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Castlevania: Symphony of the Night  (PlayStation, 1997) castlevania symphony night playstation 1997

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (PlayStation, 1997)

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As Richter Belmont journeyed to Castlevania, he had one thing on his mind: destroy Dracula. His family had been attempting to do this for... Read More
As Richter Belmont journeyed to Castlevania, he had one thing on his mind: destroy Dracula. His family had been attempting to do this for decades but always wound up failing -- he'd be brought back to life by a priest named Shaft. Richter approached his nemesis and destroyed him thinking he had finally done what others before him had failed to do.<br><br>Then he vanished without a trace leaving Maria Renard all alone and worried. She set off to find her true love -- the night Castlevania was to reappear. Unbeknownst to her, an offspring of the Dracula family was doing the same thing, though he had other plans. Alucard knew that his father wasn't dead and vowed to put an end to Dracula once and for all. Because of what he is (a vampire), he damned his father for bringing him into the world and making other people suffer; it was time to put an end to it all.<br><br>You assume the role of Alucard in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, an updated 32-bit version of the old 2D side-scrolling classic Castlevania. While it is still a 2D side-scroller, it adds a wealth of new gameplay options and a feeling of depth and role-playing to the mix.<br><br>As you progress throughout the castle, Alucard will gain experience for killing enemies. Experience is then transferred into level-ups which gives your character more magic and hit points. Unlike other Castlevania games, your character can pull of special maneuvers, such as Summon Spirit, by executing a button combination on your controller. When one is successfully cast, it will drain your magic points like a real role-playing game.<br><br>You will also come across various items, weapons and spheres throughout your journey. Items are stored in an inventory and consist of health, food and keys for locked doors. You can also equip armor and weapons from the inventory screen. Swords are Alucard's main way of attack, though there are a variety of whips and morning stars to be found.<br><br>At times, you will find special weapons that are used by collecting hearts. There is a bottle of holy water that can be thrown at enemies, knives, a bibuti (full screen attack), a clock that freezes time, a throwing axe and more. Like your spells, they each require a certain amount of hearts (which can be collected by destroying candles and pottery) to use. Some only effect certain enemies while others have a global effect.<br><br>Alucard can also transform into different things, each of which is required to solve various puzzles. Among his normal vampire self, he can turn into a bat, a wolf, and a shade of mist. To do this, you will first need to find their respective relics and then use them (i.e. the Soul of Bat). Additionally, there are other relics that allow your character to jump higher, uncover items upon the destruction of candles and attack using his shape-shifting beings.<br><br>Finally, there are a few familiars to be found within Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. A familiar is something that can help you -- a summoned spirit. For example, there is a fairy that constantly heals Alucard and a flying demon that hits out of reach switches. Each one is essential to explore and further your adventure in Castlevania. Minimize
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By: BaronSamedi3 in Games at
Feb 15, 2003

The Sweetest Symphony

Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars

Pros: You get to be a half-vampire, with all the cool powers!

Cons: Good luck finding it

Bottom Line:
Dante from Devil May Cry has just met his match. Read More at

By: lorinsilver
Aug 30, 2001

Symphony of the Night is the best Castlevania game yet

Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars

Pros: Everything: graphics, music, gameplay, atmosphere, and everything else

Cons: The voice acting isn't very good

Bottom Line:
Everything about this game is of the highest quality: atmosphere, music, graphics, locations, gameplay,… This is platform-horror-roleplaying-Castlevania at its best. Read More at

By: despina83
Jan 1, 2005

Think YOU don't get along with your dad?

Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars

Pros: Ingenius old school gameplay, beautiful graphics, incredible music, an lengthy quest

Cons: The voice acting, my copy is scratched

Bottom Line:
I recommend this masterpiece to ANYONE who's ever held a controller Read More at

By: StarSoldier1 in Games at
Jan 26, 2002

Sorry father, you have to die.

Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars

Pros: Very dark and detailed graphics, excellent sound tracks, and RPG-like game play.

Cons: Maria isn't playable, I guess.

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One of the best Playstation games ever comes complete with RPG elements, 100 different enemies, and lots of blood! Read More at

By: vampirekiller
Nov 20, 2010

CastleVania Symphony of the Night

Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars

Pros: Music,Graphics,control,easiness

Cons: Easiness,voice acting,and length

Bottom Line:
Castlevania Symphony of the Night is pure magic in a disc for the playstation one and its style of gameplay has become the dominant style of Castlevania today. Read More at

By: Horhay
Jun 27, 2000

I Want To Suck Your Blood!

Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars

Pros: nice story, excellent soundtrack, inverted castle

Cons: voice-overs are terrible

Bottom Line:
Castlevania Symphony of the Night is a superb 2D game that every Playstation owner should play. Read More at

By: awoolcott in Games at
Apr 22, 2000

The Best PlayStation Game Ever

Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars

Pros: Great music, depth, variety of levels, enemies, unbelievable amount of secrets

Cons: Kind of easy, sort of cheesy voice acting Read More at

By: jasmine_n93
Aug 2, 2011

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars

Pros: Tons to explore; well thought-out boss fights; tight control; beautiful soundtrack; enthralling macabre atmosphere.

Cons: Generally subpar voice acting.

Bottom Line:
This game is a must-own for anyone interested in quality gaming, whether it be an original PS disc or a downloadable port. Read More at

By: son_gokou
Jul 14, 2001

Castlevania Will Steal Your Soul

Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars

Pros: Massive quantities of items, easy to learn controls, good music, wicked main character

Cons: Voice acting could have been better, troublesome flea men

Bottom Line:
Yo, get this game or my friend Guido...he'll breaka yo face. With that said I believe this is the greatest 2D platformer of all time, buy it. Read More at

By: marty1982
Aug 25, 2001

One Of The Best Playstation Games Ever

Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars

Pros: Neat 2D graphics, awesome music, lots of atmosphere, interesting gameplay mechanics

Cons: Cheesy voice acting (of course!), there may never be another game quite like it.

Bottom Line:
Buy this game immediately, because it could very well be the last really good game of its kind. Read More at

By: bg2elisa
Feb 7, 2001

The best Castlevania game to date?

Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars

Pros: hand drawn, 2D side scroller!

Cons: no complaints here.

Bottom Line:
You haven't experienced Castlevania until you play this. Read More at

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