Is it just me or is Castlevania 1 Really really hard?

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#1 Posted by L0ki (53 posts) -

Any mainstream game list of hardest games always lists contra but I personally blasted through both contra and super c mastering both in a matter of a couple days each. Castlevania on the other hand took a couple weeks to get down and I just 1cc completed the second loop for the first time today. I even found the first loop significantly more difficult than either of the aforementioned contra games. Am I just odd or is castlevania really that hard? It seems to me it doesn't get the recognition it deserves as it's one of the hardest games I've played in a long time.

P.S. I will say though that hardest game lists are bogus or they would just be made up of things like Donpachi.

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#2 Posted by L0ki (53 posts) -

What, no retro game fans here?

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#3 Posted by groin (869 posts) -
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#4 Posted by SethPhotopoulos (5777 posts) -

Everyone has said its hard.

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#5 Posted by dungbootle (2502 posts) -
@groin
I appreciate that he actually stated what he was going to talk about in the topic title.

Also yeah its hard.
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#6 Posted by Claude (16651 posts) -

I rented the game way back when. I took it back the next day.

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#7 Posted by Axersia (1770 posts) -

The original Castlevania is cake compared to Rondo of Blood.

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#8 Posted by redspaceman (28 posts) -

I'm really the only retro fan on Giantbomb from what I see lying in these forums.

 

I don't think most teens today can even get past the first screen in Megaman 1 (cutman's stage) let alone get past the first wave of Medusa heads in Castlevania 1.

 

 

 

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#9 Posted by ArbitraryWater (14686 posts) -

Yeah. It's hard. Because, like most NES games of that era, it's kind of bullshit. You know, like how you can't control the trajectory of your jump, or the way that when you touch enemies you get thrown back, probably off a cliff? Yeah. It's hard.  Also @groin said:

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I think this speaks for itself. It's a good enough guideline for how NOT to start your topic title off.
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#10 Posted by IBurningStar (2273 posts) -

Castelvania was hard. It is not just you.

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#11 Posted by MikeydCT (743 posts) -

I found it hard until I learn that holy water pwns all

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#12 Posted by redspaceman (28 posts) -
@SethPhotopoulos said:
" @redspaceman said:
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I'm really the only retro fan on Giantbomb from what I see lying in these forums.

 

I don't think most teens today can even get past the first screen in Megaman 1 (cutman's stage) let alone get past the first wave of Medusa heads in Castlevania 1.

 

 

 

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Do us a favour and leave. "


go play your PS2, this thread isn't for your generation.

 


 

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#13 Posted by redspaceman (28 posts) -
@SethPhotopoulos said:
" @redspaceman said:
" @SethPhotopoulos said:
" @redspaceman said:
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I'm really the only retro fan on Giantbomb from what I see lying in these forums.

 

I don't think most teens today can even get past the first screen in Megaman 1 (cutman's stage) let alone get past the first wave of Medusa heads in Castlevania 1.

 

 

 

"
Do us a favour and leave. "


go play your PS2, this thread isn't for your generation.

 


 

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Obviously you have proof of my age. "

I have a good idea
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#14 Posted by JasonR86 (10178 posts) -
@redspaceman said:
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I'm really the only retro fan on Giantbomb from what I see lying in these forums.

 

I don't think most teens today can even get past the first screen in Megaman 1 (cutman's stage) let alone get past the first wave of Medusa heads in Castlevania 1.

 

 

 

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Humor me, how old are you?
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#15 Posted by redspaceman (28 posts) -
@SethPhotopoulos said:
" @redspaceman said:
" @SethPhotopoulos said:
" @redspaceman said:
" @SethPhotopoulos said:
" @redspaceman said:
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I'm really the only retro fan on Giantbomb from what I see lying in these forums.

 

I don't think most teens today can even get past the first screen in Megaman 1 (cutman's stage) let alone get past the first wave of Medusa heads in Castlevania 1.

 

 

 

"
Do us a favour and leave. "


go play your PS2, this thread isn't for your generation.

 


 

"
Obviously you have proof of my age. "
I have a good idea "
Cause I like PS2 I'm less of a gamer.  God your stupid. "

I bet you haven't even played Castlevania 1, you probably think Lords of Shadow is the first one in the series.
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#16 Posted by redspaceman (28 posts) -
@SethPhotopoulos said:
" @redspaceman said:
" @SethPhotopoulos said:
" @redspaceman said:
" @SethPhotopoulos said:
" @redspaceman said:
" @SethPhotopoulos said:
" @redspaceman said:
"

I'm really the only retro fan on Giantbomb from what I see lying in these forums.

 

I don't think most teens today can even get past the first screen in Megaman 1 (cutman's stage) let alone get past the first wave of Medusa heads in Castlevania 1.

 

 

 

"
Do us a favour and leave. "


go play your PS2, this thread isn't for your generation.

 


 

"
Obviously you have proof of my age. "
I have a good idea "
Cause I like PS2 I'm less of a gamer.  God your stupid. "
I bet you haven't even played Castlevania 1, you probably think Lords of Shadow is the first one in the series. "
  
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now I really know your age, posting a clip from entourage
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#17 Posted by SethPhotopoulos (5777 posts) -
@redspaceman said:
" @SethPhotopoulos said:
" @redspaceman said:
" @SethPhotopoulos said:
" @redspaceman said:
" @SethPhotopoulos said:
" @redspaceman said:
" @SethPhotopoulos said:
" @redspaceman said:
"

I'm really the only retro fan on Giantbomb from what I see lying in these forums.

 

I don't think most teens today can even get past the first screen in Megaman 1 (cutman's stage) let alone get past the first wave of Medusa heads in Castlevania 1.

 

 

 

"
Do us a favour and leave. "


go play your PS2, this thread isn't for your generation.

 


 

"
Obviously you have proof of my age. "
I have a good idea "
Cause I like PS2 I'm less of a gamer.  God your stupid. "
I bet you haven't even played Castlevania 1, you probably think Lords of Shadow is the first one in the series. "
  
"
now I really know your age, posting a clip from entourage "
  
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#18 Posted by yakov456 (2021 posts) -

The biggest problem is a problem many old games had. Things like reappearing sprites and my most hated old school game pet peeve, the uncontrollable back track your character does when getting hit. Does wonders when you are trying to make a tight jump and get hit my a Medusa head. But with that said, I love all Castlevania, even the N64 one.

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#19 Posted by L0ki (53 posts) -

Now I remember why I hate forums and don't make a habit of posting on them.

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#20 Posted by SethPhotopoulos (5777 posts) -

I'm sorry I accidently hijacked this thread..

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#21 Posted by ArbitraryWater (14686 posts) -
@L0ki said:
" Now I remember why I hate forums and don't make a habit of posting on them. "
Sorry 'bout that. There was the dude. And we had to tell him to leave. He's gone now, so we can still talk about Castlevania. It's hard, right?
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#22 Posted by Hailinel (25787 posts) -
@ArbitraryWater said:
" @L0ki said:
" Now I remember why I hate forums and don't make a habit of posting on them. "
Sorry 'bout that. There was the dude. And we had to tell him to leave. He's gone now, so we can still talk about Castlevania. It's hard, right? "
Yep, pretty darn hard.  I'm not an expert though, so I can't really rank it in terms of difficulty with other entries in the series.  Though, I will say that the difficulty in general is more skill-based than that of Castlevania II, which asked the player to intuit absurd, obfuscated requirements in order to progress.
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#23 Edited by SoldierG654342 (1899 posts) -

Yeah, it's pretty goddamn hard. I would say it's the most legitimately difficult game int he series (Simon's Quest was designed to need a Nintendo Power magazine to complete). 


Hardly the best though. That title belongs to Super Castlevania 4. 
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#24 Posted by Tanikaze (72 posts) -

I always thought Castlevania 1 was one of the big reasons why the "Nintendo Hard" stereotype exists. It's a really tough game. I like hard games but... hard platformers always make me ragequit. I got to level 5 ONE TIME and it kicked my keester back to 8th gen noobville where it apparently belongs.

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#25 Posted by Apparatus_Unearth (3685 posts) -

I love Castlevania's challenge but I just get frustrated after a while that I keep having to restart the game. 

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#26 Edited by ShadowKing7 (748 posts) -

 

I have the first Castlevania on my Wii.  Never got past the second level though, damn Medusa heads...

I may play it again since this thread reminded me I have the game.

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#27 Posted by DrMcKittrick (264 posts) -

Castlevania was nothing compared to Hudson's Adventure Island for the NES either.

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#28 Posted by Getz (3764 posts) -
@groin: It's gotten to the point where the "is it just me" image is over-saturated as much as the threads themselves. It's time to let it go and just accept that people are gonna use cliches and you can't stop it.

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