In a massive teaser for its fourth season, the Stranger Things team posted a tweet with the caption: “We’re not in Hawkins anymore.” The tweet went with revealed a trailer for Stranger Things 4, confirming that the hit series is going into a fourth season: a triumph for a Netflix TV show. It has been renewed with talks of an overall film and TV show deal.
It’s 1985 in Hawkins, Indiana, and summer’s heating up. School’s out, there’s a brand new mall in town, and the Hawkins crew are on the cusp of adulthood. Romance blossoms and complicates the group’s dynamic, and they’ll have to figure out how to grow up without growing apart. And then, things get strange again…
For those who haven’t started yet, Stranger Things is available to stream on Netflix.
Castlevania: the game that made it to TV
A good story should never be confined to a quarter of a megabyte. By BRYAN TURNER
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From Super Mario Bros to The Legend of Zelda, the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was the first home to many iconic games that still live on today.
In the early days of home consoles, Konami dominated the action-adventure video game market with Castlevania – a gothic horror that launched on the NES. Gamers play as Simon Belmont, who comes from a long line of vampire hunters, as he fights his way through Dracula’s minions to eventually defeat Dracula himself.
The game received many more follow-up titles, with the latest instalment coming soon to Android and iOS. Loyalists to the franchise consider the last game that was released on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, to be the best. Castlevania III is a prequel to the game series that defined how the Belmont family came to fight against the super-human powers of vampires. Trevor Belmont, a forefather of Simon Belmont, wields a Vampire Killer Whip that he uses against Dracula’s minions.
The strong story and graphical improvements with the limited system hardware set this game in 5th place of IGN’s Top 100 NES Games, and it’s considered to be the title that kick-started video games into having strong storylines.
In a post on Facebook two years ago, US film producer Adi Shankar announced that a Castlevania game was being adapted into an animated mini-series. At the time, fans speculated about which game they’d chosen. All we did know was: it was going to be a Netflix Original produced by Frederator – the animation studio behind Adventure Time and The Fairly Odd Parents.
While those titles are more lighthearted, Castlevania is more of a horror drama. Shankar confirmed in an interview with Collider that “there will be a lot [of violence in the show]. The goal is to bring hard-hitting anime to America and be America’s first animated series for adults.”
When the show was released, fans were pleased to see the series was adapted from the third Castlevania game, with some twists. In the game, players got to choose between three sidekicks to play with, while in the TV show, the main character meets two of them along his journey.
In the show, simply called Castlevania, Count Dracula’s wife is burned at the stake for being falsely accused of witchcraft. He takes revenge against everyone in Wallachia by summoning an army of demons that overruns the country, causing everyone to fear him. Trevor Belmont steps up to the challenge of defeating Count Dracula with the help of a magician and Dracula’s own son.
Trevor is voiced by Richard Armitage, who delivers dry humour excellently while having an accent that conveys his former nobility. Matt Frewer, the voice for the wicked Bishop, does a good job of sounding evil, even when one isn’t looking at the screen.
A criticism of the first season is that it’s very short, at only four episodes. Thankfully, the second season is available now, with an additional eight episodes.
Overall, Castlevania is one of the best video game adaptations I’ve ever seen, as it stays true to the original story while adapting it to make it more interesting for viewers.
Jumanji: The Video Game available now
The iconic movie series Jumanji comes to PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC, with film star Rhys Darby reprising his role as Nigel in the game.
Bandai Namco, publisher Outright Games, and UK based development studio Funsolve, in collaboration with Sony Pictures, have launched Jumanji: The Video Game on Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PC Digital for GBP34.99
Follow the wise words of your intrepid guide Nigel and head off for adventure in this new 3D action-adventure game that sees players take on the role of Jumanji’s greatest heroes, Dr. Smolder Bravestone, Ruby Roundhouse, Franklin “Mouse” Finbar, and Professor Shelly Oberon as they fight their way through waves of deadly marauders and dangerous, exotic creatures.
Team up with friends in online or split-screen modes as you seek to find the precious Jewels of Jumanji taking on deadly enemies to save the world and find a way home. Hunt for Jumanji board pieces in the jungles, dodge deadly traps in underground catacombs and fight your way through winding city alleyways. Choose your hero and use their unique abilities and weapons to survive the unpredictable and fantastical world of Jumanji.
“The day has finally come to release Jumanji: The Video Game into the wild and we couldn’t be more excited,” says Outright Games CEO Terry Malham. “Since the beginning of the project we’ve been dedicated to bringing the fun-filled, epic adventure from these iconic films to our video game and can’t wait for the world to be part of the action”
Jumanji: The Video Game is based on the popular Sony Pictures film franchise that began in 1995 with the original Jumanji and has gone on to produce the worldwide hit Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle in 2017 as well as its highly anticipated sequel Jumanji: The Next Level releasing this December.
The game is now available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.