Castlevania – Symphony of the Night Review

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I did not expect this game to be so fun. Castlevania – Symphony of the Night is one of the best games for the PS1. And the PS1 is home to some of the greatest games of all time! So, without further ado, here is my Castlevania review!

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Let’s start with the plot; this game begins after the previous game. Four years later, Richter has gone missing. So, Alucard travels to the castle. Inside, he meets Dracula’s servant (his name is Death), who wants him to stop his quest, and wants him to destroy the castle. Death strips Alucard of his weapons. So, you are on a quest to find Richter.

The story is pretty good. I expected something less complicated, but the story complements the game nicely. Could the story have been improved? Only if they had recapped what happened in the previous game. It is a lot like most RPGs; you have to play the previous games to understand the story. But, it is still fun, even if you don’t pay attention to the story.

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The music is amazing. These tracks are songs that you may listen to while working on other projects, or in the background of YouTube videos. They are really well composed, and as a result, they sound amazing to the ear. Even if you don’t like Castlevania, you should still go and check out the soundtrack.

Graphics-wise, this game looks beautiful. This is especially important, as the PS1 had a lower resolution than the rest of the consoles. So, this game really shows off what the PS1 can do. And, just for that reason alone, it makes this game superior to many other PS1 games. The graphics are a mix between 2D and 3D; the main part of the game is 2D, while some of the backgrounds are 3D.

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The gameplay is very polished, and the physics are really good. The jumping takes a few minutes to adjust to. But, after this time, you don’t even notice the physics are different from other games. Overall, the gameplay is refined, and the physics work very well.

There is only one thing I don’t like about this game; the start. I don’t usually mention certain sections of games, as I like to talk about the game as a whole. However, without a manual, this game is really difficult to figure out what to do. When you figure out where you are supposed to go, it’s fine. But, I didn’t know the controls, and couldn’t figure out why I couldn’t open a door (you had to press a button that you hadn’t used before).

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So, should you buy this game? Yes. If you’ve never played a Castlevania game before, you should give this game a try. If you are a fan of the Castlevania series, you should play this game. Just don’t blame me when you spend your whole weekend playing Castlevania – Symphony of the Night!

This game was recommended to me by the Keeper of The Quill.

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