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The classic reborn on Playstation

By James Stevenson     November 13, 2001

Zombies, bats, Dracula, whips, holy water and a hero by the name of Belmont. It's the good old days of videogaming, and more specifically, CASTLEVANIA.

CASTLEVANIA CHRONICLES is a remake of the original NES CASTLEVANIA but with an Arrange mode where you can change a few settings (as well as the original mode). The game also features some upgrades to the gameplay and graphics of the NES predecessor.

For those of you who have never played a non-N64 CASTLEVANIA game, you've missed out. CASTLEVANIA to this day remains one of my favorite games of all time, and getting to play through it again after several years was a blast. If you've never played through it before you might find yourself annoyed at some of the small imperfections that exist only because of the limitations of the hardware of the day.

The game plays out as you wander through a castle defeating bosses with your trusty whip and power-ups such as holy water, the axe, or the throwing knife. Who can ever forget that first encounter with the giant bat?

In all senses of the word, CASTLEVANIA is a classic. What's better than getting an upgraded version (not to mention somewhat limited edition) for your Playstation?

It's only too bad that a few extras couldn't be included. I would have loved to have a couple of the NES sequels on the disc. Also, all the technical aspects (graphics, sound) are dated (as they should be).

In the end, this is still a Nintendo game on your Playstation. But it's one of the best darn Nintendo games ever. If you haven't picked this one up before, do yourself a favor and do it now.


Grade: B+

Platform: Playstation

ESBR Rating: Everyone

Genre: Side-Scroller

Players: 1

Save: Yes

Developer: Konami TYO

Publisher: Konami

Suggested Retail Price: $19.99




Graphics: D

Sound: B-

Gameplay: A

Replay: A

Fun Factor: A

Reviewer's Wild Card: A+

Overall Grade: B+




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