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Stalking the #53 position…
The Castlevania series has had a mixture of blockbusters and flops. Symphony of the Night is easily the premier of the entire series, gaining critical acclaim that has surpassed not only the games in this series but in almost all of gaming. 1997 was an iconic year in gaming which brought Final Fantasy VII, Mario Kart 64, Gran Turismo and Golden Eye. Having a graduation class like this makes this game earning the Playstation game of the year in 1998 all the more impressive.
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is one of the last great side scrolling games. In 1997 3D games were on the rise and 2D games were becoming outdated. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night brought forward a few surprises including a great story, incredible powers and one of the greatest surprises in video game history. You would spend hours playing the game to fight your way to stop Dracula’s resurrection only to be literally flipped on your head and the entire castle turned upside down. From there you would have to complete the entire game with the world upside down.
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night was not given such critical acclaim just because you could flip the game upside down, but also for the immense gameplay. The game allowed you to cast 8 different spells and utilize 5 different familiars allowing you great combinations of powers and familiar assistance. Another bonus was that you could play as Richter Belmont, from the Belmont clan of vampire hunters, and play the game an entire different way. Richter had different powers and required an entirely different way to complete the game, allowing for 100+ hours of gameplay. The map system implemented in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night was one of the greatest in any side-scrolling game ever. It instantly updated where you were and was a precursor to most mapping systems currently used.
The last great 2D epic
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night was a classic 2D game. It was the last of the great 2D epic games, bringing a rich story and incredible gameplay and puzzles. In 2007 Castlevania: Symphony of the Night was released on the Xbox 360 Arcade to critical acclaim. That alone is enough to prove this game’s amazing quality. It became a cult classic that withstands the test of time. For this reason and all the reasons above The Ultimate Gamer gives Castlevania: Symphony of the Night a 5 out of 5.