Hi! I was wondering what the community thought of their favorite Castlevania games.
This is an interesting question that brings up the realization for me that, while I've played many many Castlevania games, I've only finished 2 of them: Symphony of the Night and Lord of Shadows 1. I want to play more and may pick up the recent collection that just released.
It's the wrong answer, but Simon's Quest. I know it's not amazing, but whatever, it's my favorite. Symphony was a rainy day game I saved for about 20 years, and it was the best, just like I knew it would be. But I will always love Castlevania 2 the most because of how bizarre and arcane it is.
SoTN, I know its a boring answer but that's my fav. In terms of classicvania I really like Rondo and Bloodlines. All the GBA-DS games kinda blur together in my head. I should probably replay them since its been ages, but they are great "popcorn games" from what I remember. Throw 'em on and have a good time killing creatures to a cool soundtrack.
I've only gotten into Castlevania within the last year so still working my way through them, but of the ones I've played so far it's definitely Rondo of Blood. The original is close behind, both of them are just super tight, challenging platformers.
Of the Metroidvania ones I've only played SotN so far and while I had fun, I'm sure the classic ones will be more of my speed - I'll probably check out at least one of the GBA ones.
Symphony of the Night hasn't held up as well as the later Metroidvania style games. Aria/Dawn of Sorrow are damn near perfect and Order of Ecclesia is fucking hard but also very satisfying to play. Portrait of Ruin isn't quite as memorable as any of those but it's still a hell of a lot of fun.
Of the old style Castlevanias, is saying Bloodstained Curse of the Moon cheating? If so, then I guess the answer's either Rondo or IV. I think I like playing IV more overall, but it also has a lot of bullshit moments that I'm not at all a fan of.
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