Zero Punctuation: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

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I remember when I played through SotN I found a shield and weapon combination that would make everyone who touched you take 1k damage. It felt like a cheat.

All of the command input weapons were insane... Marsil, Sword of Dawn, the named Katanas, two heaven swords...

And the Shield Rod/Mablung combos.

Frankly, the only actually challenge in the game is reaching 100%+ completion (finding all the items and exploring the 240% or something of the castle with the glitch, etc).

This one really came from left field, but a good and funny review. I just wish Yahtzee had played this and more Castlevania games before completely panning Lords of Shadow...

hurricanejbb:
Why the hell is he ragging on Myst? That game was awesome (though the subway puzzle in the Selenic age was hair-pullingly frustrating if you didn't know what you were doing).

Bad game. Like looking at a series of screenshots and clicking randomly in places on the screen in a vain attempt to advance the story. Just my opinion!

evilengine:
well that was nice to see. Always wanted to play Symphony, options are to fork out for the PS1 game or a console to download the SOB from, either way my wallet will be chewed up and spat out.

Or you can get an Xbox and buy it,or get a PS3 and buy it as a PS1 Classic,or get a revoiced version where you need to fight Maria on PSP with Castlevania:The Dracula X Chronicles...

Grandma's legs - ROFLMAO!!!

I've never played the game, and thought the episode was pretty weak, but the final comment made up for it and then some.

I loled at the reference to the oedipus complex at the end. To quote a friend "Little Hans was revealed as a dirty bugger." But I don't see why the game would make you want to kill your dad... Oh wait I remember the remark about your mother being drunk.

Wouldn't it be possible to hook up a wireless controller to a PC, run the signals from it through the internet, to a second device out of the country, to someone's console to play mortal kombat?

Like a player match online, but insdetad of having 2 people play with eachother via internet, just have 1 person (you) play on another's?

At first I thought this was for Harmony of Despiar xD
I never remember who goes with which title, Cept Jonathan Morris

I think the wolves the size of semi-trailers go down so easily exactly because they're the first enemies you encounter. Alucard enters the castle as a gigantic badass, kills some giant wolves, then gets his shit stolen by Death so he's weak.

The explode-with-a-touch wolves are there to give you an impression how powerful Alucard is supposed to be. This clever illusion is ruined if you immediately backtrack and find out the giant wolves are still pretty weak even after you got your awesome gear stolen.

The level of detail in this game means that I will always love it. Did you know that Alucard can sit in the various chairs that dot the castle's interior? That if you have the fairy familiar active when you do so she'll sit on his shoulder? And sing a song?

Alphakirby:

evilengine:
well that was nice to see. Always wanted to play Symphony, options are to fork out for the PS1 game or a console to download the SOB from, either way my wallet will be chewed up and spat out.

Or you can get an Xbox and buy it,or get a PS3 and buy it as a PS1 Classic,or get a revoiced version where you need to fight Maria on PSP with Castlevania:The Dracula X Chronicles...

Yeah, when I said "a console to download it from" I was refering to the Xbox and PS3. I heard about the PSP version too, sounds crazy that they can squeeze the full game onto a PSP disc along with another game. Technology today...

Hey, Quake II was the first game to include colored lighting, so don't put that in the same bag with the grey-brown-shitty games of today, aight?

Calcium:
Strangely I was complaining about the lack of variety of enemies in Fable 3 only a couple of hours ago - that this game had such a large range and was for the ps1 makes me more disapointed at the current gen's variety.

Yeah well but back then a monster could be modelled and animated in a day and textured in another few hours, today it takes a week just to get a proper texture for the nosehair. And half a year to get it mocaped.

Of course, it doesn't change the fact that it sucks balls, but that's what we get for demanding 'better graphics'.

As long as your on a side scroller kick, if you want a good modern one to review you should check out the game Tesla: The Weather Man by Thoughtquake Studios (no, I don't work for the company). I loved it, it's getting great reviews, but could it hold up to your brand of scrutiny?

Sgt. Sykes:

Calcium:
Strangely I was complaining about the lack of variety of enemies in Fable 3 only a couple of hours ago - that this game had such a large range and was for the ps1 makes me more disapointed at the current gen's variety.

Yeah well but back then a monster could be modelled and animated in a day and textured in another few hours, today it takes a week just to get a proper texture for the nosehair. And half a year to get it mocaped.

Of course, it doesn't change the fact that it sucks balls, but that's what we get for demanding 'better graphics'.

Did we demand better graphics or did devs and publishers use it to sell games since it's a technical problem that's easy to throw money at, unlike the artistic problem of making good games?

try to play it again and see if you still think so, you might be surprised. I surtainly was when i played some of my oldies

Everyone and their dog has done retro reviews, and Yahtzee isn't a retro reviewer. He's said in the past that he's a critic, not a reviewer. All in all, it looks like mind soap for all the awful games he's had the displeasure of playing lately.

For this critique, yes, it was quite good. I laughed at a few parts of it. It's been a cornerstone of Castlevania to jump back two meters every time anything hits you. It's part of what the (S)NES titles so challenging.

Yahtzee: Don't do what anyone tells you! Just keep doing what you're doing, because I've enjoyed everything so far.

I really liked Castlevania SoTN but I really hate that all Castlevania games are following it as the model rather than improving upon the classic Castlevania games

Non-linear gameplay still needs strings of linearity in order to keep the player on track or to avoid boredom. I think everyone can agree that the Inverted Castle was comparatively sloppy and aimless compared to the first half, without anything to give the player drive to move on beyond reaching the end.

Whereas Linear gameplay allows the player to assess a situation with multiple endeavors. Super Castlevania was a prime example of this, it had gameplay fairly fine-tuned in order to keep the game challenging because of level design rather than vague character & enemy strength.

Egoraptor explains this utilizing castlevania 1 & 2, which were linear & non-linear respectively

CastleVania: Symphony of the Night is an interesting game in that you can clearly tell the developers had no fucking idea what they were doing. Don't get me wrong; the game is amazing despite that. But its easy to see that Konami was in uncharted waters in this title.

Yahtzee wasn't just referring to the whole series when he said this game made up the latter half of 'MetroidVania;' this very game was the first of the series to actually go in this direction, with the previous games in the series being simplistic and thoroughly unfun platformers with a bit of hack & slash.

SotN was the first to pursue the RPG elements and the huge, free-roaming, exploration based maps, and collecting items, and pretty much everything that has defined the series since except the whole 'Dracula oh noooooo' concept the series has had since its roots. And it really shows its origins, in often incongruous ways.

It's a bit hard to explain, really; it's like if a country that used to make farming tractors wanted to start making regular cars, and their first offering was a muscle car with 4-foot rear tires and no windows.

Symphony of the Night remains a very odd game at times due to what could honestly be called a lack of polish, but it is still and always was an amazing title, very indicative of a series just coming into its own.

Now if only Konami would stop missing the point by rehashing SotN forever and ever. Seriously, does anyone think 'Genya Arikado' is a good character? Anyone?

rembrandtqeinstein:
I remember when I played through SotN I found a shield and weapon combination that would make everyone who touched you take 1k damage. It felt like a cheat.

Ah, the Alucard Shield Rod Cheese Bonanza. You must be one of the few who actually found it by accident. It's only purpose is beating Galamoth, whose dong-diculous HP just makes it seriously un-fun otherwise. Other than that, yeah, it's pretty much a ridiculous 'WIN' button.

I used to play the floor is lava too!
That game was so much fun!
They should make a video game version of it :)

Yahtzee I'm curious, what is your opinion of Chrono Trigger? It's one of my favourite games and I feel like it's one of those games you'll either love or fucking hate.

Symphony of the night was my first castlevania game and it was fucking awesome... minus the back tracking.

Oh good. I've been waiting 14 years to know whether or not it was ok for me to like Symphony of the Night. Thank god Yahtzee showed up to give his approval!!

I kid, I kid. I mean really I just want to congratulate Yahtzee on remembering to actually INCLUDE INFORMATION ABOUT THE GAME HE'S REVIEWING. After his Portal 2 video I just assumed he forgot that you should talk about a game's content in a video game review. Good work Yahtzee! I'm so proud of you!

Actually, Count Alucard, the son of Dracula, is from an American-made movie in the Black-and-White horror film days. "Son of Dracula" is the third film in the Universal "Dracula" horror series, following "Dracula's Daughter" and "Dracula."

The Japanese just love to make Dracula have a Dhampire son; for another example of this, see the extraordinarily awesome "Vampire Hunter D" light novel series. The Alucard thing is, in Hellsing, a bit of a joke (Kohta Hirano, despite being slow as hell, does know his Dracula mythos fairly well), and Alucard in Castlevania is actually Adrian Farenheights Tepes, taking on the name Alucard se as to be the opposite of his father.

That doesn't stop the fact that the name Alucard shows up a lot in Japanese media about Vampires, but it does explain where it's from and why it's used in these situations.

SOTN is my favorite game of all time during that era of gaming. I literally GREW UP with this game: as a small child my step-dad and older brother would always play this game. I finally got my hands on it and LOVED the game.

I actually have a full LP of it up on YouTube. For those of you cautious about getting it because you don't quite know what it's like, go ahead and check out my LP :3

Did you know that the original version (not Greatest Hits) is a collector's item worth 121 dollars now?

I know exactly what he means with portal 2. Going back to my old games like call of duty after beating portal 2 was seriously depressing.

I laughed so hard with the part about killing the giant wolf in one hit is easy, but little imps or some sort of midget creatures could easily kill you Haha. Yea, I agree as well with the games these days that they feel like they got to point out what you need or otherwise the player flips out or something.

Good review Yahtzee, am surprised you reviewed this game since it's pretty old but that's never a bad thing for we learn from it ^_^. I also wonder what made them decide to spell his name backwards, I mean Alucard sounds cool and all but- you can easily guess it's Dracula backwards :I

Also.. since when does a vampire turn into poisonous gas?! That's overdoing it, but what character doesn't these days?

The name "Alucard" was actually used in the third Dracula movie, "Son of Dracula," in 1943. Though I don't know the reasoning for why Japan likes to use the name.

Darn it! NOw I have to play this game for a week again. Thanks a lot

The fact Hellsing was mentioned at all made me oh so happy. :)

Nice vid as always, Benjie.

A fan of the old, classical games myself, I found SOTN a great game with great ideas and a decent story. However, it is true that it becomes a tad easy once you get the Duplicator (for those of you who never played SOTN, the Duplicator is a trinket that lets you use an infinite amount of any *use* item that you carry) and buy a flaming shuriken that can insta-kill almost enemy you fight, even though this is balanced with the fact that it costs 500,000 bucks. Took me 3 hours to get that much. Anywho, nice to see that you have the spark of nostalgia in you, Yahtzee, unlike most retarded people this day in age.

Sgt. Sykes:
Hey, Quake II was the first game to include colored lighting, so don't put that in the same bag with the grey-brown-shitty games of today, aight?

Still the game is 99% brownm and red (a little green here and there). Great game although.

I was hoping Yahtzee would touch on some of the reasons Symphony of the Night is monstrously overrated, like the giant empty hallways of boredom and the entire second half of the game where the area isn't called "Frozen Catacombs" and doesn't recycle the game's worst BGM (Finale Toccata or whatever it's called) ad nauseum.

hurricanejbb:
Why the hell is he ragging on Myst?

Because it is in the Seekrit Society Of Game Critics Rulebook- Thou Shalt Not Admit you liked Myst, or any of the sequels, because doing so makes you a Braniac Nerdling, and we Can't Have That.

Myst fandom is the secret shame of gamers everywhere... except for those of us who have come out of the library closet.

lovelovelove the retro reviews and I'm sure I'm not alone when I say I wouldn't mind more of them in place of some of the more obviously bland titles

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