Part of the 9 days of heck. Castlemania is running wi- never mind, I already used that joke. Read about how great this game is instead, I guess.
Played on: PSP
Party like its 1792
Date posted: October 27, 2017
I can’t believe it. This game is 10 years old! It seemed like yesterday I heard a collective groan as I walked into my local game store where I bought this. “Him again? F@#K!” they would always say. “All he does is stand around an look at the magical girl anime dvds, f@#king pedo!” they would scream before saying “That’s it, I’m calling the cops!” Ah, memories. But I digress, were hear to talk about vampire killers, not my past criminal record!
If you don’t know what Castlevaina, then leave. Wait, why is everyone leaving? Fine, I’ll just read this review to the void, I guess. Castlevania, at its heart, is a horror themed series of games where go on a quest to kill Dracula, who has been resurrected for the 2137346th time. It usually stars a member of the Belmont family, but sometimes its his son. Or Daughter. Or Dog. Or Tax Consultant. But I digress again.
One of the best game in said series, across the board was Rondo of Blood. Released for the somewhat obscure PC-Engine, it is considered by many to be the definitive Castlevania experience, along with Symphony of the Night. So what does Konami decide to do? Remake it of course!
Hey stop! Don’t boo! Hey! Don’t throw tomatoes at me! Its actually a good remake, I swear! (Though it does have a few problems.)
Right off the bat, I can tell you the best part of the game is the soundtrack, but I didn’t have to tell you that, right? It has rearranged tracks from Rondo of Blood, which, ironically had rearranged tracks from other Castlevania games. All of them sound great, and whoever mixed them did a good job.
The game plays like a Castlevania game (Shocker!). This is classic Castlevania though and though- collect hearts, use hearts as ammo for weapons such as axes, holy water, and knives. Of course, you use your whip (which may or may not be a fetish thing) to defeat most of the enemies, which include your classic skeletons, knights, zombies, and medusa heads, along with a great rogues gallery of bosses, starting with a F@#KING DRAGON. You also face a minotaur, some serpents, and of course, Death himself! Also some guy in hood. meh.
Of course, one of the biggest draws of this title is the unlockable content. Get this- not only can you unlock original PC-Engine version of Rondo of Blood, but you can also unlock which is arguably one of the best Metroidvania games of all time- Symphony of the Night! It even has some new features, like new voice acting, and the ability to play as Maria. This makes this a must-have if you have yet to play either Rondo or Symphony, as they are both some of the best games the series has to offer.
The biggest complaint I see for this game by and large is the game’s graphics/artstyle. I personally don’t think the game looks bad, but it does have as lot of muted colors and lots of browns and such. Also, Richter does not look as cool as he did in rondo. There, I said it! He looks like a pansy boy in the remake!
The art style of the remake may be a turn off for some, but at it’s heart, it is still a Castlevania game, though and though. The addition of the original Rondo of Blood and Symphony of the Night really make up for any shortcomings the remake have, in my opinion. Now go out there and kick Dracula’s ass!
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