I was sittning here contemplating and it just hit me: Why are the Castelvania games good?
Because when I think Castlevania the first thing that pops into my head stiff movement controls, which as a result of this are pretty unforgiving (let us admit it: the controls of 1-3 on NES where really crap). This is normally something that would doom most of games back in the days. But somehow Castlevania managed to presist and become a classic franchise.
Sure the controls got better later, but some of the stiffness has always persistent in all the ones I’ve played.
All of the Castlevania games I’ve played, I have loved and still find good being able to pick up and play from time to time (even Simons Quest which takes way to much flak imo).
Of course I’ve not played all of them so I’ve missed out on som bad ones. But I haven’t played Symphony of the Night either, which seems to be considered the best.
The ones I’ve played (that I can think of now) are:
Castlevania 1-3 (NES)
Castlevania 4 (SNES)
Dawn of Sorrow (DS)
Portrait of Ruin (DS)
Of and ”Bloody Tears” is the best video game song ever made (thats maybe why I like Simons Quest so much).