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.
First I must say that this game is good in my opinion, but it is not the Castlevania that hardcore fans of the series know. It is a revamp on the story and series. It uses similar enemy names and locations, but that is about it. The scenery is wonderful (Carmilla's castle is fantastic), the enemies are fantastic, the storyline characters though are a bit lacking visually and in my opinion are poorly generated. The combat system is ok, very god of warish. The difficulty of the game varies significantly depending on the option you choose. Paladin (hardest) is by far the most difficult, difficulty I have ever played. Everything is pretty much a one hit kill and the timing events are extremely fast and difficult. The controls are at times a bit unresponsive especially when moving to different camera angle areas. The boss/titan fights are wonderfully done. The storyline though does become rushed towards the end, though it is predictable about halfway through the game. I figured out who Dracula would be before the game even hinted at it. The voice acting was ok, it seemed that lines spoken by Patrick Stewart/Narrator/Zobek were forced and kinda boring at times. On my second play and at chapter 10 on Paladin, unfortunately it will not warrant a 3rd play, since I have gotten everything in the game so far. (Btw, if you beat a level on Paladin it counts the level being beat on the other difficulties) Overall, this game is definitely worth a rent. If you can play the game with an open mind, it is very entertaining. If you are a close-minded fool, you will hate it. This game is not a 1 as some of the other reviewers say. It is a solid 7.5, there is room for improvements and I will play any sequels. I look forward to this revamped series and storyline.