First of all, let me say that anyone giving this game a bad review is either:
A.) Not a fan of Castlevania to begin with
B.) Someone who is biased against "sandbox" type games to begin with and has no business writing a review.
C.) Not a fan of "hack and slash" games. Or
D.) Competely and utterly incompetent and a borderline invalid to start with.
It's very hard for me to give any game a 10. So, by default, most games I play start off with a rating of 9 and move downward from there based on certain things I myself like in a game.
I'd start off with everything I "like" about this game but I would seriously not have enough room to do so. I love almost everything about this game and it really did do the Castlevania franchise justice. Of course, how could it NOT be awesome with Mr. Kojima on board with the project?
So, I'll just get right down to it and list everything I DIDNT like about this game, and why it received an 8 instead of a 9. First of all, and most importantly, there is absolutely ZERO replay value. Once you play through the game, that's it. Unless of course you're a trophy junkie and into that kind of thing and want to go back to previous chapters to unlock them.
And the other thing that kind of left me scratching my head was the story. Now dont get me wrong, I "liked" the story once I saw how everything came together during the 5 minute "movie" at the end after the credits have rolled (wont spoil it for anyone but it's pretty awesome) But it was the "getting" to that point that I didnt enjoy so much. It could have been "executed", I guess for a lack of a better word, more cleanly but beyond that, was pretty decent.
Long story short, this game is definately worth the rent, but not a buy IMO. Basically, save your money for Fallout: New Vegas or Fable III (if you own an xbox) because those two are guaranteed to have TONS more replay value than this title. Again, however, best Castlevania I've played in years, period.
First, I'll brief on the cons since that wont take long. The semi-fixed camera angle and zoom needed to be corrected in development. You get zoomed way out in some areas and cant tell what you doing. Also, having beasts attack you from an unseen angle because the camera doesn't want to pan there for that shot gets rather annoying. In reading some other reviews I actually am looking forward to later chapters, however the game starts off pretty limited in that you don't get to unlock spells or other weapons for a while. Granted I just started on chapter two and am hopeful I will get spells soon. Number one pro I would say are the graphics and scenes, they are stellar. Number two, its a hack and slash that requires strategy in that you cant just go into each fight doing the same thing and your upgrades will determine your strengths within those fights. Number three, the story is engaging and having Patrick Stewart as the narrator/ally is a nice touch. Number four, going back to pro two, each boss is much different than the previous and requires a different strategy (you will learn counter-attacking very well after one lol). Overall a pretty high rank but not sure about replay ability, though going back to previous levels to get accomplishments is a nice touch.
posted by AutoMcFix (POWDER SPRINGS, GA) Oct 8, 2010
Member since Apr 2010
Castlevania has very fun combat. I like how you have an option to make numbers pop out out of enemies when you damage them. It's an old school feature that has roots in Castlevania SotN.
The whole Castlevania world is really interesting, the monsters, characters, and backgrounds look great. Your part of a holy order of knights whom slays the undead, werewolves, goblins, and all kinds of monsters with a blessed whip. That sounds really sweet because the game and it's rich history make it sweet.
It has some stupid puzzles that waste your time, un fun swamp poison levels that no one likes(like in demon's souls). Leaves you not knowing which hidden ledge or path your supposed to take because you can't see where your supposed to go next. Lastly it has many invisible barriers, the world's pathways keep you about a yard away from every wall. When compared to God of War 3 GOW3 has none of these flaws, GOW3 is a 10 out of 10. But because of the richness and sweetness of Castlevania I would much rather play it than GOW.
Suck my wooden stake Dracula, 3d action adventure Castlevania is a really fun game, add it to your game que.