Zero Punctuation: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

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A couple of "retro review" suggestion: STALKER Shadow of Chernobyl, & System Shock 2

Good review, but I do want to point out (meaning I want to be a dick about) your statement regarding Alucard. See, Hellsing didn't invent the name, it already appeared in the movie Son of Dracula, still the Japanese do use that name quite often.

Yay for retro reviews. I'm surprised he didn't mention anything about the kick ass soundtrack.

I don't know if you've played it or not Yahtzee, but Dawn of Sorrow is imo the best Castlevania game. It takes what Symphony of the Night did and simply improves upon it. And if you really like Alucard you can play the game as him in one of the unlockable modes.

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S1leNt RIP:
Why did the first two posters get warnings?

Because they posted only two or three minutes after the video came out. It's like they haven't even watched it, and they still posted, the cheating *British insult*. Moving on...

It was an interesting review to be sure. Unfortunately, unless SotN is in the Xbox marketplace, I won't be able to try it for a while. I originally didn't want to try it because the exploration of that level was just too daunting for me, but I've recently been thinking of trying it out despite that and to spite myself for it. But oh well...At least I've still got Pony parodies and Castle Crashers.

Sorry...double post. :P

Why does that castle silhouette look like the castle at Disneyland? Of course I may be watching too many Disney movies lately.
Anyway, retro is always good for a change of pace. His bit about voice dubbing got me to thinking of Mad Max and Mel Gibson getting his voice dubbed for the US release. That was a travesty.

VTNC:
A couple of "retro review" suggestion: STALKER Shadow of Chernobyl, & System Shock 2

I doubt the original stalker review would differ much from this one (you could have at least suggested Metro 2033) and you can glean much of his System Shock 2 sentiments from this review.

Will people stop mentioning "Son of Dracula" already?!
We get it. We don't need 50 different people reposting the same thing.

And I highly doubt that was even his point. I believe his point was "Alucard" = overused.

I think that the fuck your shit up pun was the best that I've heard.

I am glad that the real enemy of Castlevania was recognized here: BATS. Or. FLYING THINGS. Nothing like climbing to the top of a tower to be slapped down by a bat. And even as the difficulty curve jumped down as you went up levels...no amount of screen-filling lasers could stop them.
Though I did distinctly remember seducing them in bat form so as to avoid the knock back. But such things are only in nightmares.

I really don't think he should do more "retro" reviews. Seriously, if your really jonesin' for reviews of old games with various degrees of snarkiness, humor and/or swearing, you must be new to the internet. There's plenty of people doing that already.

Enjoyable watch as always, but it's rather hard to take seriously if one of the criticisms is that enemies are too varied... in an exploration game.

Dunno, maybe the whole nitpicking thing is turning into a shtick. Or on the other hand maybe I'm just an overcritical prick... uhm. Never mind. Carry on.

I think for the next retro review Yahtzee should do The Legend of Dragoon. It's a classic PSOne title and it has a lot of different gameplay aspects (RPG, Action, Adventure, Cooking Mama (I'm totally serious)) and it really develops the characters quite well, even the ones they kill off early.

Nothing wrong with reviewing the classics, if it gets them out there for a new generation of gamers fantastic. I remember playing this game when it first came out and I shelved almost everything else at the time, to have a few more people know it exists and can be downloaded on xbox is nothing but brilliant.

Squeezed enough ads in there, Escapist? I'm pretty sure you can get some fucking more in before the video actually starts.

Dragonpit:

It was an interesting review to be sure. Unfortunately, unless SotN is in the Xbox marketplace, I won't be able to try it for a while. I originally didn't want to try it because the exploration of that level was just too daunting for me, but I've recently been thinking of trying it out despite that and to spite myself for it. But oh well...At least I've still got Pony parodies and Castle Crashers.

Symphony of the Night kind of IS on the Xbox Marketplace.

http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/Castlevania-SOTN/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258410847

Have fun.

Why don't you review this game next? Or at least wait until it's a full game. http://ace-spades.com/

Hi Ben,
nice and interesting review. In a way I have idolized SoTN, so I couldn't see the negatives of the game.
You didn't mention anything about the music. Did you like it?

nice review. i sure wish i had the saturn version though for the extra dungeon etc. well... i guess there's always emulators.

agreed about the crissaegrim thing above though. once you go out of your way (and you WILL go out of your way to find the best weapons) the game becomes rediculously easy... shield rod + alucard shield combo? oh dear... but this is one of 'those' games where people are still doing 'speed runs' or 'short sword runs' so i guess that kind of does make it a pretty good classic in that we don't need 'achievements' because we'll forever be setting our own challenges.

i also very much enjoyed finding the hidden elements of the game -- from the special 'bat move' to the upside down castle to the sun sword that spawns skeletal warriors -- it was all very cool that this wasn't just presented on a plate for idiots, and instead left for you to find on your own.

we need more metroidvania games!

whoops sorry double post because of escapist's updated forum guidelines.

To actually enjoy Symphon-- er, I mean, Devil's Castle Dracula X: Nocturne in the Moonlight, the way it was MEANT to be, you must get the fan-translated version, not the silly official one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rBGKVgXYjM

Rodrigo Girao:
To actually enjoy Symphon-- er, I mean, Devil's Castle Dracula X: Nocturne in the Moonlight, the way it was MEANT to be, you must get the fan-translated version, not the silly official one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rBGKVgXYjM

Enough talk! Have at you!

I never played a Castlevania game until the GBA and quickly fell in love with the games so when this game (one I heard is a fan favorite) was on the XBLA I picked it up. While I did enjoy it there were things that annoyed me. I was happy that Yahtzee pointed out the most egregious one being the knockback from any damage.

Never heard of Symphony of the Night. If you're review taught me anything, i might as well try it.

Great review as always.

Noooo! Not the Fleamen! Not the Fleamen!!

This was one of my favorite psx games.

If you haven't played Shadow Complex, then you're missing the next best game in this playstyle.

Now this is a surprise, a good and refreshing one to boot. I didn't expect Symphony of the Night to be reviewed. Now past images of spamming the backdash button are all coming back to me.

Sonic Doctor:
A definite surprise review. It is one of the best games I have played.

I only have two 100% completion games on my 360 and I'm proud to say this is one of them. I would say the hardest achievement was to preform all the different magic combos, each part had to be entered so fast that it was hard to do with the 360 controller.

My favorite achievement was "Explore all 200.6% of the castle."

Caramel Frappe:

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

Well if he can change into a bat, why not poisonous gas and a purple wolf as well? =P

Probably because a lot of vampires can turn into bats anyway.

Alucard was the main villain in "Son of Dracula," which was the third installment of the Dracual franchise.

Just throwing that out there.

#1) I'm amazed he didn't crap on this game, as he usually does with almost everything - Good on you Yahtzee, because I'd have to hate you otherwise what with it being ONE OF THE GREATEST GAMES EVER MADE!

#2) Why just now? Methinks someone was bored to tears :(

Thank you yahtzee, for the reference to the fucking Marsil! (Flaming Sword of pettiness)

Alrighty... I've never had the want to comment but on this one yes... alright... SON is kinda old and more than last years news, but once you play SON you nee to try and play COD (Curse of Darkness)... it was what kind of revived the SON gameplay that Castlevania games were missing after SON... you get some of the same drudge mixed into the mix and there is a multi level dungeon which takes you back to Zelda: Wind Waker almost but is does capture most elements in a more up tp date theme... and yes... death and dracula are in this one unlike that other abomination... sigh... I digress.. anways... big fan of your reviews... and if you thought there was some good aspects tp SON, I do recommend COD and would like to here what you think of that...

loved the game and the review. was there any big difference between the japan release and the US version?

Ok question: In that SOCOM game, since I'm from Canada would the characters all sound like Bob and Doug McKenzie or do we get lumped in with the Americans (again)?

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