Why is it no one talks about Castlevania?

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#1 Posted by Godwind (2924 posts) -

I shouldn't say no one one talks about castlvania but it seems people rarely discuss anything about it or suggest it.

Take this thread for example.  Almost no one is going to list a castlevania game on that list except me.

GTA: Chinatown Wars
Chrono Trigger (suggested 3 times)
Rhythm Heaven
Dragon Quest 4
Dragon Quest 5
Dragon Quest Heroes
Final Fantasy 4
Ace Attorney
Professor Layton
The World Ends with You

Seriously?  What the hell is with all these RPGs being suggested?  It isn't that I hate RPGs, I just hate that seems to be the only suggested item on this?  Given a few exceptions hear and there of course.

For christ sakes, you can pick up a used copy for $15 dollars and a New one will cost $30, that is cheaper than most DS games.

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#2 Posted by VWGTI (1946 posts) -

I like the DS Castlevania games, but I only think the first one was a must play. Dawn of Sorrow I think it was called...The other were kinda meh in a way.

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#3 Posted by toowalrus (13404 posts) -

Because the Castlevania games that I've played haven't really impressed me.

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#4 Posted by Tylea002 (2382 posts) -

Why don't they?

I thought Dracula is still a threat.

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#5 Edited by JJOR64 (19693 posts) -

Well, the Dragon Quest games awesome.  Don't get me wrong, I f**king love Castlevania but, it seems like NOT many people are into those games anymore.

EDIT: Had to many people, lol.

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#6 Posted by eroticfishcake (7856 posts) -

I think they're great, especially Symphony of the Night. Thing is though, I can't really think of anything to talk about, at least, nothing terribly interesting.

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#7 Posted by StarFoxA (5261 posts) -

I always suggest the DS Castlevania games.

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#8 Posted by LordAndrew (14608 posts) -

If I had bothered to even look at the thread, I probably would have recommended Castlevania.

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#9 Posted by Luke (1814 posts) -

Dawn of Sorrow is the buggiest out of all of them, with a ton of exploits and sequence breaks that can be done.  This includes going through locked doors and walls... all kinds of crap to skip areas you shouldn't be able to.

Unfortunately, I still liked it the best out of all of the DS ones, if that's saying anything :'(  AoS was better on the GBA.

Konami really needs to put out a triple AAA 2D Castlevania one of these days.  One that's on 360/PS3/Wii, with an amazing art style.  One where they actually have their QA Team do their job.  One where it's up to par with MGS.  Now that would be the most amazing thing EVER! :p

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#10 Posted by Icemael (6876 posts) -

Had I seen that thread, I would definitely have suggested the Castlevania games. Best video game series ever.

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#11 Posted by AgentJ (8995 posts) -

You kidding me? I recommend OOE every time i get a chance. BTW OOE is awesome

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#12 Posted by CallMeRotten (239 posts) -

I think the series just needs one proper release that isn't on a handheld to really get back on track. I really hope that this "next-gen" game they have in the works will be the one, IGA seems to have a lot of trouble making the transition from 2D to 3D, plus from interviews it seems that Castlevania has a bigger following in the states than in Japan. I kinda get the impression he really wants to work on something else but is stuck working on Castlevania games hah.

With games like Devil May Cry, God of War, hell even Odin Sphere you can see that the genre can improve and evolve. Now if IGA can just catch up and make the leap to the big two (360 & PS3) and produce a top notch modern Castlevania then it's win-win all around.

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#13 Posted by Ineedaname (4276 posts) -

I like them, but they're not my game of choice and I feel if I play one CV then play another they're the same game =/ maybe I've not played, of either of them for differences to become noticeable.

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#14 Posted by Icemael (6876 posts) -
CallMeRotten said:
I think the series just needs one proper release that isn't on a handheld to really get back on track. ... [more]
Odin Sphere is not a good example to use when talknig about "evolution" and "improvement". The game is beautiful, and the story is really nice, but the gameplay...
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#15 Edited by Heartagram (1345 posts) -

I still really like Castlevania but i think the reason a lot of people tend to forget or exclude them is probably because they are all very similar could just be some crazy theory but yeah just a guess

About the RPG thing i think its just that people like them because they are long and you get your "money" worth out of them. Personally I'm not that into RPGs on a handheld i always buy them and play them for about an hour.

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#16 Posted by Meptron (1324 posts) -

I never really liked Dawn of Sorrow. Way too much grinding was required to get rare monster souls. I guess you don't need to get all the souls to finish the game... but you do need some to make some of the cooler weapons, and unlock the best abilities.

But to answer your question, I think that Castlevania just isn't a popular series anymore. The people who like those games like them a lot, but the series doesn't appeal to the majority of gamers anymore... at least not enough to make a top 10 list.
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#17 Posted by CallMeRotten (239 posts) -
Icemael said:
CallMeRotten said: I think the series just needs one proper release that isn't on a handheld to really get back ... [more]
I should have been more specific. For Odin Sphere I was talking more about the graphics and not so much the gameplay.
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#19 Posted by WilliamRLBaker (4941 posts) -

because bar the GBA and DS releases of castlevania the last good one was SOTN the psp remake off rondo of blood blew chunks and the SOTN remake in it wasn't very good either it wasn't what was promised.

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#20 Edited by Al3xand3r (7912 posts) -

Why would you judge the franchise "bar the GBA and DS releases" anyway? There's more of those than of the few games you found so bad.

I thought Rondo of Blood includes a SOTN port, not a remake. What's wrong with it? It's even supposed to have the extra content of the Saturn version which never made it out of Japan. If it's a direct port of that, then it's lost some effects in the process (like transparent fog the Saturn couldn't do) but the extra content (playable Maria, Secret Garden, etc) should make up for that and is probably preffered by fans. Edit: I just read about the bugs. I guess you can't complete it 200.6% if it freezes every time you call a familiar. That sucks. Still, the GBA/DS games make up for it.

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