Why is this game so good?

#1 Posted by dpedal1 (191 posts) -

I downloaded this game because of all the praise.  I am playing it on my PSP and for some reason cannot figure out why it is so great.  I get lost all the time and then when I look up a FAQ I am ALWAYS going in the complete opposite direction in order to progress.  I really want to like this game, anyone have any insights that will help me appreciate this game more and help in my understanding in how to progress? 

#2 Posted by kevinski (456 posts) -

I admit that the game can - to be extent - be a bit obscure in parts. Thing is, you shouldn't ruin the game by using an FAQ at first. I suppose that reading the manual would be a good idea, though, as I seem to recall that the in-game instructions for using certain items are either absent or unclear. I don't know how much help you really want, and I don't want to spoil anything unnecessarily for you. As such, I'll give you a few basic tips on progression.

1) You can open blue doors by purchasing the Jewel of Open from the Master Librarian. (It might go by a different name in the PSP version.)

2) If you can't get through an area because of spikes, then you should find a way to break them. That "way" of breaking them will come when you're able to fly and see in the dark.

3) Just when you think you're at the end, you're really only at the midpoint.

#3 Posted by SuperfluousMoniker (2901 posts) -

Exploring the castle and getting lost is part of the fun of the game. If that's a turnoff this might not be the game for you.

#4 Posted by SolemnOaf (535 posts) -

I thought SOTN's only redeeming features were it's fluid controls and excellent music.  Other than that, the level design is confusing, illogical, and just downright bad.  I eventually gave up on finishing it, even with a FAQ.  Oddly enough, when I was younger my fondest memories of playing a Castlevania game come from Castevania II: Simon's Quest.  I'm sure the more reasonable among you have already decided now that my opinion is worthless, so i'll just stop writing this.
#5 Posted by kevinski (456 posts) -
@SuperfluousMoniker said:
" Exploring the castle and getting lost is part of the fun of the game. If that's a turnoff this might not be the game for you. "
It's hard to say if I'm just so well conditioned to this style of game play or what, but I find newer SotN-style Castlevania games to be pretty easy to get around in. Or maybe I just have a good idea as to when to come back to certain areas, since it's pretty much inevitable that you get most of the same abilities from game to game.
#6 Posted by trophyhunter (5804 posts) -

same reason halo 1 and gta 3 are so good

#7 Posted by dpedal1 (191 posts) -

Thanks everyone for the responses.  I will say I am not enjoying spending an hour of gameplay wondering around the castle and seeing no progression, maybe it really isn't the game for me.  I will say I am glad to hear that I am not alone in not really enjoying the game - SolemnOaf.

#8 Posted by Apathylad (3065 posts) -

It's kinda like Metroid, in that you start out pretty weak, but by exploring you gain new abilities and become stronger.

#9 Posted by TeflonBilly (4722 posts) -

Yeah, chuck out that FAQ. The exploration aspect is my fave part in these games.

#10 Posted by Fascismo (116 posts) -

I got the XBLA version and I'm currently playing through it for the first time. I was super frustrated for the first few hours because I didn't know about the map button. Once I was able to see which areas I hadn't been to yet and how to get to them, it was a thousand times more satisfying to roam around the castle. Knowing where the save rooms were at all times didn't hurt either.

#11 Posted by Symphony (1913 posts) -
@SolemnOaf said:
" I thought SOTN's only redeeming features were it's fluid controls and excellent music.  Other than that, the level design is confusing, illogical, and just downright bad.  I eventually gave up on finishing it, even with a FAQ.  Oddly enough, when I was younger my fondest memories of playing a Castlevania game come from Castevania II: Simon's Quest.  I'm sure the more reasonable among you have already decided now that my opinion is worthless, so i'll just stop writing this. "
I can understand the Simon's Quest sentiment. I enjoyed it as well and it's a shame the internet basically hates that game thanks to AVGN. Sure it could be confusing as hell, but that's what Nintendo Power was for. Those sneaky marketing bastards!
#12 Posted by schizogony (974 posts) -

Flying books.

#13 Posted by Daveyo520 (6597 posts) -
@Symphony:
It's a terrible night to have a curse.

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