posted by CptPicard (PHILADELPHIA, PA) Jan 1, 2010
Member since Jan 2010
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Frogger's a good game, and so is Super Contra. But they pale in comparison to the 2D sidescrolling open-world masterpiece that is Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. You are Alucard, and you are trying to find and kill Dracula in his own castle. Your trip through the huge, labyrinthine castle will take you everywhere, from a library to an underground network of caves. And no matter where you go, the monstrous inhabitant of the castle will try to kill you. The gameplay focus is on exploration in this game. You go through the castle, finding new abilities like Double Jumping and turning into a cloud of mist, a bat, and a wolf. With these powers, you go back to where you were before, except now you can access previously unreachable areas and find new weapons, shields, and armors. All of this is capped off by some of the best bosses in history. Shame the voice acting is awful, though. But you can't have it all.
Personally I only got it for Castlevania because I didn't want to have to download it from xbox live arcade but the two other games became boring and you can't find anybody online to play against. Also these games are basically just copied from the xbox arcade and put on a disc becuase when you run the disc and play the games it puts the demos of the three games onto your xbox and just unlocks it when you have the disc in but locks it back up when you take the disc out. All the achievements and things of that sort are also exactly the same as they would be if you were to just download the game off the arcade so you only get 600gp for this game when you normally would get 1000gp for a normal completed game. Last my final recommendation is if your planning getting this you should probably only get ti for Castlevania, unless of course you like frogger or the re textured version of the original contra from the NES and you want to revisit it, but be warned the xbox control pad is uncomfortable to use and can give your finger cramps because of the tough reach.
In my opinion this is the better of the two Konami Classics discs, but that isn't saying much. In theory the Konami Classics sound fun but they will likely only hold your attention for a very short period of time.
The most annoying factor is that the games are played on a small screen with borders around it (at least playing on a widescreen TV) which is unacceptable.
Frogger is fun for a few minutes while Super Contra is quite challenging (but in my opinion inferior to Contra which is on Volume 2, however considering it too is played on a miniature screen it's not worth playing).
Castlevania: Symphony of Night, however, is the best game on both Konami discs. The Playstation game looks wonderful and plays great to this day. Unfortunately, once again the small screen is a hindrance.
I'd rate Castlevania a 9/10, however the disc as a whole is pretty useless.