: Ben Kingsley, Christian Slater, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, John Rhys-Davies, Michael Madsen, Tara Reid, Kristanna Loken, Til Schweiger, Leelee Sobieski, Burt Reynolds, Ray Liotta, Emmanuelle Vaugier, Billy Zane, Edward Furlong have all appeared in Boll's films. There some big stars in there who have worked with big directors in big movies.
And even after suing Billy Zane over a BloodRayne dispute, the director was somehow able to talk him into starring in this year's Attack on Darfur. Even Michael Madsen, who got ill and injured during BloodRayne, said he'd work with Uwe again "if he called me tomorrow".
But what's his secret? Compromising photos? Blackmail? Ha! No. "I send the script and make an offer," Boll explains. "Actors and Hollywood Managers and Agents know that I'm a real filmmaker and [don't] agree with the internet bashing. They watch my movies and don't hate them."
It's more than that. Uwe Boll turned himself into a brand-name filmmaker. Ask any internet inhabitant, and they'll know his name, just like they'll know Steven Spielberg or Michael Bay. Granted, they know Boll's name for different reasons, but they do know it. Name recognition breeds media exposure (like this!), which creates interest in what he is doing.
Boll didn't build a name through himself by a series of bad films. There are tons of directors that create b-movies. No, Boll — who has a PhD in literature — is smart. The man is a master of early 21st-century publicity stunts: beating up internet critics or calling Michael Bay a "fucking retard".
"Boll uses the internet as a true communications medium," says Vince Desi, CEO of game developer Running With Scissors (They made the Postal game). "He interacts directly with the fans and the press. He is very public about his personal opinions about actors and topics he makes movies on." He knows how to push buttons, how to elicit a response. For example, Postal, based on the Running With Scissors franchise, was one of the first films to attempt to parody the 9/11 tragedy, causing a firestorm of controversy. The movie featured a 9/11-style attack gag that caused two hundred theater goers in New Jersey to walk out on a free Postal screening. Distributors balked, and the pictured went from a planned 1,500 screens to a mere 21. "All my movies are about life and death, and they are all radical," Boll says. "I'm not the political correct guy."
Boll considers himself a serious filmmaker, as he should. He's made several serious films like Attack on Darfur and Rampage — with those films getting solid reviews. Next February, Boll's take on the Holocaust, a film titled Auschwitz, will debut in Berlin. The director describes it as a "day in the life" at Auschwitz, stripped of traditional Hollywood heroics. "There is a documentary element in the film with interviews with German school kids," Boll says, "and it is shocking to see that they don't know a lot about this chapter of German history."
Meanwhile, Boll continues work in Canada, directing action star Dolph Lundgren on the set of In the Name of the King 2, the sequel to the film he made based on the Dungeon Siege games, readying a new social welfare drama and appearing in video game Postal III. Uwe Boll is a hard-working filmmaker and brilliant producer. His grandest production so far is himself, Uwe Boll.