Category: Game Review

Review: Castlevania – Symphony of the Night

The next installment of my Castlevania playthrough is complete. The legendary Symphony of the Night! This title is a classic and is often considered one of the “must-have” Playstation titles. This is the game that revitalized the Castlevania series and set the bar for many of the future installments in the franchise. Symphony of the Night is a direct sequel...

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Review: Castlevania Bloodlines

For this installment in my Castlevania review series, I’m going to talk about a rather obscure chapter in the history of Castlevania. Today, I’m going to discuss Castlevania Bloodlines. If you’re a Castlevania fan who’s never heard of this game, don’t feel bad. This title was only released on the Sega Genesis and never received very much promotion. As a result,...

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Review: Castlevania – Dracula X – Rondo of Blood

  The next stop in my Castlevania series playthrough is the mythical “Rondo of Blood” (also known as “Vampire’s Kiss” in the UK). This game was originally released on the TurboGrafx-16, a system I never had any experience with growing up. Long hailed as one of the best Castlevania games of all time, I was always very curious about it,...

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Review: Super Castlevania IV

  Every time a new console hits the scene, game developers naturally make it a point to bring their most beloved franchises to the new system. So when Castlevania fans got a taste of just what the Super Nintendo was capable of, they were excited. It seemed like the SNES was going to be the perfect home for their favorite...

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Review: Castlevania Adventure II – Belmont’s Revenge

  I’ve moved on the the next installment of the Adventure series, Belmont’s Revenge. Like the previous Adventure title, this game was also released for the Game Boy and in many ways is very similar to its predecessor. The story for this title takes place in 1591, several years after the last entry. In this chapter, Christopher Belmont’s son, Soleiyu,...

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Review: The Castlevania Adventure

The Castlevania Adventure is the first handheld Castlevania title. In the early days of the Game Boy’s lifecycle, developers were in a rush to make a GB title for their franchises. Many of these early games were thrown together and done rather poorly. Fortunately, as time went by, developers figured out how to better implement their ideas on Nintendo’s new...

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Review: Castlevania III – Dracula’s Curse

  Finishing off the original trilogy is Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse. Despite its name, this game actually serves as a prequel to the first two titles in the series. For this game, Konami decided to go back to their roots, thus distancing Castlevania III from the gameplay elements found in Simon’s Quest and making it more like the first installment of...

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Review: Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest

  Back for the next installment of the Castlevania playthrough and review. As one might predict, the success of Castlevania brought a sequel. However, it is not what you might expect. Castlevania II is not merely an update to the original stage-by-stage platformer. It is something altogether different. The game takes place seven years after the original. In this story,...

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Review: Castlevania

When I was a kid, no other game had cooler monsters and a scarier atmosphere than Castlevania. It’s creepy, but just campy enough to keep you from getting scared. For those that are not familiar, here’s the set up: Transylvania, a place we all know and love. Filled with gypsies and creepy things. But, every one hundred years the land...

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Review: Zelda II – The Adventure of Link

  As one would suspect, after the smashing success of The Legend of Zelda, a sequel was not too far behind. For the follow-up, Nintendo made the bold move to creating a radically different game. Unlike it’s predecessor, Zelda II is not presented entirely in a top-down, bird’s-eye view. Instead, this game consists of two different modes: travel mode and...

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