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Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
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Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

1997
Metroidvania
Symphony of the Night is a direct sequel to Rondo of Blood. Unlike the previous installments of the series, the game is set in a castle which the player can explore freely with many different paths, although often items in certain areas need to be found that will allow passage to others. The action-based gameplay incorporates now strong RPG elements. The hero receives experience points for defeating enemies, gains levels and becomes more powerful. (MobyGames)
Franchise: Castlevania
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95
Metroidvania has grown and developed so much as a genre since this, so it might seem pretty simple and quaint in retrospect. And sure, it's not as well-designed as a lot of games that followed, but I still loved playing it for the first time some 15 years after it came out.
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8
Unlike others I don't think this is the inarguable peak of Castlevania (personally I love Aria of Sorrow and Dawn of Sorrow just about as much), but it's one hell of a Metroidvania with such a cool gothic mood and grand musical soundtrack and smooth gameplay and great world to explore to it. Alucard is best bishonen.
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100
This is one of the few games that I can consistently go back to over and over again, a true masterpiece and in my opinion it's the best game that ever did come out on PlayStation. Is the writing bad? Sure! That adds to the charm! I want a game about vampires to have cheesiness because vampires are cheesy. But the game also gets all the mechanical elements right and it never gets boring. I play through it once a year every year and always enjoy it.
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90th
94
Remember that feeling when you first found that weird lower-left corner of the first castle? I want that feeling from every game. Personal favorite PS-X game.
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90th
84
Damn, this game is one smooth fucking ride. A side-scroller to end all other side-scrollers. Castle exploration by finding the right gear and powers defines this entire genre. Upgrading weapons, learning new spells, beating the game, only to turn around and do it again... upside down! You feel like a right badass playing this game. So much fun.
Avg Percentile 74.32% from 156 total ratings
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Genre: Metroidvania
AKAs: Akumajo Dracula X: Gekka no Yasoukyoku, 悪魔城ドラキュラX 月下の夜想曲, 惡魔城X 月下夜想曲, Castlevania: SotN, CV: SotN

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