Verdict?

#1 Posted by Judoka (56 posts) -

Will not be able to play this until later in the week.  What is the verdict or early impression?  I seen some stuff online and I like what I see.  Crappy connection so I can't watch much video.  I want to hear from some Castlevania fans about this new format of the game.  Thanks!
 
Tips and tricks welcome too!!

#2 Posted by Metroid545 (1823 posts) -

Awesome and crazy the single player is fun but the mp is where its at

#3 Posted by JackSukeru (5819 posts) -

I wasn't too upset that I wouldn't be able to play it.

#4 Posted by fedorajay (405 posts) -

I'm playing the demo and it's pretty good if you just accept it as pure fan service rather than a full Castlevania game. I think $15 is too much, though, and will pick this up when it gets cheaper or goes on sale. I honestly think they could of done couch co-op, though. If you set the camera to 2x in the options you can totally see two people playing comfortably tethered together. 

#5 Posted by Jost1 (2077 posts) -

Verdict: Igarashi has lost his marbles

#6 Posted by Judoka (56 posts) -
@josty81 said:
" Verdict: Igarashi has lost his marbles "
Lol, That bad huh?
#7 Posted by Judoka (56 posts) -
@RockmanBionics: 
 
Who's upset?
#8 Posted by Jeff (3348 posts) -

Really not liking the single-player. I'll get going on multiplayer today and see if that makes it better.

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#9 Posted by n8 (264 posts) -
@Jeff said:
" Really not liking the single-player. I'll get going on multiplayer today and see if that makes it better. "
You the man Jeff keep us in with the knowledges!
#10 Posted by JeffGoldblum (3660 posts) -

It seems like this game is really multiplayer focused and that's not what I'm looking for out of a Castlevania game.

#11 Posted by LiQuid3600 (143 posts) -

Verdict:  It has some rippin', Castlevania-ass music.
 
Just bought my copy.  Will play a bunch when it gets done downloading.  Can't wait.

#12 Posted by Megafaun (28 posts) -
@Jeff: Yeah you didnt sound too enthusiastic in the QL,  you just saved me some space bucks!
 
Also does anyone really want to bother to get together for a multiplayer game?  Too much effort for castlevania.
#13 Posted by JackSukeru (5819 posts) -
@Judoka: Not me at least. I might've been if it looked more compelling, then it could've even been a dealbreaker as for me getting a 360. At this point I'm actually glad that it doesn't seem like I will be missing much.
#14 Edited by Jost1 (2077 posts) -
@Jeff said:

" Really not liking the single-player. I'll get going on multiplayer today and see if that makes it better. "

The thing is, they took away  a) exploration and b) levelling up, so what are we left with? This game is the opposite of what I want in a Castlevania game. It even lacks a story. Even though the Castlevania storylines are dumb and cheesy as hell they're still entertaining. But this one doesn't even have THAT.
 
But yeah the music is good, and I'd expect nothing less. 
 
It's puzzling that there hasn't been a proper Castlevania adventure in the wake of Shadow Complex. I'd play the heck out of that.
 
Konami seem to be struggling to find their way this generation. I can't think of anything besides MGS4 that I really loved.
#15 Posted by TwoLines (2762 posts) -

I saw couple of gameplay footages of MP in motion, it looked pretty good.
Certainly better than the obviously tacked on Single player mode.
Which is a shame, casue I like to play a Castlevania game alone.
 
Not that this won't be fun, I might buy and try this game- after reading Jeff's review that is.
If it turns out it's really crappy, then I'll save those bucks for something else.
Too bad SoA has only two games left. Two games that I'm not interested in at all.

#16 Posted by Icemael (6271 posts) -
@josty81 said:
" Konami seem to be struggling to find their way this generation. I can't think of anything besides MGS4 that I really loved. "
Really? I thought Order of Ecclesia was the best Castlevania since Symphony of the Night.
#17 Posted by Jost1 (2077 posts) -
@Icemael said:
" @josty81 said:
" Konami seem to be struggling to find their way this generation. I can't think of anything besides MGS4 that I really loved. "
Really? I thought Order of Ecclesia was the best Castlevania since Symphony of the Night. "
Thanks for reminding me, that game is really good. :)  Easily the best since Symphony, yes.  But Konami in general; it's not hard to see they're having problems capturing people's interest.
#18 Posted by Von (328 posts) -

I bought it this morning and I have to disagree on the point that single player is kind of "meh". If you don't misuse the "map" function (i.e zoom it out so you see the whole layout) the game turns into an explorers heaven. Kind of like the old C64/Amiga game Exile. What's over here? Where does this passageway lead? Ooooh, treasure!  Aha, this switch opens that door... etc.
 
Sure, you'll probably die a lot before you got sufficiently good gear and the time might run out but since you get to keep your loot it turns into a "just one more time!" game. I'm only on chapter two but I replayed the first one atleast five times and never got bored of it. Added bonus (for me atleast) is that you can play as Shanoa, in my opinion the best character ever in the Castlevania series. Her grappling hook makes platforming a bit more fun too. 

#19 Posted by Devil240Z (3054 posts) -
@Jeff said:
" Really not liking the single-player. I'll get going on multiplayer today and see if that makes it better. "
I think this game is going to suffer the same issues that Lost Planet 2 does. Japanese Devs not understanding what Western gamers enjoy when it comes to online multiplayer.  
#20 Posted by John1912 (1745 posts) -

Yea, great idea, but doesnt seem like they fleshed it out.  Looks ok short term, but I cant see a long term interest in the game.  Too bad, was hoping this would be good.

#21 Posted by Redbullet685 (5981 posts) -

Just played the sp demo. Wasn't too much fun, but will probably get it for the online co-op.

#22 Posted by Timing (616 posts) -

I have a question. Do you actually fight other people in Survival Mode? Or is just that the game keeps throwing enemies at everyone until only one player is left?

#23 Posted by Myomoto (310 posts) -

I love the hell out of this game. Castlevania has been cross-bred with Diablo, you are constantly gathering loot, finding new spells and etc. I have to point out that I was a huge fan of the 3 DS games were much of the content in this game comes from. My biggest complaint however, is that Jonathan cannot equip any other weapons than the Vampire Killer, which is a HUGE disappointment.

#24 Posted by Hunkulese (2537 posts) -
@TwoLines said:
" I saw couple of gameplay footages of MP in motion, it looked pretty good. Certainly better than the obviously tacked on Single player mode. Which is a shame, casue I like to play a Castlevania game alone.  Not that this won't be fun, I might buy and try this game- after reading Jeff's review that is. If it turns out it's really crappy, then I'll save those bucks for something else. Too bad SoA has only two games left. Two games that I'm not interested in at all. "
????? 
 
I'm not sure how the single player is obviously tacked on. It's exactly the same as the multiplayer game. 
#25 Posted by TwoLines (2762 posts) -
@Hunkulese: It feels tacked on, as the main focus on the game is its multiplayer mode.
The singleplayer seems dull and uninteresting- it has no story, no narrative, nothing.
 
It's a one player multiplayer assault mode "match".
#26 Posted by dvdhaus (354 posts) -

I think this game will hold up.  If they keep the promise that more maps will be available and they are cheap, this game could last a long time.  Right now all the maps in the game are section's of previously released game's.  There has been what like 5 DS games, and Symphony of the Night.  They can essentially break those games up into at least 30 more levels. 

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