Based on this game's own merits, what would you give it /10?
^ i completely agree with you 100% on this, it amazes me how no one realizes that overrated games like gears of war an stuff were influenced by japanese games, mgs revolutionized the cover, hide shoot that made other companies get more inspired to use some of their ideas, even games like ninja gaiden, re4 had inspired others to follow. re4 took the over the shoulder shooting view to the next level, something that gears started implementing afterwards. ninja gaiden came BEFORE god of war an castlevania lord of shadows, so many western games were influenced by japanese games, even survival horrors an rpgs made in the west were influenced by japanese games an lets not forget the original castlevanias that spwned an influence in the action, sword whipping, chain etc, even fighting games like mk were created to compete against street fighter an snk games, all these genres made in JAPAN before these western games came out yet people will continue to bash other games an call them rippoffs becus their made outside the us/west, but when a western game copies or takes an idea from a japanese game its ok. this is why i hate reviewers today they take only whats made in the west an praise it an spoon feed it an if japanese made they spit on it. they sound like they must be very bias western gamers, something isn't right.
i also forgot about dmc being an inspiration to other western games in terms of the action, weapon genre
^IMO, Castlevania was the originator of the current "God of War" style genre. It had whips, platforming, epic bosses, weapon upgrades, and lore-influenced themes. Sure, it was 2D, but the basic ideas were the same.
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yeah thats what i said in my post above the original castlevanias did start the trend an they were made in japan, before god of war style games, but nowdays as soon as someone sees the main character is not marcus, cole or kratos or is not made in the west they cry "oh no it must be a bad game"