Another blog type thread. Sorry!
Anyway in my NES thread I was speaking about finishing the original NES Castlevania for the first time. I was recommended the third by Shadowman, where I said I wanted to try the second though had reservations. He said:
Castlevania 2 is a really weird one. Gameplay wise I don't actually have that much against it bar the incredibly crap boss battles. Its a solid platformer with the beginnings of the Metroidvania template that worked so well for the game later on. It has an absolutely killer soundtrack as well. My main complaint with the game as you mentioned was it being insanely obtuse at times. At one point to progress you need to have a certain item and crouch on a certain spot in an area to be wisked through a wall by a tornado. How the fuck are you supposed to pick that one up without a guide (Its so good the indie Metroidvania game Dust had the exact same puzzle in the game and an achievement referencing it!).
Which pretty much, along with the necessity to edge forward due to the invisible holes in the floor, was the problems I'd heard about from the Angry Nintendo Nerd ages ago. Who subsequently became Angry Videogame Nerd:
What I didn't realise until I watched the video again yesterday was the guy actually quite liked the game, that the exaggeration was his act. I learnt this when I watched the subsequent Castlevania videos he made:
I like the Holy Water glitch at 2 minutes
That video make CV3 look incredible, makes me want to try the second game albeit with a guide at hand. I mean I was already told the third was brilliant but that video really made me want to play it.
So I watch the second video and think why not go for part 3?
OK, at this point I'm now really interested in playing more Castlevania. SNES CV4 looks absolutely amazing. Which isn't exactly news as it's held in high regard. That said despite owing it (before selling it) I never really played it past the opening stage or 2.
So after researching and finding out it's one of the few SNES games available on WiiU I bought it to play off screen on the gamepad.
Did anybody ever play N64 Castlevania? What was the solution to the nitro at the very end of his video (11.30 or so)? Then I go for the fourth and final part of his videos:
Which was more revelations. I didn't even know there was a Mega Drive Castlevania.
That video though is mainly about SotN, a game I have played and completed on PSP. A game I want to play again, only the gimped PS1 version is available on the UK store, with the US store getting the PSP game too. Damn.
Other things searching the PSN store made me discover:
- The PS1 has an updated version of the first NES game available on the store (Chronicles)
- There's a new title that is multiplayer, HD version available with DLC (Harmony of Despair)
- The 3DS game is now ressed up and on PS3 (Mirror of Fate)
Which then led me to research what else I've missed and where it's available. Which is the next post and point of the thread. What is amazing is how one paragraph has sparked this great desire to play Castlevania.