The Castlevania series has been a respected franchise since the release of the first game. However, this one of the most fun yet challenging games made by Konami, known to be the creator of game franchises such as Contra, Metal Gear, Silent Hill and more. Now to begin a nice Halloween this year, let us review Castlevania.
Plot. The year is 1691, and Transylvania has been at peace for 100 years thanks to the efforts of Christopher Belmont. But some wicked-hearted people rise the plea to revive the evil vampire lord Count Dracula. The good people cry for a hero, and then that's where Simon Belmont comes in, he sets out to Castlevania to fight Dracula and his underworld minions.
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Concept. Players take the role of Simon Belmont and must go through 7 different stages in order to confront the vampire lord himself, Count Dracula. Simon's main weapon is the whip, which is called "Vampire Killer", and he has four different sub weapons that could help fight against various enemies and bosses strategically. The six bosses of the game are generally taken from horror literature or legend, and include a giant bat, Medusa, a pair of mummies, Frankenstein and Igor, the Grim Reaper, and finally Dracula himself.
Good Aspect. The good aspect of this game is that I really liked how the levels were designed and the look of the Castle at the third level. The castle at the beginning of the game looks perfectly well done and the intro is memorable as well as the ending of the game.
Rantings. The bad aspect of this game was getting hit by those annoying medusa heads which were a pain in the ass. I so hated those damn heads. Another bad aspect is Death's flying scythes when you fight him and Dracula's final form jumping when you don't have the right sub-weapon to kill him. Another one are those hopping monkeys that I hate so much.
Music. Most of the songs are majestically wonderful including Vampire Killer and Wicked Child. Some of these songs had their remixes and rearrangements in their succeeding games. Vampire Killer is considered to be the one of the best themes of all Castlevania games.
Boss Battles. Most of the boss battles were worth the time except for the vampire bat fight, which was ridiculously easy and also the fight with the medusa head. The Death boss battle is considered to be the most difficult of all before Dracula and the Frankenstein monster. Since this game becomes incredibly hard halfway through the game, it becomes more entertaining
History. Castlevania met with amazing success that it spawned a sequel, Castlevania II: Simon's Quest. However it was not as well received as the first game, the third game however was met with success featuring a new Belmont and new characters that would include the legendary Alucard. More games came not only on consoles but handhelds as well, with new Belmont heroes, as well as non-Belmont heroes. In 1997, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night was released on the PlayStation, and by many gamers of the franchise it is considered a legendary game. Even mobile phones got into the action as well. I really like how Konami was inspired by old scary movies of horror literature creatures to create such an awesome vampire slaying adventure.
Overall 10/10. This game is so retro and memorable for when I was a kid and used to play it with my cousin after school. And also I recommend you people play this great game and download the JNES emulator or better play it on the Wii, which can be downloaded for 500 Wii Points. I give this game a 10/10.