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GF Rating
6.8

1105 ratings

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

Belmont Clan Serves Your Daily Whippings: Free of

posted by Rytiko (Estero, FL) Feb 6, 2007

Member since Aug 2006

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Great game, but like most action games, its a bit on the short side. Its especially a really nice treat for fans of the series. Castlevania: LoI is how it all began. It includes the origin of the Belmont clan, the origin of the legendary Vampire Killer (Belmont’s signature whip), and even the feud between Death and the Belmonts with the reason why he appears in every game.

Even as a game alone it was rather good. The gameplay was smooth and kept fresh throughout the game. You’re given a strong and weak attack with the ability to use combos and learn while progressing the game. The sub weapon system was also pretty fluid, defeating bosses you obtain a gem, each gem gives the sub weapon a different attack. Its really pretty cool stuff and nice to look at. Like I mentioned in my post prior, the world is nicely transitioned from the 2D Castlevanias. Especially compared to the Nintendo 64 Castlevanias.

On the downside, someone who has never played this game would really feel the game as a whole was rather incomplete and end up pretty dumbfounded with the ending. On another upside, you’re given a different character to play with after completion, similar to some previous Castlevanias. Replayability wise the game also scores rather high.

The Graphics are pretty, character designs are sleek, and nice environments. To top that off you have more then decent dubbing and soundtrack to add to the experience.

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

Addictive game play leads to hours of fun

posted by vgmaster (San Bernardino, CA) Jan 21, 2007

Member since Jan 2007

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

It had been almost 20 years since I had played a Castlevania game and those were classics back then but this one is better than all of them although I wouldn't go so far as to say this is one. However,I forgot how fun this series is! Mr.Belmont is trying to get his beloved lady back from the evil count in the castle and he has a lot of traps and enemies waiting for him. The gameplay is smooth and action-packed and the enemies are as unique as they are prolific. The sub-bosses are not too challenging but not easy either and I liked the graphics and the weapons and variety of effects orbs have on them. There are plenty of items to choose from and there are no boring moments. You can get lost easily without a guide but it is fun to explore and see what you find. I don't have any real beefs about this game except that you can only carry a few potions at a time and you get few replacements and there's not enough save points! Other than that,this is a great game and I highly reccommend it.

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

Finally a good 3-D Castlevania game

posted by Takerkain (FAIRFIELD, ME) Aug 18, 2006

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Member since Jun 2006

7 out of 8 gamers (88%) found this review helpful

Let's just get it out of the way - Castlevania: LOI is no Symphony of the Night. Having said that, it is a very solid title that plays fairly well in the 3-D realm. Graphically, the game is what one would expect from a Castlevania game: Slick looking characters, a wonderfully detailed castle, and cool looking bosses. You play as a man named Leon who takes on the castle after his betrothed is kidnapped by the owner and after that you lay waste to numerous enemies in route to a final showdown. The whip is the weapon here and it works very well in this game. I was a little surprised at the fluidity of the game being a skeptic of there every being a good Castlevania that was not in 2-D. Leon jumps and attacks with very good precision, although his double-jump whip climb can be frustrating to pull off until you get the hang of it. The game really rewards you for finding the more hidden rooms in the castle for they usually contain either useful items or power ups that really help you progress through the game. It's going to be hard to get through the game without acquiring a good amount of the power-ups for you can't just go kill enemies to level your character up. Because of this lack of leveling up, I think it was nice that the first time you entered a room, you had to clear the enemies to progress, but any time you enter afterwards, you can simply bypass them and go straight to the door, saving valuable time and health. The boss fights, were not as spectacular as in past games, but the were good nonetheless. Overall, Castlevania: LoI is a good and worthy addition to the series.

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