Review by Jetforcebelmont

Reviewed: 01/03/08

Welcome to the world of Castlevania, where skeletons and bats explode.

Castlevania. A legendary game of its time. Known for it's increasing diffuculty and unique stage design. Simply put, this game is a legend.

Graphics- 9/10 For the NES these were damn good graphics, everything was detailed, you knew what was what. A skeleton looked like a skeleton, a hawk looked like...a hawk. Death looked like....Death. Everything from the vines covering walls in the first in-game screen, to the massive amount of detail packed into stage 13 (the Labatory.) The only complaint I have about the graphics is how Simon Belmont looked. Composed mostly of browns, he looked decent, but other games had the main character's eyes showing (Kirby anyone?).

Story- 10/10 The most original story for the NES ever conceived. The legendary clan of vampire hunters, The Belmonts, is cursed (and blessed) with the task to destroy Count Dracula every 100 years. Even though this game is the first one released, it is, chronologically speaking, the 5th game in the series. Most NES games had cheesy story lines (rescue the princess, collect so and so crystals) but not this one. Just some good old fashioned kick-ass!

Gameplay- 9/10 The controls may be stiff at times, but other than those times, the controls were easy and simple to use. Being able to whip an enemy countless times before it dies is so joyful if you ask me. But, to the control! D-pad to move. A to jump, B to whip, up and B to use your sub-weapons. Select to..oh wait. Start to pause. And the shoulder buttons to...oh wait.

Sound- 30/10 Vampire Killer, Stalker, Wicked Child, Thrashard in the Cavern, Heart of Fire, Out of Time, Cross of a Heart, Ending Theme, Game over theme. All of these pieces are brillantley composed and will get stuck in your head. Now, the sound effects! Whoosh! Crawwsh! Puish! Crrrrirer! The sound effects were nicely put together.

Boss Battles (1 being easiest, 10 being hardest)- 10/10. The bosses in this game are hard without use of sub-weapons, or not trying to get hit, or just flat out being a man with balls and using the Leather Whip to demolish the bosses. The bosses may not have fancy explosions or special FX to back them up, they just have good 'ol fashioned challenge to them. The hardest boss in the game, which caused suicide rates in Japan to go up by 5% by the way, is none other than the Grim Reaper. Simply put, if you don't have full health and the cross, axe, or holy water, your screwed. Just turn off your NES and walk away.

Overall: 99/100
One of the best games I have ever played. Period. Buy if you must! No, I COMMAND YOU!

Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Product Release: Castlevania (US, 05/31/87)

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