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Playstation Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Discussion in 'Video Games' started by Wizard, Nov 10, 2019 at 1:57 PM.

  1. Wizard

    Wizard Competent Maid

    (Decidueye (Cupid))
    Level 79
    Jan 18, 2016
    Due to my recent interest in Metroidvanias, I decided to pick up Castlevania: Symphony of the Night on the Playstation Store. This game is nothing short of fantastic, and it might be one of, if not my favorite PS1 game. As opposed to most Castlevania games where you play as a Belmont, you play as Alucard, son of Dracula, in Symphony of the Night. You explore two castles in quest to stop your father and the evil priest Shaft (yes, this name is real). Alucard levels up, finds new gear, and learns new spell and abilities throughout the castles and builds power to fight powerful foes. Like other games in the genre, this game can be completely broken, and that's a good thing

    Have you played this game? What are your thoughts on the second castle?
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  2. Infernostar

    Infernostar Poké Maniac

    Level 13
    May 4, 2018
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    I recently picked up the original PS1 version of SotN, though I haven't had the chance to play through it yet. However, I am more than aware that it is essentially the Super Metroid of the Castlevania half of Metroidvania. Iconic, easy to break, a speedrunner's dream, and has a lot of meat on its bones. I look forward to playing it when I get the chance.
  3. BZRich64

    BZRich64 The Mustachioed Moderator

    (Halloween Eevee)
    Level 10
    Jun 12, 2017
    I played through the game a few years ago on an emulator. It is nothing short of amazing and I really need to pick up a legitimate copy of the game so that I can replay it. Though admittedly, I kind of prefer the DS Castlevania games as I feel that they refined the gameplay a bit from the formula that SotN started.
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  4. Dawn

    Dawn La vie est drôle

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    (Meloetta Egg)
    Level 5
    Oct 21, 2014
    I played Symphony of the Night after I'd played the DS Castlevania games and I found it to be a moderately steep downgrade from the good ones, i.e. not Dawn of Sorrow, but appreciated because it held up very well - still does actually, I have a PS4 copy - and it was more of what I enjoyed. Like a lot of widely lauded titles, I think it served as a fantastic blueprint for better titles, but a blueprint is still just that and I wouldn't call it the best game in the series. But it is by no means a bad title, which is more than can be said for a lot of trend-setting games.

    I really do wish they'd picked a better voice actor for Alucard, though...I absolutely cannot stand Yuri Lowenthal.
  5. Neb

    Neb Cosmog Enthusiast

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    Nov 4, 2018
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    I’ve been interested in this game for a while, but I want to try Super Castlevania first. From what I’ve heard, it’s the best place to start for newcomers of the series. Once I do get to Symphony of the Night, I’ll get a PlayStation 1 copy (so I can play it on my CRT television).
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