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Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (1997)

Akumajo Dracula X: Gekka no Yasokyoku (original title)
In 1792, the vampire slayer Richter Belmont stormed Dracula's stronghold, the cursed bastion Castlevania, and eviscerated the Count Dracula. Four years later, under the glare of a full moon... See full summary »

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Robert Belgrade ...
Alucard / Adrian Tepes (voice)
Scott McCulloch ...
Richter Belmont (voice)
Kimberly Forsythe ...
Maria Renard (voice)
Michael G. ...
Count Vlad Dracula (voice) (as Michael G.)
Barbara Whitlow ...
Succubus (voice)
Dennis Falt ...
Death / Master Librarian / Ferryman (voice)
Alison Lester ...
Jeff Manning ...
Shaft (voice)
Ryôtarô Okiayu ...
Alucard (voice)
Kiyoyuki Yanada ...
Chisa Yokoyama ...
Maria Renard (voice)
Norio Wakamoto ...
Dracula (voice)
Rica Fukami ...
Masaharu Satô ...
Death / Master Librarian (voice)
Hekiru Shiina ...
Faerie Familiar / Half-Faerie Familiar (voice)
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In 1792, the vampire slayer Richter Belmont stormed Dracula's stronghold, the cursed bastion Castlevania, and eviscerated the Count Dracula. Four years later, under the glare of a full moon, Richter vanished just as Castlevania reemerged from the mists. Meanwhile, Alucard, the bastard son of Dracula, has awakened from his eternal slumber, intent on destroying his evil father once and for all. Written by J Hoffman

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The legend returns... See more »

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Fantasy | Horror

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Reissued for the Sega Saturn with a new area that wasn't in the Playstation version. This version has never been released in America. See more »

Quotes

Alucard: Dracula! In the name of my Mother, I will defeat you again!
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Follows Devil's Castle Dracula X Rondo of Blood (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

I Am the Wind
(Ending Theme)
Written by Tony Haynes, Jeff Lorber & Rika Muranaka
Arranged by Jeff Lorber & Rika Muranaka
Performed by Gerald Albright (sax), Louis Conte (percussion), Cynthia Harrell (lead vocal/back chorus),
Jeff Lorber (keyboards), Rika Muranaka (keyboards), Nate Phillips (bass),
, John Robinson (drums) & Michael Thompson (guitar)
Produced by Rika Muranaka
Recorded by Robert Chinelli, Eric Greedy, Jeff Lorber & Larry Mah
Mixed by Al Schmitt
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Favorite Game of All Time
4 July 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Even after six years, I went back and replayed SotN to gladly find not an ounce of its charms has been lost with time. With growing emphasis and interest in RPGs and the entire evolution of the gaming industry as is, I think I've grown to like this simple little game even more.

CastleVania: SotN is not without its faults. I will admit, the plot is a lame excuse to bring back Dracula for yet another round of CastleVania (if you can consider it having a plot at all), and the voice-acted dialogue screams cheesy b-film. In the end, that's made me like SotN all the more now then I did in 1997 when it first debuted. My only -real- complaint against SotN is its difficulty setting – it's too easy to beat.

Symphony of the Night's success comes from the fact that it acknowledges it is a game to be played, not a movie to be watched or a novel to be read. You -play- CastleVania, and all the game elements are as rock-solid as they come. It plays as a fantastic exploration game in the same vein as Super Metroid, which was a step away from previous CastleVania straight-action-side-scroller formula it had used since the original NES game.

Adrian Fahrenheit Tepes, aka Alucard, is the most intriguing CastleVania character the gamer has ever taken control of (and he's way badder than he was in CastleVania3). No more the Belmont Vampire Hunter, now we play as the son of Dracula to take on the father, and as we explore the Demon Castle we really get to tap into Alucard's growing vampiric powers . . . and to this date, I've never seen a game character to top Alucard's ability to become a cloud of mist on command.

Not just one, but two beautifully drawn castles to explore, some of the best boss/enemy designs and a well thought out castle-design. I'd of liked to have seen some instant-death pitfalls/spikes/lava/whatever (and a way of knowing that it is instant death and not another route to explore); most gamers hate 'em, but with SotN's wonderful controls it wouldn't have been much of a problem avoiding them unless you just get careless. Towards the end of the game, Alucard's abilities would make falling into them virtually impossible.

CastleVania also sports my favorite video-game artwork and musical score by the talented Ayame Kojima and Michuru Yamane respectively. Though the premise of the exploration and level ups are borrowed from other games, SotN stands out as its own. By the music, artwork, setting, characters, and gameplay, it is distinctly CastleVania. Nowhere else have I seen game so distinctly its own.


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