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Castlevania is quintessential 2D side-scrolling platform action. As famed vampire-killer Simon Belmont, you’ll venture through 24 stages of monsters, which range from skeletons to werewolves. The play mechanics are strictly old-school as you have four moves at your command: whip, jump, crouch, and special weapon. Although the play scheme is reminiscent of Symphony of the Night, it’s much more limiting because you can’t upgrade your weapons or use spells, shields, or other items.
Was die Grafik versäumt, macht der Sound wieder gut: Hier werden Fans der alten NES und SNES Versionen feuchte Augen bekommen, denn zwei komplett neu remixte Soundtracks machen das Spiel zu einem echten Erlebnis. Da geht wirklich die Post ab! Wer hier ein neues Symphony of the Night erwartet liegt falsch - Fans der alten Teile können allerdings bedenkenlos zugreifen, gerade bei einem so attraktiven Preis!
As such, fans of the series have probably long since bought this and played it to death, so I would like to speak here to those of you who know not of the Castlevanias of old. If you can't be bothered to do the truly right thing, purchase a stack of orphaned systems and play the four or five Castlevanias every self-respecting gamer ought to have enjoyed, grab Chronicles at its bargain price and find out what you were missing while you were still belting your kindergarten classmates upside the head. Hopefully my optimism holds true, and a good game is indeed eternal.
Digital Press - Classic Video Games
Fans of the series will undoubtedly be happy that their getting a game they would most likely never play. The bargain price of $20 makes this one a steal and because of this, most can look over the lack of extras. While it will never compete with the other entry of this series on this system (Symphony of the Night), it's still a great game. It may seem too familiar for fans of the first game on the NES, but the slight differences and DVD-like extras make this one worth the price of admission.
And finally, in another nice touch, Castlevania Chronicles is a limited edition. Konami has promised that only 30,000 copies will be produced, making Castlevania Chronicles a very hard game to find by the end of the year. However, there is still very little replay value in Castlevania Chronicles and in true nitpicking fashion there's even some slowdown as the game loads up new sections of the levels. My NES game didn't have that!
This one is strictly for fans of the old-school, but if that's your thing, it's well worth the bargain price. Some levels will frustrate you, but you'll keep coming back for another go.
Att Castlevania Chronicles är en välgjord samling går inte att förneka. Till skillnad från många andra liknande återutgivningar har Konami ansträngt sig för att göra någonting fansen faktiskt kan tänkas uppskatta. Jag kan bara inte släppa tanken på att de ödslat väldigt mycket tid och konverteringsarbete på helt fel spel.
In the end, Castlevania Chronicles is a solid game. While younger gamers whove only experienced the more recent incarnations of the series (Symphony Of The Night and Circle Of The Moon) might find the game too plain looking and the gameplay mechanics too limiting, those whove been around since the series started will no doubt find Chronicles to be something of worth. The enhancements offered in the arrange mode keep the game from looking too dated, and the adjustable difficulty setting alleviates some of the problem with the games challenge level. If nothing else, Castlevania Chronicles demonstrates that while rich, 3-D polygon worlds may be nice, theres still something to be said for great gameplay and 2-D sprites. Castlevania Chronicles is a satisfying trip down memory lane.
Game Informer Magazine
Some minor changes (such as a dramatically redesigned character model) are included in the Arranged mode that adds on to a faithful version of the original, but it's debatable whether the remade version is truly better than the game it is emulating. You're definitely wielding a whip and a cross, but there are any number of other, better Castlevania releases in which you can take down Dracula.
Hard-core Castlevania fans will definitely appreciate the return to the classic gameplay style, but if your first encounter with Castlevania was Symphony of the Night or even some of the Super Nintendo games, you'll be disappointed by the dated graphics, static gameplay, and lack of replay value. However, its low price tag might offer enough justification for you to pick it up.
Game Informer Magazine
This re-release from a defunct computer bears too much resemblance to the NES original to even qualify as flashback fun. I'd rather play Symphony of the Night for the eighth time.
The bottom line here is this is an old game. Eight years ago this may have been a great game and probably should have been released then, but to Konami’s credit they obviously realized this, as the price was set to only twenty dollars. Castlevania Chronicles will probably only appeal to fans of the series who can’t ever get enough. To those of you who fit that criteria I’d recommend this game, but to anyone else, save your money and rent it.
The Video Game Critic
The graphics however are remarkably good, with high-resolution monsters and interesting background animations. The control is a little stiff, and there are a few annoyances including "instant death" falls and irritating bats. Even so, Castlevania fans will relish this long-lost gem. An interview with the game's producer is also included.
Graphismes ternes, pixélisés à outrance, animation ridicule, mauvaise maniabilité. Même l'intro est nulle... C'est bien dommage, car on arrive un peu à la fin de la PS, et il aurait été judicieux de terminer l'aventure sur cette console par une bonne expérience. Ne vous faites pas avoir !
Un titre tout particulièrement réservé aux collectionneurs puisqu'il consiste en un simple remake de l'un des ancêtres de la série. Les bonus sont un peu légers et les fans qui attendaient une suite de Symphony of the Night resteront sur leur faim.
Castlevania Chronicles is more of a footnote than a chapter in the history books. This game will really only make Castlevania devotees truly happy. If the original came out today, it would be quickly persecuted for how dated it looks and plays. Chronicles is best enjoyed with a backpedaled frame of reference. If the Arranged mode offered a little more quality 're-arrangment,' I'd see some more of that value IGA talked about, despite the fact that CC is only $20.
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