This is the only entry I know of, of the Castlevania series on the Sega Genesis. So first, let me say that if you have a penchant for disliking the Sega Genesis, this Castlevania game may not be for you. It has the Genesis' style of play and music and look that a lot of people just do not care for. Me, I enjoy the way Genesis games look and how they play so I am enjoying this entry into the series. It does things a bit differently than Super Castlevania IV introducing a couple of new heroes into the mix while the Super Castlevania IV for the SNES was essentially a remake of the very first Castlevania game. You get to travel Europe on your quest to defeat Dracula this time, as the game occurs during World War I.
The story has a niece of Dracula trying to revive her uncle. You take the controls as either John Morris or Eric Lacarde to try and save the day. Each has their own reasons for fighting against the evil. John Morris a descendant of the Belmont family battles because it is his duty while Lecarde battles to save his love. Both have their strengths and weaknesses, though by far I have found Lecarde is the best of the two. Morris uses a whip, so one tends to go with him as he uses the more traditional weapon. However, you will find that Lecarde's spear is much more destructive and he does a cool super jump that really sets him apart from Morris. The only thing Morris does is swing across gaps, and trust me there are not enough areas you can even swing across to make him all that useful. There is one section where you have to jump up a long passage and avoid these eyes that shoot lasers that you can bypass as Morris, and this is the only area I found him useful.
The areas you go through vary a good deal. You start off in Romania, in the ruins of Dracula's castle. This area looks the most like your standard Castlevania fare. The next stage is Greece and you will be doing a lot of stuff in the water here. The next is the leaning tower of Pisa which has an epic battle on the top that makes me dizzy. After that you are off to a munitions factory in Germany, a château in France and finally a castle in England. The backgrounds look good, but as I said earlier they have a Genesis look to them.
The monsters range the gambit from things you have seen in previous Castlevania games, to a few unique monsters here and there. They of course have the Medusa heads, and that is one enemy I would not mind seeing left off the monster roster. The bosses all pretty much differ from those found in Super Castlevania IV, with the exception of the knight found at the end of the first level. Usually you have a boss in the middle of the stage and at the end. During the second stage though you will encounter three boss type characters in a row during the middle of the stage.
So this game is fun, that is for sure. It is also hard, very hard. Of course, it would be a cinch if they would not limit the number of continues you have which make the password essentially useless. With practice though I find myself getting farther and farther in it, making it all the way to the final level where the screen is totally messed up and disorientating. This one gives you the option of selecting between two heroes, though they really should of given Morris something more as he is so weak compared to Eric. This game though is fun and it is most certainly a Genesis game, the only Castlevania Genesis game.
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