Doom Mod Spotlight: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love RNG in DoomRLA!

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Hoboy. This is it, the big one. I said when I did a deep dive into a Doom mod, this would be the first one. And I meant that. That all said, there’s gonna be a LOT to cover here. And I mean a lot. Also, technically this is *two* mods? With some various addons also available for it. I’ll mostly be focusing on the main mods that make up RLA though, RLA itself and its monster pack. So, if you want your Doom to have a more RNG based experience with a loot based system, tons of new monsters, but still want something that’s Doom at its core? Then read on!

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Devil May Cry 3: Hideaki Itsuno’s Redemption Arc

A tale of brothers, and of a director’s redemption.

GET IT HERE: https://store.steampowered.com/app/631510/Devil_May_Cry_HD_Collection/

Also on Switch, PS4/PS5, Xbox One/Series X

Hoboy, this one’s gonna be a thing folks. Don’t get me wrong, Devil May Cry 3 is one of my favorite games, it’s amazing and everyone should play it. Why it’s gonna be a thing is the storied history of Devil May Cry, and now DMC3 is essentially the reason it’s even a series still. It’s the story of a man who didn’t want to go down in history as “The guy who directed DMC2” and created a miracle of a sequel. That said, there’s gonna be a bit a history lesson before the look at 3 proper, you have been warned.

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Mega Man Fully Charged Episode 12: Opposites Attract

Written by Janis Robertson

Story by “Man of Action”

Directed by Gino Nichele

Rating: Awful

The Light family’s trip to a city park is quickly interrupted by Wave Man and Fire Man working together to drain the city’s water supply and turn it into fog. After Aki and Suna stop fighting with each other, they’re able to make Fire Man and Wave Man look like Scratch and Grounder.

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A Robot Named Fight: You got Super Metroid in my Binding of Isaac! …AND I LOVE IT.

 

I remember having a talk with someone long ago how if they could make a procedurally generated Metroid, they’d be a coding genius. Well, if that’s the case, Matt Bitner is officially a genius, because that’s exactly what A Robot Named Fight is. And I absolutely love it.

GENRE: Metroidvania Roguelite

GET IT HERE: https://store.steampowered.com/app/603530/A_Robot_Named_Fight/

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Mega Man Fully Charged Episode 11: Unfriendly Competition

Written by Justin Peniston

Story by “Man of Action”

Directed by Gino Nichele

Rating: Good

Bert Wily is preparing for track and field day at school, but he wants to compete with the robots, not the humans, so he creates a pair of skull-themed techno trousers. (Ex-NASA! Fantastic for walkies!) Alas, he doesn’t even get started because Chemistry Man kidnaps the students en-mass so he can force them to listen to his lectures.

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Mega Man Fully Charged Episode 10: Running Wild

Written by Joe Barnathan

Story by “Man of Action”

Directed by Gino Nichele

Rating: Alright

It’s Bert Wily vs. Peter Punkowski in a contest to become president of the entire school. Except that Aki copied the arrogant Air Man’s schematics earlier and the personality corruption that came with that compels Aki to run for president too. The election season ends up feeling like a grudge match between two stereotypically loud and stupid Americans with a stereotypically polite Canadian caught in-between.

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Mechblaze: Heavy Metal Run’n’Gun. Get it? Cause Mechs are heavy and metal?

Make no mistake, I love me some big, stompy robot action. Luckily for me, so does Japanese indie developer AstroPort, who has quite the history with big stompy robot action. And if you need proof of that? Look no further than their latest release (As of this writing), Mechblaze!

GENRE: Mecha Run ‘n’ Gun

GET IT HERE: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1398500/MECHBLAZE/

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Mega Man Fully Charged Episode 9: Tripping the Light Fantastic

Written by Michael Oliver

Directed by Gino Nichele

Rating: Good

A disguised Hypno Woman takes Dr. Light on a date. Since Aki previously copied Hypno Woman’s weapon, he’s able to see through her disguise and then rushes off to save his creator from some sinister mind control scheme. Based on that premise, this episode is better than it has any right to be.

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Dark Souls: When Fromsoft Went Mainstream.

“Git Gud.” I hate this phrase. I absolutely loathe it. Even though there is what I find ironic truth to the statement, I still feel it is one of the worst things to come out of Dark Souls: A statement that somehow encapsulates the game yet also sounds like one of the worst cases of gatekeeping out there. But make no mistake: Dark Souls is a game that does expect you to learn and improve if you want to conquer it.

Hey wait, where do you think you’re going?!

GENRE: Masochistic Action RPG

GET IT HERE: Dark Souls Remastered (Steam)

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