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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.0
Graphics The visual quality of the game 4.0
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.9
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.1
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 3.8
Overall User Score (57 votes) 4.0

Critic Reviews

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100 (Jul, 2003)
Bei diesem Spiel ist einfach alles gut gelungen. Die Grafik ist sehr farbenfroh, und jeder Level entführt euch in einen anderen Teil von Europa: von Schloss Dracula in Rumänien geht es in die aufgetauchte Stadt Atlantis in der Ägäischen See, nachher weiter nach Italien, wo man den schiefen Turm von Pisa hochlaufen muss, anschließend nach Deutschland zu einer Metallfabrik, dann noch nach Frankreich, wo im Schloss von Versailles der Geist von Marie Antoinette sein Unwesen treibt, bis ihr schließlich auf einem englischen Schloss Elisabeth Bartley stellen könnt. Natürlich kommt ihr ein wenig zu spät und könnt nicht verhindern, dass Graf Dracula wiederbelebt wird. Auf euren ganzen Reise werdet ihr von einer sehr schönen und melodischen Musik begleitet, die sofort zum Mitsummen animiert. Alles in allem ist Castlevania - The New Generation ein sehr guter Titel! Auf dem Sega Mega Drive werdet ihr nur wenige bessere Spiele finden.
1UP! (Sep 11, 2009)
Pour revenir au jeu qui nous intéresse et terminer enfin ce long article à la démesure du travail de Konami, il faut bien dire que Vampire Killer est l'un des chefs-d'oeuvre de la Mega Drive, des barrières techniques qui ne cessent de tomber, une richesse de jouabilité qui rend les parties hautement divertissantes, une débauche de graphismes grandioses et de couleurs éclatantes, de détails infimes et de situations monumentales, un goût prononcé pour le macabre. Vampire Killer ne fait pas que tuer les vampires, il tue tout court. Le joueur peut reposer en paix.
Shin Force (Aug 08, 2016)
Castlevania: Bloodlines is another timeless classic that's worth playing if you can enjoy games without modern graphics. This game still has a lot to offer. For some reason the vampire theme always seems to be popular. I think it's a case of art imitating life, and in this case, art adding new dimensions to itself. The things we do to save the world. Let's kill some vampires!
Player One (Mar, 1994)
Un jeu décevant au premier abord mais qui s'avère, à la longue, captivant et de plus en plus beau.
RetroGame Man (Feb 07, 2016)
The visuals in this game are among the best on the Genesis with great colour depth that exudes a sense of darkness and horror. The music is excellent as well with satisfying sound-effects. In sum, this game has excellent design, challenging but fair gameplay, and a diversity of characters which increase replay value. I give this game a 9/10 and think it is one of the best Castlevania games ever made.
90 (Jul 04, 2004)
Bloodlines, with its faults, is still one of the best games the Genesis has to offer. Interesting level design, different monster creations (lots of robots and mechanical creations), a darker and more sinister feel, and the same gameplay we have loved for years makes this one a no-brainer. It would simply be a sin not to have this game in your collection.
Sega Force (Mar 29, 1994)
Castlevania - The new generation är ett höjdarspel som trots sin något ålderdomliga stil slår de flesta andra Segalir jag har stött på.
Game Players (Feb, 1994)
A little rough, but still a great first outing for the series on the Genesis. You'll be eager to beat it a third or even a fourth time. Falls a little short of the SNES version, though.
Sega Magazine (UK) (Feb, 1994)
Yet another credit to the Konami name, Castlevania is a smart, highly playable platform number which does merit purchase.
Castlevania Bloodlines est souvent ignoré par les joueurs et c'est malheureux, car c'est un très bon Castlevania de la première génération. C'est personnellement mon préféré après Castlevania III sur NES et l'excellent Rondo Of Blood sur PC-Engine. Je n'ai aucun parti pris entre la Genesis et la SNES, j'aime les deux consoles presque au même niveau, mais je dois avouer que je préfère Bloodlines à Super Castlevania IV pour son gameplay rapide et plus frénétique!
Video Games (Apr, 1994)
Überhaupt schlägt der Spielwitz dieses Klassikers an allen ecken und Enden Purzelbäume: Ihr schlagt euch mit dem Sensenmann persönlich im Kartenspiel, kriecht unter hämmernden Uhrwerken hindurch und laßt das ohrenbetäubende, fensterzerberstende Gebrüll eines Minotaurus über Euch ergehen. Lediglich soundtechnisch treten die altbekannten Mega-Drive-Schwächen wieder zu Tage, denn die herrlichen Effekte der Super-Nintendo-Version Castlevania 4 und der Engine-CD-Variante Dracula X werden bei weitem nicht erreicht. Ihr seid aber mit der mannigfaltigen Action schon mehr als genug beschäftigt. Losflitzen und zulegen!
Bloodlines, as the name suggests, is one of the bloodier installments to the series, and its reflective pools and massive bosses look gorgeous. While it's void of the RPG elements that made Castlevania titles in the Igarashi era so amazing (Symphony of the Night, Circle of the Moon, etc.), this is still a great part of the legacy.
Castlevania is a playable and atmospheric slash-'em-up, and you'll probably stick with it for a while, simply because it continuously offers up strange visual treats and a suspense-filled scrolling scenery. Of the two characters, Eric is much better than Johnny, so you'll always find yourself selecting the former and his lance, though enemy hits always seem to send you flying. Castlevania is well designed but unfortunately, it's easy to get through and without a two-player mode there's little to return to.
The Video Game Critic (Oct 18, 1999)
Castlevania was an insanely popular line of side-scrollers for the NES and SNES. After what seemed like an eternity, it finally arrived on the Genesis in the form of Castlevania Bloodlines. The game plays much like Super Nintendo's Castlevania IV, where you battle creatures of the night armed with a whip and other weapons. So how does this compare to its SNES counterpart? It's not quite as good, but still worth playing. The graphics aren't as detailed or colorful as the SNES version, but they still rate better than average on the Genesis. I found the controls to be a bit tricky when navigating the stairs, but other than that, this is pure platform heaven. I love the bosses, especially the wolf who shatters the windows with his howl.
Konami was due for another Castlevania title and comes up yet another winner with Bloodlines. This cart has all the great graphics and sounds that Konami is known for. The option of choosing between two characters is cool, plus their special abilities and attacks are also great. The huge bosses have some of the coolest attacks and special effects. This game is a must-have for Genesis owners.
Consoles Plus (Mar, 1994)
Un jeu d'action sympa, mais la qualité ne suit pas.
Original Gamer (Dec 05, 2008)
In summation, Castlevania Bloodlines is definitely a great traditional Castlevania game that has unique elements, making it a fun experience for any Castlevania fan.
Megablast (Mar, 1994)
In Sachen Präsentation hätte Konami somit ruhig etwas mehr aus der Hardware kitzeln dürfen, in Sachen Spielspaß steht die neue Castlevania-Generation ihren klassischen Nintendo-Ahnen nicht nach!
Thunderbolt Games (Jul 23, 2010)
Each stage is fraught with chaotic battles and incredible visual effects, making it one of the most action-focused installments yet. It didn’t come cheap, though. The platforming, arguably the most fundamental aspect of the entire series, has been sacrificed in the name of style. Longtime fans might be disappointed by how some of the iconic stages have been watered down into pale imitations. That extends to the rest of the game. There’s nothing in terms of alternate levels or exploration; it’s just six straightforward brawls through some of Europe’s most recognizable locations. Awesome battles aside, there’s no incentive to keep replaying and exploring. Despite having two protagonists with different move sets and special abilities, neither of them are as powerful or versatile as the heroes of the last few titles. Even the new whipping and jumping mechanics are hindered by stiff controls. It’s too bad. John and Eric might be in the Belmont‘s bloodline, but they don’t quite measure up.
GamesCollection (Feb 19, 2008)
La mia impressione è che ci sia una sorta di speculazione, dettata forse dal fatto che Vampire Killer sia uno dei Castlevania più rari, se non il più raro in assoluto…
While it may not be the hardest or longest game in the series, it's a worthwhile addition. Everything is done superbly and the gore right from the start is pleasing to the eye. Genesis owners have been treated fairly and have a game to be proud of.
Score (Jun, 1994)
Tak a je to zase tady. Klasická plošinková akční hra. Možná je klasická až příliš, takže nás ničím nepřekvapí, ale já se pořád nemůžu ubránit pocitu, že se mi Castlevania líbí. Nechápu ale proč. Znáte ten pocit - vidíte hru, která není vůbec originální, chodíte z jedné strany na druhou, ničíte potvory a sbíráte speciální předměty jako už kolikrát předtím, přičemž grafika není nijak úchvatná a nevyrazí vám dech ani nic jiného. Hrajete prostě úplně obyčejnou hru, která by logicky vzato nebyla ničím výjimečná, ale nemůžete se ubránit pocitu, že se vám líbí a že vás docela baví.
75 (Nov 19, 2010)
Malgré tous ses défauts techniques, force est de constater que cet opus Megadrive de Castlevania ne manque pas de charme, et que l'on y retrouve tous les éléments qui rendent l'ambiance si particulière et qui ont fait le succès de la saga. Doté de deux héros bien différents dans leur maniement, d'une difficulté évolutive, et d'un scénario très important dans l'histoire de la série, Castlevania : The New Generation est tout simplement incontournable pour tous les fans de la saga, ainsi que pour tous les amateurs de jeux d'action/plates-formes de cette époque.
GamePro (US) (Mar, 1994)
Bloodlines is a satisfactory action cart, but it belongs in the lower reaches of the Castlevania lineage. One wonders how Konami could make games so perfect in heart, body and soul as Castlevanias I through IV and then drive a stake through the Genesis version. The Bloodlines run dry.

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