Castlevania (Nintendo 64)

Teen
ESRB Rating
Genre
Perspective
Theme
78
Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.0
User Score
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

I guess it won't do DreinIX (9399) 2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars
A Rushed and Disappointing Adventure D P (124) 2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 2.8
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 2.7
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.2
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 2.9
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.3
Overall User Score (36 votes) 3.0


Critic Reviews

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95
Total! (Germany)
Abgesehen von dar gelungenen Steuerung sowie der dichten Storyline und Atmosphäre lebt dieses Spiel zu einem erheblichen Teil von der Levelgestaltung. Obwohl die Grafik teilweise verwaschen und neblig daherkommt, wurden mitunter atemberaubende Schauplätze erschaffen, die selbst die stellenweise ungünstigen Kameraperspektiven verzeihen. Viele, mitunter ziemlich anspruchsvolle Rätsel, die sich nicht nur auf bloßes Schalterdrücken beschränken, unglaublich stimmungsvolle Kulissen und eine mehr als passende Musikuntermalung lassen Castlevania wie einen Diamanten in einem Meer aus Steinen in der Sonne glänzen. Laßt Euch diese Perle auf keinen Fall entgehen, einen fesselnderen vergleichbaren Genrevertreter gibt es noch nicht!
93
Officiel Nintendo Magazine
Une aventure glauque et superbement menée, à la réalisation vraiment impeccable. A ne pas rater !
90
Jeuxvideo.com
Castlevania refait peau neuve dans ce nouvel épisode tout en 3D. Même si les puristes regretteront le changement de style, les nouveaux venus trouveront dans ce soft, un véritable plaisir de jouer. La N64 étant bien utilisée sur tous les plans, Castlevania devient un hit sur ce support.
86
RPGFan
While not the series’ finest hour, Castlevania is by no means it’s worst and certainly not the disaster it was expected to be. While I’m sure this review won’t sway the fans that opposed the inevitable transition to 3D, I urge these gamers to at least give it a shot, as the upcoming Dreamcast sequel will also be in three dimensions and it may be some time before another 2D installment makes it’s way to the market. I was pessimistic myself and was pleasantly surprised by the final product. Hopefully, you’ll feel the same way.
86
Power Unlimited
Heiligschennis of niet, Castlevania 64 is een prachtige game. Misschien een beetje kort voor de meeste diehard spelers maar de sfeervolle muziek, prachtige beelden en gameplay vol met aktie maken het tot een waardig 3D-vervolg.
84
Super Play
Konami lyckas inte riktigt.
82
IGN
I was really worried about Castlevania going 3D for a while, but I'm happy to report that this game is much better than expected. After you get over the initial frustration of making spatial judgments (damn platforms!), Castlevania quickly grows on you and will have you play non-stop till you reach the end. While I liked Schneider better (it's the whip. No, really), Carrie's got some neat levels of her own. It's definitely worth playing both characters. Graphics range from "bleech" to excellent, and there are quite a few original touches that make this game stand on its own feet. Castlevania's baby steps into the third dimension have been successful ones, but after seeing how well Goemon 2 plays in its pseudo-3D perspective, I really hope that we will see another 2D Castlevania with 3D backgrounds soon.
82
GameSpot
Despite these minor gripes, Castlevania definitely excels. The developers have done a fantastic job of capturing the atmosphere and spirit of the series, while providing a well-balanced, challenging gameplay experience that's filled with pretty visuals, awesome (though limited) music, plenty of secrets, and some incredible bosses (just wait until you see Death... whew!). Let's just hope this doesn't mark the end of the 2D era of Castlevania games.
80
Quebec Gamers
L'aventure est tout de même bonne. Elle a ses bons et mauvais moments. Elle a ses bons stages et des moins bons. C'est tout de même un jeu qui aurait pu être beaucoup mieux pour plaire aux "Hardcore Fans" de Castlevania. Pour vous qui êtes un joueur à temps partiel de cette série, vous aller passer quand même un bon moment.
80
Game industry News (GiN)
Despite these in-game quirks, Castlevania is in no way a game to be put on the back burner. In fact, I'd say it's a barn burner, loaded with smoothly animated cinematics, good sound, excellent sound effects, and huge end bosses. There are over 10 stages ranging from the Transylvannian forest to Dracula's castle. You also have two characters with different plot paths through the game, different boss encounters, and different endings.
80
GameGenie
Overall, Castlevania 64 is a cool game. Konami made sure to include the favorite features of the Castlevania series. Plus the port to 3d was a successful one too. The SoundFX took a nosedive but doesn't make the game bad. Gameplay is enjoyable, but gets slightly repetitive. If it wasn't for them huge bosses I don't know. From the graphic standpoint this game stands on a high plateau. Now whose up for some bat soup, me, me, me.
79
Nintendo Power Magazine
In spite of some control problems, Castlevania and action fans should howl with joy. It's a little uneven, but when Castlevania heats up, it provides some of the best action on the N64.
75
The Video Game Critic
Castlevania's gameplay drew me in immediately, but my enthusiasm waned as I was forced to deal with poor camera angles, deadly water, and control problems (especially around ledges). Your enemies are the usual suspects of skeletons and werewolves, but there are some bizarre surprises like skeletons on motorcycles. There's a lot of game packed into this cartridge, and Castlevania fans should at least give it a chance.
74
Mega Fun
Castlevania für das Nintendo 64 ist einer der Titel, bei dem man sich immer wieder fragen muss, ob manche Entwickler ihr Spiel auch einmal testweise den normalen Zocker von der Straße spielen lassen. Für Castlevania mussten wir beim Testen den Begriff „sauschwer“ neu definieren. Nachdem nicht nur einmal ein Gamepad mit Wut an eine Wand geknallt wurde, und das von Dauerzockern wie Gunther, könnt ihr euch sicherlich den Schwierigkeitsgrad ausmalen. Ich will hier keinem Castlevania-Fan das Spiel vermiesen, aber die Frust-momente sind meiner Meinung nach einfach zu eklatant. Jeder auch noch so kleine Fehler wird sofort mit einem sofortigen Ableben des Helden geahndet und unfaire übermächtige Attacken der Feinde führen zu Energieeinbußen, die nur sehr, sehr selten mit Power-ups ausgeglichen werden können. Fazit: Grafisch und spieltechnisch hätte Castlevania locker ein Gold Game verdient, aber aufgrund des hohen Schwierigkeitsgrad erfolgt ein entsprechender Funrating-Punkteabzug.
70
HappyPuppy
A solid addition to the Castlevania line, but it doesn't do much to advance the gameplay of the series.
70
Spel för Alla
Castlevania 64 är mycket spännande och relativt svårt. Grafiken är strålande och stämningen är riktigt kuslig emellanåt. Du måste klara mängder av svåra hopp och använda alla dina grå för att klara kluriga gåtor.
50
Retroguiden
Min sammanfattning är att storyn och en hel del roliga överraskningar är riktigt bra även om man kan diskutera om Konami inte varit lite väl fantasifulla (Villa-bossen och de motorcykelåkande skeletten är bara ett par saker som dyker upp i huvudet) men det är i första hand spelmekaniskt det fallerar för mig. Och det är därför Castlevania 64 måste rankas som ett av de sämre spelen i serien. Men missförstå mig rätt, det är fortfarande värt att testa men kanske först efter att du spelat igenom alla de bra spelen i serien.
42
Game Revolution
The good points of the game are few, but noticeable. The mood established by the game rivals older Castlevania games. The music in Castlevania 64 is good and adds to the overall creepy feeling of the game. Some of the boss characters are also well done. In particular, the first boss (the skeleton of Mighty Joe Young) is quite impressive. The potential of Castlevania 64 can be seen in small flashes, at times.

Unfortunately, those flashes are too few and far between to save the game. What was attempted with Castlevania 64 is obvious, but it fell far short of its mark. Much of this may have to do with Konami rushing it to the market before it was finished, but I have to review the product I'm given. Castlevania 64 pales in comparison to its cousins and is not worth the money to buy.