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Great GOW knock off

posted by morelloman (HOBOKEN, NJ) Oct 11, 2010

Member since Apr 2010

far from perfect, but a great mix of powers and just hard enough puzzles make this game a blast to play. Going back to old levels to get powers up is a nice feature, and speaking of levels, nothing wrong with old fashioned linear point A to point B action. The game looks amazing to boot. I hope they make another one.

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Very Good

Definitely the best 3D Castlevania game but...

posted by HrdcrGamr (HIGLEY, AZ) Oct 10, 2010

Member since May 2010

There are a few drawbacks keeping it from being a classic.

First off, the platforming sections, while good, can be incredibly wonky at times. Sometimes you will miss a ledge that you are sure you should of been able to grab or you will tap forward and Gabriel will take a huge man like leap off the ledge sending you to your doom. One time, I climbed up a ledge and when I climbed back down to the handhold I was just on, my guy went into the falling animation.

Also, the music, while well composed, is nowhere near Castlevania's usual quality. And, there are a couple they play way too often. I love the main theme and all, but does that song really need to be played at nearly ever cutscene and boss battle in the first half of the game. A little more variety would of been nice.

The fixed camera can also sometimes let the enemies get in a few cheap shots during combat. Especially in certain boss battles. There was one boss fight where the boss kept summoning enemies that would dive bomb you and would do a lot of damage. Yet the camera was constantly locked on the boss flying circles around the arena.

And when mashing a button in QTE moments, there is no real "oomph" like you feel in Bayonetta, God Hand or God of War.

Everything else about the game is great though


Amazingly varied level design. You go from forest, bogs, and ruins, to castles, monasteries, and the land of the dead. Every level is different and are all gorgeous to look at.

Combat is strategic and fun.
Epic Boss battles
Voice acting is top notch
Game is actually quite long(About 15-20 hours)
Enemy design is top notch
Good use of light/dark magic
Interesting puzzles
Gorgeous vistas


Occasional off camera hits from enemies because of fixed camera
Platforming can be very wonky
Music could be more varied
Life does not regenerate at the end of each stage/level

Overall, the game is great and FEELS like how Castlevania should play in 3D. Highly recommended.

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Very Good

Best Castlevania in quite some time

posted by Aradace (LANSING, MI) Oct 10, 2010

Member since Feb 2009

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.

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