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Admittedly I've only ever played two Castlevania games... Castlevania 64 on, well, the N64... which I enjoyed at the time, not sure if it's considered a good or bad game by the fans though, lol. The second is Lords of Shadow, only the first one though, played it on PS3 then bought it in a Steam sale too, it was actually a REALLY good game... never got round to the sequel, but heard it was pretty bad or something anyway.

Never played any of the older games, and whenever I ask about which game to play, the answer always seems to be Symphony of the Night, but then some people also tell me it's a bad game too, lol. Guess I'll have to play it one day and find out, it's on the Playstation Store so I'll play it on my Vita... if I get to it, lol.



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Bristow9091 said:
Admittedly I've only ever played two Castlevania games... Castlevania 64 on, well, the N64... which I enjoyed at the time, not sure if it's considered a good or bad game by the fans though, lol. The second is Lords of Shadow, only the first one though, played it on PS3 then bought it in a Steam sale too, it was actually a REALLY good game... never got round to the sequel, but heard it was pretty bad or something anyway.

Never played any of the older games, and whenever I ask about which game to play, the answer always seems to be Symphony of the Night, but then some people also tell me it's a bad game too, lol. Guess I'll have to play it one day and find out, it's on the Playstation Store so I'll play it on my Vita... if I get to it, lol.

I think the fans think those 2 games are pretty bad. 64 particularly I think is quite infamous for being total trash, whereas Lords of Shadow seems to divide people between those who think it's great and those who don't like it just because it's too different.

Personally I got into the franchise with the very first game (I just posted about it a couple pages ago!). It's really great, even more so when you think it's a 1986 NES game, but it really holds up. Usually any game of that era is scary to get into for the mere thought of a game over, but in Castlevania you don't lose everything with a game over so it's actually pretty encouraging. The game is hard but almost all of the time it feels like a fair challenge and not one that's just overpunishing or wasting your time too much or anything.

I'm playing Symphony of the Night now, it's pretty damn awesome, but I did find it a bit too daunting coming in "fresh". I think it works better when you're already familiar with the previous games, or at least one of them.



Bristow9091 said:
Admittedly I've only ever played two Castlevania games... Castlevania 64 on, well, the N64... which I enjoyed at the time, not sure if it's considered a good or bad game by the fans though, lol. The second is Lords of Shadow, only the first one though, played it on PS3 then bought it in a Steam sale too, it was actually a REALLY good game... never got round to the sequel, but heard it was pretty bad or something anyway.

Never played any of the older games, and whenever I ask about which game to play, the answer always seems to be Symphony of the Night, but then some people also tell me it's a bad game too, lol. Guess I'll have to play it one day and find out, it's on the Playstation Store so I'll play it on my Vita... if I get to it, lol.

Fuck Sotn. Play Rondo of Blood, Bloodlines and Super Castlevania 4. 3 best in the series. CV4 isn't that difficult but Bloodlines will make Dark Souls look like an easy setting. Great game still.



Nice to see I’ve made a thread engaging people and that stir up emotions.

But I stand by my opinion that you can’t call the controls of the game good with a straight face.



Spindel said:
Nice to see I’ve made a thread engaging people and that stir up emotions.

But I stand by my opinion that you can’t call the controls of the game good with a straight face.

You can moon walk on stairs in CV4 so yes I can.



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One of my all time favourite series
Great game play, great art, and great music, the old ones are really damn hard that's why they are so special, SOTN is one of the best games ever, and my favourite of all dawn of sorrow



SegataSanshiro said:
Bristow9091 said:
Admittedly I've only ever played two Castlevania games... Castlevania 64 on, well, the N64... which I enjoyed at the time, not sure if it's considered a good or bad game by the fans though, lol. The second is Lords of Shadow, only the first one though, played it on PS3 then bought it in a Steam sale too, it was actually a REALLY good game... never got round to the sequel, but heard it was pretty bad or something anyway.

Never played any of the older games, and whenever I ask about which game to play, the answer always seems to be Symphony of the Night, but then some people also tell me it's a bad game too, lol. Guess I'll have to play it one day and find out, it's on the Playstation Store so I'll play it on my Vita... if I get to it, lol.

Fuck Sotn. Play Rondo of Blood, Bloodlines and Super Castlevania 4. 3 best in the series. CV4 isn't that difficult but Bloodlines will make Dark Souls look like an easy setting. Great game still.

What's supposed to be so great about SCV4? I mean sure moonwalking on the stairs is legendary, but really I just blasted right past that game in like 3 hours and can't remember much honestly. It was fun, yeah, but it just didn't stand out probably because of how easy it was. Castlevania 1 was so memorable because the stages were just long enough (unlike 3 and 4 which have ridiculously long stages) while being meticulously designed so that each little section was a place you'd remember for all the times you died there.

Also, fuck narrow-mindedness. I loved the original and enjoyed 4 but now I'm playing Symphony of the Night and it's awesome. It is possible to enjoy both.



LuccaCardoso1 said:
mZuzek said:

So was your comment on a load of great games.

Looks like you took it very personally for some reason. Let me correct myself: The other games were mostly forgettable and/or bad. Some of them were good indeed.

Zuzek sucks, don't worry.

Though you suck too.



Spindel said:
To everyone yelling Symphony of the Night:

I’m not saying it’s a good or bad game (since I’ve not played it) but Castlevania was considered a classic series before that game was released. You just might be to young to remember.

Quit the dad act.

You don't need to be "too young to remember" to prefer SOTN over what came before. I played the games in order, starting with the original game on the NES back in 80s. And still, when SOTN came out in 1997, no amount of "but those games are classic" would make me prefer them over it.

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At the time, I thought the NES Castlevania games were sublime. Graphics and music were top notch and controls were great. The only downside was that you were committed to a jump once you made it--but that's what made it realistic.

 

Castlevania II was too cryptic for its own good and had crappy boss fights, though. Even then, it did a lot of new things I hadn't seen before.



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