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Electronic Gaming Monthly : PS1 : Castlevania: SotN
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (PS1)
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Also On: Sega Saturn
Publisher: Konami
Developer: Konami
Genre(s): Action > Side-Scroller, Adventure > Exploration, Role Playing Game > Action
ESRB Rating: Teen
Release Date: October (USA)
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Score:9 (out of 10)

If this isn't confirmation that the Konami of the old days is back and better than ever, I don't know what is. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is probably my favorite PlayStation game yet, and easily the best of the Castlevania series (of which I'm a huge fan, by the way). The graphics are incredible -- everything is animated with an amazing attention to detail, and the special effects used throughout provide an atmosphere that just begs to be experienced. The soundtrack is awesome as well -- every song is brand new (no remixes like in past Castlevanias), and each fits its area of the game really nicely. Also, the game is huge -- there are two full castles to explore, tons of monsters and cool Bosses, hundreds of items to obtain and so on. And if that wasn't enough, once you complete it all, you can play through again (with a code) as Richter, the hero from the prequel to SotN. Still, I do have two minor qualms about the game. One, I think the voice acting bites. The voices themselves are fine -- but the actors don't seem to understand their parts, and it adds an element of cheese I'd rather not have to deal with in a game of this calibrer. Two, the game is a bit too easy, which is a letdown because past Castlevania games have been known to be tough. Other than that, though, SotN rocks, and I honestly can't recommend it enough.

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Score:9 (out of 10)

I'm so happy SCEA approved this "lowly" 2D title for the U.S. The newest Castlevania is absolutely awesome. It looks good, it sounds good, it plays good, although it may get a little boring at times. It plays just like the 16-bit hall of famers (especially Metroid). The RPG elements and the sheer number of ways you can attack make SotN one of the best PS games of all time. This masterpiece more than makes up for Contra: Legacy of War...

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Score:9.5 (out of 10)

How ironic that Castlevania X, one of the PlayStation's best games, is 2D. This game is ridiculously fun, the graphics are awesome (lots of huge creatures and cool effects) and the music fits the game's mood perfectly (the voice acting is cheesy and monotonous, though). There's so much to do and explore in Castlevania X that it will hold anyone's attention for quite a while. Any fan of action games should definitely buy this stellar title.

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Score:9.5 (out of 10)

This is exactly what I'm looking for in a 32-bit Castlevania game: great graphics and animation, plenty of way-cool Bosses and tight 2D gameplay. C:SotN plays like the awesome PC Engine CD Dracula X, except with the RPG and exploration elements of Castlevania 2 and Super Metroid. You get more than enough weapons to discover in the game's huge castle. I only wish they stuck with the same tunes from the original game.

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scale: 1 - 10
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Castlevania's finest moment.

scale: 1 - 5
AVERAGE SCORE FROM ZIFF DAVIS GAMES MAGAZINES:   
 95%
DETAILED INFO for Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Release Date: October (USA)
Official Website: n/a
Players: 1 Multiplayer: n/a
Audio: n/a HDTV Support: n/a
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