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Re(2):it's CASTLEVANIA WEEK
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[QUOTE] What a week to have a curse! I think there is little else to add to what's been said, but since this is the random thread and Maou is threathening us anyway, a little Castlevania chat won't hurt. I guess SotN can be a good entry into the series for somebody who has not ventured into Dracula's castle before: elegant visuals, nice soundtrack and a most pleasurable (albeit a bit easy) gameplay. If you liked what you saw there, then you can move to the main course, where I'd recommend good ol' Castlevania IV for the entrečs and the glorious Rondo of Blood/Dracula X as the main dish. And if you're still hungry for vampiric blood, then any of the GBA titles would make a most decent dessert. But pretty much these are the same as Maou's recommendations, I guess... Other than that, I keep hearing good things about some of the DS titles, but I have yet to play them (mental note: this Halloween will be a perfect chance to solve that). Oh, and if you're into the retro thing and don't mind midi melodies and crude pixels, most of the oldest titles from the NES and the MSX are real gems as well. Happy hunting! [/QUOTE] I think my suggestions pretty much follow these as well, although I'd say Ecclesia on the DS is quite nice, although not explicitly as a Castlevania game. I'll also agree with Iggy regarding Rebirth. It's funny that even though I'd never have suggested the GB Castlevanias to a first-timer, its remake is quite fun as an into to the series-- a few years back I would have suggested the Castlevania Chronicle X68000 remake instead. Still, now that Chronicle is on PSN, it's much easier to come by so you may as well try it too. Even though no one actually asked (and likely no one cares), my own personal favorites in the series are SOTN and Super Castlevania IV; SOTN is at this point so familiar to me (I've probably played it to completion 10 or more times) that it's the game equivalent of comfort food, and IV is a distillation of what I like the most about the original pre-Metroidvania games, but without all the irritation of the slowness and maddening jumps and hit knockback (as in when you get hit by a medusa head and get knocked back, thereby falling into a pit) of the first three games. I do find it odd that the Mega Drive version has seen only a bit of mentions. It's far from my favorite, but the multiple characters, nice-sized spritework, and nice soundtrack make it something of a sentimental favorite of mine. It's sadly still not available on Virtual Console though as of the last time I checked. ALSO (and there is always an also with me) I would suggest a play through Dracula XX on the SFC, but only for the interestingly remixed take on Rondo of Blood's music. As for HoD, I have to say I don't quite care for it. Not really sure what it is that I don't like, but I didn't find it very appealing. Perhaps I should look some of you up for a match or two sometime.
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