Man, when Konami said they were going to make a Castlevania puzzle RPG game, they really meant it. I guess I was expecting just a Castlevania-themed Super Puzzle Fighter, but Encore of the Night has HP, spells, all the boss monsters from Symphony of the Night — everything. And this trailer says it has 20 hours of puzzle-fighting gameplay, which is like 12 hours too long even if you really love Castlevania and puzzle games. Still, the original SotN is so perfect a videogame that I have little doubt I’ll be buying this anyway, just because it has Symphony of the Night in the title. Hell, I’d probably buy a SotN cooking game if Konami made one.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.