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I've only ever -and continue to- use the term Metroidvania to Castlevania titles that play like Metroid. For other titles, if it plays like Metroid but is not a Castlevania game then it's simply an action-exploration game.

'Halodoom' I found to be a bit strange. Doom's popularity didn't happen until after Wolfenstein3D. And Halo only goes back to 2001. A space Odyssey?  :-X  So I think rather then Halodoom, it should be Wolfendoom? Doomstein?

'Chronofantasy' is another. Chronotrigger did not come about till the 90's, and certainly not until after FF6. Both Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest or Dragon Warrior as it was known here in the past were pretty much the first two Fantasy games we had access to, and were in competition with one-another. Fantasyquest maybe? Sounds like another game or book.

The term 'Soulsborne on the other hand just refers to one type of series which we already know of course. The Soul games and Bloodborne. However it would also include Eldenring and Sekiro as both those games were manufacture in the same way as the souls series. By the same team if I'm correct in my assumptions.

'Harvestcrossing'. This I know nothing about. Maybe Harvetsmoon is the game he's referring to. The 'crossing' part is a mystery to me. Perhaps Animal Crossing?
Back in the day the community (at least here) didn't use "Metroidvania". "Castleroid" was a more common term to put the focus on Castlevania with Metroid elements... but that eventually fell to the wayside. Likely because it doesn't roll off the tongue.

I always just take it as a genre term. "This game has elements of Metroid, Castlevania, and exploration." Cu if it's a game like Axiom Verge, people usually just call it "Metroid-like". If it's Bloodstained (either Curse or Ritual) then it's "Castlevania-like" or, sometimes, "IGAvania". But the genre as a whole, with games stealing both elements, seems to make sense as "Metroidvania".
Fan Stuff / Re: Darkest Abyss
« Last post by Kamirine on May 19, 2023, 07:26:27 AM »
Yay, more indies like the classic CVs, I need my fix! ;D So far, this looks really good!

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I've always really disliked the use of the word "Metroidvania" to label platformers that focus on exploration. I don't have any proof since it was so long ago, but I clearly remember an era during the GBA days when the Castlevania fan community used "Metroidvania" to refer to Castlevania games specifically, not the genre as a whole, and this makes perfect sense because there is a clear cutoff in the Castlevania series between the classic, linear style Castlevanias and the clearly Super Metroid inspired ones starting with SotN. Yes, there are games like Simon's Quest that take elements from both, but SotN was clearly emulating Super Metroid really closely while SQ did its own thing.

If I ever make an exploratory platformer, I will call it just that, and I hope eventually "Metroidvania" gets dropped and used for its original intended purpose, to refer to Castlevania games specifically.

Fan Stuff / Re: Darkest Abyss
« Last post by nokundhi on May 18, 2023, 04:08:07 PM »
Looks real good, I'm usually not as big on the classic titles but something about the CV3 formula just works.
Maybe they're finally making that 1999 game. Right??? :-\
Fan Stuff / Re: Darkest Abyss
« Last post by abdeloliveira on May 18, 2023, 03:05:44 PM »
wow amazing art!

it was something inspired by Farnese's nightmare... that horse really is creepy.  :o
Fan Stuff / Re: Darkest Abyss
« Last post by X on May 18, 2023, 09:24:22 AM »
Or it could be a giant Night Mare.

Fan Stuff / Re: Darkest Abyss
« Last post by zangetsu468 on May 18, 2023, 04:15:58 AM »

Your alpha trailer looks good. Never seen a giant horse as a boss before, so that's something new  :)

In my headcanon, it’s the ‘Dark Horse’ from Berserk… Those who know, know 😂
Fan Stuff / Re: Darkest Abyss
« Last post by X on May 17, 2023, 09:29:03 AM »
Hay, welcome!

Your alpha trailer looks good. Never seen a giant horse as a boss before, so that's something new  :)
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