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The Castlevania discussion thread

Post  Blue Madness on Wed Dec 31, 2008 6:44 pm

Alright, since there is not any thread about Castlevania yet, I thought I'd make one. And was specially motivated by this:
Discuss the games involved, or not-so-involved. I don't mind.
Alright, so there we go...

I'd like to start heating up this thread a bit by proposing you guys discuss about the recent controversy of the franchise: Castlevania Judgment.

Like, what did you expect of the game before it was released? Has your opinion changed after the release of the game? For better, or worse? What do you think of the game overall, and why do you think that way?

I shall begin. I first heard of Judgment when I saw Alucard’s design for the game. Like most people, I got skeptic. I found his design too effeminate, and started referring to it as “Girlucard”. That eventually changed when I saw his in-game model, which I thought was nice. I was shocked with everyone’s designs at first, but as I eventually got over the shocking difference, I started to get enthusiastic about the game, and also notice that most of the designs, having the differences set aside, were beautiful on their own (with, of course, the appropriate exceptions).
I never expected it to be a great game, even though I thought it had the potential to be so. I only expected it to be a good game, and this expectation came true when the reviews came out. Sure, lots are dissing the game, but IGN’s, the one I trust the most, has given it a good score, so I guess the game is fine after all, and I am looking forward to buying it, and also, even, for a sequel, that fixes the game’s mistakes and adds more to the roster.

So, what are your thoughts?


Also, given the circumstances, I must make use of this moment to say…
Happy New Year, everybody! o/

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Re: The Castlevania discussion thread

Post  Smashy B on Wed Dec 31, 2008 6:56 pm

I haven't played or touched a single Castlevania game. They look good and I've thought about trying one out, but I just don't.

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Re: The Castlevania discussion thread

Post  xXkawai_baka_420Xx on Wed Dec 31, 2008 6:59 pm

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Re: The Castlevania discussion thread

Post  Eiron on Wed Dec 31, 2008 7:00 pm

I'm not as attached to the Catlevania franchise as many other gamers are, so neither the change in aesthetic or the change in genre concerned me much. I read a very interesting article in which Iga explained the rationale behind the decision to make a fighting game, and was completely sold. Pretty much, he felt that Wii games should take advantage of the system's inherent strengths, and therefore rely on motion controls. The problem was, in recreating the feeling of swinging a whip in a massive dungeon crawling adventure, the player would get tired very quickly. The solution then was to shorten the time spent swinging without losing the best qualities that they were trying to include. I felt this was a reasonable conclusion and that it was done in order to make the game the best it could be, and therefore am grateful for the effort that was put into it.

As far as gameplay goes, it has recieved mixed reviews. Some sites claim the gameplay is surprisingly deep with excellent character balancing, while others say the exact opposite. I am inclined to believe the former, as the latter reviews sounded extremely butt hurt that Castlevania had done something other than the status quo. I hope to rent the game soon, and if it holds up, I may purchase it.

Long story short, this game has Eiron's Seal of Approval.

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Re: The Castlevania discussion thread

Post  Blue Madness on Wed Dec 31, 2008 7:08 pm

Yup, I was aware of this history behind the game, and that Iga brought all those characters from throughout the series together like a festival, to celebrate the 22 years of the franchise.

EDIT 1:
Hey Eiron, come back here and tell us more after you've played it! =D

EDIT 2:
Hey smashbro, I have never played SotN, but since it's very famous, I suggest you play it. And I'd also like to suggest you rent (or download, whatever you prefer) Aria of Sorrow, for the GBA. It’s freaking awesome.


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Re: The Castlevania discussion thread

Post  Eiron on Wed Dec 31, 2008 8:47 pm

Will do Blue Madness.

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Re: The Castlevania discussion thread

Post  Relmitos on Thu Jan 01, 2009 12:57 pm

I like the Castlevania series as much as the next guy, but as I said in another topic, I don't care for the normal fighting genre. I don't mind a change in a game's normal game type or how they play, like the swaps from 2-D to 3-D. As long as the companies put forth a valid attempt at making the transition go really smooth and the game comes out as at least fun, I can roll with it.

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Re: The Castlevania discussion thread

Post  Blue Madness on Thu Jan 01, 2009 8:09 pm

I think that way as well, Relmitos. But, judging (no pun intended) from what I’ve seen, most Castlevania fans think the exact opposite way… It’s like they fear the changes… I saw lots of people saying the game was gonna be terrible, just because it was a fighter. They didn’t even try to give it a chance…
But, then again, I guess this kind of fan can be found everywhere… Zelda, Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, Metroid…

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Re: The Castlevania discussion thread

Post  Eiron on Thu Jan 01, 2009 8:14 pm

Its a universal problem. Most companies have found that being original gets you punished in the market place.

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Re: The Castlevania discussion thread

Post  Relmitos on Thu Jan 01, 2009 9:02 pm

Which is really funny if you think about it.....I can't remember, but I'd have to say that the gaming community probably reacted the same way when OoT was coming out....then what happens? It gets considered as one of the best zelda games in the series. I also personally think that the metroid prime series are awesome

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Re: The Castlevania discussion thread

Post  Blue Madness on Thu Jan 01, 2009 9:05 pm

Me too. I can't deny I was really skeptic about Prime and Wind Waker, and I must say those two games taught me a very good lesson…

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Re: The Castlevania discussion thread

Post  Eiron on Thu Jan 01, 2009 10:05 pm

Sometimes going in a bold new direction pays off, and sometimes it doesn't. Keep in mind though that Oot and WW were natural progressions of their genre.

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Re: The Castlevania discussion thread

Post  SurgePox on Fri Jan 02, 2009 1:44 am

I only ever played one Castlevania game (Dawn of Sorrow for the DS), and I thought it was brilliant and want to know what else I should try out.

What Castlevania games would you guys suggest?

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Re: The Castlevania discussion thread

Post  xXkawai_baka_420Xx on Fri Jan 02, 2009 7:24 am

To me they are generally all the same.

But get Symphony of the Night for the Epic Alucard - Dracula showdown!

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Re: The Castlevania discussion thread

Post  Blue Madness on Fri Jan 02, 2009 7:44 am

The next step, my dear SurgePox, is playing Dawn's prequel, Aria of Sorrow. Just like I told smashbro, it's freaking awesome. Oh, and Symphony of the Night looks kinda like Castlevania's Ocarina of Time, so I guess you should try it out as well...

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Re: The Castlevania discussion thread

Post  Eiron on Fri Jan 02, 2009 11:32 am

Blue madness is correct, but the DS games would be easiest to get ahold of. But the art style sucketh. Except for Order of Ecclesia, that rocks.

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Re: The Castlevania discussion thread

Post  Ninja Penguin on Sat Jan 03, 2009 10:43 pm

My favorite thus far is Castle of the Moon, the old GBA one.

DSS Magician mode, oh YES.

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Re: The Castlevania discussion thread

Post  Eiron on Sun Jan 04, 2009 12:23 am

I bought Circle of the Moon for seven bucks off of my friend in 10th grade. Very good.

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Re: The Castlevania discussion thread

Post  Blue Madness on Fri Jan 16, 2009 10:41 am

This thread died, oh noes!! T-T
So, I really would like to know this:
What do you guys think of the Castlevania Judgment character designs, by Obata?
They're all here, for easy access.
Say whatever you feel like. Compare them to previous designs, or judge them by themselves, or whatever pleases you most. Since I'm pretty sure no one here would say something like "It's horrible because it's different!", I can ask this and rest assured afterwards...

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Re: The Castlevania discussion thread

Post  Eiron on Fri Jan 16, 2009 12:04 pm

Peronally, I like them. I think its kind of amusing that I can look at half the cast and identify which Death Note characters they were based off, but otherwise I have no problem.

(Am happy for the thread's resurection. No pun intended.)


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Re: The Castlevania discussion thread

Post  Relmitos on Fri Jan 16, 2009 4:06 pm

The hell did they do to Maria? I like Simon and Trevor though, they came out good.

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Re: The Castlevania discussion thread

Post  Blue Madness on Fri Jan 16, 2009 4:08 pm

Simon looks badass, although I think he also looks gay... XD

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Re: The Castlevania discussion thread

Post  Relmitos on Fri Jan 16, 2009 4:14 pm

tbh, his outfit kind of reminds of me Cornell's from castlevania 64

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Re: The Castlevania discussion thread

Post  Blue Madness on Sun Jan 18, 2009 5:55 pm

The similarities are creepy.... Shocked


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Re: The Castlevania discussion thread

Post  Eiron on Sun Jan 18, 2009 6:07 pm

O _O

Wow. Uncannily similar. I love the face palm in the background.

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