By TonyS 10 Comments
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
I'm about ten hours into this game and I am really enjoying it. I'll be honest though, there is no way I would be able to play this game without a FAQ.
Now before you give me the same look that the kid on my right here --> did when I told him about my move to use a FAQ, allow me to explain.
I first started playing SOTN without any assistance whatsoever and for about an hour and a half I was doing alright. I was opening doors, collecting items, discovering different parts of the castle. You know, doing what Castlevania players do.
Suddenly, that all ceased. I found myself backtracking, wondering aimlessly through the same spots of the castle and eventually getting no where. Period. Now i'm no stranger to exploration and getting yourself out of situations where the game gives you little or no explanation, but I found myself eventually not having fun, and along with all the hard work, have nothing to show for it.
Moreover, I couldn't keep this type of gameplay up and have a full-time job, read my comics, watch my Daniel Day Lewis movies and spend time with the family. No sir, that wasn't going to happen. I needed a solution so that I may enjoy the awesomeness that was SOTN. I wasn't going to abandon it. Apart from me wondering around in purgatory for hours maintaining the abusive balance of frustration and sadness, the game has plenty of charm and plenty of depth.
It was going to be the death of me if I did not find a solution to fit my needs. I decided to swallow my pride and look online for a FAQ of SOTN. I also made the determination to start the game over as a gesture of good will. Whatever that may be worth
One thing, I noticed whilst looking for guides, is that most people that create guides cannot write. Perhaps it's because they assume you know what they are talking about when they say --Go to the bottom door--. While what they really meant was --Go back to the left, the way you came in and then up the stairs where you will hit a crossroad. You will then take the left path and then be face with two doors. One on top and one on bottom. You will take the bottom door.--
Now, you might be questioning my deductive reasoning skills due to the fact that I had to refrerence a FAQ to play SOTN, but I have actually managed to make some progress. It's not easy but at least I know where I am going. Sort of.
I have to say, after making some headway in SOTN using a FAQ, I really enjoy the game and it has definitely sparked my interests to dive into some other games that I have lost patience for, such as Eternal Sonata. I love exploration as much as the next guy but my time is very limited as to how long I can really commit to a game. Having some sort of guide to minimize the frustration of going the wrong way only to turn around and backtrack breathes new life into these once tossed aside games that have managed to only kill the gaming experience, not enhance it.
With that being said, I will still continue to start off playing games without a FAQ or guide but I will also take them into consideration when I find myself completely frustrated spinning my wheels in place with nothing to show for it and no light at the end of a tunnel. That is a better alternative then what I have been doing in the past by placing an unfinished game on my shelf and saying to myself," I'll finish it later."
Empty promises, Tony. Empty promises.
Time for some satire:
Poll taken after studies show girls are in fact capable to be as good as guys in video games. Here are some thoughts by the random people on the street.
Jake Blackensnotter - Professional Gaming Website Visitor
"Heh. Who would have guessed it?
They can cuss and get pissed just
as bad as the rest of us. Not surprising.
Not one bit."
Richard Popper - Meat Packer
"Wonderful. Now my girlfriend is going
to be thinking she can press the A button
AND the B button with as much dexterity
as me. Impossible. This study is a PHAIL."
Satchel LickDickle and wife - Married for 35 years
"We gamed together for years. It made me
feel like a man. The news hit me hard because
now, on our last stretch of life, she could
quite possibly beat me at Call of Duty 4.
I should have known something was up when
she hit her 13th prestige."