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Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (PlayStation)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
4.2
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

What is Symphony of the Night? A fantastic pile of RPG platforming! אולג 小奥 (171551) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
It was not by my hand that I am once again given a disc...I was called here by...HUMANS...who wished to play a kick-ass Castlevania. Satoshi Kunsai (1811) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
It's better than sliced bread - and sliced bread is pretty damn good! SkysTheLimit (6) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
Best in the series Sam Tinianow (98) unrated
The Ultimate Sidescrolling Platformer Seth Barkan (3) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars
Black Eagle_79 Stéphane Papov (2) unrated

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.4
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.4
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.3
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.4
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.5
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.1
Overall MobyScore (138 votes) 4.2


The Press Says

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100
Retro Spirit Games
Not only the greatest Castlevania game (and I will hear no arguments to the contrary), but one of the best games ever made. It managed to take the aging Castlevania template and ditch the linear sidescrolling stages in favour of the, now extremely well know, Metroidvania style large world map. It is testament to its greatness that no other Castlevania game after this seminal Playstation iteration has been able to best it.
100
HonestGamers
Should you have missed it the first time there are now several ways to experience the performance – a Saturn port, downloaded onto an Xbox 360, even on the go with your PSP – but rest assured that regardless of the form you're in for a timeless brush with greatness. It may be another hundred years before Dracula makes another appearance of this caliber, but for this symphony the night is very much still young.
100
Meristation
La saga Castlevania ha sabido redefinirse y mirar más allá de su enfoque de acción y plataformas lineal. Mientras que permanece fiel a las bases originales, esta nueva visión de RPG ha conseguido resucitar a la serie y elevarla a nuevos registros.
100
Lens of Truth
There are rare times when everything seems to go right for a game. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night was indeed one of these times. The addictive map exploration and leveling up system mixed with prefect controls make SotN an undisputed masterpiece. Even its cheesy voice acting somehow fit the game perfectly now. Its’ awesome graphics and fantastic music deliver the final nails in the coffin. It has been released on the PSN and XBLA for about two years now and I give it the absolute highest of recommendations. It is truly one of the greatest games ever made. Now… enough talk…play this game!
100
GamesAreFun.com (GAF)
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is a triumph. It’s so good, you may actually never be able to enjoy another videogame as much after playing it. From style to presentation to gameplay, the creators have covered everything with remarkable precision and tweaked it to perfection. Symphony of the Night isn’t difficult, but the length is perfect for an adventure/RPG and there’s even some extra stuff to enjoy after finishing for the first time. This game is proof of what developers, when they set their sights on doing something then carry it our properly, are capable of, and should hearten even the most jaded people. No collection is complete without it.
100
Gaming Age
While many will tell you that games just aren't as good as they used to be, the PlayStation incarnation of Castlevania goes a long way in proving that theory wrong. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is simply the best 2D action/platformer to be released, period. It's also the only title that, in my opinion, gives Final Fantasy 7 a run for its money as the best game of 1997, if not of all time. This is the whole reason we started playing video games in the first place.
100
GamePro (US)
Castlevania makes a superb debut on the PlayStation, with all the elements that made the series a classic it is today and more! A mandatory addition to any Castlevania fan's game library, this Symphony deserves an encore.
97
RPGFan
From its action and style to its RPG like leveling system, Symphony is truly a unique game, as well as one of the best ever to grace the PSX.
96
Freak
המשחק הוא בקלות אחד מהמשחקים הטובים ביותר שיצאו אי פעם - עדות אמיתית לכך שסגנון נמשחק הדו-מימדי עודנו חי וקיים.
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Netjak
So, yes, people will have their own opinions about things. However, if one walks into a debate concerning the best game of all time and puts Castlevania: Symphony of the Night down as a candidate, he’s guaranteed to have a strong opening argument.
94
Just RPG
Overall, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is one of the best games available for the original PlayStation. With all of the new features available, Symphony of the Night is very different from the previous games in the Castlevania series, but it also stands out as one of the best. If you are an RPG fan, or just a fan of the Castlevania series, this game is highly recommended. And even if you aren't a fan of the series or of RPGs, I still recommend the game.
93
Player One
Konami signe un jeu qui propose un double challenge : la victoire et la collection d'objets. Voilà un titre qui hantera vos nuits !
92
RPGFan
Symphony of the Night is one of the best games to ever hit the Playstation, and ranks behind only Ys IV: The Dawn of Ys as far as my favorite action RPGs go. Don't hesitate to pick this one up; you'll probably be blown away just like I was.
91
The Video Game Critic
There are a good number of weapons, items, and relics, and being able to juggle them effectively is key. I especially like the weapon that "stops time", letting you hack away at paralyzed monsters. Syphony of the Night's castle is massive, and it's easy to get lost within its maze of platforms and corridors. But the challenge is relentless, and you'll never get bored.
90
Jeuxvideo.com
Castlevania Symphony of the Night fait partie de ces jeux possédant une âme - un comble pour une aventure dont le personnage central en est exempt - et à ce titre, ne peut que séduire et charmer le joueur. Tous les atouts sont de son côté pour ensorceler celui qui tentera l'aventure et le constat est sans appel : cela marche diablement bien. Si l'envie vous prend, une nuit d'insomnie, de glisser le cd dans votre vieille PSone, il y a de fortes chances pour que vous y retourniez. Bonne chance !
90
Le Geek
Just different enough from the Metroid series and oozing style, Symphony of the Night's few quirks keeping it from getting the top rating. Despite its flaws, this is a great game. If you are a fan of the Castlevania series or of 2D games in general, you owe it to yourself to track down a copy!
90
Thunderbolt Games
There’s an actual story, and its themes reach far deeper and further than they appear. Rather than focusing on linear levels and platforming, the game rewards experimentation and confrontation. The castle is huge, and it’s crammed with all kinds of enemies, bosses, and secrets. The superb graphical detail and soundtrack put many games - past and present - to utter shame. The sheer amount of extra moves and abilities is mind-boggling; even with all of the different weapons, equipment, spells, and summons, there’s a good chance that you won’t find everything on your first run through. Or your tenth, for that matter. Unfortunately, the lack of difficulty kind of brings things down; there isn’t nearly as much strategy or thought required as there was before. It’s just a matter of tweaking Alucard in different ways and seeing what you can discover. More often than not, it’ll be something great.
90
IGN
All those things work together to create what is one of the finest 2D platforms game yet seen. It takes up the mantle of 16-bit classics like Super Metroid, Super Mario and - of course - other Castlevania games, and goes beyond the restrictions of cartridge memory to reach new heights of depth and quality gameplay. And if you cherish that over snazzy 3D graphics (and, to be honest, if you don't then you're missing the point of videogaming), buying this will make you happier than a pig in...er... poo.
90
Mega Score
A saga de Castlevania continua. Vampiros, noites de luar misteriosas, ambientes aterradores e muita magia compõe esta extraordinária aventura em plataformas.
89
GameSpot
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is easily one of the best games ever released and a true testament to the fact that 2D gaming is not dead by any stretch of the imagination. The game is very large and will keep you entertained for a long time.
85
GameSurge
Don't get me wrong, this isn't a reason to not purchase this game, it's still worth every penny, but if you are an above average game play, you might find this one a little too easy on you. If you love Castlevania, and don't care if it's easy like I did, I'm sure you will like it regardless. Castlevania reborn, and better than ever.
83
Game Revolution
Like the original, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is a great combination of action and RPG. I found the game to be a bit too easy and little too short. The upside down castle, while disconcerting, was just a mirror of the first castle. Although it is much harder and has different creatures, I would have liked a whole different castle (or perhaps a third). However, it's tremendous fun and very addicting, despite the uninteresting plot and the bad acting. I only wish it were larger because I enjoyed it so much.
80
Legendra
C'est ainsi que je vous laisse, très chers lecteurs, au bord de la souffrance de vous quitter si vite. S'il n'y avait que moi, je vous parlerai encore et encore de ce jeu fabuleux, surtout sur les monstres... mais toutes les bonnes choses ont une fin (encore faut-il que vous ayez trouvé ce test bon...).
80
Edge
Those looking for a quick fix or more immediate, arcade-style thrills are unlikely to grasp Castlevania’s intricacies. On the surface it looks archaic, but tucked just beneath is a game that throws the majority of PlayStation eye candy into sharp relief. Hardcore gamers will relish its classical sensibilities.